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: Giant softshells - what to do?

04-19-2010, 01:30 PM
Hey guys I am new to this shellfish game but being a MA state holiday I wanted to do something outdoors so decided to have a serious workout digging softshells. A real back-breaker!

Anyway I stumbled upon a colony of giant softshell clams, way too big to steam and gulp, or fry. I think I bit off more than I could chew - you'd choke on these giant bellies. I'm not sure I'd want to try :Eyecrazy:

Any of you seasoned shellfishermen know what to do with them? I worked way too hard to find them to let them be.

Chowder? Do I need to remove the contents of the bellies?

04-19-2010, 01:55 PM
Batter 'em up, heat up some of your favorite lard and deep fat fry 'em.

What don't kill ya makes ya stronger!:lildevl:

04-19-2010, 07:34 PM
I went with the chowdah! Just freaking AWESOME.

04-20-2010, 10:02 AM
Nice! Cooking them on an open grill is awesome too! They steam in their own juices and you can brown them a little.

Rip Ryder
05-06-2010, 07:11 AM
Some of the best chunk bait for Chatham Stripers right there!!:chuckle: