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45 grams heli-dredging


Finally(!) got around to doing a clean-up from a recent heli-dredging mission, so here you go @crackintherock @dredgenz @PablosGold

If you know where I’ve been please don’t mention it here, thank you :wink:

I think the only real profiteer was the heli company at the end of the day, but all good fun.


Well done,takes a lot of effort and preparation to dredge a gram of gold…I know you worked for it!


Nice one man. It really takes some planning when your using the helicopter. A few extra minutes and your biggest nugget is burnt up into the air. A few nice nugg’s in there.


A hobby usually costs money doesn’t it? At least you’ve got some nice gold to soothe the physical and financial pain.


Heli dredging - Go Hard!


Some very nice nuggies in there Gavin,money spent in pursuit of your passion is not wasted…you could have blown it on wild women,pokies or TAB instead!!


Nice chunky bits! Could we get a couple of close-ups on that big nugget?


Sure, here you go…

About two and a half grams of raw folded gold loveliness.


That’s killer! Find it in the sluice or eyeball it?


I found it in the sluice. Caught me by surprise as I’d just dragged it down river a short distance to another spot to try. Didn’t notice it till setting up - a nice surprise! Needless to say I dragged it back up to the original spot a bit later.

I think it must have been sucked up without me noticing when I was pushing the nozzle under a huge boulder I’d uncovered. Went back and properly cleaned up around the boulder and managed to slide it aside. Unfortunately there was only a few more small pickers found, no more nuggets.


Thats what dreams are made of, pic’s like these don’t help my gold fever lol . nice work m8


Ok, I’ve got a bucket full of left-over concentrates (minus the black sand). Will it keep someone amused to re-process it over the winter? Doubt I’ll run it again. I’m hoping I’ve got a good recovery rate cleaning-up, but who knows!? If you want to give it a go PM me. The only thing I ask is that you tell me how much gold you recover… I’m hoping it’s not a lot, if anything! Need to supply your own bucket though.

The black sands have mostly been separated out with a magnet as it was congesting my bucket sluice too quickly. Keeping hold of these for now.


Id like to grab so.e,from you if yyou still have some.
Cantrell1980 at
Or if you have any . ill trade you 2 lbs for 2lbs of my dirt untouched cons…
Let me know


Sorry, maybe I should have wrote “concentrate tailings” rather than “concentrates” as I’ve already run them once to recover as much gold as I could. This is just the leftover material that there might still be a little gold still hiding in. Still want some?


Here is a crazy idea.
Find a sloped clay bank, clear of grass.
Make several horizontal grooves, line the last one with a bit of wool.
Pour your concentrates out at top.
Repeat, after a year or two, clean off the top grit, scrape out the grooves & pan.


I wouldnt have the patience - I cant concentrate!


Probably need to smelt it, to free up the gold.