To get the best concentration of gold, for the smallest amount of effort, you have to find somewhere for the gold to get caught. Small cracks in rock, or better still, places where large rocks overlap each other, creating crevices or depressions, that will naturally catch gold flakes and nuggets.
Don’t we wish every pan had as many pieces of gold as that. The hole that this came from, only held about two cups of gravel, but contained 23+ pieces of gold.
My mate Nick ventured out with me this weekend, and he also found some good colour. He had to dig a bit harder and deeper, but persistence paid off. After removing some large rocks, his first fossick in the creek came up trumps.
Not a bad effort for the first time out. So remember, look for something untouched, a series of large rocks exposed, with plenty of gravel and stones mixed in around the rocks. Look for vegetation growing on, or around the area, both above and below the water, this will tell you it has not been disturbed in a while.
And when you have found some good spots that catch gold, draw yourself a little mud map, so you can come back to the same spot after it floods again, and redeposits into your spots.