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May 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Razor clam diggers weather the rainstorm and still find success

photo (36)The most recent coastal razor clam digs from April 27 to May 4 produced a mixed bag of results mostly dependent on what Mother Nature dished out.

“It was kind of an interesting week for the coastal razor clam digs, and the weather ran the whole gambit,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“In the middle of the week it was short sleeves and fantastic digging,” Ayres said. “Then Saturday the weather changed and digging was still good. By Sunday the surf came up and ran all the way up the beach and it was tough digging.”

Daily 15-clam limits were mostly the rule – ranged 14.6 to 15.0 per digger – from April 27 to May 2 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, and Mocrocks on Friday, May 2.

On Saturday, May 3, diggers averaged 12.7 at Long Beach; 14.7 at Twin Harbors; and 13.8 at Mocrocks. Things turned sour by Sunday,  May 4, when diggers averaged 7.7 at Long Beach; 8.9 at Twin Harbors; and 8.8 at Mocrocks.

The total from April 27 to May 4 showed 28,406 diggers turned out and harvested 388,766 clams.

Digging has been pretty much off the charts since the season began in late September.

“Most people are pretty happy with the season, and some even stayed the whole week which is kind of like the good old days,” Ayres said.

Ayres provided more positive news by indicating more digs are planned this month.

“We do fully expect to announce more digging dates for the middle of this month and at the end of the month,” Ayres said. “We’ll know how many more days we’ve got left in the season in the next couple of days.”

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