“You can’t dig a clam you can’t see!”
razorclamming.com… Nate Axt
Knowing clam shows is worth the time spent learning everything you can. This will determine how often you limit out.
Razor clams can move in the sand. Consequently, when they do this creates a depression in the sand. So, any movement creates a show! On a perfect day, in a perfect surf, with a perfect tide, razor clam shows are easy to find. On rare occasion, you can even see their necks sticking out of the surf, this is called “necking.” I’ve seen a large group of clams perfectly necking once in my life. A typical day, spotting razor clam shows is harder, and this is what separates those that consistently limit, and those whom don’t.
There are a number of ways to find “shows”, both on the wet sand and the surf. I’ve listed below the most popular ones. They are in order of the easiest, and most widely used listed first.
In general, the conditions of the day can influence which approach seems to work best. Some days “shows” are easy to find no matter what approach you use. Other days, only one approach seems to garner results. So, experienced clammers clam in the surf because in general, “shows” are easier to provoke and more reliably found.
As you master each approach, your catch will increase! Therefore, the time it takes to limit out will decrease. Once you are comfortable with one approach, try not to get stuck on just what you know, master them all. That way, when conditions change, no matter which method works best, you’ll be ready. so best of all you will have become a “Happy Clammer”!
- Walking Down the Beach
- Stomping Your Feet
- Pounding With a Razor Clam Shovels’ End
- Study The Beach Surf Runoff
- Ocean Sandbars