We buy these big guys, shuck them out, and salt the clams, creating
a slightly tougher meat that stays well on the hook.
|We also have packaged frozen clam whole and in strips, and clam chum in stock year round. During spring and fall seasons, we also have fresh clams shucked and in the shell (that's fresh, not guaranteed live) as weather/availability permits.
Clams are an excellent bait for blowfish, kingfish, porgies, black sea bass,
striper, tautog,and winter flounder. See our quick
ref. chart for seasonal info. For example: when the temperature
of the water here in NJ gets below 45 degrees or thereabouts, the chemistry
of Mr. Blackfish's (tautog) digestive system changes, and the fish can
not pass the shells of the crabs through its body. Therefore, there is
a time of cold water fishing when clams become better bait for tautog.
Striped bass hit best on fresh clams (tied to hook with elastic thread).
Salted is ideal for general bay and wreck fishing for seabass, porgies, etc., especially if casting, as it stays on the hook better than fresh or frozen.