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Old 03-19-2003, 02:35 PM
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Stripers love clams...

But do they eat clams in the shell? Now striblue, don't get any ideas
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Old 03-20-2003, 04:26 AM
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I think one of Dick Browns bonefish patterns already has that one covered.
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Old 03-20-2003, 08:37 AM
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Fly?

Isn't there a fly called the Clam before the Storm?
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Old 03-20-2003, 08:40 AM
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Yes.. and I have one pictured with directions in the Bonefish Archives.
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Old 03-20-2003, 09:29 AM
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Yes, stripers ingest whole clams, whole blue and green crabs, mussels. On a late night trip with Capt. Hathaway a couple years ago, several friends caught fish. Upon cleaning them, it was discovered that they'd eaten whole blue crabs up to and including 4+ inches as well as hard shell clams. Sprocket can attest to this.
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Old 03-20-2003, 10:11 AM
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I wonder if a clam would make a good fly for the flats when things are tough out there in the summer.... cast a clam in the lane and leave it still... HHHHMMMM! The silli skin would make a good clam shell I would think.... But is this the straight dope on stripers and clams.... because i have not heard about this before... crabs, yes....clams??????
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Old 03-20-2003, 02:17 PM
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Do they dig them out of the sand or what? Sounds fishy...
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Old 03-20-2003, 02:54 PM
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I've had some stripers clam up when my fly was near, but I don't think that's the same thing......
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Old 03-20-2003, 03:14 PM
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Striped Bass are as lazy a feeding fish as there is in the sea. They will eat almost anything, alive or dead. They grub in the mud and rocks for anything they can find.
I don't want a lot of flames for this but one "problem" you younger folks seem to have is a mistrust of your elders. We were catching and cleaning Striped Bass before many of you were born and have found many, many strange things inside the belly of bass. le; Condoms, hooks and rigs, clams, mussells, right up through to small stripers inside the belly of big stripers.
In the old days when charters wanted fish for the freezer we would clean tons of bass each season and usually observed their eating habits to stay up to speed on what to use for bait!
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Old 03-20-2003, 03:17 PM
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And you guys thought I was full of

(Oops - this is a family show)

See, I knew there was somebody out there who'd vindicate me - I'm just glad it's Capt. Grumpy !!!



Alright, now that you are paying attention:

Clams are bivalves. They extend their siphon beyond their shell to feed and excrete. The siphon, exposed, moving in the water, causes the striper to pay attention, rout into the bottom a bit if necessary or lucky enough to beat the clam to the punch and not let it squirt and scoot and get away. Mussels are too stupid for that; they just nest together and lay around.

I'd guess some/most of us have seen the abrasions on a striper's mouth and cheeks from routing around on the bottom for food - no?

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Old 03-20-2003, 03:19 PM
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Thumbs up Speaking from personal experience...

As some of you phlatz phishers may already know, to the dismay of the white bucket brigade, and to be one-with-the-fish, I've consumed my fair share of fresh dead bait...
Handz down...fresh clams are d'best!!! (I plefer to take them outa' the shell...for obvious reasons)
sand lances not good...an aftertaste that'll chase away a back bay mugger...
isopods too small and they bite back...
shrimp too crunchy...although the right sauce makes all the difference...
crabs...see shrimp...
silversides/bunker/etc...not bad with chinese mustard!
Gimme' CLAMS anyday (on the half shell)!!!:hehe:
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Old 03-20-2003, 03:23 PM
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With a bit of Scottish Mouthwash on the side, there, Potentate
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Old 03-20-2003, 03:37 PM
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I've seen bass rooting and rooting and rooting right in front of me many, many times during the hours I've logged walking the shore with a flyrod and a good pair of polarized lenses. Althouh they often are, these fish were not after sand eels or shrimp or crabs, this I know. I suspected seaworms or clams thus the question. I'm convinced now, they do chow on shellfish in the round.

I have a few stories about sea worms and stripers too :eyecrazy:
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Old 03-20-2003, 03:42 PM
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Oh, I forgot:

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OK....OK... So now I will come up with a Clam fly....love it... But condoms are out of the question. (must have mistaken it for a squid)
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