Just got early word that digging razor clams last night on the coast was off the charts!
Craig Pedersen and his two sons from Mercer Island headed for Ocean Shores, and had their limit of 45 clams in less than an hour.
“The clams were nice size, and it was easy digging and the weather was great,” Pedersen said.
I also heard from Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist that digging just north of Ocean City was excellent.
He and his wife and two daughters were only on the beach for 40 minutes, and dug up 60 clams.
“The weather and surf really cooperated last night, and razor clam digging was excellent,” Ayres said. “Our youngest (Anna age 9) dug her first complete limit on her own. She was like a dog after a bone (and very fun to watch!), and on the way up to the truck, Anna said “hey dad, this is the first time I’ve ever been clam digging and not been freezing!”
Those who missed out on Friday night’s dig still have plenty of time to head to the coast for what should be another very good dig tonight.
Ayres says the surf tonight (Saturday, Nov. 26) is predicted to be lower (although we had no problems with big waves last night), and the weather guys say the winds predicted for today should die off by evening.
Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks are open on Saturday, Nov. 26, and low tide is minus-1.8 feet at 7:14 p.m. No digging will be allowed either day before noon.
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Because Copalis Beach will not be open for digging Saturday, Nov. 26, diggers need to observe the boundary between Mocrocks Beach and Copalis Beach, which are adjacent to one another north of Grays Harbor.
Mocrocks Beach, which will be open to digging both days, lies north of the Copalis River and includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Copalis Beach lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis.
Other digs are scheduled for:
Dec. 10, low tide is minus-0.5 feet at 6:30 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 22, -0.9 at 4:40 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Dec. 23, -1.4 at 5:29 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.
More digs are also planned later in January as well as more during spring time. Some of those specific dates should be announced by early January.
(Photos by Ryan Nakata)