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Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« on: December 16, 2022, 03:50:18 PM »
I have spent my whole life fishing freshwater for all species, with limited play in the salt water. Razor clams, oysters, manilla class, crabbing are all super fun and I love doing those so why not take advantage of the salt water some more?

Things that have caught my interest, but I have never done before
Squidding
Uni (sea urchin)
Geoduck
Horse clams
Cockles
Butter clams
Shrimping

Coastal foraging some would call it I guess?
Each is there own thing I know, but damn is it hard to find any I formation on any of these like a rough location, or even someone who has done it before. Lots of tight lips!

Have you done any of these? What was cost of admission like basic tools and supplys, and how much fun did you have? What is your favorite to eat? I'm a big sushi guy, and several of these are key ingredients, and I'm hoping to start making my own sushi with some fresh wild ingredients. Not to mention I think my kiddos woukd have a good time doing these things as well

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2022, 03:59:49 PM »
You can do Butter Clams on the Hood Canal by Dosewallips state park. We do it every year. Take small buckets and some garden hand rakes. You can get oysters while there but you have to shuck them and leave the shell.

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2022, 04:42:38 PM »
Dont forget your seaweed/shellfish license
Itís Washington after all🤪
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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2022, 04:55:25 PM »
This is the best time to clam.  Cockles require nothing but boots on the ground. Just walk and pick up. Manilla and butters require some digging. The reason I like the winter so much is because you can leave them in a five gallon bucket (with water) for a few days and they spit all the sand. If u put a cheap aerator in the bucket they will stay alive over a month.  Most all the public beaches on Whidbey have clams.

Squidding is just OK. It makes for a long night when u get home. Iím a big fan of calamari but not when Iím skinning the squid. The experience was cool though. Watching them dart from the dark to grab your jig is entertaining. And the occasional shot of ink is funny, at times.

Now spot shrimpÖÖÖ. The oceanís tenderloin.

Thanks for bringing this topic up. I should go clamming.

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2022, 04:56:05 PM »
I wouldnt eat a horse clam!

Have a place in Brinnon so have done a lot of that stuff.  Its pretty fun!

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2022, 05:04:55 PM »
2nd the derision on horse clams.
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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2022, 05:13:41 PM »
Squid. Fun, best results with boat, lots of work little reward
Uni.. we've dove for them. Just ok
Geoduck. Delicious. A shovel and low tide.
Horse clams...crab bait
Cockles...meh...under impressed
Butter clams..easy shoveling...butter fried in the half shell...yum
Shrimping..boat, gear etc...most expensive. Delicious though.

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2022, 05:15:20 PM »
Seems there is a lot of opportunities around hoodsport area from what I have read for a lot of this stuff. Seems like the uni is mostly open ocean area like slip point and sekui. Why the aversion to horse clams?

I can work with the boat I have a few of those haha, been watching for some used shrimp pots to come up and a pot puller as well, 400 feet of handling doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2022, 05:28:56 PM »
Theres a complete Brutus line hauler on Ifish right now for $500 Says he will deliver within a 100 miles.

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2022, 06:26:56 PM »
You don't mention it but how about the open ocean. Some great trips out of La Push and Neah Bay area.......lingcod, halibut, rockfish. I'd take my kids out to the Sonoma County coast (No. Cali) at a very low or minus tide. They would collect a bucket or two of sea urchins and Uni was their meal. Showed them how to find abalone under the rocks on minus tides.

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2022, 07:32:56 PM »
You can do all those things on Hood Canal. Though urchins are few and far between anymore. Geoducks can still be found though no where near the numbers of 30 years ago. And geoduck casserole is friggin amazing!
As others have said, horse clams are nasty!
Use the necks for perch bait.
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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2022, 07:42:50 PM »
I'd like to do some bottom fishing as well, but I don't think my 14' with a 8hp engine is good for that ill have to get my dad to go and take the sled out for that

Geoduck casserole????

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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2022, 07:48:25 PM »
I'd like to do some bottom fishing as well, but I don't think my 14' with a 8hp engine is good for that ill have to get my dad to go and take the sled out for that

Geoduck casserole????

The 14í would do fine on the canal. Kings, flounder, sole are available. If you want halibut to oh would be better in a bigger boat on the straights, or the ocean.
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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2022, 07:55:33 PM »
Geoduck casserole????

Yep, huge pieces of geoduck
If you like clams, you should love geoducks. Basically a clam on steroids. Great for chowder as well.  :tup:
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Re: Looking to try some new things in washington waters
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2022, 08:27:22 PM »
Being in Yelm, just head out to Willapa. Plenty of places for clams, no digging required. Years ago my daughter discovered that barefooted, you can feel them real easy. So nowadays we do the 'Willy Shuffle' and get our limits in about 20 minutes.

 


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