Seafood and summer go hand-in-hand here on Cape Cod. One of my favorite summertime activities is diving for sea clams, also called quahogs.
These large clams can be found over Cape Cod's vast sand flats, and are best harvested at low tide.
Last summer my wife Lauren published this wonderfully delicious stuffed quahog recipe that will make your mouth water!
Today I want to share with you a "catch and cook" video that we created during the summer of 2019, but that I'm just now finally getting around to publishing.
In this video we will take you with me as we dive for clams, shuck the clams, and ultimately cook them on the grill.
Stuffed Quahogs: Our Newest Catch & Cook Video
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Where To Find Big Sea Clams (Quahogs)
Cape Cod is a wonderful place to go shellfishing, but before you get started you need to make sure you have the right license. Every town on Cape Cod requires you have a license before harvesting shellfish, so make sure to purchase a license from the town in which you plan on doing your shellfishing. For most Cape Cod towns, you can acquire a shellfish license from their Town Hall, Department of Public Works, or their Division of Natural Resources.
The Cape has an abundant population of all sorts of different shellfish including steamers, cherrystones, little necks, and oysters. All of these shellfish have their favorite spots, and it will take a little research and exploration until you find the best spots for each type of shellfish.
For the largest clams (quahogs) which we use to make stuffed clams, the best spots are big sand flats, and the best tide is dead low.
The map below (which can only be accessed by members of My Fishing Cape Cod) outlines some of the best areas where you will find the largest quahogs on the Cape.
Diving for clams has always been an enjoyable activity for me. There really is something extra special when you catch and prepare the food yourself, from start to finish.
Good luck if you decide to give shellfishing a try this summer. Diving for clams in particular is a wonderful excuse to go for a swim. A tasty dinner of stuffed clams at the end of a long and hot Cape Cod summer day is a true bonus.