Well guys, I'm not bragging here, but with a good metal detector and the right places, you can more than pay for the hobby. I was into fishing big time and gone every weekend. The wife threatened divorce unless I stayed home more often. Long story short, I changed hobbies to metal detecting. In the five years I detected in old parks (100+ years old) in the St. Louis area (Forest Park, O'Fallon Park, Fairgrounds Park, etc. etc.) I found hundreds of seated, Barber, Morgans, Indians, etc. coins and loads of Sterling and gold rings. I spent countless hours detecting and getting good at "hearing" what the target might be. After about 5 years I was ready to retire to the country and decided to sell my finds on Ebay. I sold just the coins I had found M/D for over $15,000.00. I had plenty of rare dates and many in almost uncirculated condition. I had many metal detectors, but the best one and most accurate was my Minelab Explorer XS, equipped with a X-1 probe and Grey Ghost head phones. I still have allot of civil war relics I didn't sell. Wish I could get back into it but, my 60 yr. old knees can't over come gravity anymore. Good luck.