Originally Posted by Sudsy
Honestly I don't know squat about this.
How? Where? When, What gear do I need...................... ?
Anyone willing to take a clamming googan under their wing for an afternoon ??
I have a 15 dory and I launch at Rumson and clam in a couple of locations. If you'd Like, I'm at your disposal. Get a clam rake (a fishermen's Supply) one with a 6 foot or (even better 7 foot handle) Check the tides for the Oceanic Bridge (Goggle Tides Info) and Type in Oceanic Bridge, Rumson. a little blue ballon will pop up near Rumson and click it. On warm days (45 degrees & up with winds below 15 mph expected) We should shoot to launch 2.5 hours before a low tide. That will get us out on the flats with sufficient water under our keel so we don't hang up. Chest waders, layer clothing under neath and waterproof gloves. If you have those pool noodle tubes left over from last summer reserve one and go to the Doller Tree and buy two black plastic lattuce weave buckets. and a supply of 12 inch plastic ties. Put the one bucket inside the other and shift the top one a little to cut the lattuce work holls in half. secure the combined buckets with sip ties. 4 should do.
Take the reserved noodle and split it length wise only to the hole thru the center on the foam tube. slide the split over the top edge of the bucket and complete the circle. Trim the tube as neat as possible and use the 12" sip ties to secure it to the bucket.f8 ties should do it.
Take a spare piece of thin rope and tie it to the upper float around the bucket. and put a belt clip on the other end (4 feet should be enough).Then you will look like a clam digger, Begorra!
Once out on the flat (A short ride indeed) I'll introduce you to clamming 101. One tip I received from an old timer was clams lay in lines in their beds. The lines run in the direction of the current. East to west and back again in the NR.
PM me if you haven't got my phone #. If you do call me tomorrow after 11 am. I need to go to the gym at 8. $$ more days til Spring and 82 more days to clam in the Navasink River. It ends on april 30, 2012, just intime to catch schoolies in the NR.
When you go to buy your rake - pick up a NJ 2011 shellfish Growing Water Classifiction Charts. It will show you the NOMOCO Ocean beatchers are closed to clamming until you get down to Manaloking. You can only Clam the Shresbury and Navesink on for about a MILE ON THEIR EASTERN ENDS. Navesink from the Oceanic Bridge east to where it connects to the Shresbury. The clamming in the Shrewsbury begins at the Sea Bright Bridge and goes south and then a little west.
So little time and so many clams. 150 clams a day are allowed. They must be over 1.5 inches (little necks) to keep.Edited by RJ - 2/4/12 at 10:21pm