Just as the title says; fun to watch!
Dave McCracken wasn’t only one of the best SEAL’s ever, also a legendary gold dredger
From “Digginrings”… First hunt of the year produces a gold engraved wedding band, iPhone 3, a Franklin half, lots of lead, coins, and more!!! Enjoy!!
A good supplement to gold dredging in the off season if you have a constant waterway.
Happy New Year!
Were such huge fans of zaqqaz down in Oz, I just love sharing his videos…
An excerpt from one of his comments on this video…
“This place had already been pot-holed and turned upside down during the gold rush era. As a result the habitat had been completely messed up, noxious weeds and rabbits were the main inhabitants..The land is now fully rehabitated and revegitated with native species.. I consider myself to be more environmentally responsible than most. Despite Modern day mining regulations which require full rehabitation, I do not and would not leave a mess regardless. So there!!”
The video speaks for itself; Merry Christmas!
I promise, the world is not going to end on December 21st, 2012. (and that’s not a faith based statement based on fantasy; its fact)
So much about tomorrow, its too bad that a large percentage of the world can put so much faith into something someone once said, (that wasn’t actually stated) that they sell everything and buy a one way ticket to Istanbul Turkey. Why? How the hell would I know…
Just a three minute clip based on facts, if it scares you to hear the truth or shocks you just a little bit; its time to take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why you believe what you believe.
As always, thank you for watching.
This is the same reverse helix trommel that Todd Hoffman leased on the show “Gold Rush”, only he can’t seem to get his working. This video shows exactly how its supposed to run, and how to clean the riffles when they are full of SOLID GOLD! This ten minute clip is better than an entire season of Discovery’s “hit” show. (Not trying to be a dick, but there is a right way and a wrong way; this is the right way). What a fun clean out…
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Don’t know if you guys ever caught this or not, this was Ian Foster’s pitch to Discovery for “Bearing Sea Gold”. What a show it turned out to be; season premiere this Friday the 14th!
Prospecting for gold nuggets in central Australia, using a metal detector… As AGF is detecting with his Minelab GPX 4000
“Day 5, 5 hours of nothing, target number 2, target number 1 was a bloody rusty bolt, this one could have a chance…” The rest is history; what an amazing find!
Wouldn’t it be just awesome to find this?
This video is from Dulac Mining. Just incredible the amount of gold still being found today…
In his own words, “We are now in 10 Mile in the Klondike region. This set up was sold to us turn key, we also have our own plane to fly supplies in and out.
For those of you that are inspired, work hard, and when you think you’ve done enough keep going.” Words to live by.
These guys are serious about getting gold; more to the point, they know what the hell they’re doing.
Always a good time dredging; even when the water’s cold and there’s no gold. We sampled 6 holes on this day, with very little color this far up the river.
Good test for the drysuit; I highly recommend one.
We agreed to stick to the better “producing” areas downstream. I don’t have a shot of the gold from this day, because there wasn’t hardly anything to look at. It was fun just the same.
Labor Day weekend, we spent a couple of days dredging; this is the result.
We packed our dredges and gear down 150 yards to the rivers edge; the trail was a little hairy to say the least. And to watch me pack a motor back up? Someone should have got that on film, would have gone viral. I had to pack my 3 inch Proline down, there was no way for this skinny kid to get my 5 inch Proline down that mountain without a sled and a winch.
What was nice about this place, was you could walk along the mountain ridge and see where the bedrock in the river was. Really cool sight.
Rarely do we find bedrock for gold dredging that is one foot deep; its usually 8-12 feet deep, so this was a nice change.
In all, we didn’t find enough gold to retire quite yet, but had one hell of a good time.
My buddy had gone up for the weekend dredging. He came home with a nice nugget, and a five gallon bucket of black sand concentrates. I offered to clean it for him, his schedule wouldn’t let him get to it for a while… We were both surprised at the amount of gold from his trip.
Yes, were on our way back up there : )
I’m still out of the water, the poison oak seems to be healing up pretty well… This is a follow up video to the previous “Nugget Find” video; where he found the nice nugget just sitting in the river; albeit, 12 feet under, but an amazing find. This is what makes dredging for gold so much fun; you never know what you might find. He had a very good day this day. This is a short clip of the slick plate in his sluice box as he was cleaning the miners moss, riffles, etc… amazing amount of gold for us in general. Just another great day.
Here is his excerpt for the video…
“Here is a quick follow up video to the gold nugget find. This was what collected in the top end of the sluice.”
And then he followed with, “I enjoy gold dredging so much though, I would hate to call it work. What gold dredging does for me is feeling like a little kid hunting for buried treasure. Chasing excitement and adventure with no parents telling you its time to come in.”
Can you blame him after a day like this… just amazing, good on you mate!
My friend decided to spend a few days on the river. He had to pack his dredge down about 200 yards in pieces to get to the river. It paid off. All I can hear him say is, “Holy Shit” three times… Man, if anyone deserves this, its him. Well done!
Here is his description on YouTube
“While dredging for gold, I hit a nice layer of gold flakes. I could see 1/8 over sized flakes all over the place. While I had my head down close to the river bottom, taking video of the small flakes I saw the biggest gold nugget I’ve ever found. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the yellow luster of gold between the river rocks. All I could say was “Holy Shit” “Holy Shit”. I still can’t believe I had the camera at just the right time to show everyone what I found.”
It was the perfect morning, the last Saturday I was able to dredge before finding out that massive gash on my leg was poison oak. It stung a bit, but I didn’t think much of it; just thought it was a cut…
On to the dredge story. This is a spot that my buddy and I worked last season, but felt the season ended before we could do a final clean up of the bedrock and all its crevices.
My friend took his five-inch Gold Grabber dredge up, to empty the hole that all the spring runoff had filled up. It took him a couple of days, but he made short work of it. I then took my three-inch Proline, with blaster nozzle in hand, and proceeded to blast all the cracks.
We only wanted to revisit this spot to make certain ALL bedrock was clean. We weren’t about to live out the rest of our lives wondering if the big one was really stuck in one of those natural riffles, ten feet down.
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I had to drive back up to the dredge hole to get my hood I left there… Thought it would be a good idea to share with the world, just how much fish love a good dredge hole.
As you can see from the footage, the fish love the deep hole and the large rocks that surround it.
You can watch fish hiding under rocks, swimming around; looks like a Sunday afternoon hangout for them.
I didn’t see one dead fish. What I did see was a school of fish glad to have a new habitat.
Damn, I got the 3″ Proline dredge all setup, pigtail, reserve tank, air hose, etc… all I had to do was walk back upstream and get the regulator.
Guess what I forgot at home? Air regulator.
Wasn’t about to leave, so without a spare (I know, I know…) I decided to go old school and hold my breath. Wears you out quick if you haven’t tried it.
Turned out to be a really good day; the water was clear, the boulders were the size of small trucks and I was underwater. With or without air, I was determined to get some gold.
Decided on a spot where the boulders are stacked like a Japanese parking garage. Thought I could drag myself under, hold my breath for a minute and move some dirt. Seemed to work just fine; but again, cuts the day short due to lack of oxygen moving through the blood stream. I don’t recommend this technique, but I had a choice to stay, or go. I stayed.
Glad I did, the clean out was a pretty good one. The gold dredge was floating in about three feet of water, so I didn’t have to worry about tailings piling up. The water is pretty low this year. The current did its part also.
All in all, a good day; I had fun, I hope you have fun watching it!
A friend of mine was nice enough to let me put the dredge in the river from his front yard. I unloaded the 5 (five) inch proline, then floated down to a nice spot; hoping to hit bedrock on the first day.
Floating down was easier than I thought it would be; hadn’t done that before.
I was lucky enough to hit bedrock at two and a half feet. I haven’t cleaned the con’s yet, but will post a video of the results (or lack thereof)
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From here, I’ll launch “The Rulon” downstream 400 yards; here’s hoping the skinny kid can haul it back up. This dredge is a beast, a gravel hog. Well worth the effort to get it into the proper spot for dredging some proper gold!
Hold on tight!