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Old 05-08-2012, 4:37 AM
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My wife an I took a couple days off from work (we have both been working for nearly 3 weeks straight) and headed to the coast to take advantage of the low tide. My wife was ill the first day so we missed going for razor clams, but we headed to the bay the next day and stacked an icechest full of crabs and a variety of clams (mostly horse necks).



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We were servicing woodduck boxes the other week and found this guy nesting in one of them:

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This is a picture of my great grandpa with a deer he shot up in Chester, Ca circa 1920's or 30's. Our familys summer cabin now stands at the spot where this picture was taken.

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So where do you dig for the Geoducks? Bolinas? Bodega? Humbolt? Crescent City? Oh and do I love razor clams except for cleaning them.

That owl looks sick. Wonder what its been eating or not eating?
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So where do you dig for the Geoducks? Bolinas? Bodega? Humbolt? Crescent City? Oh and do I love razor clams except for cleaning them.

That owl looks sick. Wonder what its been eating or not eating?
Those are actually gaper/horse neck clams. They look very similar to geoducks and are very large, but they are a different type of clam. We were in Humboldt. If you like razor clams you would like the horse necks as they taste pretty similar. The horse necks are just a much bigger pain to dig up and you have to know how to clean them. No competition for them though. We arrived at the beach late for the razor clams and there was an army of what semmed like a 1000 people (no joke) streatched out along the beach digging for razor clams.
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This is a picture of my great grandpa with a deer he shot up in Chester, Ca circa 1920's or 30's. Our familys summer cabin now stands at the spot where this picture was taken.

your grandpappy is my kinda guy!

that is an AWESOME pic!
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Others feel free to put up any random pictures that you think are cool or interesting.
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You know, I always seen those but I have the slightest clue on how to cook em!! Looks good!!
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You know, I always seen those but I have the slightest clue on how to cook em!! Looks good!!
You open the clam and gut them. Some people save the guts for soup stock or chowder, I just toss 'em. I save the foot and aductor muscles and use as any other clam meat.

The neck is the good part. There are several ways to go about preparing the neck. You have to skin the leather off the outside, which can be a real pain or very easy depending on how you go about it. If you remove the neck when the clam is still alive it contracts in on iself. The skin is very hard to remove and you have to pound the meat to make it tender. Some guys blanch the neck before skinning, but it still clings to the meat pretty bad. I like to drown the clam in freshwater a little before we clean them. The clam dies and the neck muscles relax. The skin peels right off when the clam dies without any effort and the muscle is relaxed so you don't have to pound it out.

The neck meat is very tasty. The flavor varies slightly depending on what bay they came from. I have had some before that tasted almost exactly like abalone and others that were more like calamari. Most taste like very good clammy abalone. I just like to do a simple and fast saute in butter and lemon juice. BBQ'ed over a hardwood fire with butter drizzeled over them is excellent as well. The trick is not to over cook them, otherwise they get tough. If prepared right the meat is very sweet and tender.

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I've posted one one of these videos aready but because you okayed it I'll post it again.

This is the new location for the Predator Deer Hunting Club. This is a recent video of the new camp that has just been moved to this site and is still being readied for the upcoming 2012/2013deer season. The club hunts archery, primitive and still, and they run dogs when those are over or at a pause.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y77k5...yer_detailpage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y77k5hjpN2Q

This is a video of my Families Estate, John (Papa John) Thomas.

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Ummmmmm sounds so good....imma have to bring my shovel next time I'm out! Haha...
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Cool pic of your Grandpa. Is that a black powder rifle he has? The rifle looks like it has some type of lever action.

How did they do it with out range finders, camo, and high power rifles and scopes?
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And sometimes I wonder why so many turkey poults don't survive on my property?



Got this guy yesterday when Bow opened. 21lbs.



Last trip down to the water,

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Lot O Abalone,



My girl with the last Chantrelle of the season last winter,

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My girl with the last Chantrelle of the season last winter,

Good food and judging from from the pic good company.
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No pics yet, just bought my plane ticket to head to OR for my yearly trip to fish for sturgeon and salmon next month...

Debating trying spear fishing in the kelp beds around my place, just have not gotten off my butt to do it because I have been to busy.


Last year - I was off the plane for a total of three hours when I hooked this guy...
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Cool pic of your Grandpa. Is that a black powder rifle he has? The rifle looks like it has some type of lever action.

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It's a lever action. I highly doubt that he used cartridges loaded with black powder in the 1920-30's.
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No pics yet, just bought my plane ticket to head to OR for my yearly trip to fish for sturgeon and salmon next month...

Debating trying spear fishing in the kelp beds around my place, just have not gotten off my butt to do it because I have been to busy.


Last year - I was off the plane for a total of three hours when I hooked this guy...
I have not spearfished the CA coast, but it is FUN! It's like going on an underwater safari. There are so many different types of fish to persue and it can be quite challenging. I have only spearfished the ocean in Hawaii so the water was much more comfortable to be in. We go spear suckerfish once in a while out of a few streams I know of. It's fun for a while, but nothing like stalking fish in the ocean.
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I have not spearfished the CA coast, but it is FUN! It's like going on an underwater safari. There are so many different types of fish to persue and it can be quite challenging. I have only spearfished the ocean in Hawaii so the water was much more comfortable to be in. We go spear suckerfish once in a while out of a few streams I know of. It's fun for a while, but nothing like stalking fish in the ocean.
Ya I have heard its a blast, been half looking into it waiting untill I will have a full weekend to actually give it a shot. Grew up in the water around here so even though it can be chilly it doesn't bother me .
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went to the Kern this last weekend, river was up fishing was pretty good. Because the river was up, you need to find the more still water for dry fly fishing, other than that it's all nymphing. Admittedly caught these two guys on bait right at the tail end of the trip and took them home, big guy went 16 inches. I am stoked cause I finally found a trout recipe that I like.
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went to the Kern this last weekend, river was up fishing was pretty good. Because the river was up, you need to find the more still water for dry fly fishing, other than that it's all nymphing. Admittedly caught these two guys on bait right at the tail end of the trip and took them home, big guy went 16 inches. I am stoked cause I finally found a trout recipe that I like.
My favorite place to camp and fish. We go up there at least 4-5 times a year. A couple times I have forgotten my growler
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My favorite place to camp and fish. We go up there at least 4-5 times a year. A couple times I have forgotten my growler
oh yea love it too, we're up there a lot as well. Have you ever had the citra from the brewery? wow unreal!
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oh yea love it too, we're up there a lot as well. Have you ever had the citra from the brewery? wow unreal!
Yeah, I've had them all there. They have good food too.
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We were out for gapers too, our first time. limited out. Was awesome. Way awesome.
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We were out for gapers too, our first time. limited out. Was awesome. Way awesome.
And lots of work. Have you eaten any yet? That's the best part.
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You Ab and spear too?! I've been doing both on the North Coast since I was 12! I love Ab diving. Was that a 10" Ab?
Those Vermillion are one of my favorites. Awesome pics.
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Arrrgggggggg. This morning I went back to the place where I got my Turkey with my bow 3 days ago. Land owner only wanted me to take one Tom. I got my turkey that day, but this guy was there this morning. I need to convince him to let me get one more.........



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Man! Oh! Man! I'd like to be able to go out again and hunt. Just too much work and priority is family. Any beaches near the bay area safe enough to bring kids to go digging for clams or catch crabs? What type of license do we need to do that?
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Arrrgggggggg. This morning I went back to the place where I got my Turkey with my bow 3 days ago. Land owner only wanted me to take one Tom. I got my turkey that day, but this guy was there this morning. I need to convince him to let me get one more.........




Awesome pic. Tell the rancher all turkeys need killin.
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And lots of work. Have you eaten any yet? That's the best part.
we made the most ridiculously awesome clam chowder. Actually, we made three dishes.

All the bodies went into the chowder after a trip through the grinder.

Half the necks went into the chowder minced/fine chopped.

Half the necks were julienned and cooked in a stir fry with Vietnamese style sauce (NO soy sauce!) along with some sea lettuce we gathered while clamming.

The washington clam necks we ate as sashimi. That was awesome.

We sank half our limit in one night
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Man! Oh! Man! I'd like to be able to go out again and hunt. Just too much work and priority is family. Any beaches near the bay area safe enough to bring kids to go digging for clams or catch crabs? What type of license do we need to do that?
North bay has crabs and clams, and it's safe enough for young children, dogs, etc. TONS of folks out there on the flats.
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