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      Goose Hummock

      To Catch a Clam...

      To Catch a Clam...

      Recreational clam digging on Cape Cod is a fun family activity that offers the added benefit of a tasty meal as a reward for labors! The Cape is renowned for its abundance of hard shell (quahogs), soft shell (steamers), oysters and razor clams. Recreational clam digging, in comparison to fishing, requires relatively little gear to be able to successfully harvest a legal limit. Here is what you will need to get started:

      1) A permit from the town in which you will be clamming

      Permits can be secured at the town hall of the location you wish to clam. (A list of links to the various towns is posted at the bottom of this page.) Fees and regulations vary by the town. When you pay for your permit, you will be given a copy of the town regulations and likely a map or list of open areas in that town. Follow these regulations carefully...a run in with the shellfish warden over an infraction is likely not the happiest ending to a good days clamming! Most towns maintain and update their websites with all the information you will need regarding permitting and regulations.

      2) Boots/ Waders /Hip Boots:

      Depending on which body of water you choose to clam, the footwear you require will vary by the prevailing conditions found in the bodies of water open to recreational clamming.

      In towns that offer long expanses of very low water (flats) with easy access, rubber boots will suffice during the summer months. No matter the warmth of the water, some type of protective footwear should be worn to protect against the broken shells and glass that can be prevalent in areas that clams like to live. Knee high rubber boots offer great protection from mucky bottoms.

      In some towns, the best spots to clam have deeper water-even at dead low tide. In these areas, it would be wise and much more comfortable to wear hip boots or even chest waders.

      For hard shell clamming, having a pair of waders will greatly increase the time you spend clamming, as you can continue to dig with a basket rake almost to high tide in some locations. There are very few, if any waders / hip boots that will withstand consistent kneeling on clam shells or rough bottom...use care.

      3) Rake

      On the exposed sand flats, digging for soft-shelled clams is usually done with a short handled clam rake or a spading fork with its short handle bent perpendicularly away from the fork's head. A digger typically uses the rake by digging down into the mud, clay, or sand and then pull it up and towards him/ herself. This digging action, done in close proximity to the tell tale siphon holes of the clams, opens up the soil to expose the clams. The digger then gently removes the clam by hand.

      Recreational clamming for the larger surf and quahog clams (chowder clams) is primarily done with a basket style rake. The head of these rakes have long tines attached to a "basketlike" cage in which the clams are collected as the digger rakes through the sand or mud. There is a tell tale sound/ vibration produced when the rake tines run across the shell of a quahog.

      4) Legal Limit Basket and clam gauge

      Most towns on the Cape use the 10 quart wire basket as their legal limit and recognize the size limits of the commercially available clam gauge. To meet the legal size limit, a clam must be large enough to not be able to pass through the opening in the gauge.

      In most cases, a legal soft shell will not pass through the gauge lengthwise (2 inch), while a legal hard shell will not pass through the gauge width wise (1 inch).

      Most towns have strict regulations on how sub legal size clams must be returned to the sure to follow these regulations to help insure the future of this abundant Cape fishery.

      St. Croix Mojo Surf Rods

      St. Croix Mojo Surf Rods

      Some People Whistle "Don't Worry, Be Happy" With Their Lips. Some With A Wad of Steel Flying Through The Air.

      For sure, some rigs whistle better than others. By the same token, some rods get a rig whistling better than others. To reach your true musical potential try a Mojo Surf rod. A combination of strong SCIIgraphite and weight-saving surf guides, these hardcore surf sticks look sweet, feel sweet and in the right hands, sound sweet, too.


      Premium-quality SCII graphite.

      Engineered to deliver exceptional performance.

      Specialized, weight-saving surf guides with zirconium ring for greater casting distance and accuracy. Sloped frame reduces line tangling.

      Off-set ferrules on two-piece models provide
      one-piece performance.

      Fuji® DPS reel seat/black hoods.

      Custom “X-Wrap” handle provides comfort, durability and style.

      Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.

      5-year warranty backed by St. Croix
      Superstar Service.

      MSS70MLMF 7' ML Mod. Fast 1 6 - 12 3/8 - 1 6.2 1 $ 150
      MSS70MMF 7' M Mod. Fast 1 8 - 17 5/8 - 2 7.1 1 $ 160
      MSS80MMF 8' M Mod. Fast 1 8 - 17 3/4 - 3 8.8 2 $ 170
      MSS90MMF2 9' M Mod. Fast 2 10 - 20 1 - 4 10.1 2 $ 200
      MSS90MM2 9' M Mod. 2 10 - 20 3/4 - 4 10.2 2 $ 200
      MSS100MMF2 10' M Mod. Fast 2 10 - 20 1 - 4 12.6 3 $ 220
      MSS106MM2 10'6" M Mod. 2 10 - 20 3/4 - 4 12.8 3 $ 230
      MSS106MHMF2 10'6" MH Mod. Fast 2 12 - 25 2 - 6 12.9 3 $ 240
      MSS110MHMF2 11' MH Mod. Fast 2 15 - 40 3 - 8 13.9 4 $ 250
      MSS120HMF2 12' H Mod. Fast 2 20 - 60 6 - 16 21.0 5 $ 290
      MSC100MMF2 10' M Mod. Fast 2 10 - 20 1 - 4 12.7 6 $ 220
      MSC106MHMF2 10'6" MH Mod. Fast 2 12 - 25 2 - 6 12.6 7 $ 240
      MSC110MHMF2 11' MH Mod. Fast 2 15 - 40 3 - 8 13.6 8 $ 250
      MSC120HMF2 12' H Mod. Fast 2 20 - 60 6 - 16 20.0 9 $ 290

      Goodbye Schoolies, Hello Keepers!

      Goodbye Schoolies, Hello Keepers!

      By Capt. Derek A. Barber

       Today was definitely looking more like summer, finally.  No rain, few clouds and temps in the 60’s.  So what better of day to take out my new Old Town® PredatorTM, Minn KotaTM series kayak, for its first of many trips looking for stripers.  I started the morning going to The Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans to pick up some last minute essentials, one of them being live eels.  Then I packed up the truck, loaded the ‘yak, the reels, the tackle boxes and everything else that could possibly fit into the cab of the truck and off to Barnstable Harbor I went.  

        High Tide was high at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, so I launched just before  2 o’clock.  The fishing started out a bit slow.  I was trolling two eels and trying to keep the yak close to the edges of the marsh embankments where it seemed deepest.  I managed three hits in the first 45 minutes but none of the fish sucked down the eels entirely to the hook.  They were just grabbing the tail and not taking  the whole eel down.  I started thinking to myself that they must be really small fish and that this may be a slow day unless I change it up and start to target smaller stripers.  But I decided to keep at it.  I ended up finding some deeper water further in the harbor that was 15+ ft deep  so I dropped another eel out down the center of the yak with some weight on it.  Now I had three live eels out, had never fished this kayak before for stripers and was in a section of the harbor that I was not to familiar with.

        Then it happened.  Right when I was rounding a point, where a little side estuary was emptying, the starboard side rod went off and when I say went off it was screaming line out.  I quickly pulled in the port rod in while the fish was taking line and then I managed to retrieve some of the center deep rod when I noticed that the fishing was still taking line and the spool was starting to get low.  I grabbed the rod out of the holder and tightened the drag down two clicks and the fish came to a stop. The fight was on, the kayak slowly started turning toward the fish and, once again, the fish started to take more line before I had even gotten any back.  Now I was starting to think this fish may be bigger than the little schoolies that were earlier trying to grab the tails of the eels but were unable to take the whole eel down.  The ‘yak was getting pulled across the marsh a good distance before the fish started letting me get some line back.  As it was finally slowing down, I retrieved a bunch of the line back and the fish was now in sight.  I could could tell it was a keeper and a decent one at that.  Once I had the fish within sight I backed the drag off allowing the fish to be able to take line if it could.  It was tiring out, as was I, but the fight was not over.  He held his head down for a few more minutes and a few more short runs but he was almost done.  I grabbed my fish grips and was now ready to land the fish.  After a quick tail splash at the side of the kayak that got me pretty wet, I was able to leader the fish and lip him in the same movement.  I had done it!  Not only was this the first fish that I had hooked up on in my PredatorTM kayak but  it was also the first keeper I landed as well.  I quickly pulled the fish out of the water and measured and weighed it.  Wow,  40” and 24lbs.!  A slob I must say. I revived the fish for the next few minutes, took a couple of pictures, and released him back to the water like I do every year with the first keeper striper that I catch.

        That was great. What a relief and what a great way to start the kayak season.  I continued to fish and did very well over the next two hours.  I went on to catch three more keeper bass in a row after that, measuring 30, 28 and 30 inches.  By the end of the day I had caught six keeper and six schoolies between 23 and 26 inches.  What a great day.  The kayak performed great, all the gear worked well and the fishing spoke for itself.  I could not have had a better first trip.

      My name is Capt, Derek Barber and I am a kayak fisherman. I hope to see you on the water soon.  Good luck and happy hunting.