Razor Clam Digs Start Thursday
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Washington Razor Clam Digs Start Thursday
Razor clam digs begin this Thursday at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has announced. Marine toxin tests have confirmed the clams on these beaches are safe to eat.
The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:
- Nov. 17, Thursday, 8:37 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
- Nov. 18, Friday, 9:28 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
- Nov. 19, Saturday, 10:22 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Seattle Boat Show Announces New Courses at “Boat Show U”
One of the most popular features year in and year out at the Seattle Boat Show is the extensive line-up of free boating and fishing seminars and the advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. The popular Boat Show U. programs feature well-known nautical experts such as Jeff Renner, Lee Chesneau, Mike Beemer, Kevin Monahan, Linda Lewis, Margaret Pommert, Bill Baker, Mark Bunzel, the R2AK crew and others. The three-hour programs are priced at $39 each. Day-long expert training sessions during the week cost $100 and cover comprehensive topics such as 101 Cruising Tips for Women, Diesel and Electrical Troubleshooting and Marine Weather and Cruising. Other courses include how to enjoy cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, the Broughtons and the dream trip Cruising to Alaska with lots of practical tips.
New for 2017 at Boat Show U.:
Jeff Renner, former KING 5 meteorologist and one of the most distinguished members of the Northwest meteorological establishment will present Understanding Inside Passage weather. Cruisers will learn how to avoid surprises when cruising in local waters or all the way up to Alaska.
Radar expert and former Canadian Coast Guard Captain, Kevin Monahan will share how marine radar technology has radically improved in the last two years, present the new and the old and provide answers about how to integrate them for safe navigation.
Waggoner Guide editor Mark Bunzel will address all the new technologies for use on a boat including iPads, AIS, DSC, integrated chart plotters and new emergency devices. He will help boaters determine which ones are the best.
On Monday, Jan. 30, as part of the Women’s Day program, local experts Captain Linda Lewis and Margaret Pommert will present an all-day course, A Women’s Perspective: 101 Practical Tips for Safe and Fun Cruising.
Cruising without or before boat ownership: Mark Bunzel will cover the many options available in in the Northwest and beyond, including bareboat charter, crewed charter and flotilla options.
The Race to Alaska (R2AK) crew will share tips on how to be successful and survive one of the toughest boating events of the year. In this all-day program, they’ll cover the course, boat and crew preparation, navigating with the weather, tides and currents and survivability if things go wrong.
All Seattle Boat Show U. courses are available for advanced registration on the Seattle Boat Show website. The show, with two locations — indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union — opens Jan. 27 and runs through Feb. 4, 2017. The complete schedule of seminars can be viewed here.
Oregon Announces Free Thanksgiving Fishing
On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free. That means no licenses, tags or endorsements are needed on those days. (Though all other fishing regulations apply.)
“Getting outside fishing and enjoying Oregon’s natural areas is a great way to spend quality family time over the holidays,” said Rick Hargrave, ODFW spokesperson.
The additional free fishing weekends were authorized by the 2015 Oregon State Legislature as a way of introducing new anglers to the sport.