One of the benefits of living along the shoreline is the abundance of fresh seafood year-round. There’s nothing more fresh than digging up some of your own clams! At Page Hardware, we carry the tools you’ll need to dig up your bounty this summer!
Keep in mind there are regulations and licenses before you wade into the waters to collect your catch. Visit the Guilford Shellfish Commission website for information on licensing, regulations, shellfish areas, and other tips for clamming.
When clamming, you are only allowed to keep clams of a certain size. There are many types of guides available that will hold up in the mud, to make sure you stay within the legal guidelines. The traditional rule is that the clam cannot fit through a 1-1/2″ brass ring, in any direction. We carry the brass rings, as well as guides with specific dimensions for steamers, quahogs, oysters, and crabs.
Favorite clamming techniques vary from person to person. Some prefer clam diggers that resemble large garden claws, some like clam rakes that have a long handle with a clawed collection basket on the end, and others enjoy feeling out the clams with their hands and feet.
Regardless of technique, everyone needs a bucket to hold their bounty. Five-gallon buckets are popular, and we carry an inflatable ring that fits around the bucket to keep it from sinking. For those who prefer baskets, we carry a hand-made, wooden basket, made by local artisan Richard Greenleaf, as well as an all-metal basket. Crab traps, line, and baskets, are also available for those who want to diversify their fresh catch.
And check out this video for a Guilford Shellfish Demonstration to get you started this summer.