Has anyone found a preferable depth for which to throw clam bellies? What kind of current do you look for and is it best to stay away from the channels, even if there is very little traffic? thanks for any help you can give
I have had success anchoring up in creek mouths that dump into the main channel. I don't think there is a magic depth, instead I look for holes or ledges where the depth changes significantly. I don't think it is safe to anchor in a marked channel, even if boat traffic is light. But you should be able to do well anchoring out of the channel and letting your chunks drift into the channel. As for current, periods of slower current (around the top and bottom of the tide) have worked best for us.
are you fishing the del.Bay ?? if so you may want to try chunking some bunker at night ans as baits .. heads mid section chunk,and also a whole bait with the tail cut of so it dont spin,especially try the whole bait when the tide is just abot done and trough slack and the start of the next ....This is a Larger fish tactak that has worked for me on more than one occasion,especially at NIGHT..Good luch,and hope i helped some,Vinny
I primarily chunk clams in the back, but the depth doesn't really matter. What I do is try to gauge the distance off the back that the clams will actually hit the bottom. If the current is ripping in deep water then you'll have to both toss the chunks well ahead of the boat, and toss your line far off the back. That way your bait is sitting where the chunks are hitting the bottom.
You will find that if you can get somewhere in the right area with your baits you will get a lot more runoffs.