Adventures: Clamming on the Oregon Coast

June 26, 2013 · 5 comments

horseneck clam // Wayward Spark

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.

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

raking cockles on the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

gapers and cockles // Wayward Spark

ghost shrimp // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

horseneck clam // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

clamming at the Oregon Coast // Wayward Spark

horseneck clam, cockle // Wayward Spark

blanched cockles // Wayward Spark

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CatJB June 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hahaha, yes that is an unfortunate look isn’t it? What a fabulous time though and interesting to think of those clams living down so deep under the sand.

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Alison Fennell June 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

Goodness gracious me! That looks like really hard work – the man in the pic looks like he will end up in Australia he is digging so deep! Mucky work but those shellfish look really appetising. Thanks for sharing!

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Sandra June 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

Wow…how much fun! I would love to get my hands on some of those…sadly I’m on the east cost where I have never seen any kind of clam that big before. Beautiful pictures!!!!…love the ones of your husband :)

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sarah birchmoon June 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

The pics of your husband digging for clams is GREAT! very funny.
My best memories as a child are at our fishing site at Clam Gulch,AK. I was a super clam digger; nobody can dig like a child in the gloppy mud. Dig like a dog, that was always my advice. (: Have a great day!

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Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) June 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Now that is an experience I would love to have (minus the unfortunate look and subsequent photos of that crazy clam)! How phenomenal to have clams at your fingertips like that! Being a High Desert Baby, I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

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