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October 26, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Coastal razor clam opening day diggers could find some nasty weather and surf conditions

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Those planning a coastal razor clam digging trip this Friday or Saturday might want to watch the weather and surf conditions very closely.

“The weather and (surf) swell looks a little less than desirable at 13 feet,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist. “During the fall and winter the weather can change quickly, so people need to be prepared and have good weather gear.”

“My father always used to say for safety reasons to never take your eye off the surf,” Ayres said. “We see a lot of people who get caught up in the excitement of digging, and all it takes is for that second to not be aware of your surroundings and get into trouble.”

Digging is open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

After the initial opener most other opportunities are set at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, because those beaches have the highest number of clams available for harvest. Those dates are Nov. 11-12, Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 22-23 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Additional digs at Copalis Beach are Nov. 25 and Dec. 23. The reason for the short window of opportunity at Copalis is due to a lack of clams.

No digging will be allowed before noon on any of the open beaches.

Dates are still being worked out for Kalaloch Beach.

Final approval of all openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.

Diggers must take the first 15 razor clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Dates and low tides:

Oct. 28 – 8:28 p.m., minus-1.8 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Oct. 29 – 9:17 p.m., -1.5 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Nov. 11 – 6:48 p.m., -0.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Nov. 12 – 7:23 p.m., -0.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Nov. 25 – 6:27 p.m., -1.9 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Nov. 26 – 7:14 p.m., -1.8 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Dec. 10 – 6:30 p.m., -0.5 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Dec. 22 – 4:40 p.m., -0.9 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Dec. 23 – 5:29 p.m., -1.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

(Photo taken by Ryan Nakata)

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