Gathering clams

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by cliff n york, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    i had a magazine story i think in s.c. game&fish about gathering,preparing, 'i think boiling the clams to tough them ' but i lost it, can any one help ?
     
  2. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    are you talking about those zebra mussels or actual clams? Are they for bait or food?
     

  3. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    Cliff, from the May '06 issue: ". .soak them 15 minutes in 165-degree hot water (about the same temperature as a home hot-water heater is set for). Do not use boiling water, as this tends to cook the mussels, and make them mushy. Drain the water off, and repeat the procedure; this kills the mussles, and makes the shell pop open for easy removal of the contents. Leaving the bait in this water overnight lets the bait ripen and toughens them up so that it stays on the hook better".
     
  4. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    Lake Wylie is loaded with freshwater calms(Mussels) and so is Monticello. I usually catch a bunch in shallow sand bars and put them in zip-loc bags, then put them in the freezer to use later.
     
  5. MUDHOLE KID

    MUDHOLE KID New Member

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    Gathered up a few yesterday........We call'em "Snott-Boogers".I've caught good fish with them in Santee, but have never had much luck with them here on the local lakes.Hartwell has some nice'ens:lol:
     
  6. rattler316

    rattler316 New Member

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    How do you gather them?
     
  7. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    I dig around in the sand with my hands. I have seen people using a shovel and some sort of screen basket.