Yesterday was the first day I've been clamming this season. We left the dock right after noon and were out in the Sound in short order. Four of us got our limit (200 clams per boat) in about an hour. There is nothing quite like wading out in Pamlico Sound on a bright spring day, pushing a clam rake along the sandy bottom. It is just plain relaxing and thoroughly satisfying. You simply walk along, taking in the beauty of the sky, water, and surrounding islands, watching pelicans diving and crabs scurrying nearby, happy to be alive. The dull clunk of the metal tines against a clam shell brings you back to practical concerns, and before you know it your wire basket is so full it is sinking below the surface.
Back home you open your clams, top them with bacon & Parmesan cheese, and arrange them on a cookie sheet. Invite some friends over and slide the clams under the broiler. Fifteen or twenty minutes later scoop them out of their shells and lay them on saltines. Your "clams casino" couldn't be any fresher, or tastier. Savor them with your favorite drink while sitting on the pizer, chatting about the day as the sun sinks lower in the western sky.
It's hard to find a more rewarding way to spend a spring day.
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