You might find the above photo disturbing. Yeah, so do I, but that’s just what horseneck (gaper) clams look like. It’s unfortunate.
On Sunday night, we met up with friends (seen previously on the blog here) and stayed over in a beach house near Seal Rock. The supermoon produced some super low tides, perfect for clamming. Around 7 am on Monday, we headed south to a beach near Waldport to dig horsenecks and cockles. It was sloppy and wet, and we got rained on, but we had the BEST time. I didn’t hear one whine out of any kid the whole time.
In the end, none of us got a full limit of 20 bay clams, but among us all, we brought in a respectable harvest. We had cockle tacos for lunch, and the horseneck meat went into the freezer for future batches of clam chowder. If you want more details about how to dig and clean clams, I wrote up a pretty comprehensive post on the subject back in the stone age of this blog.
The next set of clam tides are coming up July 21-24. You should get out there.