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  • Clamming in Florida

    One of the fun things to do in Oregon is to go Clamming in the Ocean. At low tide certain times per year. Lots of varieties of clams and oysters here. They use a device that sucks them into a tube and you pull it up and out of the sand and retrieve your clams.

    Never did any clamming in Florida so don't know if they even exist. I know all about Conchs and the chowder that is made from the big foot that extends out.

    Florida have clams??
    Last edited by sig232; 06-25-2013, 09:56 AM.

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    I don't know, but I have dug for sand dollars at Ft. Myers.
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    • #3
      I used to clam on Long Island, NY for a living when I was young too. There is a clam company in Cedar Key. I went there and saw the operation they have. They put seed clams in a large net and plant it out in the gulf. After several months they go back and retrieve it and the clams have grown to size they can sell. They ship all over Florida and I believe to other southern states. I'm not sure if you can go clamming for recreational or not. The way Florida is with the laws probably have to buy a special license to go.

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      • #4
        Yup, lots of aquaculture leases and professionals, bigish industry. Very different methods used to collect than up north. I used to tread water in waist to chest high water and use my feet to find them. Also used a clam rake but with all of the new(okay last 25 yrs) sea grass laws make sure to check local laws and regs carefully as to what and where. You do not want a citation for destoying sea gra$$. Also be careful of stingrays, they eat them and tend to hang out in those areas. Do the stingray shuffle.

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        • #5
          Yep, we have clams... but here in my area, scallop season is a BIG deal. The season starts July 1 and continues to Sept. 24.

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          • #6
            there used to be a wild clam fishery in the Gulf around Marco Island. it died off as the pollution got worse from over development. we used to camp on the beach at Marco and wade out and fish & dig for clams when I was a kid. now you have to pay to see the water there. there are plenty of oyster bars and bay scallops near where you are re-locating Sig232. I'm not sure of the recreational liscense requirements but nothing is free in Fla.
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            • #7
              You have to have a license in Oregon too and a shellfish tag. Tag for salmon, steelhead and Sturgeon. A fishing license does not buy you much anymore since you pay additional fees in the form of tags for most of the good stuff. Big revenue and control for the state. I think the Sturgeon season was only open for a day or two last year in the Willamette River near my place. What a mob scene that was, boats on top of boats.

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              • #8
                Did a little clamming when I lived on the south shore of Long Island.

                I recall treading for clams at Long Point park near Sebastian. Heated them up on a Haibachi, a little hot sauce & dinner was served.
                Shortly after someone told me to be careful. Only harvest during months ending with "R". Cooler weather, I reckon.
                Are you sure this thing's not loaded?......

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                • #9
                  Warm water increases the risk of Vibrio infection from shellfish eaten raw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibrio_vulnificus
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                  • #10
                    Sig232.... forget all that claming there's much better stuff to do like tarpon fishing,snook fishing and even getting tight on jacks. Lots of good fresh water fishing also.. Lots of red fish on the west coast

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