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October 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Nice-sized razor clams seen during early October opener as next series of digs now underway on coastal beaches

10razor2013There was some surprising facts that came out of the coastal razor clam season since it opened a couple week ago.

“We just finished running the length data from the first razor clam opener (Oct. 7-12),” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

According to Ayres what their data revealed was the razor clams were actually nice in size on three of the four beaches.

At Long Beach the clam size was 4.09 inches; at Twin Harbors it was 4.54; and Mocrocks saw the biggest clam average of 4.75. Data was not collected from Copalis Beach on Oct. 18 due to the very rough surf and just a few clams were actually dug up.

Coast-wide a total of 23,100 digger trips Oct. 7-12 took home 291,000 clams for an average of 12.6 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit). At Long Beach, the average was 13.5 clams per person; Twin Harbors it was 14.1; Mocrocks saw an average of 12.1; and Copalis had a paltry 3.9.

The upcoming digs open during evening low tides (noon to midnight) are:

Friday, Oct. 24, -0.4 at 7:44 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Saturday, Oct. 25, -0.6 at 8:22 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

Sunday, Oct. 26, -0.6 at 9:03 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Monday, Oct. 27, -0.4 at 9:47 p.m. at Long Beach and Twin Harbors

Tuesday, Oct. 28, -0.2 at 10:36 p.m. at Long Beach and Twin Harbor

The next tentative digs are:

Nov. 4-6 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 7 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Nov. 8 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis; Nov. 9 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Nov. 10-11 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Other tentative dates at Long Beach and Twin Harbors are Nov. 20-26, Dec. 3-9, Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 31. Mocrocks on Nov. 21-23, Dec. 5-7, Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 31. Copalis on Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 20 and Dec. 31. Kalaloch Beach is closed due a low population of razor clams.

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