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Old 01-18-2019, 12:49 PM
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Anyone do it?

Looks like all the legal spots are down south:

https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/v...3.0505,40.5141
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:59 PM
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Let's put it this way: I won't knowingly consume shellfish harvested within sight of the New York Bite.


This is my typical summer habitat (greenheads thick enough to carry a small child away)
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:01 PM
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btw, just found out I now have a lifetime senior clamming license LOL
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:09 PM
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Me too.....lifetime but only out ONCE in the last 3 years.......

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Old 01-18-2019, 02:46 PM
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I already have my 2019 out-of-state license. I usually chase the clams in Barnegat Bay, and have never gotten hepatitis or any other disease or parasite. I love clamming and eating clams!
I do have my own question: Is there a closed season for clamming? I saw a picture posted last winter of someone who had to chop out ice to get to the sand, but I'm still not sure.
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No, just on Sundays during the regular season.


http://www.eregulations.com/newjerse...s-crustaceans/
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:57 AM
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[quote=RobS;2436627]No, just on Sundays during the regular season.


Thanks Rob!
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:02 AM
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So, Joe, do you rake or do the crawl around and feel technique?


Down here, most commercials I see. And I see a lot, wear wetsuits and work the shallows in 2 ft of water trailing a tube with a basket. Usually 2 or 3 are working together in 1 boat. They haul in a few thousand clams in a shot. Hard work but 2 reasons for the wet suits: 1. Greenhead flies and 2. Chiggers. Apparently in the backbays when working the shallow mud/sand flats... in amonst everything are saltwater chiggers that are the liquid equivalent of land chiggers and will get under your skin with long exposure. I've never ever remotely had the problem wading or being in the water in the back, in my life. But must be these folks are in areas with little current, at low tide, and for long periods. And remember, the commercial clammers are working through an entire tide cycle of 4-5+ hours. Heck, they might even work different areas at high tide.


Most of the folks who clam (and crab) down here full time are mostly generational, their families have been doing this since coming in the area at least 2 generations and a few families literally date back to the revolution.
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Old 01-22-2019, 01:29 PM
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I was getting ready to get the NJ Non-Resident Shellfish license and go out, til I read, "License valid only during June, July, August and September."

http://www.eregulations.com/newjerse...b-information/

I'd rather not be out in the water during bug season.

Aquatic Chiggers!!! Is that what those were? I was out in the water grasses in MD one year looking for clams in waist deep water. When I came out, my legs were itching like crazy! I thought it might be jellyfish polyps or something in the water.

In addition to chiggers, look out for flesh eating bacteria!
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Hmmm, never knew about the out-of-state restrictions... though I never looked for it.


The itching could have been jellyfish, or some other thing... just know the clammers talk about water chiggers, though after some searching it may be they get regular "land" chiggers that inhabit the salt marshes. Nevertheless, they do wear wetsuits for these issues, no matter the source



Another thing that happened this summer, though mostly in the surf, were crab larvae...almost a red tide. Folks blamed the polution in Atlantic City until a little more research, and timing, revealed the true source. Caused a rash.
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Well yea, when you get crabs, they can cause a rash.
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