Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector with Waterproof 5" DD Coil + Bonus Pack

Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector with Waterproof 5” DD Coil + Bonus Pack 11 4.9 5 1
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The Fisher Gold Bug makes finding gold nuggets affordable. Equipped with a 5" search coil, the Gold Bug will get into those hard to detect areas to locate more gold missed by others. Be sure to read our Guide Comparing the Fisher Gold Bug, Gold Bug 2 and Gold Bug Pro metal detectors.

Get the Gold Bug Fever

Discover the Gold that others have left behind. The Fisher Gold Bug Metal Detector is designed to find the smallest gold nuggets in highly mineralized soils. Experience the excitement of gold prospecting with this powerful, deep seeking metal detector from Fisher. The Gold Bug is the latest evolution of the famous gold bug series of prospecting metal detectors.

Discover Tiny Nuggets

Now you can head back to your old hunting grounds. The Gold bug is designed to punch down through the toughest ground minerals to locate gold. The precision LCD display accurately reports back the ground conditions and target response. You can easily pinpoint your targets with the built in target pinpointing mode. The high frequency of the Gold Bug makes it perfect for finding the smallest nuggets.


  • Threshold and Gain Adjustments
  • 1/4 and 1/8 Inch Headphone Jacks
  • 1 - 9V Power Supply
  • Lightest Weight / Best Ergonomics in the Industry
  • 2 Search Modes: All-Metal and Discriminate
  • 19 kHz Operating Frequency
  • Large LCD Screen with 0-99 Numeric Target Identification Display
  • Large Target Alert
  • Depth Readout and Running Signal Strength Indicator
  • No-Motion Pinpoint
  • Computer Assisted Ground Grab and Ground Balance
  • Continuous Ground Phase and Ground Mineralization Readout
  • 2 Tone VCO
  • Super Sensitive

Standard Factory Items Included

  • Detailed Product Manual
  • Warranty Card
Product Specifications
Leasable with Katapult Yes
Approximate Weight
The approximate weight of the detector when fully assembled.
2.5 Pounds
Audio Identification
Circuitry producing different audio tones for each target’s conductivity range, i.e., low tone for nickel, high tone for coins.
Battery Requirements
The type and amount of batteries used to operate the detector.
1 - 9 Volt
Battery Indicator
An indicator to show the user how much battery life is left.
The company that produces the detector.
Fisher Labs Hobby
Built-In Flashlight
An on-board flashlight.
Search Coil Size
The size and dimensions of the search coil
5" Search Coil
The country where the detector is made
United States
Ground Balance
A feature available on many detectors that allows the device to filter out signals from minerals in the ground, while accepting signals from actual targets.
Auto Ground Balance
Headphone Jack Size
The size of the headphone jack
1/4 Inch
Holster Included
Holsters are typically included with Pin Pointers
Includes Bonus Items
Bonus items are shown pictured with the device on the product page are included with this product
The overall length of the model when fully assembled
Operating Mode
Operating modes would include, but are not limited to, discriminate mode and all-metal mode
All Metal and Discriminate
Operating Frequency
The frequency at which the detector operates.
19.2 kHz
Circuitry Type
The type of circuitry the detector uses. Typically, you will see VLF (Very Low Frequency) detectors, and PI (Pulse Induction) detectors.
Pinpoint Mode Yes
Search Coil Shape Round
Search Coil Type
The type of search coil- Most commonly concentric, DD (also known as wide-scan), and Mono (available for some PI detectors).
Double D
Sensitivity Adjustment
This adjustment affects how sensitive the detector is to targets, and ultimately how deep they will be able to be detected.
Vibrating Alert
A vibration feature that allows users to feel targets being detected.
Visual Identification
A visual target ID that allows the user to determine the composition of the target being detected before digging. Typically, a visual target ID is a numerical display based off the conductivity of the target being detected.
LCD Screen
The amount of time the manufacturer will cover any broken parts or malfunctioning electronics.
5 Years
Water Resistance
The degree to which the detector is resistant to water. Weatherproof implies that the detector is resistant to splashing and rain. Waterproof implies the detector is fully submerisble. (All models will offer waterproof search coils.)
Waterproof Coil

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Does the Fisher Gold Bug come with a DD coil or a mono coil?
Question by: Blair on Jan 1, 2016, 10:55 PM Link
The standard searchcoil on the Fisher Gold Bug is a 5 inch (12.7 cm) closed-frame round biaxial (or concentric non-DD) coil.
Answer by: Metal Detector Reviews on Feb 16, 2016, 10:45 AM
What is the maximum depth (in ft.) it can detect all metals? (Including Gold, Silver, etc.)
Question by: Rod on Jul 22, 2017, 11:33 AM Link
Depth is not an exact science, but with a 5" coil on this detector, you are probably looking at a maximum depth of 6-10 inches depending on the size and composition of the target, and ground conditions.
Answer by: on Feb 9, 2018, 10:36 AM
Will the Fisher Gold Bug detect gold within small to large rocks(2"-18" diameter)? these rocks have pyrite in them too.
Question by: Andrew H on Oct 13, 2018, 8:39 PM Link
This device is not sensitive enough for gold dust, or flower gold, but for more dense nuggets, it would be a great option. Some of the more advanced gold detectors are more sensitive, and accurate in their discriminating between metals. I would check out this one:
Answer by: on Oct 15, 2018, 11:57 AM
Faz envio deste produto para o Brasil?
Quanto ficaria com custo de envio incluídos?
Question by: ANTONIO RODRIGUES DOS SANTOS on Oct 21, 2019, 6:07 PM Link
Sim, somos capazes de enviar para o Brasil. Para uma estimativa de remessa, você pode adicionar o dispositivo que está considerando ao carrinho de compras e, depois de inserir suas informações de remessa, as opções de remessa serão carregadas na tela.
Answer by: on Oct 22, 2019, 10:25 AM
Can the Fisher Gold Bug be used in a shallow fresh water creek looking for gold nuggets? To what depth? If not what unit would you recommend for this?

Thank you
Question by: Greg Orton on Oct 30, 2018, 3:33 PM Link
The Gold Bug does have a waterproof search coil, but the control box is not waterproof. Shallow streams are just fine, just don't get the control box wet.
Answer by: on Nov 1, 2018, 1:41 PM
Will the gold bug detect all metals?
Question by: Brian Harris on Nov 20, 2018, 9:38 AM Link
Yes, the Gold Bug is capable of detecting all metals, but it's higher kHz, and small, concentric coil make it a great option for detecting smaller gold nuggets.
Answer by: on Nov 20, 2018, 10:03 AM
how do I know that gold n the underground?
Question by: cel lontoc on May 11, 2019, 10:36 PM Link
The Gold bug uses a visual target-ID to help identify potential targets.
Answer by: on May 13, 2019, 10:24 AM
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