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« on: September 21, 2017, 07:12:14 PM »

Hey all. First time clam buyer. Got a half bushel. How do you know if they are fresh? Or a better question how long do they live after being harvested? Some are definitely alive. Probably half. And they are chilled so they will be slow. But is there an way to tell if one is really alive? Does the shell go obviously limp like a crab? Some are busted up too. I just don't know how to judge what I got. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 09:42:19 PM »

They look pretty average to me, when they are dead they will open up alot more. When i was using them earlier in the summer i kept them in a wet burlap bag to keep them damp in the walkin. Id get a full bag on Friday and use them the following Monday and Wednesday. I will say they caught great earlier in the summer but ive switched to chicken and i think its catching as good or better.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 09:46:29 PM »

Smell em, if they stink, they’re dead
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 10:07:33 PM »

They look good to me. I can see 2 in the picture that might be on their way out. For the most part, when they die they relax and the shells open pretty wide. Keep 'em for a few days and you'll figure it out pretty quick. They decompose quickly when they're dead. Just because the shell gets cracked or beat up isn't an immediate death sentence, they can still hold up under the right conditions. The shells are really fragile, doesn't take much to crack them.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 10:52:41 PM »

Cool. Yeah as I'm bagging them right now they seem better then my first impressions. Thanks guys tomorrow will hopefully pit some beautiful swimmers in my basket. Happy crabbing.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2017, 11:56:38 AM »

good luck , go get em
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