Understand the “you get what you pay for” and “buy once, cry once” mindset. That said, I’m just looking for a “starter” scoop, as it won’t see a tremendous amount of use anytime soon. If that changed, I’d upgrade to a better quality scoop.
I’m looking at this time of $100-125 price range. What little reading I’d done before, size matters. I’m not opposed to having to make 2-3 attempts initially to scoop a target. Since you’re basically doing it somewhat blind, I’d assume that would improve with practice, same as anything else.
I have that Quest Scoopal, just not thy version with the handle at the head. It’s held up over quite a long run of use, but just note that it’s a tiny scoop by scoop standards. I never got a target first scoop
Sorry, I got my scoops confused. It’s Sito I was thinking of. I’ve heard several people raving about their scoops and carbon fiber handles, especially how cheap but great their CF travel handle is. https://sitoscoop.com/
Right now it would be pretty much sand only. Before I get too carried away, I’m going to stop by the C.O.E. building and ask if their Permit covers actually wading in the water detecting (one would think so, but I never assume when it comes to them). So if I can’t , it’s all moot for now.
Last time I applied for a permit, when I showed up at the beach, during off season drawdown, winter pool/low water, the beach looked like a war zone. Holes everywhere , at least 100 of them, couldn’t bother to kick the sand back in. They must have been in the water, because there was a wallet at the waters edge folded open, void of any cash, but DL and cards still there. I’d been told 1 or 2 of the C.O.E. guys detect, so I’m guessing the word got to them a detecting permit was issued, so they cleaned-up before I got there.
I’d been shopping a bit on Serious, that’s where I priced the scoop I mentioned above. They’re SITO scoops are out of stock, but I liked the appearance of them.
Doubt I’d spend the $ on a travel or carbon fiber handle. One piece oak would work for me. Those cheaper galvanized ones, I’d probably crush the 1st time I used it.
I watch The Hoover Boys and they do a bit of water detecting, and heard mention of putting a foot down just behind the target to mark it while you get your scoop in place. I could see how that could help, at least from an armchair standpoint.
This is what I do. Just like I use the wiggle back method to pinpoint, in the water I wiggle up until I just lose the signal, then I position the scoop at the tip of my toe and start there. I’m just not great at it, and still haven’t gotten comfortable with my gear and seem to fight it.