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    Question Clams in the Sound?

    I have been told by a couple of people, along with a conversation with fish and game a few years ago that there are a few gravel beaches in PWS where butter or little neck clams can be found.
    Will be out there looking around all next week, and wondered if anyone could fill me in on how to find these small clams in the gravel. Don't know if I should take a rake, shovel, or what kind of weapon will be needed and just how to use it.
    Any advice or comments on this subject would be much appreciated.

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    anchor off each coner of the stern, wait for tide to drop and starte'er up, you'll blast'em right out of the gravel Can't help you my friend, never did any clamm'in in the sound.

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    I've got 'em on the west side of Simpson Bay (near Cordova)...but that was about 20 yrs ago. I've never really seen any beaches on the western part of PWS that looked suitable and never tried. They're very shallow, just a few inches under the surface...a little hand rake is all you need.

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    Have tried sandy, muddy and pebble beaches out of Whittier. Funny thing was after digging or raking 100 holes I found one. Maybe they run deeper or far and few between. Sure got me stumped?

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    we have dug clams quite a few times. we use a 4 prong rake. i think it is actually called clam rake. the tines are fairly long. pretty much any cove you hang out in that has old shells laying around have clams. some coves are better than others. they are from just under the surface to about 8 inches down. or thats as far as i'll try. wear gloves to prevent blisters and expect a work out. i also put them into a mesh bag and hang over the side of the boat after rinsing them off a bunch of times to get them to purge all of the sand. then it's a little steaming and enjoy!

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