Always have to stop at Red Lobster when we are in Sioux Falls. That's about as close as we get to the coast now.
We used to dig the clams with a clam gun. Was made out of a 2' to 3' length of galvanized stove pipe with a cap and a small hole on one end. There was also a wooden handle on that same end. You would look for the hole on the sand and push the stove pipe down in the sand over the hole. Then before pulling the stove pipe back out you placed your thumb over the hole in the handle creating a vacuum as you lifted. This would suck all the sand in the pipe along with the clam up and out of the sand and water. Then release the hole and everything fell out of the pipe and you picked up the clam. Darned sand and water got heavy after a while. Also used tiling spades. Clams,Crab, ousters, sea perch, flounder, and Salmon where all plentiful. The only thing really missing was plenty of warm sunny weather. Seemed like it was always cool and damp,
Enjoy it while it last Chris. You never know when you might find yourself in a different location.
While I will go to Red Lobster, it is my least favorite sea food place. Every time they get something on the menu I really like, they have dropped it by the time I get back. I prefer Olive Garden or the Water Front is the Resturant that has the sea Food flown in a few times a week and is the Fish Market for all the finer resturaunts in Des Moines.