Over the weekend Lou Ann was offered a rare experience. Morty Gaskill, Ocracoke Island's youngest commercial fisherman (he is 13 years old), asked Lou Ann to join him to gather clams on his clam beds. Out in Pamlico Sound in Morty's working skiff (Lou Ann got to sit on a cooler), they anchored several hundred yards from the beds and waded to their destination. On hands and knees in the shallow water they dug 500 clams in less than an hour to sell at the local fish market.
I am hoping Lou Ann will share the entire experience in a monthly newsletter later this summer. For now, just know that she had a fabulous time (Morty is knowledgeable not only about the day to day life of a fisherman, but also about state and national issues that impact commercial fishermen), and enjoy the photos below, from her day with a professional clammer. Morty insisted that Lou Ann take several dozen clams that we fixed for lunch today as "clams casino." Needless to say, they were super!
Nets at the Dock:
Two Boxes of Fresh Clams:
Just Out of the Oven:
Take a journey back in time with our latest Ocracoke Newsletter. You can capture some of the thrill of riding on the old mailboat Aleta by clicking here.