In autumn, fishing on the North Carolina coast is bountiful. However, when the fish are not biting, shellfish can be found in any coastal water area that is not polluted. Clams can be raked during low tide in creek beds, along the banks, and on old sandbars. Crabs can be baited using nets and fish heads. Oysters are found in clusters on the edges of marshes and along creeks at low tide. It is necessary, however, to check local laws which define sizes and quantities of shellfish that can be removed from these areas.