Clam Gulch Local Customs

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    Boat contraption

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 31, 2004

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    Boat Trailer

    I love to observe different fishing techiques wherever I travel. Even though Clam Gulch is only about 100 miles from where I live the style of fishing is different than it is in Kodiak. We don't have these strange looking boat trailers. But for the guys working the beaches of Cook Inlet they work out great. The back the trailer into the water with a four-wheel drive truck and drive the boat up to the trailer and attach the lines and crank it up and drive away!

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    Kayaking in Cook Inlet

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    Kayaking in Cook Inlet

    There are a few places that give guided tours or you can rent Kayaks and go by yourself. Beware of the Tides and the weather!! But if you're a Kayaker you know this already. We watched a couple guys come in through the waves and it sure looked like fun.

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    Etch your name in time

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2004

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    Clam Gulch Bluff

    When you get to the beach look at the bluffs and you'll see the cliffs etched with names of visitors to the area. I'm sure the cliff is slippery after a good rain. And of course the cliffs aren't for everyone. But the kids that were with us were 13-14 years old and they love this sort of thing.
    To tell you the truth I don't know what kind of stone it is......I'm guessing Sand Stone ....hahaha sorry for my stupidity. But if you find a sharp rock down below on the beach you can use it as a tool to carve your name in the cliff wall.

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    Check out the Commercial Salmon fishing

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2004

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    Clam Beach

    Along the beach you can see the different commercial salmon fisherman setting and checking their nets. They catch the fish in the nets and transfer the fish to four-wheel drive pick-up trucks on the beach. It's quite an interesting style of fishing.

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    Clam Gulch Classic.......a fun Dogsled Race

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2004

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    Clam Gulch Beach

    If you happen to be in the area in December you can witness the Clam Gulch Classic. It's a 56 mile dogsled race. They run it in two stages so it's two days of fun! The race starts at Clam Shell Lodge. I have only read about the race but have never attended so I don't have a photo.

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    Digging Clams

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    Clam Gulch Beach

    Clam Gulch is famous all over Alaska as a great place to dig Razor Clams!! Hence the name Clam Gulch!! hahha We missed the very low tide that is needed to either harvest the clams ourselves or watch the clam diggers in action. The Clams are about 5 " - 6 " long and are a bit tricky for the first time to dig them. You will need a clam shovels or a thing called clam tube or clam gun in order to harvest them. They are to deep and can dig deeper into the sand as they feel the vibration of you coming after them. I've only gone digging for Razors once so I'm not an expert at it!! But I know it's next to impossible to dig them with your bare hands and the top edge is quite sharp so you don't want to cut your hands trying to dig them.
    To find the clams you've gotta go at a very low tide....a -3 tide or lower is best to give you more action. You then have to spot the "air hole" that the clam creates....The Clam will be 1-2 feet under this hole. You will want to dig beside the Clams airhole so you will avoid damaging it.
    I've seen guys on the beach with their arms all the way into a hole trying to pull a Razor out. It's funny to see the expression on someones face when the Razor has escaped capture!! hahaha
    You must have a valid Alaska Sportfishing License in order to harvest the clams. Each person is allowed 60 clams per day and you must have your own container!! These rules are strictly enforced!!
    It's a great experience to try this and the clams are very tasty.
    The real work begins after you've harvested the clams. You must now shuck the clams which is another technique that needs to be practiced!!

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