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Hi everyone,
I would like to try clamming this summer. But have never done it before. Where is the best place to do this? Do I need any special tools or lisence? I am out of Ortley Beach.

Thanks! I am patiantly wating for the spring!
Jim
 

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Originally posted by phish4fun:
I NEVER DID IT BUT YOU NEED A PERMIT AND THERE IS A LIMIT EA DAY. TRY NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WEBSITE.
Yep, Here is The Link -
Bureau Of ShellFisheries
 

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JSGAuto,
I clam more than I fish and clam every month out of the year.

You need a license. Either a 10 dollar 150 clam limit or a 50 dollar commercial that is unlimited.

You will get a book that shows areas that are open and restricted for clamming. Follow the maps and the laws. The Game wardens check me constantly.

There are two main ways to clam, either treading or raking.

If you are treading for them, a pair of hunting socks and a floating bucket is really all you need. Find a soft muddy area and with waist high water and start pumping your feet. you will feel the clams under your feet. Most of the time you will get slightly larger clams. Clams must be 1.5 inches at the widest point to keep. A couple of places sell a handy little tool to check the size of the clams. Try to get one they are cheap

If you want to rake them, you will want to get a good clam rake (That is where I come in :D )

You can find a clam rake in just about any store, but they are large, heavy and have thick teeth. The thick teeth will not cut into the mud or hard bottom very well.

Invest in a custom made clam rake. I make and sell them, as do some other places on the web. They are worth every penny. Mine are 60 bucks and are all stainless steel.

I prefer hard sand bars on the back bays. I like to get high and dry and rake an area. Being out of the water allows you to see where you have raked and not miss any places. It also allows you to get smaller clams as you can feel them with the rake and even if they are close to the surface you can see them if they get turned up. In the water, the current would push them away and you will have a tougher time finding them.

I prefer avalon, Sea Isle and Strathmere in the summer and Stone Harbor in the winter.

If you have any other questions, shoot me an email
 

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I only clam from may to october when water is warmer. I clam SIC and Stratmere areas. I like to go about 2 hours before low tide and rake. I stay about 2 or 3 hrs as tide starts coming up. The clams pop right out of the mud. I use neoprene socks from Sports Authority. They are called Hodgepods I believe. You are allowed 150 a day and you can not clam on Sundays.
 

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Originally posted by aj bruno:
Hey M-ville, can you get em now? Same Places?
AJ,
I clam year round. My last trip was the first week in december. It was daybreak and 20 degrees outside.

Some locations are closed in the summer time, but open from November 1 through march or april. These winter beds are good if you can find a high and dry bed at low tide.

We will duck hunt and clam at the same time. It is a blast
 

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Originally posted by Oyster Dog:
Marg'ville, I'm looking for a new rake any chance emailing me a picture.
Here you go Oyster Dog,
Margaritaville Rake -
 

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Originally posted by clutch:
are there designated spots? how does one know where to go?
Clutch,
There are designated areas
There are OPEN, RESTRICTED, SPECIAL RESTRICTED and SEASONAL

Open is open year round

Restricted is restricted year round

Special Restricted is open only for commercial clammers that use a processes to decontaminate them

Seasonal is open only for the winter months.

When you purchase a license for clamming, ask for a map book. They have maps of all of the NJ coastline. You will see the designated areas on there.
 

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Bill,
Thanks for the plug. I have not forgot you if you need another rake for this summer. I will have a fresh batch of them made.

I am also going to look into having them in a couple of stores down your way.

NightStrikes,
Thanks for the picture.
 
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