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December 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Coastal razor clam digging still off the charts when the weather cooperates

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The banner fall coastal razor clam season appears to be holding up just fine, and many are finding their 15-clam daily limits with ease.

“Razor clam digging has been going great, and on Saturday (Nov. 30) it was limits for everybody, and Sunday (Dec. 1) things changed a bit with the crummy weather,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“It (the bad weather) mostly affected Long Beach where the catch was about eight clams per person (on Dec. 1) and at Twin Harbors it was closer to 12 clams,” Ayres said. “At Mocrocks the 500 people on that beach all got limits. Mocrocks has a stupendous population, and even with that weather you can pull through with limits.”

Ayres says the weather since then has improved immensely, and digging has been excellent although crowds are way down.

“We only had 180 people out on Mocrcosks on Monday,” Ayres said. “I was out at Twin Harbors on Tuesday with my wife, and we arrived after low tide which is a big no-no, but that is how it worked with our schedule. And we still dug our two limits within a half an hour.”

Ayres mentioned that success should remain the same for the next few days with digging open Wednesday night (Dec. 4) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors followed by more digs Thursday through Saturday at Twin Harbors only. Digging is allowed after noon each day.

“It is great digging, and this cold weather is holding the ocean off, and the surf is way low like a summer time surf,” Ayres said. “The clams I dug at Twin Harbors were beautiful, and I didn’t measure them but they were easily 5 inches.”

Here are the additional evening digging dates going into the winter holiday period:


Saturday, Dec. 14 (low tide is -0.1 feet at 4:45 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Sunday, Dec. 15 (-0.3 at 5:26 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbor and Mocrocks.

Monday, Dec. 16 (-0.4 at 6:03 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (-0.4 at 6:38 p.m.) at Twin Harbors.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (-0.3 at 7:12 p.m.) at Twin Harbors.

Sunday, Dec. 29 (-0.2 at 4:05 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Monday, Dec. 30 (-0.9 at 4:55 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Tuesday, Dec. 31 (-1.4 at 5:42 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.





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