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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Coastal razor clam digs begin Friday, but weather and lousy tides could hinder success

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On the eve before another series of coastal razor clam digs all eyes are looking west to see what Mother Nature dish out on the beaches.

“They are calling for southwest winds to 15 knots and nine-foot swells on Friday, and then it goes to 15 feet on Saturday,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“It will not be a washout and for the most part digging will occur in the daylight, but it is not a good low tide series and they’re marginal tides,” Ayres said. “The jury is out on how good it will be and I would dress for the whatever weather comes our way. Keep your eye out for the surf and the rain hitting the sand will make it tough (to see the shows).”

Digging will be open Friday to Sunday (Jan. 25-27) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and Saturday (Jan.26) at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches. Digging will be open after noon each day.

Low tides: Jan. 25, 0.0 feet at 5:44 p.m.; Jan. 26, -0.2 at 6:18 p.m.; and Jan. 27, -0.2 at 6:50 p.m.

Other tentative dates: Feb. 7 and Feb. 11-12 at Twin Harbors; Feb. 8-9 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Feb. 10 and Feb. 23-24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. More digs will also be announced soon for March.

(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times archive)

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