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14 responses to “Fishing and Foraging on Bodega Bay”

  1. Kirsten

    You’re a long way from the Block! My sister is heading back there next month, hoping to create a life there as well. Love the post!

  2. lanesvillelady

    Bummmer! I know how hopeful you were but at least you are not experiencing the Red Tide there that we seem to get every spring and early summer, which closes all the clam flats up and down the East Coast from ME to MA and even parts of LI. Glad you still were able to enjoy being out by the ocean even if it is the Pacific!

  3. deana@lostpastremembered

    Never tried glasswort… but it sounds delicious. I just don’t know if I’d like to try it in our polluted East coast waters!

  4. Russell

    I’m with you on this one! Saturday we went out for Razor clams on the Washington coast. It was a perfect day for it, warm, dry and a bit windy, and the four of us managed to bag our limits in about two hours. The only bad part was the 7 hour round trip from Seattle. Well that, and having to clean 60 clams the next day. But man are they good! The post should be up in a couple hours, soon as I get to writing it.

    Kept an eye out for Seabeans but didn’t see any. Must ripen earlier down south. They’re really quite tasty.

    I’m impressed that you wanted to dig Horse clams. Here most people use them for crab bait, as they are a bit of a pain to clean. Also, the little symbiotic Pea Crabs totally freak me out. But they do taste ok, they’re easy to find, and the limit is seven per day here.

  5. Alan

    I enjoy your post. I grew up here in Sonoma County and have been gathering on the coast for years. If you want some other locations for cockles give me a shout on the email. There are Washington Clams and a few Horse necks in Bodega. There is a special technique for getting them. Great stuff your doing.

  6. Kevin Adams

    Glasswort (in Dutch zeekraal = literally sea bead) grows in abundance in my home town. Although I have to admit it is in a sort of wild life bird park and I am not really sure it’s legal to forage there..

    Your post makes me wanna go fish with my dad again…and soon. :-)

  7. Ting

    Love reading about your foraging adventures. I’m new to foraging and so far can only identify a handful of mushrooms, still it makes my heart beat very fast when I come across a patch of chanterelles. Thanks for a great blog.

  8. Tamar@StarvingofftheLand

    It makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one who gets skunked. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that sometimes hunting is a hike in the woods, fishing is a ride in a boat, and clamming is a day at the beach.

  9. Phillip

    Well, at least you had a nice day at the beach!

    I miss the warm, sandy beaches of the mid-Atlantic. Right about now, the water is changing and the bonito are coming inshore. The bluefish will be right behind them, and then my favorites, Spanish and King Mackerel!

    You can have the oystering and clamming, though. Did too much of that trying to earn a buck as a teenager.

  10. Roya

    Hearts desire beach is where we go for clams…check it out!

  11. Josh

    Now I can say my picture was featured on a James Beard nominated site…

    Our red tides aren’t toxic like they are back East, but our shellfish (esp. mussels) do concentrate some other toxins, so May-Oct. is sketchy.

    As for the dangers of Portuguese beach, I was the surfperch fella at the time, and that dumping surf was a great looking location. All surf in California is dangerous, esp. dumping surf – the adage is to never turn your back on the ocean here – but I was comfortable watching the water and the folks.

  12. Alisha

    We have always had luck at the islands off of Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach. You need a boat to get to them and you have to pay to park. It is a busy spot with lots of people. But you should be able to get some clams when there is a good low tide.

  13. Jodie

    Love your story. You should try digging for clam in the middle of the bay during low tide. We found a spot right between Bodega Bay Marine Lab and Campbell cove to be best. My brother and I caught over 15 horseneck clam and 1 geoduck two weeks ago. You have to be willing to get dirty to catch them. But oh it was so much fun…. E-mail me for pics.

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