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Picked up some nice big live clams today from my local B&T and was wondering how I could keep them alive for a few days, do I simply keep them submerged in a bucket of beach sand/mud, submerged in cool water or in the refrigerator? I would like them to be alive for the next few days, then I would like preserve them - how much salt do you guys use?



 

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From the "Got my clamming license" thread

 

And before doing anything with them I put them in my 30 gallon live well, covered them in *prepped salted water, and let them soak with the pump running for 3 hours. They spit every grain of sand

 

* one half cup kosher salt to a gallon and a quarter of cold tap water with the proper amount of chlorine remover (fish tank stuff). Also added a cup of well rinsed carbon and ammocarb (water polisher - more fish tank stuff) to remove any impurities the clams released.

 

Saved 4 dozen clams for dinner Sunday night. A big pot of Zuppa de Clams with linguini.

The clams did great in the water. Watched em crawling all over the tank.

 

With either one water change or more water then I had in the tank (just enough to cover +2") they probably would live for a very very long time.

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If they're going to be traveling back and forth in your truck then..............

 

Plastic ice blocks in zip lock bags (to keep them clean) on the bottom of a cooler, damp towel over that, clams, and another damp towel over the clams.

When you are almost done fishing, if there are still clams left, take out the ice blocks and towels (use the opportunity to rinse out the stanky towels) and fill the cooler with seawater so the clams can refresh themselves for 15 or 20 minutes.

Replace the ice and towels and they're good for a few more days.

 

Same system works great for killies

 

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shuck clams asap- put in large jar and put alot of kosher salt on them-no water-keep refrigerated until ready to use-do not freeze. I've kept clams like this for months when I used to have a claming liscense and would dig 100 or so each week-caught many a striper this way. About one box of salt per dozen. Never too much salt. Then see the postings on this forum about bait thread and how to hook= good luck! :)

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From the "Got my clamming license" thread

With either one water change or more water then I had in the tank (just enough to cover +2") they probably would live for a very very long time.

 

you put clams to fish with in a live well???

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Between the parsley, carrots and the celery in the lower drawer of the refrigerator...just tell your wife these clams are for the clam casino dish you are planing for next week..

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what ever you do, DON'T expose them to fresh water. Stripers have 2 pairs of nostrils and they can smell that chlorine a mile away. when using ice, put it on the bottom of the cooler not over top of the clams.



if you are going to eventually salt them, the same sense of smell rule applies, no iodized salt, kosher salt, the fine grain crystals is best. hope this helps.


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keep them in a sea water soaked burlap bag and use 2 liter soda bottles to freeze the ice in, more bottles the better. nice big cooler, your set to go. i keep lots of bottle frozen so i can rotate them to keep them solid. works good for me

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