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Hi all, I'm new to surf fishing. It's late June 2009. What is a fair price for frozen clams and sea worms. Any price is fine for me when I am desperate to get out there. I'm just curious to know if I'm getting soaked before I get to the water.

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View PostHi all, I'm new to surf fishing. It's late June 2009. What is a fair price for frozen clams and sea worms. Any price is fine for me when I am desperate to get out there. I'm just curious to know if I'm getting soaked before I get to the water.

 

If someone sells you frozen clams you are getting soaked. Fresh clams are easily available now and prices range from around $5 to $10 a dozen. When buying clams, make sure they are alive and fresh. If they have a strong smell (stink) to them or don't close up when tapped you probably don't want to fish with them.

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Thanks passiton. That's what I will do.

"Take a kid fishing" Took my young daughter out last summer. She caught her first striped bass, a keeper....she loves it. I wanna see how she takes to baiting live clam.

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View PostIf someone sells you frozen clams you are getting soaked. Fresh clams are easily available now and prices range from around $5 to $10 a dozen. When buying clams, make sure they are alive and fresh. If they have a strong smell (stink) to them or don't close up when tapped you probably don't want to fish with them.

 

 

This has me curious now.

 

Harbor Bait in Pocasett, MA sells quarts of Sea Clams, heavily salted. He told me these are the best way to buy clams? Is this not true? I think I bought them not frozen, but I could be wrong on that.

 

Maybe this is why I never catch crap on them?

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Salted clams are fine, not as good as fresh but I will take salted over stinky "fresh" ones. Most tackle shops think alive means fresh, but the clams get real soft when they are about to die.

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What would be the deal with digging clams in the sand for bait with a shellfish permit in MA? Is that illegal? I guess it would be huh?

 

Are quahogs good as bait? I can get those by the millions in my area.

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View PostThis has me curious now.

 

 

Harbor Bait in Pocasett, MA sells quarts of Sea Clams, heavily salted. He told me these are the best way to buy clams? Is this not true? I think I bought them not frozen, but I could be wrong on that.

 

 

This is not true, heavily salted clams are not the best way to buy clams. Fresh, live is the best way to buy them for stripers. Heavily salted might be find for cod or haddock, but not so much for bass. In NJ, you can buy live surf clams at almost every shop - it's probably not that way in MA redface.gif

 

 

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View PostWhen buying clams, make sure they are alive and fresh. If they have a strong smell (stink) to them or don't close up when tapped you probably don't want to fish with them.

 

Not exactly true. I had my best night ever (fishing bait) on clams that were thawed and frozen a couple of times. They were so soft if you put a hook through them and held them up you would watch the hook tear through the clam as it fell off. I needed a lot of thread the keep the clams on the hook long enough to get them out there. However, once in the water, they didn't last more than a minute. Bass or weakfish each time. I personally wouldn't shy away clams just because they were not fresh and live. I do think salting them makes them less affective.

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View PostIf someone sells you frozen clams you are getting soaked. Fresh clams are easily available now and prices range from around $5 to $10 a dozen. When buying clams, make sure they are alive and fresh. If they have a strong smell (stink) to them or don't close up when tapped you probably don't want to fish with them.

 

 

My brother bought a bushel of skimmers and put them in the back yard, planning to open later that day. Well, one thing led to another and he forgot about them and got cooked from the sun the next day. Talk about stink. He was a little short on cash so he schucked them out any way. That night he almost wiped out the bass population with those nasty buggers. Ya never know. Right after a storm when the clams wash up on the beach and they cook a bit, fish the next high tide "in close"

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Slightly thawed frozen clams to catch bass from the beach has always worked well for me. If fresh clam works better up here in MA, I'm going to give it a try. Throw me more bait tips if you got 'em. Thank you all for the thread.

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