October 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Coastal razor clam digs set to begin this Friday, and should be outstanding if weather cooperates
The next series of coastal razor clam digs will begin Friday, Nov. 1, but a few days of upcoming stormy weather could damper success.
The most recent razor clam digs Oct. 17-22 generated 32,000 digger trips with 14.9 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).
“We are seeing really good digging so far this fall,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager who predicts this will be a banner season through next spring barring any marine toxin issues.
The digs are this Friday, Nov. 1 at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Saturday, Nov. 2 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday and Monday, Nov. 3-4 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Nov. 6-8 at Long Beach. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.
Low tides: Nov. 1, plus-0.1 feet at 5:52 p.m.; Nov. 2, minus-0.6 at 6:36 p.m.; Nov. 3, -1.1 at 6:44 p.m.; Nov. 4, -1.3 at 6:59 p.m.; Nov. 5, -1.3 at 7:45 p.m.; Nov. 6, -1.2 at 8:33 p.m.; Nov. 7, -1.2 at 9:24 p.m.; and Nov. 8, -0.3 at 10:19 p.m.
The best digging usually occurs about one to two hours before low tide. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
More digs are scheduled Nov. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 17 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Nov. 18-20 at Long Beach. Final approval will be announced about a week before.
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