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October 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Coastal razor clam digging still off the charts

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The most recent razor clam dig series off the coast was another one for the memory books!

“Great digging are the easy words to describe what we’ve seen,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “It has been limits (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition) for just about everybody on each beach.”

The six-day dig that began last Thursday to Tuesday generated 32,000 digger trips with 14.9 clams per person.

At Long Beach a total of 8,900 digger trips averaged 14.9 clams per digger trip; at Twin Harbors, 8,300 digger trips averaged 14.89 clams per digger trip; at Copalis, 8,900 digger trips averaged 14.8 clams per digger trip; and at Mocrocks, 5,700 digger trips produced 15.0 clams per digger trip.

“(Tuesday) night was an exceptionally foggy night at Twin Harbors (the only beach open),” Ayres said. “Our crew had an unusually difficult time navigating the beach as did most of the diggers. They luckily had a GPS that helped them locate the beach approaches and they spent some time leading people off the beach. But, clamming was great and limits were the norm for most everyone.”

A final decision on the next series of digs should be known early next week. The next digging dates are: Nov. 1 at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Nov. 2 and Nov. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 17 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Nov. 5 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 18-20 at Long Beach.

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