Bloomquist gets more clams than hits, is caught and fined

DMZ · May 15, 2008 at 8:04 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The limit’s fifteen, and he may not get that many hits all year at this rate.

From The Olympian:

A state Fish and Wildlife officer cited Mariners utilityman Willie Bloomquist on April 21 for unlawful recreational fishing for going over the state’s limits on razor clams while he was digging at Twin Harbors, according to a citation filed in Montesano Municipal Court.

Bloomquist, 30, has paid a $50 fine after being issued the citation, a Grays Harbor District Court official said.

The ticket issued to Bloomquist does not indicate how many clams over the limit he had harvested on April 21. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Craig Bartlett said Thursday that he could not reach the officer who issued the ticket to find out how far he was over the limit.

“The catch limits and other rules are in effect to protect our resources,” Bartlett said. “The rules apply to everyone, regardless of who they are.”

And yet my favorite part of this

Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale hadn’t heard of Bloomquist’s citation from Fish and Wildlife, and she had no immediate comment.

“Hi, Rebecca, I’m calling for a quick comment on a story I’m doing.”
“Yes, yes, the team’s off to a slow start, no, no one’s been fired, yes, we’re all concerned…”
“Sorry, no, I’m calling about something else.”
“What’s that?”
“Willie Bloomquist was cited and fined $50 for going over the razor clam limit.”
(long, long silence)
“I hadn’t heard that. I don’t have any comment.”


64 Responses to “Bloomquist gets more clams than hits, is caught and fined”

  1. RITTEM1 on May 16th, 2008 8:33 am

    46 – “Digger!”

    Digger is great and all, but I think Ken Digger Phelps would roll over in his grave, you know, if he were dead.

  2. Jeff Nye on May 16th, 2008 8:42 am

    I wonder if he’ll talk to the media about it, or if he’ll clam up on them…

  3. msb on May 16th, 2008 8:51 am

    you know, you’d think a big baseball star like Willie could afford a cooler rig ….

  4. scott19 on May 16th, 2008 8:55 am

    If the man wants clams, let him have clams.

    If there’s no bread, let them eat, uh, clams! 🙂

  5. scott19 on May 16th, 2008 9:15 am

    Ivar’s should make WFB their spokeswoman …

    Hey, at least he’d get to hang out with the “clam girl” with the smokin’ bod!

  6. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2008 11:11 am

    Well, at least he wasn’t poaching geoduck, which could have led to some really tacky comments: Which one did Wee Willie want?

    Instead of ponies to cheer ourselves up, how about pictures of razor claims?

    Although…with geoducks, we could have combined them and ponies like this.

  7. Pat Dillon on May 16th, 2008 11:45 am

    Derek – thanks for making me laugh with the dialogue bits. You ought to be writing for a sitcom. Willie trying to bribe a Fish and Wildlife officer; ha!

  8. scott19 on May 16th, 2008 12:19 pm

    Willie trying to bribe a Fish and Wildlife officer; ha!

    That almost sounds like the script from an episode of The Andy Griffith Show!

  9. msb on May 16th, 2008 1:00 pm

    Willie says it was just 2 over 🙂

  10. scott19 on May 16th, 2008 1:23 pm

    Ooh…those two darn extra clams!

    Showing my age here a bit from childhood road trips back East, but it’s too bad in a way that Howard Johnson’s closed down all their restaurants — Willie could’ve gone in there and got all the clams he could eat for $4.95 and saved himself that extra $45!

  11. msb on May 16th, 2008 1:26 pm
  12. scott19 on May 16th, 2008 2:15 pm

    MSB — Quite a yummy menu!

    Actually, there’s still a Howard Johnson’s diner left in Lake Placid, NY with the legendary Tendersweet(r) Fried Clams on the menu.

    Maybe Willie and the boys can road trip up there in a few weeks when they go into Shea to play the Mets!

  13. Benne on May 16th, 2008 2:44 pm

    This is the grittiest story I have ever heard.

  14. planB on May 16th, 2008 10:03 pm

    Um Kenji sort of didn’t catch that?

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