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Topic: Bodega Bay Clamming in November?  (Read 631 times)

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Lodd Hammercy

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Trying to plan a short wine country vacation first week of November and now looking to add in coastal activities. 

Does Tuesday Nov 3 look doable for clamming anywhere near Bodega? 

http://honest-food.net/2012/04/10/chasing-the-clam/

http://theoriginalfare.com/get-yo-hunt-on-with-hank-shaw/


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Not really. Maybe come cockles at mid tide line.

Www.saltwatertides.com

No clamming at night, open half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset. There are no god low tides at the beginning g of November.


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Does Tuesday Nov 3 look doable for clamming anywhere near Bodega? 

This is the tide forecast for 11-3

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Tides for Tomales Bay entrance starting with November 3, 2015.

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible

Tu   3     High   5:47 AM     4.3   6:40 AM     Set  1:08 PM      57
     3      Low  11:44 AM     2.4   5:11 PM
     3     High   4:40 PM     4.1
     3      Low  11:51 PM     0.5

You will need a negative low tide to access the clam beds, so no.


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If tide is only between 2 and 4 foot, is it doable under snorkel?  Not a problem for me to swim with a small shovel. And, if they underwater, seems like the bivalves would let  they guard down, easier to ambush.

Serious question.


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clams are a few foot undersand.  Also easier for them ti dig down under water.  So.  No.

Its not as easy as it looks.


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If tide is only between 2 and 4 foot, is it doable under snorkel?  Not a problem for me to swim with a small shovel. And, if they underwater, seems like the bivalves would let  they guard down, easier to ambush.

Serious question.

Digging sand underwater will kill your visibility, and the holes will refill very quickly with the surrounding sediment. The clams are usually down in arm length depth, so you will likely have to search for them by sticking your arm deep into the sand. Not a good idea to risk getting your arm stuck while underwater.

Is your life insurance paid in full and is it your idea to dig underwater for clams?

Not so serious questions. :smt005


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Who'd of ever thought you could get tooken out by a clam that didn't have a beard on it?  :smt011

guess that's the end of that idea   :smt012


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Have a look at my mistakes on land, you will have them, AND the viz problem. I still chuckle about my clam fever!
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+.5 is doable but have to be quick.  Anything above that is No!
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As an alternative to clamming, anyone want to PM me some mussel foraging spots?  Mussels actually might make more sense to go after anyway as a white wine pairing  :smt044 :smt044

http://www.marthastewart.com/337640/mussels-in-white-wine-and-garlic



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If all goes well, the mussel season should reopen just in time for your trip. Make sure to check the mussel quarantine hotline just in case. Some spots at better than others, but drive north on Highway 1 out of Bodega and any of the rock-strewn beaches between there and the Russian River will have mussels. Do a little beach hopping and you'll find more than you can use. The north end of Dillon Beach is another decent spot if you want to make the quick drive south.

As far as foraging, crabbing (either yak or off the jetty or pier) would be a great option then, too.

Sounds like a fun trip !
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