Fish & Feathers: Outdoor briefs

Fish & Feathers: Outdoor briefs

CrabbingSeems that the greedy scoundrels who rob crab pots along the south shore of Sand Island have no respect for the United States military or private recreational crabbers. It was reported by reliable sources that someone robbed the crab pots of the U.S. Coast Guard, and they are now checking IDs of people pulling pots and matching those to the names on the crab pots that they are pulling. Good for the "Coasties," I hope they nail the poachers.

Deer CollisionsAccording to an Associated Press report, cars and motorcycles crash into deer more than 4,000 times a day, and it is taking an increasingly deadly toll - on people. Most accidents happen in November and with the national deer population growing and with more cars on the road, it is bound to happen. Deer were involved in about 75 percent of fatal animal-crash accidents. In all, there were 1.5 million deer crashes last year, injuring 13,713 people, killing 210 motorists and causing $1.5 billion in vehicle damage.

In Oregon last year, there were 784 accidents involving deer and elk. Two people were killed and 236 injured.

Tagged SturgeonThis past week we received two letters from the Department of Fish and Wildlife for sturgeon tags that we had turned in during the past season. The first was tagged in Blind Channel and caught off Desdemona Flats. When tagged July 26, 2002, it was 37-inches long, when caught on July 2, 2004, it measured 45-inches. It had grown eight inches in 707 days (1.9 years). The second fish was tagged off Tongue Point on June 10, 2002. At the time it measured 42 inches, when caught on June 7 of this year, it measured 50 inches, 728 days (1.9 years), after it was tagged. Both sturgeon grew about four inches a year.

How not to end up with a limit of clamsSaturday, Nov. 13, was a tough day for digging clams. The wind was blowing like the devil, the surf had been pounding the beach all day long, and the ocean was surging up into the people who were searching and digging.

But Dale, a big, strong tenacious guy, and his wife Betty were determined to get their limit, on a day when many people drove to the beach, took one look and went home to a warm fire. Dale and Betty pressed on, and when he had dug his limit of clams, he turned his clam gun upside down and loaded his clams into the barrel of the clam gun, then took his bucket and walked into the surf for fresh saltwater.

Upon returning, he took the gun loaded with clams from Betty and mistakenly turned the clam gun barrel opening down just as a knee-high wave poured in. Needless to say, the clams all spilled into the surging water. Groping around, he managed to salvage six of the clams. Better luck next time.

Ron Malast is owner/operator of the charter boat Big Dipper through Pacific Salmon Charters in Ilwaco, 665-3573.

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