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Costal Bounties: How to Go Clamming and Crabbing

From late summer through the fall, the Pacific Coast offers an endless bounty of tasty bivalves and crustaceans; here's how to harvest your 'fare' share.

Costal Bounties: How to Go Clamming and Crabbing
(Scott Haugen photo)

Chasing a falling tide, my family and I had limits of softshell clams in short order. It was early in the morning, so once we were done clamming, we wasted no time launching the boat and setting crab pots.

While our crab pots soaked, we cleaned clams and ate lunch. Then we pulled the crab pots in the afternoon. Though we were shy of our crab limits, we had plenty to feast on, making for a memorable day on the coast. It’s the kind of excursion you can take, and repeat, from now through the end of autumn.

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