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Convinced a couple of friends and family to go clamming today down in seaisle.

I had promised CVS a trip when he got back from Iraq, so he came with us to break in his new clam rake.

Spent a couple of hours clamming and had to throw back about 50 clams over our limit.

Ended up bringing home 750 clams.

Looks like we will be having an easter clam hunt on sunday. :D
 

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My mouth is watering just thinking about those delicious clams! :D

[ 04-14-2006, 06:52 PM: Message edited by: ihunt49 ]
 

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Jason are there any tricks to get the sand out of those suckers? I love clams but the sand has to go.
 

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Originally posted by hogwild:
Jason are there any tricks to get the sand out of those suckers? I love clams but the sand has to go.
I don't think we are talking about the same clams.
Surf clams have alot of sand in them.

It is very rare for hard clams to get sand in them. They make pearls out of infiltrated sand, just like an oyster does.

Stop by and I will schuck a couple of clams for you and you tell me if they have sand in them
 

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Sounds good to me ;) But a friend of mine(I think he even bought one of your rakes last year)gets plenty of small clams and alot of the time they're loaded with sand. Is it possible that these are "small surf clams"? I'm talking like 2"to3".
 

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Originally posted by hogwild:
Sounds good to me ;) But a friend of mine(I think he even bought one of your rakes last year)gets plenty of small clams and alot of the time they're loaded with sand. Is it possible that these are "small surf clams"? I'm talking like 2"to3".
mickey,
I guess it is possible.
I couldn't fathom trying to eat a surf clam.

Are they steamed or raw when you are eating them?

If your buddy bought a rake from me, tell him to give me a shout. I will take him on a trip where he will not get any sand in the clams.

Never soak clams in 151, use it as a mixer on the side.
 

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Sounds like you had a good tripl. Hope we can make one this summer.
 

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Bill,
I will always trade seabass for clams. Getting together is tough though. give me a shout, maybe we can try next week. I want to make an evening trip for stripers in the river, but the herring are few and far between.


Ron,
No problem. I plan on doing more clamming and crabbing this year so there is always an open spot for ya
 

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Alright Jason, give me a run down on the different types of clams that I would find on the flats. I only like steamers so I guess I would only keep littlenecks? Are the larger ones all cherrystones and are they good steamed?

Are you getting rid of the rakes you made? Looking to buy a few in a couple of months if you still have a couple.

Thanks,

RyanF
 

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Ryan,
With the exception of a rare hairy clam (don't laugh) or a piss clam, most of what you are gonna get are hard clams.

I prefer small cherry clams for steaming, but that is just me.

The little necks, to me, are worthless, but my wife and sister in law like them. They are the tinyest clams and not worth the effort to open them.

Raw clams I like topnecks.

I don't throw back any clams except the undersized ones.

If I get chowder clams, I will make clams Casino, Clam chowder, Deviled Clams or clams and Linguine.

It is like the forrest gump of clams at my house.
 

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to clean the clams of any grit just soak them in salted water with cornmeal overnight. They will open up and recirculate.

Scrub them with a stiff brush first!

[ 04-16-2006, 11:12 AM: Message edited by: HookinUp ]
 

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Originally posted by HookinUp:
to clean the clams of any grit just soak them in salted water with cornmeal overnight. They will open up and recirculate.
I guess to me a tiny amount of grit is normal. I have never found a clam that is gritty.
 
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