Fisher Gold Bug 2 Overview
Fisher has long been working on metal detectors for gold nuggets prospecting, and Gold Bug 2 is an improved device of the original Gold Bug. This tool is created specifically for slug hunting. The machine is extremely sensitive, and offers the highest operating frequency on the market, in the niche of single-frequency aurum-finding detectors. This extreme sensitivity makes the device very handy in various conditions.
Another good feature is the ultimate protection of the device from dust and moisture. As it is well-known, aurum is most often found in highly mineralized soils, so the chances of fake or distorted signal are higher. If the machine is not protected from dirt, dust, and moist, detecting will quickly be over on any location. Fisher, on the other hand, gives 5 years warranty for the product, promising seamless functioning.
One of the top features in this device is its indeed extremely high operating frequency which is 71 kHz. This is an unusual frequency and currently, no other single-frequency machine in the slug search niche offers this type of frequency. The device by Fisher is likely to spot even the smallest aurum pieces and even gold dust, with ease.
Powerful discrimination is able to reject both iron pieces and hot rocks, which makes detecting more comprehensive and productive. Audio signal boost increases weak signal from potentially valuable, but small or distant targets. For ultimate user’s comfort, the tool can be mounted on hip or on chest (the advantage of the latter option is not really clear since the detector is not totally waterproof and therefore cannot be used for diving, but okay, let it be). Another important and beneficial feature is quartz-crystal locked electronics that should be showing stability and reliability in functioning.
To assess the product more objectively, and decide whether it is powerful enough for aurum search, check out the full list of features and specifications:
- operation frequency – 71 kHz
- IRON DISC mode trash, iron, and hot rocks rejection
- audio signal boost
- weight is 2.9 lbs (comparatively lightweight)
- can be mounted on hip or chest for more convenience
- protected from moisture and dust
- 10 inches search coil (standard)
- the thing is powered by two 9-V batteries (they are included into the kit)
- multiple options for audio identification
- ground balance is manually adjusted
- adjustable length of the shaft
- operation mode is All Metal
- pinpoint mode is not included
- search coils type and shape – DD elliptical
- adjustable level of sensitivity
- no vibration as signal option
- the coil is waterproof (but the machine is not)
- ¼ inch plug for stereo or mono headphones
These are all tech specs for the product. It is fair to state that the list is pretty decent.
Search Modes Modes
There are no preset search modes in the usual sense of the word. Gold Bug 2 can operate in the following modes:
- Normal – usual all-metal search
- Iron Disc – trash and ferrous items discrimination
- Audio Boost – increased signal for small/deep targets
There are three coils compatible with the Fisher Gold Bug 2:
- 10.5 inches Search Coil
- 6.5 inches Elliptical Search Coil
- 14 inches Elliptical Search Coil
All three coils are DD waterproof coils that will allow the user to search on wet soils and also in shallow water. They are interchangeable and therefore offer great variability within the same model of the metal detector. Moreover, different sizes of the coils make the whole thing more manoeuvrable physically, and the detectorist will be able to comb a potentially promising location more thoroughly.
Pros and Cons
Overall, the Gold Bug 2 by Fisher seems to be a well-designed and functional device. However, to form an honest opinion, it is necessary to check its real pros and cons. The obvious pros include:
- super high frequency
- three compatible coils
- powerful discrimination
- audio boost
- adjustable sensitivity
- comparatively lightweight
- 5 year warranty is a good sign
- mountable on hip or chest
- adjustable length
- waterproof coil
- average price
However, there is a bunch of cons as well:
- only one frequency
- no display
- no pinpoint mode
- no vibration alert
- the machine is not waterproof (not even IP68)
Although the drawbacks seem to be rather serious, the device is still very decent and obviously was made for useability and comfort. Less complicated tuning means a less experienced user will also be able to search with this tool without additional headaches.
The kit for the Gold Bug 2 includes the following standard items:
- metal detector
- 10,5 inches Search Coil, OR 6.5 inches Elliptical Search Coil, OR both (but you have to choose the kit variation you want)
- two 9-V alkaline batteries
- 5 years Warranty
- Subscription to Lost Treasure Magazine
Fisher Gold Bug 2 vs Fisher Gold Bug 2 Pro
If you are wondering about another Gold Bug 2 machine – the Pro one – and would like to find out the differences between the two products, this section is for you. Many people want to find out more about the Pro model, but you have to know that there is no such model. The Pro option is different only in the terms of the kit. For it, the standard kit includes 6.5 inches search coil and 10 inches search coil. But don’t forget that you actually pay for this additional coil, that’s the reason why the Pro option is more expensive.
If you would like an affordable metal detecting device that would bring finds and yet the learning curve will not be that steep for it, the Gold Bug 2 by Fisher might be just the one for you. It offers a bunch of really handy features the detectorist is likely to apply on the location, without any fancy stuff that requires complicated tuning and years of experience. You can also check out Gold Bug Pro which is a bit cheaper and a bit weaker in functions. For newer models, look at Garrett AT Gold, Minelab Gold Monster 1000, and XP ORX – there are more recent, and the tech specs are even somewhat better than in Gold Bug 2.