Razor Clam Digging in Moclips and Pacific Beach
Well, this is not the definitive razor clam digging page.  That one is published by the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife.  It tells you all about the biology of the clams, location of the digs, and how
to dig, clean, and cook the clams.  Take a look at:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

This page is used to announce the clam digging dates and locations:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

The digs are only known a few weeks or months in advance, depending on a survey of the clam population
and testing of toxins.

We bought a 3 day razor clam license for $5.40 from here:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regs_seasons.html

My first experience digging was on May 9, 2009.  It was an unexpected digging date added at the end of the
season.  It fell on sunny and nearly warm morning.  This was a special treat, since so many of the digs take
place in the dark and cold.

We bought a clam tube for $16.95 at the D&K Grocery in Pacific Beach.  I had thought of scouting out a
remote beach, but we got a late start, so we just drove down the Analyde Gap Road nearby at the north end
of Pacific Beach right onto the sand.  There was already a big crowd there with lots of cars parked all
around, but I learned over the course of the morning that even a beach that looks thoroughly picked over
contains plenty of clams.

It took me a couple hours to figure out my technique.  We were licensed for 75 clams, but only caught 10.  
Still, the clams are large and meaty, so the 10 were worthwhile.  My main tips are these:

1. Dig twice in your hole with the clam tube.  If you feel a crunching, stop right away.
2. The thing I didn't understand at first is that you have to feel around in the hole for the clam and pull it out.  
The clam rarely comes up in the tube.  You may have to reach down to your elbow or shoulder.

Afterwards, my wife made a fine chowder out of our clams.

Razor Clam Dig Photo Album
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My first clam
Siliqua patula (Pacific razor clam)
Hard digging
Reach in the hole
Seagulls grabbing scraps
Razor clam chowder
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