Dredging vs. High banking
Some of you new prospectors probably have been asking around about equipment. You have been to the creek with a pick, pan, and shovel and found gold but want more. The fact is that you are going to have to move more dirt to get it, or pick a really good location. Some of you have bought a sluice and had a lot of fun with it and found it to be light on the back when you carry it out with you. So what do you do when the cost of this equipment is so expensive? You can build your own but that requires equipment to bend metal, or for weld.
This bad boy prospecting tool is my favorite because there is no shoveling required. Do you know how when you are digging and get that big rock you just have to get under but there are other rocks preventing you from digging around it? With a dredge you literally suck the material around them rocks away in minutes pick it up and move it out of the way. Here is the best part, when you dig and get to the hard pack where you cannot dig through it and the gold cannot get through it. Your shovel will not get the gold laying on the top like gold on the floor. This is where that under water vacuum pays off big time, it sucks the gold right off the top of the hard pack or clay with ease.
What is a dredge?
A dredge consists of a motor with attached water pump, a box with preferred matting/ riffles. A crash box/ jet flare hoses nozzle, foot valve, floats, and possibly a compressor for air so you can breathe under water. Sounds like a lot but it’s simple, it’s a floating high banker basically. Imagine the