Saturday, May 10, 2014


Spring is here...the water in the Sound is warming up...and clamming season is upon us. All you need is a clam rake, a clam basket, and access to the clam beds!

Last month I shared information about Marcus Lawson and his new venture -- Clam Digger, Flounder Gigger Charters. Check out his web site for more information:

Clamming is a great way to experience the tranquility of a few hours in Pamlico Sound...and to gather supper for you and your family.

You can contact Marcus at or by phone at 252-921-0279.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of traveling to the island on Frazier Peele's ferry in 1951. You can read it here:


  1. I think Marcus is a genius ... and I wish he'd thought about this venture when I was there last! I LOVE deviled clams!! I will definitely go clamming when I am there next!

  2. Anonymous10:30 AM

    My word. There is no fishing license needed? The environmental impact of harvesting a resource , enforcement of fishing limits etc. strain limited budgets of state county or federal agencies these days. It seems a rational person would expect to pay a fee unless of course there is a special tax on fishing implements to help fund these agencies. This is only reasonable because i don't suppose many watermen/women donate a portion of their catch to a soup kitchen/food bank????DD

  3. Anonymous12:09 PM

    like you said all you need is ACCESS. the rest is simple. the access is top secret. by the way give them time and someone will find a way to tax it as well as putting a special tax on the rake, then of course the time of day and if a day has the letter 'a' in it it will have special restrictions that only another tax will override...fisherman know all about those regulations and taxes....

  4. Anonymous12:31 PM

    Philip, don't laugh. I know some will and some will be mad but we are serious. Our family never eats right when we are on vacation. We usually bring out own food but you can't pack everything. Most eating places use too much, salt, sugar,fat in their food. Trying to find a simple healthy salad bar is impossible sometimes. Is there any where on Ocracoke with a salad bar?? we, including the kids can't wait to get home sometimes just to make something healthy to eat. Any places have a salad bar there?? Any help will be appreciated.

    1. I couldn't think of a restaurant on Ocracoke with a salad bar, so I asked Amy. She couldn't either. Ocracoke has many excellent restaurants, but simple home-cooked meals with healthful salads can't be beat.

      Maybe another reader can direct you to an island salad bar...or maybe one of our restaurant owners will read your comment and add a salad bar to their menu.

  5. Anonymous10:52 PM

    Anon 12;31 When i travel I eat "fast food salads" Zaxbys Wendys and burger kings salads r ok McDs breakfast yogurt good just start a letter writing campaign to bring decent fast food to OI snap they all r franchise........

  6. Anonymous4:51 AM

    the anon 10:52 comment made no sense????

  7. Anonymous7:04 AM

    What's the vintage of your clam rakes and basket, Philip? They both look as if they may be heirlooms. Nice photo, by the way--it evokes a classic sense of timelessness. And kudos to Digger Lawson for venturing to start up his new enterprise. I wish him well, and I'll seek him out the next time I'm on the island. Sounds like a fun way to explore a new experience under the guidance of someone who knows the ropes AND to support a local entrepreneur.

    Thanks, as always, for keeping us up to date on island life.

    1. The clam basket was my father's. I also have a newer basket that is plastic, but I like the old one best. The rakes are not new, but they are the "newer version" with stainless steel table knife blades for tines. The older type, with thicker tines, that I used decades ago, are much harder to push.

      Have fun clamming on your next visit to the island!

  8. Anonymous8:22 PM

    I can hardly wait