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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well, college is winding down and my attempts at getting a summer job for a couple months have been futile to say the least. I have been thinking of trying some commercial clamming during the summer to make some spending money. I have dug clams before for but never for sale and am not sure where to start. I do know that I need a license from the state that is 75 bucks but are there any places in western suffolk that are open to commercial clamming. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 13
Western Suffolk:



There are at least 24 baymen in Huntington Harbor who clam Lloyd Harbor and Huntington/Northport bays most of the season. Some for the whole season. Most run small open CC's customized for their needs with "drop boxes" for their take. Working waters anywhere from 6 to 25' deep with rakes and long handled extensions. They moor their boats mid way up harbor along West Shore Drive. There's also clamming in Cold Spring Harbor and Oyster Bay too.



Get your back in good shape, a radio, cooler and maybe a black lab to keep you company.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help, are there any places open on the south shore as that has easier access. Also are there any town permits that I have to worry about.
post #4 of 13
I would think Great South Bay but can't offer any further information. Sorry.

I think the comm. shellfish license for Town of Huntington is $200.00?

If you launch at a town marina, you'd need a permit there too I would think.
post #5 of 13
It's been 35 years since my "baymen" days during the height of GSB clamming in the 70's but even then there was the State Permit from the DEC in Stony Brook AND a Town permit that we got from Islip Town Hall.

Depending on your municipality I would reach out to your Town Hall to check on any required permits.

Far as I know, the waters of GSB east of the bridge are still open though you very rarely, if EVER see boats working there. The restriction line buoys are still in place out there even though the line is just about half way across the bay nowadays!!! :-(
post #6 of 13
Dude there is so much more to clamming than buying permits and a boat. it takes some time to get "the touch". Remember "DON'T Go near someones bouy". There is nothing more annoying to a full time baymen then, having the flocks of college boys come out for the best weather, times when the clams are up, eye candy in the pleasure boats, and try living the life.

I have had such a good time talking with LIFISHVT, a fellow retired baymen, we have the same connectons, people, stories. Clamming is alot like gambling, we remember the wins and not the losses. Get a job that will mean something on your resume'.

Pete
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Dude there is so much more to clamming than buying permits and a boat. it takes some time to get "the touch". Remember "DON'T Go near someones bouy". There is nothing more annoying to a full time baymen then, having the flocks of college boys come out for the best weather, times when the clams are up, eye candy in the pleasure boats, and try living the life.

I have had such a good time talking with LIFISHVT, a fellow retired baymen, we have the same connectons, people, stories. Clamming is alot like gambling, we remember the wins and not the losses. Get a job that will mean something on your resume'.

Pete


ah yes the glory days!!! boy do I miss them!
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by fisher1630 View Post
Well, college is winding down and my attempts at getting a summer job for a couple months have been futile to say the least. I have been thinking of trying some commercial clamming during the summer to make some spending money. I have dug clams before for but never for sale and am not sure where to start. I do know that I need a license from the state that is 75 bucks but are there any places in western suffolk that are open to commercial clamming. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.


Not related to clamming but in terms of some potential part time summer employment, Google a company called Quantech. They are looking for informed fisher people to take catch surveys at docks.



v.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Get a job that will mean something on your resume'.

post #10 of 13
Hi: Do you need a license or permit if you just want to get a dozen or two clams for dinner? Where is a public accessible place where I can go clamming and won't offend commercial clam people? Thanks.
post #11 of 13
You will need a permit yes. Go to your town hall, the resident permit is usually free or a couple of bucks.
They will also provide with a map, or advise you where to get one for certified shellfishing open areas.
post #12 of 13
Looking to do some clam digging from the kayak around the NPT harbor area. Any easy access suggestions?
post #13 of 13
that is spot burning seek and you shall find
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