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How to Gather Steamers (Tips & Techniques)…

To find steamers, head out at low tide and look for sandy areas. Walk along the low-tide line and look for tiny holes in the sand – these are clues that steamers live below. Digging steamers is more work than digging quahogs because they live much deeper. Most steamers reside 6 to 12 inches below the surface. There are two methods for gathering them: dry digging and plunging.

Dry Digging

Dry digging, the more commonly used technique, is pretty basic, and almost prehistoric. A short-handled rake is a good way to start out, but if you don’t have one, you can simply use your hands to gather these shellfish. I like to wear a pair of rubber work gloves when I’m dry digging because I never know what I might come across. There are things like broken shells, sharp rocks, and lots of big, ugly worms.