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Work 18 hours yesterday and walked through the door at 2 am only to leave again at 4:45am.

Got to strathmere at 6am along with 4 other friends. We got our limit of clams (750) and was back at the ramp by 7:15am.

The clams are just now making it to the surface and all indications look like the clam stocks are up in the Oc, sea isle area.

Now for the BBQ tomorrow to eat some fresh seafood.
 

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My Grandfather use to clam. He has been gone a long time now, kinda wish I had gone clamming with him back then. At least I was his "fishing buddy!" Maybe I'll look into learning to clam. Any suggestions how?
 

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Rhino,
Grab a recreational license and start driving around the back bays near low tide. If you see others clamming, jump overboard and start pumping your feet.

Many guys will rake clams, I sell the clam rakes that we use, but it is not necessary to havea rake.

If oyu are gonna clam with a rake and out of the water, get a 5 gallon bucket, the smaller clams tend to be in the harder, sandier bottom

If you are going to tread for them (working your feet up and down in the water) get an inner-tube and fasten a bushel basket in the center.

When you go and get your license, ask for a map. They will give you a map of the coastal areas of NJ that show where you can and can not clam. Also, clamming is not allowed on sundays.

Hope this helps. If you want, give me a shout with any questions. If the weakfish don't show up this summer, I am gonna do alot more clamming in the back.
 

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LIMITED OUT??? Clams??? yippie!...only a millbilly would get excited about clams.

START SELLING THEM SO YOU GOT LOTS OF DOUGH TO BET THIS FOOTBALL SEASON.



HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY
 

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Candyman,
Clams are the best seafood to come out of NJ.

As a kid I used to commercially clam for spending money. Made some good dough as a kid. I will start putting it away now, but I am thinking that the eagles will not be winning as much this year.

Jack, It was tough to find 4 friends.
I had to pay them to come with me.
 

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Kirk,
The bar that I have been clamming seems to have an endless supply. I never thought about using a rototiller, but that might work too. :D
 

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J, I like clams too, but if you think they are the best seafood outa NJ, you aint ever ate a BLUECLAW!!!!!!!!
 

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no spot,
There are plenty to go around.
As I said earlier, this is not a scientific study, but the clam stocks in the OC area seem to be up (way up) over the last few years. We also caught but threw back more than 100 tiny clams. The waters are very clean and the clams thriving.
 

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Well done MargaritaVille! Great to hear that stocks are on the ups & the waters are cleansing. No gnatts or greenies to bother wit yet has to be a big plus. Flung a craveing on me :D . Curious as to the going rates (size wise) down there...(understanding that you were rec. ing em). Was 15-08-05 years ago, give me the "inflation" seniro If you would/could
Thanks, Jim
 

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I have my commercial license as well, but rarely use it.
The wholesale rates for me are around 16 for tops and littles, 10 for cherries and 6 for chowders.

I think the going rate for tops at a seafood store is about 35 per 100. Not sure on the others.
 

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Hey....never clammed...but do want to now..after hearing you guys..what size are ya allowed to keep.
 

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ch,
Clams have to be 1.5" at the longest point.

When you go to get your clamming license, ask them for a map. It will show the areas you are allowed to clam.

Need a rake??? email me. :D
 

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MargaritaVille,

Where can you purchase a rec clamming license? A summer day spent crabbing, clamming and fishing, followed by a night of cracking, shucking and sipping sure sounds good.

Thanks,
Joe
 

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SHELLFISH & NON-COMMERCIAL CRAB POT LICENSE AGENTS
(For over the counter sales only)
ATLANTIC COUNTY
Egg Harbor True Value . . . . . . . . . . 208 N. Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor . . . . . . . . . . 609-965-0815
+Gifford Marine, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Margate Blvd., Northfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-383-9500
+Jennings Misty Morning Marina . . 1820 Mays Ldg.-Somers Pt Rd., EH Twp. . . . . . . . 609-927-5303
+Nacote Creek Shellfish Office . . . . Route 9, Mile 51, Port Republic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-748-2040
+Steve?s Deepwater Marina. . . . . . . 5012 Ocean Heights Ave., EH Twp.. . . . . . . . . . . . 609-927-0461
+Up the Creek Marina. . . . . . . . . . . . 139 E. Faunce Ldg. Rd., Absecon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-272-9252
#Zeus Sporting Goods. . . . . . . . . . . . 6679 Black Horse Pike, EH Twp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-646-1668
CAPE MAY COUNTY
Avalon Hodge Podge . . . . . . . . . . . 2389 Ocean Dr., Avalon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-967-3274
Budd?s B&T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Fullingmill Rd., Villas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-886-6935
Capt. Tate?s Tackle Box . . . . . . . . . 450 No. Route 47, Cape May CH, Dennisville . . . . 609-861-4001
+City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9th & Asbury Ave., Ocean City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-399-6111
+Just Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 W. Mechanic St., Cape May CH . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-465-6171
Red Dog B&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367 43rd St., Sea Isle City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-263-7914
+Upper Twp. Municipal Bldg. . . . . . . 2100 Tuckahoe Rd., Petersburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-628-2011
CUMBERLAND COUNTY
+Bivalve Shellfish Office . . . . . . . . . 6959 Miller Ave., Port Norris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 856-785-0730
GLOUCESTER COUNTY
Washington Twp. Parks . . . . . . . . . Hurfville-Cross Keys Rd., Turnersville . . . . . . . . . . 856-589-6427
Borough of Paulsboro . . . . . . . . . . 1211 Delaware St., Paulsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 856-423-1500
MERCER COUNTY
+NJ Div. Fish and Wildlife. . . . . . . . . 501 E. State St., 3rd Fl., Trenton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-292-2965
MIDDLESEX
Sayreville Sportsman Shop . . . . . . 52 Washington Ave., Sayreville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-238-2060
MONMOUTH COUNTY
Brielle Tackle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800 Ashley Ave., Brielle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-528-5720
OCEAN COUNTY
American Sportsman. . . . . . . . . . . 857 Mill Creek Rd., Manahawkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-597-4104
Barnegat Boat Basin . . . . . . . . . . . 491 E. Bay Ave., Barnegat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-698-8581
Bruce & Pat?s B&T Shop . . . . . . . . 317 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-494-2333
Downe?s Bait & Tackle. . . . . . . . . . 287 Brennan Concourse, Bayville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-269-0137
Eastern Bait & Tackle. . . . . . . . . . . 507 Route 9, Bayville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-237-0553
Fishermen?s Headquarters . . . . . . 280 W. 9th St., Ship Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-494-5739
Grizz?s Forked River B&T. . . . . . . . 232 N. Main St., Forked River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-693-9298
Lacey Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308 Route 9, South, Forked River . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-693-0151
Maritime Marina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 470 S. Green St., Tuckerton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-294-9090
Mole?s Bait & Tackle . . . . . . . . . . . 403 Route 9,Waretown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609-693-3318
Pell?s Fish & Sport Shop . . . . . . . . 335 Mantoloking Rd., Bricktown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-477-2121
Scott?s Bait & Tackle . . . . . . . . . . . 945 Radio Rd., Little Egg Harbor Twp.. . . . . . . . . . 609-296-1300
Wheel House Marina . . . . . . . . . . . 267 24th Ave., So. Seaside Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-793-3296
SOMERSET COUNTY
Efinger?s Sporting Goods. . . . . . . . 513 W. Union Ave., Bound Brook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732-356-0604
 
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