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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:36 pm    Post subject: Digging clams near Wrightsville Beach Reply with quote

Want to take the kids to dig for clams but have no idea where to look or what tide to look on. Anyone have any ideas for areas or spots around Wrightsville Beach that you are willing to share? I don't mind running south towards CB or north towards Rich's inlet. High tide? Low tide? Rising? Falling? Thanks for any tips.  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://fryingpantower.com/ftopict-14302.html

That is a link to a thread I started last week asking the same question. It will be a good place to start. I plan on using the advice this weekend too!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the topics we did not cover in that thread was the tide.

Clams do not move a lot, but they do move up and down. At dead low tide they will be deeper down in the bottom but when the tide starts coming in they will move up and begin feeding.

About 30 minutes into the start of a rising tide, the clams will be so high up that you can just about trip on them in grass beds. This is especially true the warmer the water is. When the cooler water from the incoming tide starts getting over them, they feed more heavily.

What I recommend for anyone looking to get some clams is look for eel grass beds. Since the change in state law banning raking and mechanical clamming in eel grass beds, the pickins are easy.

Find a grass bed that has not been touched in a while and you'll find the clams. Another tip is if you find a big chowder clam, feel around the edges of the hole that is left behind when you dig him up. Very often, you'll find a nice little neck or two within a few inches.

Hope this helps.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great info guys.  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Around Wrightsville Beach we do not have eel grass. The clams also do not move up and down according to the tide. Find broken shell and on edges of oyster rocks and dig there.  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yeah.. I just made it all up roll

If what you posted is true then Wrightsville Beach is the only place on the entire east coast of the US where the clams do not move up and down.

While it is true that you will find clams on broken shell bottom, you will also find them pretty much anywhere else there is something that will allow the spat to get out of current. Eel grass, oyster shells, clam shells, docks etc.. If you can find a freshly dug canal you can find huge quantities sometimes. Once we found a channel that had been refreshed in Bogue Sound. My friend and I nabbed a little over 5000 in four hours.

So for anyone interested in clamming you can take my opinion for what it is worth, but considering I am a second generation clammer, and spent over 10 years clamming commercially, and many more recreationally clamming, I will stand by everything I have posted.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what is "eel grass"? There are so many names for the same thing, it gets so confusing sometimes.  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

W0W Squid it sounds like you been clamming your time away :-)
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eel grass is a long, slender sea weed. If you find some shallow spots with sea weed growing on it, it is most likely eel grass  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guy is not clamming in Bogue Snd. He asked about Wrightsville Beach and Rich's Inlet. I've clammed this area since 1973 and I know what we have in the area that joyless is looking for. What you do up north from here may be a little different. On a daily basis our clams will not move more than a couple of millimeters. I just do this for a living, but I'm still learning. I'm sorry I even tried to help a local.  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read it again.. I am not saying they move from one spot to another, I am saying they move up and down within the confines of the bottom.

In different bottom types they do different things. Under rocks and shell, they do not move much at all. In sand, grass and mud they move up and down more.

Either way, we have both provided enough info to get people looking to clam for the first time enough for the table.

Killbox, what type of clamming do you do? Do you use a bull rake, tongs, tread etc...
  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am coming down to topsail island in sept 17-25 and would like to take my daughter clamming but everytime im down there all the places that i know to go are posted is there any public clam beds around tha area or whats the going price to hire a guide or someone to help me out i coming from west virginia and really need the help thank you.  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some areas near Scotts Hill boat ramp that are open.  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

where is scotts hill boat ramp from topsail island any name of any road would be very helpful i have to walk out in low tide im sure but so far thats the most info i ever got thank you so much for everything.  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Low tide in the creeks behind Lee and Hutaff Island, you will find plenty on the shell banks of the deeper channels.  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually go up the creek in front of the dome house towards CB
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check before you go:

http://www.deh.enr.state.nc.us/shellfish/maps.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THANKS ALOT EVERYONE.. i really appreciate all the help do you use a rake or what we call a clamming fork looks like a pitch fork. in short are the clams very deep in the mud and do you have red flags for bad clamming area due to the rain.  

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i see everyone saying CB whats that stand for??  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

feeshnfinatic wrote:
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I LOOKED UP EVERYTHING I COULD FIND ABOUT THESE ISLANDS AND I FOUND NOTHING ON WHERE THEY ARE DOES ANY ONE HAVE THE NAME OF THE ROADS TO PARK ON AND WALK OUT FROM THERE FROM LIKE THE BOAT RAMP SCOTTS BOAT RAMP NORTH OR SOUTH AND HOW FAR OUT THESE ISLANDS ARE? THANKS ALOT.....
  
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