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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Razor clam diggers greeted with nice weather and excellent digging

Coastal razor clam diggers finally got a break in the weather and the opener on Wednesday night was off the boards.

“I was at Long Beach checking diggers, and it was great digging and the nice weather definitely played into it,” said Dan Ayres, the head coastal shellfish biologist for state Fish and Wildlife. “It was nice to have a dig without roaring seas and big winds.”

“Everyone had limits at Long Beach, and that was also the case at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “I expect that the results will be the same on the beaches north of Twin Harbors when they open [Dec. 3]. It should be a good stretch of digging with the good weather.”

Ayres said everyone had their limits of clams at Long Beach before it got dark and most were done by 5:30 p.m., but advises those who plan to head out today through Saturday to bring along a lantern.

Digging is open Dec. 3 at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Dec. 4-5 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch. Digging is allowed from noon to midnight only.

Low tides: Dec. 3, -1.4 at 7:18 p.m.; Dec. 4, -1.3 at 8:04 p.m.; and Dec. 5, -0.9 at 8:51 p.m.

The next planned dig is Dec. 31-Jan. 3.

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