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« on: November 12, 2017, 12:26:57 AM »

Wondering if any folks on the list have tried a hand at oystering on a recreational basis.  Granted, it does not sound nearly as alluring as crabbing, but I love oysters and always wanted to give it a try to extend my season (when I'm not hunting).  I'd appreciate any insight, advice, or stories about it, including where to find the gear (tongs) to do it.

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 08:37:34 AM »

I made my own tongs because they can be expensive if you buy them.
Oysters are everywhere! I used to get them in CT whenever I was on the water.
I would get the Oysters along with clams when tonging.
I would also get Oysters when scuba diving or snorkeling.
Now that I am in Florida they are even more common.
I brought the tongs with me but I don't think I will need them as they are that plentiful!
In Florida you are allowed two 60 pound sacks a day! In CT it was a five gallon pail of mixed shellfish.
The biggest problem now is that we still have a very high tide since Irma passed through the area.
We haven't had a low tide; The tide just stays at high tide 24 hours. Rather odd.
With the high tide I may need the tongs!
The health department just recently opened the clam and Oyster beds but I haven't been out.
Good luck when you go!
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 09:44:26 PM »

Thanks Shellfish - good to hear you have success with it.  Strange indeed about the high tides!  Best wishes for good oystering - although I must say I'd rather have an oyster from cold water CT than Florida - you'll have to let me know if there is a big difference in taste.
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