I was contacted by a very concerned father who stated that two class rings were lost on the same day in Lake LBJ. The water level was high and there was plenty of water fun by several people that afternoon. The Lower Colorado River Authority had lowered the lake by 5 feet (not just for us) but for residents to work on their docks, which made the chances of recovery much greater. After getting the details of each loss, the first attempt was made on January 22, 2017.
One young man was jumping off the dock when his Northern Arizona University ring flew off his hand, the other ring was a Texas A&M ring which went flying into the water while throwing a football. Neither ring was located on the first attempt.
After regrouping, second attempt was made on February 5th because on February 9th the LCRA was going to refill the lake to it’s normal level. After a couple of hours of searching, the Garrett AT Pro hit on a possible target. The scoop picked up some mud and after sifting the mud out, there it was. A beautiful NAU Lumberjack class ring.
The ring was returned to a very happy Lumberjack Jordan Anderson. The second ring was not located. It would have been nice to have a double recovery.
I guess lightening strikes twice in the same neighborhood. Hieka sent me an e-mail that her ring was “somewhere in my front yard” and she lives within five blocks of last weeks recovery. I eased her apprehension and told her that her ring would be found, no doubt about it. I arrived at her house and she pointed to the area she thought her ring might be in. She was doubtful that her ring could be found in her well manicured lawn which was 4″ deep. I told her “No Problem, we’ll find it.” I searched the area most where it most likely was but no results, I could see the concern in her face so the search area was widened. The Garrett AT Pro then did what it does best, I got a good signal, checked it with the Pro Pointer and buried 4″ down in the thick grass was her ring. After a quick photo, I gave her back her ring and the smiles started. Chalk another one up to The Ring Finders for another successful recovery.
I was contacted by Ashley Rasdorf in Killeen Texas concerning her ring that was laying on a table, picked up by her daughter and thrown into the yard. They bought a second hand metal detector but after days of trying, they could not find it. It was imperative that the ring be found as they are moving and she didn’t want to leave it behind. So I got the e-mail and we agreed to attempt a recovery on Sunday morning. I arrived and was met by a worried Ashley who led me to the search area which was her back yard with the lawn about three inches tall. Three passes over the search area and the AT Pro hit on a signal that registered 50 on the screen, the Pro Pointer lead me right to it and there it was. I called Ashley over, showed her the ring and I had one happy young lady on my hands. Now they can
move and not have that nagging feeling that they left her ring behind.
Newest addition to my metal detector lineup will be the Garrett AT Pro, it will complement the Whites Classic IDX and the Garrett Ace 250 very well and promises to be the “go to” detector. I got the 5.8X11 and the 5X8 search coils in the sports package.
I had a search at lake Pflugerville in Pflugerville Texas on May 19 & 20 where a man’s ring was lost in the shallow swim area. Lots of trash was recovered and removed from bottom of the swim area but the ring was not found. I’ll make a return trip to the lake in another attempt to recover the ring and return it to the owner.
The Garrett AT Pro should be of great help in the Lake Travis area as well as Lake Georgetown, Granger Lake, and numerous bodies of water in the Central Texas area. I will report on an upcoming training day and compare the Ace 250 with the AT Pro on several targets ranging from bottle caps, to silver coins, to gold rings.