Pismo Clams Bag Limit in under one hour!

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by tlcnate, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. tlcnate

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    I've noticed there are no posts on clams more recent than three or four years ago. Has everyone given up of clamming in San Diego?

    I've been doing some surf fishing in and around San Diego. Had some luck but nothing to get excited about. On Sunday I went clamming instead of fishing. I found a "sweetspot" for clams. Bag limit (ten) in just under an hour. Clam chowder anyone?

    I had been looking for about twenty minutes from the edge of the wet sand out to about 2 1/2 ft of water before I found the first one. Once I did that I started looking in the same depth. They seem to be two or three in each spot. Nice fat Pismos. The smallest one I got was about 5 inches with most running in the 6 to 6 1/2 inch range.

    While I was there a surf fisherman walked over to see my catch. He said he caught a 25" halibut on a worm lure so they are near shore. He said he threw it back. Costco has wild-caught halibut for $17.99 a pound. At that price there is no way I'd throw back a legal but! Maybe I'll try fishing that spot in few days.

    There are a lots of mussels too but I only picked about 4-5 lbs. My wife showed me a large one at the bottom of a rock and I wanted to show her it was just a half shell wedged under the rock. I used my big toe to pull at the shell. The shell broke in half and sliced a dime-sized chunk of meat off my big toe. After that, pulling mussels wasn't as much fun.

    I processed the clams. Two lbs of meat. I placed it in ramekins for freezing and vacuum packed them. Same for the mussels except those I went ahead and cooked before packaging.

    I am pretty well stocked on sea food. I guess I am goingto have to start eating more fish which is what my doctor keeps telling me to do instead of baby back ribs.
     

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  2. ibwill

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    How do you prepare your Pismo clams? I know where and how to get them but not much success on the eating end,
     
  3. bunske123

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    Wow. Those are huge. Where can I find them? Lol I never went clamming before except for pismo beach which was a fail.
     
  4. live2fish

    live2fish I've got bugs...

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    Nice haul how do you collect them? By hand or p fork?
     
  5. drumford

    drumford gotta go babe!

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    Awesome eats there!!!!!!
     
  6. ocurtis

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    Pismo Clams aren't that hard to catch, they have a hard time breaking your line or getting out of your hoop net. Only thing I say is, if you are harvesting, Please do not take more than you can eat. Although they are easy to get, if we start over-harvesting, this precious resource will be gone. Pismo's grow at 3/4" per year, so a keeper is 6 years old (4.5 inches).

    Just keep this in mind. If any one is interested, PM me for a killer recipe and for tips on how to locate them. Once again, Please only harvest what you eat!
     
  7. rodngun762

    rodngun762 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Cool first post! Good reminder that our marine resources we have can be pretty diverse.
     
  8. widgeon

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    Nice clams!
    I'm hoping to get out for my first clam and oyster harvest in the near future.
     
  9. mandoman68

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    Sweettt!!!
     
  10. Ob fisherman

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    Where can I find some pismos? And do u just grab them for the sand?
     
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    Btw, anyone know where to get the freshwater clams? Lol
     
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    Clam spots are usually not made public in an open forum - that's why there isn't any current info.
     
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    SSSSSSHHHhhhhhh!!!!!
     
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    Keep it quiet !!!
     
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    I do not go until water is nice and cold
    No one i know who is alive goes until its nice and cold. Hint. Hint
    Clam up
     
  17. tlcnate

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    Quite a few comments posted. Thanks guys (and ladies)! Here are my replies:

    1- I never take more than I can eat. Sometimes I take more than I can eat at one seating but for that I freeze and vacuum pack for later use.
    2- My wife loves these in a clam cocktail. She simply mixes some Clamato, onions, celery, diced carrot, lime or lemon, catsup and then adds the chopped raw clams. Topped with chopped cilantro and she and gobbles away.

    You can also make chowder or breaded fry clams, or if you want to impress your wife and/or girlfriend you can cut into small cubes, add a bit of onion, garlic, parmessan, and bread crumb. Toss lightly, set into the clam shell (cleaned and washed) and top with a bit of bechamel sauce. Bake in a 375 oven and they are excellent as an appetizer.

    I used a Brinkman Roasting Stick to help me find these babies. You can see what it looks like here: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...&langId=-1&keyword=039953521492&storeId=10051

    This thing works really well. The tines are thin and slide in the sand easily. Only problem is the metal handle portion is a bit weak and tends to bend. I am looking at having one made with a sturdier and longer handle so I don't have to stoop over so much.

    Once I hit something hard with the stick, I push it into the sand next to me and start digging with my hands. It's nice because the surf will not carry the stick away (at least not in the short time I have to dig).

    The clams are usually about 4 to 6 inches deep and the clam spot is...

    On the west coast on the Pacific. Ha! I am NOT giving everything up!
     
  18. dalurker

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  19. ?? fisherman

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    There is a very good reason some things are left unsaid...... this is one of them.

    Dont blow it!

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
  20. stairman

    stairman ......

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    ban this post please
     

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