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Clams/Navisink no steamers to be had

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34 mins ago, JMB said:

Last year we had reports of soft clams to the east of Barley Point, but have not been able to verify for ourselves yet

Yea, I thought it was kind of funny myself. I assured them that in past years it was loaded. I guess the state shellfishers dont get out of office much. 

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2 hours ago, jerseystriper said:

Enjoy the rest of clam season. First it was the stripers, now its the clams, what could be next? 

 

Blackfish...seabass...fluke...sharks...a better question would be, what's LEFT? :blackeye:

 

 

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Where we usually clam 4" of sand now covers what use to be little spot. Last year on the flat one end was steamer city! Had my limit in a half an hour without raking. Too much waste...got on my knees started a hole and the just had them falling in as I sloshed back'n forth with one hand. Nada this year! 

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3 hours ago, JMB said:

This statement is too funny.

we should have bellringer write the next letter and let them know about the anus. :read: 

3 hours ago, JMB said:

Lol, in other words, we have no ****ing clue and don’t intend too.

yes, yes, eff you very much :th: 

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5 hours ago, jerseystriper said:

Well, I am sorry to disappoint. There is no porn, clam or otherwise in my post. I am sure if one unfilterers google for anus or dick or just porn clam something will pop up. 

No back to our regularly scheduled post here is the answer via email I got. In case anyone is wondering the state even sent a map outlining the area in question. For those who regularly clam the area you will know the spots. 

 

Dear Mr. XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

We received your email message about not finding soft shell clams off Rumson.  While I can appreciate your disappointment, it is not an uncommon experience.  Soft clams are a fickle species that are often boom or bust.   Clam recruitment is highly variable from year to year for many reasons, including low spawning effort, water current patterns, and predation.    Sometimes the sets are really great and sometimes they aren’t.  Sets may also move throughout an estuary and pop up or disappear in different places over time.  Last year we had reports of soft clams to the east of Barley Point, but have not been able to verify for ourselves yet.   On top of the variable sets, things like macroalgae growth, predations, and warm water temperatures can cause mortality.  Unfortunately, we are not aware of any single ‘smoking gun’ reason to account for overall reduced populations in the estuary. 

 

Thank you for reaching out to us and please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

Enjoy the rest of clam season. First it was the stripers, now its the clams, what could be next? 

 

Well that was a complete let down. Hopefully someone from the office will take a ride down and see firsthand for a wee bit more of a scientific analysis just to be sure.

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Write them back and ask when the last water testing was done and if they'd share the results.  They should be collecting pretty often over there, especially during the closed season.  I'd be interested to see the change in water quality through out the year.  My guess if they have no data.  

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On 1/1/2019 at 5:43 PM, jerseystriper said:

Went clamming Sunday in the river. My son who is addicted to steamer clams hunted/dug the mud all over. Not a single bed of steamers to be had, I dig for the regular quahogs and did just fine once I located them. My son usually will pull out 3-5 pounds of steamers every time we go out. Have no idea what may have happen to the steamers. No razer clams uncovered also. Hard to fathom commercial guys getting them all, its not  a place boats can usually go and suck them up. Very odd not to locate any steamers.   

 

Might there be a connection?

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1 hour ago, 55555s said:

 

Might there be a connection?

there's not even any small ones. they're all gone.

Edited by rocco

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I would hardly think/believe one clammer pulling out 3-5 pounds of steamers every other sunday on average because of the tide would make much difference. When I say steamers were all over, they were all over. I rake for quahogs and one could not help rake through thousands of tiny steamers all last winter. I went out today with only a shovel and walked all over doing test holes. Could not find a single live steamer anyplace. They are gone for this year as far as I can tell. Plenty of new dark sand and mud all over the back. Inches deep. My guess is that all this new sand/mud smothered them. Kind of stinky when you turn it over. Also when I came out NJ Fish/Game police were checking. New kid, haven't seen him before. Did his job asked a few questions and that was that. Glad to see state out checking.

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On 1/4/2019 at 7:11 PM, TimS said:

Blackfish...seabass...fluke...sharks...a better question would be, what's LEFT? :blackeye:

 

 

Cow nose rays? :p

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