View Full Version : Saturday Clammin

01-23-2008, 04:42 PM
The post a few weeks ago about clamming got me chompin at the bit to give it a try. I brought my wife and mom and my friend and his family came along as well. I bought a clam gun at the sports shop for 20 bucks grabbed my waders and off we went. The low tide was at about 3:30 and the weather was perfect out at Bodega.
took a couple of tries with the clam gun to figure it out but ti works pretty darn good
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We would just take a big plug out of the sand then reach down into the hole and dig around by hand for the clamshttp://img144.imageshack.us/img144/5558/img2806jk2.th.jpg (http://img144.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2806jk2.jpg)
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after a while we realized it would be much easier to dig a bigger hole and lower one of the little ones down and let them grab the clams
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All in all it was a great day and tons of fun for everyone we walked away with three limits of horsenecks one limit of washingtons and a razor clam
however nobody ever said a thing about the huge pink worms that are in the mud I freaked when I pulled one otu thinking it was a horseneck
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well we will try it again for sure and thanks to the very cool ranger who told us where to go when we first arrived very cool individual
and mad props to metalmouth for the instructions on posting hopefully this will work

01-23-2008, 04:50 PM
Wow those pink worms are huge, matter fact they look like sausages. Now I know what people are doing at the half moon bay ramps.

01-23-2008, 04:55 PM
yeah we looked em up and they are called fat innkeeper worms

01-24-2008, 07:46 AM
How on earth are you dirtier than the curly haired kid? It is a fact that children must get dirtier than adults when clamming. You must be young at heart I guess...

01-24-2008, 08:05 PM
that is awesome ive always wanted to do it. stopping at bodega so often to fish for anything and never catching anything. you give me inspiration.

01-25-2008, 08:51 AM
It really was fun everyone had smiles. There were a few other groups out there and all you could hear was laughing and cheering each-other on. I highly reccomend going out with friends it definitely ups the enjoyment level

01-27-2008, 10:31 PM
DUDE... those worms look disgusting :o!!!! you should use it for bait ;) ;D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-27-2008, 10:35 PM
Mmm... i read that it may be a good bait for Bay Ray? :o

01-27-2008, 11:05 PM
DUDE... those worms look disgusting *:o!!!! you should use it for bait *;) ;D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My thought exactly

01-30-2008, 04:35 PM
there called blood worms at mosslanding good bait for rays and sharks

01-30-2008, 08:51 PM
i... really wouldnt wanna hold em even if they are good bait. its too.. ya know.. hah!

01-31-2008, 07:03 PM
Cut one open they bleed just like a stuck pig :P

01-31-2008, 07:11 PM
Thank you for the post on the clamming. That sounds like a lot of fun !

02-01-2008, 10:18 AM
I'm glad I could share it with you guys

02-01-2008, 10:59 PM
This sounds like a great activity for the family. You've really got me thinkin" about going. Is there a season? I know I can find this in the Regs, but what i mean .....is there a better time than others? Do you need a really low tide? Can you post a picture of that clam gun thing. I've never heard or seen one of these. When I was a kid all we had was a bucket, a shovel and a hoe. I look forward to any responses. Thanks!!! Wishin' just to get out into a little sun.

02-03-2008, 07:49 PM
Heres a picture of the clamgun http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/6461/clamgun1002tc5.th.jpg (http://img143.imageshack.us/my.php?image=clamgun1002tc5.jpg)

Its great fun for the hole family, Im no expert on this it was our first time but as I understand it you need a minus tide to reach the bed.
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and don't forget about these guys

02-07-2008, 05:30 PM
Thanks for posting the pics. How does that clam gun work???
What's it made of?? Can one be made at home?? The whole
idea of playing in the mud sure sounds fun!!!
Thanks again!!

02-07-2008, 07:10 PM
The clam gun is a metal tube that tapers down to a handle on the handle there is a little hole, so, when you shove it down in the mud you put your finger over the hole on the handle and it creates a vacuum holding the mud in the tube so you can pull it out of the ground, you have to be carefull when your down about three feet so as not to break the clams. I learned this the hard way the first couple of times, I found it was easier to dig down about thirty inches and then reach in and feel around for the clams then dig them out by hand. good luck there's a good minus tides 16th to the 20th this month

02-07-2008, 07:12 PM
oh P.S.
the gun only cost 20 bucks so its probly easier if you just go to a sportshop

02-10-2008, 11:41 PM
Thanks for all the input. For $20.00 it seems worth it. I'll post if we go.