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RI Clamming

post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 
is it even possible? I was looking through the regs yesterday for Recreational shellfishing and was just about cross eyed trying to figure out when and where I could pick up some steamers or razors. Maybe I will just go to the store.

Does anyone dig their own?
post #2 of 62
I was planning on doing a little of that this year too.
post #3 of 62
I dig a little during the warm weather. Non-residents need a license, its good for 15 days. Residents don't need a license. Steamers have to be an inch & a half on the longest axis. Quahogs have to be one inch from the front of the shell to the hinge. Limits on both are 1/2 bushel a day. Any other questions?
post #4 of 62
Thread Starter 
Mike, does the liscence issue vary town to town? I live in West Warwick and I would not dig anywhere near here. I was think of heading South but figured every town has it's own requirements for a permit.

I know towns in Ma. are very strict.
post #5 of 62
to the best of my knowlege the liscenses are for RI residents, so you can go where ever you wish.. This is the best time to go IMO.. if you go in sept, the flats are all picked out. Theres good clamming in south county.. look for huge sand flats near moving water and you will be all set.
post #6 of 62
Nope no town restrictions in RI. If you're a resident you don't need a license as long as you stick to the recreational limits. Lots of good clamming spots in the bay as well as in south county.
post #7 of 62
I now a few spots for clamming, one is in the east greenwich area, the other in jamestown. the one on east greenwich area you will need to get in the 4' to 7' water maybe more to find them in low tide.
post #8 of 62
Get yourself a plumber's helper (a plunger) and hit any of the salt ponds. I prefere the Big Q myself. Low tide, including 45 minutes before and after give you a lot of time for strategic, pin-point plunging. Once you know what to look for ( the open siphon of a feeding clam) it's a garenteed clam, sometimes two, every time. Very few broken ones, and you don't have to turn over a lot of real estate like you do with a rake or pitchfork. Steamers, haugs, razors...the stray sea clam, it's a veritable smorgasborg out there. Plus, it's really interesting seeing all the various little critters that inhabit the salt ponds. They really are coastal nursuries!

melt that butter!
post #9 of 62
Tell me more about how the plunger works. It sounds like a great idea, but I can't picture how it would work.
post #10 of 62
mike the rubber side gos down
post #11 of 62
Thread Starter 
I heard that E. Greenwich was to polluted? With the turd treatment facility that dumps smack dab in the middle of the harbor.

I would have liked to go out during the latest full moon low tides. Thanks guys.

My next clam bake, your all invited.
post #12 of 62
On the DEM website, they have a map of areas that are open and closed for shellfishing.
post #13 of 62
Thread Starter 
Thanks Mike I will look for the Map on their site.
post #14 of 62
Also, there is a RI DEM Shellfishing hotline you can call. 401-222-2900 you do have to know the areas of RI though. IE what are the boundaries of Area A, B etc. The map on the DEM site is good for that.

I would be up for a clamming day anytime soon. Me love clams.

post #15 of 62
Once you spot the open siphon, place the plunger directly on the hole, and vigorusly work the plunger up and down. When you push down, the water in the plunger blows sand/mud out. You'll end up with a hole maybe a foot across and straight down for about 18 inches or so for steamers, about 6-10 inches down for haugs. When there is a slight current, always stand on the "upstream" side of the hole you're plunging and the water will carry away all the mud and silt you'll be kicking up. A cheap pair of polarized sunglasses is a good item to have too.
The clam won't always pop up out of the hole, so you'll have to reach down into the hole and feel around. Beware the broken shells of old clams. They'll do a number on your fingertips, but the salt water heals the cuts up pretty quit. Use this method, and in a couple of weeks, you'll be able to tell what kind of clam it is by the shape/size of the siphon. Another nice thing about this method it that it's VERY relaxing.
I'm usually good for about 1/4 bushel each time. Not a big amount, but considering the relative small amout of effort required, it's a great way to git them clams!

PS. A windy day can wreck the whole process because it makes it very difficult to see the bottom.

Have fun!
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