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Old 04-12-2005, 04:57 PM
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need some advice? I am going to go get some clams from the creek this weekend for chunking. How should the clams be stored? I was thinking a pickle jar in the fridge. Should I add something to make the clam meat harder?
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Old 04-12-2005, 05:05 PM
kkevvy kkevvy is offline
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I hear if you store them with some really salty water they toughen up.
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Old 04-12-2005, 08:10 PM
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did i hear the word clams?? briggs must be around...... :)
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:55 PM
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3 3/4 cups fresh shucked live surf clams (about 10 surf clams), 1 1/4 cup kosher salt. Mix well, refrigerate (stinky juice and all). Fits perfectly into the large tupperwarelike container you get cole slaw and stuff in at the food store. If you think you might be using em for winter flounder, add a healthy shot of yellow food coloring. When you think you put in enough, add some more. Bass like it too but not enough to bother messing with the stuff if you're not fishing for flatties.

It comes out kinda in between fresh and clam jerkey and has a refrigerated shelf life of 2 or 3 months. Much more after that you won't want to open it.
Definately catches better than the chunks of grey leather that you get at the bait store but tough enough to stay on the hook very well.

I'd rather have fresh but these'll do when you can't get any.

Another trick - after it's been allowed to sit overnight, drain the excess juice and add bunker oil.
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