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Dungeness Crab, Oysters, Clams

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Dungeness Crab, Oysters, Clams

Jambalaya | Aug 4, 2003 07:42 AM

This is definitely a food related item and it applies only to the BC coast so I suspect this is the appropriate place to post. I will be boating on the sunshine coast next week for about 10 days and we will want to attempt catching some of the above. We will have a crab trap (Dungeness crab) and I assume the old standard of fish heads for bait will work. From what I have read, to get clams you need to dig for them about 6" down on tidal flats at low tide and you can find oysters at these same locations. Other than that I am a novice and am looking for advice how best to catch these delights of the west coast. Specifically here are my questions:

1) Where and when is best to place a crab trap?
2) Is it possible to catch these by hand without a trap?
3) If answer to 2 is yes, what's the technique/cautions etc.?
4) How do I know where to dig for the clams once I have found a tidal flat? Do you look for little air holes in the sand or what?
5) How do I spot a likely place for finding oysters?
6) Up in this area do I need to be concerned about bad oysters, red tide etc.?
Thanks

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