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October 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Razor clams approved on two south coast beaches starting Nov. 4

The next series of coastal fall razor clams have been approved at Twin Harbors and Long Beach beginning Nov. 4.

The digs are Nov. 4 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors (minus-1.3 feet low tide at 7:33 p.m.); Nov. 5 at Twin Harbors (-1.2 at 8:18 p.m.); Nov. 6 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors (-0.9 at 9:07 p.m.); and Nov. 7 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors (-0.5 at 9:59 p.m.). Digging is between noon and midnight only.

Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager says these digs were allowed because of the abundant razor clam populations on those two beaches.

“With more clams available for harvest south of Grays Harbor, we can offer these digging opportunities in addition to the ones that will include all beaches coming up later this month,” Ayres said.

During the previous digs Ayres pointed out, “the weather was lousy for the [Oct. 16] opener, especially on the beaches south of Grays Harbor, but it got a little better by [Oct. 17], and then it was a beautiful fall day by [Oct. 18] and the clams were just popping out everywhere.”

“I was out on Copalis [Oct. 16], where the average was 13.7 clams per person, and I ran into a guy soaked from head to toe who managed to stay pretty happy because he got his clams.”

Ayres said coastwide there were 30,250 digger trips made, and the average was 14 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is the daily limit).

“We saw a good mix of clam sizes at Copalis and Mocrocks, and they were somewhat smaller to the south,” Ayres said. “At Kalaloch there were some 5-inch clams in the catch along with some smaller ones.”

Future clam digs are dependent on marine toxin levels. Other planned digs are Nov. 14-17, Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3.

The best time to dig is an hour or two before low tide. Check the weather and surf conditions before heading out.

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