Alaska Clamming - Digging for Razor Clams at Polly Creek, Alaska!
story by The Alaska LifeA crisp, cool, and very clear 36 degree morning found us headed south from Soldotna to Ninilchik where we would hop on a charter boat aptly named Capture, operated by Rod 'n Real charters. This particular Saturday showed greater than -5 tides, which would give us a ton of beach area to work with once the water receded from the shoreline. Our day of Alaska clamming was shaping up nicely!
clam shovel and then dig by hand, while on hands and knees, until I could feel the shell and then extract the clam from the sand. The most senior guy on the trip, Randy Berg, made it look EASY! I didn't actually sit and watch his method until late in the day, but it seemed that his method included one scoop forward, one backward, and then reaching in and picking up the clam. There's definitely more than one way to skin this cat, and it seems that the levels of energy expelled per clam can vary as well!
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I do know that smaller boats like this fish in the inlet often. On a calm day I’m sure you could make it across but of course you’re always risking weather like anywhere…
Can a 21ft weldcraft boat make it across the inlet to polly creek ?