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Old 01-24-2007, 06:04 PM
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Need some help from you guys south of I-10. I have been craving some crawfish but the only thing you can get around here ain't worth a dam. My questions. When is the season? Would you have them shipped cooked or live and cook em yourself? I do have a big ol quart jar of some cajun seasoning. Not sure what's in it but it turns corn on the cob into pure fire.
Any recommendations on a good source of crawfish?

We used to go to a crawfish boil every year and it got so big (3,500 lbs) that the guys from Louisania that they bought them from actually came up and cooked them the last few years. I learned probably enough to be dangerous talking to them but any suggestions ya'll have would be welcomed.

Be easy on this Yankee. After all, I am from NORTH Carolina.
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Here ya go Shag...these guys will cover all of your seafood needs from crawfish, crabs, turtle, alligator,frogs, fish, etc, etc..
I have got crawfish from these guys in the past and they are top of the line...From what I understand they are already very nice sized. I like them right now because their shells are not too hard. They can also ship you all the seasonings you need to boil.
They do ship...se the bottom of the page for the number to call...it is under FAQ. This place is located in my hometown of Lafayette, La. We are very close to the majority of the crawfish fields in La.
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http://www.chezfrancoisseafood.com/cfs/
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Old 01-24-2007, 06:22 PM
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Thank you sir. I couldn't find a price for fresh or boiled crawfish so I "assume" they are not in season yet?? He11 of a site. Thanks again!
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They were running nice until this cold snap hit, now most of the larger ones have retreated back into the ground. The good news is that there is plenty of water so it should be a good season.

I would wonder what the mortality rate would be when they are shipped that far. THe worst thing that you could do is boil dead bugs.
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:43 PM
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Shag,

They are running about 1.90 a pound right now which is not too bad at all for this time of year. I can't stress enough to get them early...later in the year they get black and the shells get too hard...can't suck the heads as good!
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The season generally runs from January until the end of May, depending on the weather. Right now they are runnin about $1.50/LB live. I used to do catered boils and transport of live ones and they will live for up to three days in an ice chest. The trick is to keep them in the sack, cover the sack with ice, and leave a small gap in the lid and the drain hole open so that they don't drown. That web site appears to be a good place to get them. You definitely want to get them live and then boil them. Darryl is right on. With all of the rain that we have had, it should be a banner season. If you wait until the week after Easter, the price usually drops substantially. What you really should do is come down for some fishing and then take some home with you!

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If you can buy a full sack (40 to 60 pounds) you can generally save money over buying them by the pound, and certainly lower priced than most supermarkets.

One thing to look out for, as Reel Screamers pointed out, is the dead ones... Hard to spot when you're putting them in the pot, but it's easy to pick out the ones that went into the pot dead -- their tails are straight.

The shelf life of a dead crustacean is a lot shorter than you'd think! Toss the straight ones - only eat the ones with curled tails.
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Geez, thanks for all the info. I looked at a couple of web sites and they basically overnight the crawfish. I'd just have to time it so they would get here the day before or the day of the boil. Or, I could just let the pros cook em and do the sausage, potatoes, shrimp, etc by themselves.

I am real familiar with dead stuff as we eat blue crabs on a fairly regular basis. I guess crawfish would be similiar as far as mortality goes. I am at least going to get some frozen tails shipped for some etoufee (sp?).

Thanks again for all the info.
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:37 PM
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I had a friend bring me 2 sacks of big dads Christmas eve.It was rainning,but still made one hell of a boil.With the warm weather we had,he told me that the crawfish are twice the size as normal for this time of the year.His family has about 3,000 ace ponds.Shag,let me know if I can hook you up.Don't know if they ship or not.
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You will not go wrong with the Bell River Crawfish much better than the pond ones bigger and no mud. You can get them at Bell River Louisiana. Watch out everyone has Bell River Crawfish are so they say. Best time is March.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:41 AM
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Did some bugs yesterday.They were on the small size and muddy.Tailes were not to full at that.Cold/rain weather got them down somewhat.Anyway,they were still good with them buds!
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Etoufee, yum. I second belle river crawdads. They start kicking good in March with a high river and warmer temps. I look for a good season with all the rain.
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Bigtuna, i'm from crowley originaly. My question is who owns that facitlity in lafayette, and have you haver used anyone from crowley.

Savage- as for the strait tailed crawfish that is about 60% true. I kull by hand my crawfish before i boil. I dip my hands into the bucket to get all the crass and trash out before i boil. mostly because i get the crawfish straight out of the ponds myself. I have boiled many a crawfish in my day and know for a fact that i have boiled live crawfish where their tails have come out straight. sounds strange, but when you know for sure they were alive becuase you went through by hand, the myth no longer holds true 100% of the time.
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I am originally from Crowley as well. Always good to see another guy from gods country! Agreed 100% on bugs.

Another thing. I am not saying that Belle River crawfish are no good, but I have delivered many a truck load of pond crawfish to Atchafalay and Belle River Seafood to be sold to retailers......either way, there is nothing better than a boiled crawfish and a cold beer.

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Daydream,

I am originally from Crowley as well. Always good to see another guy from gods country! Agreed 100% on bugs.

Another thing. I am not saying that Belle River crawfish are no good, but I have delivered many a truck load of pond crawfish to Atchafalay and Belle River Seafood to be sold to retailers......either way, there is nothing better than a boiled crawfish and a cold beer.

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Wheres the best place to get uhm if your over here in mobile...were suppossed to have a big boil 2nd week of march if anyone knows someone i would appreciate it.
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If a local grocery store carries them by the pound, get in good with one of the fish market managers. I'm originally from NOLA, and get my crawfish from a large chain supermarket here in Central Texas. I've learned just by talking with them that they get their crawfish delivered on Wednesdays, live in tote-sacks. I can go in at any time and have them add a bag or two to their next order just for me. They call and let me know when they're due to arrive and I meet the truck at the loading dock and pick out my two sacks, go inside and pay for'em. If I can't meet the truck, they'll put a "hold for" tag on the sacks and keep them hosed down in their cool-room until I can get in to pick'em up. No extra charge, I just pay what they pay before they break'em down into 2.5# onion sacks and double the price. It's all in the name of good customer service for them. Plus, no S&H charges...the truck was coming there anyway.
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In Mobile:

DIP Seafood/Mudbugs on DIP at the interstate
R&R Seafood on the causeway
Simply Seafood on Three Notch

Those are in no particular order of preference. I have never had any bad crawfish from DIP or R&R. I normally get them at R&R because it is closer to my house and you can't beat that causeway atmosphere. I have never had them from Simply Seafood but a friend (whose opinion I trust) claim they are very good. That is for boiled crawfish but I would think that you could get them alive from these also.
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Shag,

There are also some folks in Brunswick Co., NC that farm and sell crawfish. I'm originally from Thibodaux, LA but live in Wilmington, NC now. Oyster roasts are good, but they're no substitute for a crawfish boil.
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