Frequently Asked Questions
|HOME PAGE||I receive many emails often asking the same
questions. I hope to answer most of them on this page, but if I
have left out anything that you still need to be clarified please
don't hesitate to send me an email. I am always happy to
help. Many, if not most of these questions can be found on this
website, but to make it easier for you this page discusses those
questions most frequently asked.
Crabbing and Clamming:
1. What is the best time of the year to go crabbing and clamming? I've found that crabbing is best during the late fall through early spring. Try and arrive during the high slack tide.
2. What is the best bait? I always use chicken, but fish also works very well.
3. Do I need to keep the crabs alive before cooking. Yes, to ensure the best tasting and most tender meat your crabs should be cooked alive.
4. How long will the cooked crabs last? In the refrigerator no longer than 3 days. Frozen, they can last for months properly packaged. I suggest the use of a sealing type bag.
5. Do I need a license? YES.As of January 1, 2004 a license is required to harvest shellfish. Visit the Oregon Shellfish License page for more information
7. When is the best time to go clamming? The summer months are the best because that is when the tides are at their lowest points. A negative tide is always a good day to go clamming.
8. How do I find the clams? Look for what is called a "show" - that is a little spray the clams spit out. Also look for holes about the size of a quarter. Take a stick of something similar and probe the hole. Should you hit something hard there is most likely a clam hidden below.
9. What tools do I need for clamming. I suggest a good strong shovel, wooden dowels, buckets, and a rake.
11. What is the easiest way to clean the clams. I suggest soaking them in cold water for about 2 hours and then use a very sharp knife to remove the stomach. I strongly urge you not to eat the stomach contents. Some types of clams have a parasitic worm that will make you very ill should you eat it.
12. Do I need a license? YES. As of Jan 1, 2004 residents and non-residents must possess a shellfish license.
13. Do I have to buy all this equipment? No, most bait and tackle shops have the things you will need that I have mentioned above. You will be charged a daily rental.
I will continually update this page as the questions come to me should they not be found here. Please make use of my tide charts to find the correct times for you adventure. Good luck and have fun. Dress warmly and wear old clothes because you'll often be quite a mess once your are done. Scott