Gathering Edible Shellfish

For a bounty of edible shellfish, you needn't venture out any father than the sand and rocks along the shore.

edible shellfish - bullrake
Bullrakes are the professional rake for quahogs both shallow and deep. This is a Long Island Sound bullrake, about 2' wide, used in 6'-20' of water on a sandy bottom. Drop anchor just upwind of the clam grounds and veer out enough line to hold fast over the beds. The old fellows used wide bottomed skiffs and working catboats, rowing or sailing to the beds and bringing home good catches. Our people can do without gas kickers to bring our catches home; it's been done before.