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Old April 16, 2018, 13:32   #1
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Got me some Crawfish... Who likes Mudbugs?

Got a couple of sacks and fixing to boil me some crawfish. Who here loves them mudbugs? Also, useless fact..... Humans are the only animals who actually enjoy eating spicy food (I am almost sure that my dog doesn't know this).


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Old April 16, 2018, 13:42   #2
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mmmmmmm. Love me some crawfish.
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Love the tail and claw meat, but can't bring myself to suck that nasty shit from the head...😝
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Hard to find good ones here in MI. I may have to start trapping my own as there are apparently some in the rivers around me.
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Old April 16, 2018, 13:53   #6
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Hard to find good ones here in MI. I may have to start trapping my own as there are apparently some in the rivers around me.
I used to trap them when I lived in Louisiana (good times back in them young days). Now I got to buy them, here in Texas. I usually just buy some already boiled, just for myself, but this time I am having a family get together.
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I used to trap them when I lived in Louisiana (good times back in them young days). Now I got to buy them, here in Texas. I usually just buy some already boiled, just for myself, but this time I am having a family get together.
Here in Fort Worth, I pay $9.00/lb cooked and they're bland as hell.

Back when I lived in Nacogdoches, my Cajun friends would bring them up from Villa Platte and boil them for us. If they couldn't come visit, good crawfish were only an hour or two motorcycle ride away. Damn I miss living closer to Acadiana...
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When they're done boiling, throw some ice in the water. It makes them shrink and absorb more of the spices in the water.
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Here in Fort Worth, I pay $9.00/lb cooked and they're bland as hell.

Back when I lived in Nacogdoches, my Cajun friends would bring them up from Villa Platte and boil them for us. If they couldn't come visit, good crawfish were only an hour or two motorcycle ride away. Damn I miss living closer to Acadiana...
Notmuch more to love than good boiled crawfish, riding in the wind (rubber side down) and family / friends.... beer also,
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When they're done boiling, throw some ice in the water. It makes them shrink and absorb more of the spices in the water.
Check. Do that to get the water around 165 degrees.
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Church is having their annual boil this weekend. If I die with half a tail hanging out of my mouth those who know me will know I was happy when I went.
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I got turned on to mud bugs down in Vicksburg Mississippi years ago. Been thinking lately about how to trap them myself. Anyone got a good trap idea?
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What PMF said- the ice trick works. Also, crack some eggs into the boil and let them poach. Then fish them out and snack on them whilst waiting for the crawdads to float. They really soak up some spice!
I love living in central Louisiana- we're surrounded by crawfish/rice fields and get to eat them all season!
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My wife likes them...I think they're nasty
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I had some good (large!) boiled crawfish Saturday. Had a seafood salad yesterday with crawfish tails, shrimp and crabmeat.

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My wife likes them...I think they're nasty
I bet she says "Good! More for me.....
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I bet she says "Good! More for me.....
What is the name of that place over Lake Charles by the bridge. I think itís the steamboat or something. She order them and I got red beans and rice. Could watch her eat and they are stinky. Ya see I donít eat food from the water but maybe a good piece of fried catfish
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Ya see I donít eat food from the water but maybe a good piece of fried catfish


My son says he prefers that his meat started off on hoofs. He ain't a seafood fan either.
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Love the tail and claw meat, but can't bring myself to suck that nasty shit from the head...😝
Same here.

We used to trap some pretty good sized crawdads out of the Rouge River.
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My son says he prefers that his meat started off on hoofs. He ain't a seafood fan either.
I'm with your son, in that I want my meat to start out on hooves, or perhaps spindly little legs (like poultry & fowl).

But I want my seafood to have fins, or at least tails!

Red Snapper...Ling...Redfish...Amberjack...Shrimp....S pecs....Great stuff!

Meltblown, I bet if you spent enough time with some of us east of the Sabine and sampled seafood platters, crawfish platters, shrimp platters, and crab platters at the right restaurants, you'd come to really appreciate crawfish and a lot of "les fruits de mer". It's good stuff!
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What is the name of that place over Lake Charles by the bridge. I think itís the steamboat or something. She order them and I got red beans and rice. Could watch her eat and they are stinky. Ya see I donít eat food from the water but maybe a good piece of fried catfish
Steamboat Bills. I ate there before , but not in crawfish season. Lol, do not know what you missing. Did you even try any? Besides, the more you eat , the more beer you drink.
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I got turned on to mud bugs down in Vicksburg Mississippi years ago. Been thinking lately about how to trap them myself. Anyone got a good trap idea?
1/2 mesh fence material make your own, or there are plenty already made. Crawfish are in every body of water around here, just remember they like fresh meat. The little suckers like watermelon too, believe it or not!
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I got turned on to mud bugs down in Vicksburg Mississippi years ago. Been thinking lately about how to trap them myself. Anyone got a good trap idea?
Nice little town. My ship was named after the Civil War battle there. I went up a couple of times during the precommissioning phase from 'Goula.
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Crawfish have been amazingly proliferate across the nation. I've seen them in the high mountain lakes in Arizona and in acequias near me in New Mexico. Don't know about the Rio Grande but I wouldn't know why not.
Those little bugs are like blackberries - grow from coast to coast.
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Bloody disgusting mess, that. Like eating swimming locusts. I'd rather eat 100 year old C-rats than that nasty crap.
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Bloody disgusting mess, that. Like eating swimming locusts. I'd rather eat 100 year old C-rats than that nasty crap.
Good. I hope you don't eat catfish, froglegs, menudo, or any "real" Oriental food as well. More for me!

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$9lb?!

Good grief. I just run out to Manchac and catch crabs on handlines and a couple crawfish nets and turn a good weekend great!!!

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I got turned on to mud bugs down in Vicksburg Mississippi years ago. Been thinking lately about how to trap them myself. Anyone got a good trap idea?
Buy a large wire minnow trap or small fish trap and drop a piece of salt pork into it and lower it into the water to the bottom. They crawl up the cone into the hole and can't get out. Might have to weight it so the cone lays on the bottom. You can make your own with a large plastic bottle that has a tapered top to a screw-on lid. Cut the bottle around where the taper starts, invert it back into the bottle, poke some holes to wire it together. Same concept.

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I once trapped a whole bunch in a wire mesh minnow pot in the pond behind my house. Boiled them up with some blue crab seasoning. Not bad! We have the big bugs from Long Island Sound. Lots more meat in Ďem, donít have to eat as many.
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We went crawdad fishin' every time it rained in our neighborhood growing up. The bar ditches were full of their "chimneys". Usually we caught them one at a time, on a string lowered into the hole. We tied a bit of fresh bacon on the string. One day, in a flash of inspiration, I took a 3 foot square piece of window screen and tied bacon in the center. We lowered the screen into the ditch and pulled it up later with several crawfish stuck by their legs in the screen. Economy of scale!
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Buy a large wire minnow trap or small fish trap and drop a piece of salt pork into it and lower it into the water to the bottom. They crawl up the cone into the hole and can't get out. Might have to weight it so the cone lays on the bottom. You can make your own with a large plastic bottle that has a tapered top to a screw-on lid. Cut the bottle around where the taper starts, invert it back into the bottle, poke some holes to wire it together. Same concept.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Frabill-M...3=1103&veh=sem
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Would probably eat them in gumbo if it didn't have the claws in it and stuff, but just by themselves wouldn't unless I had to.
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Would probably eat them in gumbo if it didn't have the claws in it and stuff, but just by themselves wouldn't unless I had to.
It takes about 10 lbs just to get a pound of meat. Then you got all them stinky carcasses to get rid of. 9 bucks a pound is damn high Hell some Cajun boiled peanuts have a better yield and go down very well with beer.

Darrelís has the best roast beef with ham po boys but you got to go more towards Lafayette
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Darrelís has the best roast beef with ham po boys but you got to go more towards Lafayette
Darrel's is in Lake Charles....on Loop 210. The sandwiches are pretty damned good. If you make that run.....keep going East on I-10 to the Hwy165 exit...head South about 1 or 2 miles to Rabideaux's. Better boudain then they have in Scott along with one of the best sausages and cracklins.
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Darrel's is in Lake Charles....on Loop 210. The sandwiches are pretty damned good. If you make that run.....keep going East on I-10 to the Hwy165 exit...head South about 1 or 2 miles to Rabideaux's. Better boudain then they have in Scott along with one of the best sausages and cracklins.
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As far as restaurants in Louisiana go there are some good ones, but expect them to be a little watered down....if you can eat at someoneís home all the better....
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Would probably eat them in gumbo if it didn't have the claws in it and stuff, but just by themselves wouldn't unless I had to.
You can buy the tails already peeled. I wouldn't make a gumbo with them, but an etouffee, bisque, or crawfish stew are always good choices. Just make sure you buy Louisiana crawfish tails, and not those imported from China, Spain, or other non-U.S. locales.
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Darrel's is in Lake Charles....on Loop 210. The sandwiches are pretty damned good. If you make that run.....keep going East on I-10 to the Hwy165 exit...head South about 1 or 2 miles to Rabideaux's. Better boudain then they have in Scott along with one of the best sausages and cracklins.
I didn’t know they had a Darrels in LC. Lot better than eating mudbugs at steamboat bills. It’s the gravy.
with mayo and tomatoes that is mighty fine.

Problem I’ve aleays had with Cajun food is no real cornbread or hush puppies. In Mississippi we mixed all that stuff up. We ate white bread rolls and loaf bread for sandwiches but a special good red beans and ham didn’t have any rice. It was cornbread with some onions and chow chow
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I didn’t know they had a Darrels in LC. Lot better than eating mudbugs at steamboat bills. It’s the gravy.
with mayo and tomatoes that is mighty fine.

Problem I’ve aleays had with Cajun food is no real cornbread or hush puppies. In Mississippi we mixed all that stuff up. We ate white bread rolls and loaf bread for sandwiches but a special good red beans and ham didn’t have any rice. It was cornbread with some onions and chow chow
My favorite is the "Surf and Turf" Sliced beef with shrimp. At first glance sounds like it wouldn't go together, but the butter sauce bridges the gap and you will want more!! Just take care a shrimp does not shoot out the bottom of the sandwich......always hits you in the crotch!

Here is Darrells in LC menu.... http://darrellspoboys.com/menu/

And another for Rabideauxs....http://rabideauxs.com/ shame they don't ship!
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My favorite is the "Surf and Turf" Sliced beef with shrimp. At first glance sounds like it wouldn't go together, but the butter sauce bridges the gap and you will want more!! Just take care a shrimp does not shoot out the bottom of the sandwich......always hits you in the crotch!

Here is Darrells in LC menu.... http://darrellspoboys.com/menu/

And another for Rabideauxs....http://rabideauxs.com/ shame they don't ship!

I just ate and you making me hungry again...
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God gave us sharp front toofs. Because we're carnivores. We eat meat. As in carcasses. Not frikkin insects and grubs.

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Ick.
You got to try them before you can judge them. In season, we eat crawfish once a week.....we usually can get them from January thru the first week of July. They are good btw!
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Odd crawdad thing here in '09-10, locally our lake (Central Wa. state) was infested with huge crawdads (8 to 10 inches from tail to claw) they were some kind of hybrid that was dumped in the lake and took off like crazy. Fish and game wanted them gone, but wouldn't allow people the trap them because they weren't a native species? Anyways peeps I know were trapping them left and right on private property and well... they were... ahem... tasty like "rock lobster", they seemed to dwindle rapidly, so I kinda wonder if they were warm weather variety from down south that cant take the freeze here.
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The trick to crawfish is knowing how to peel them rapidly. I know people who've tried them, thrown up their hands, and quit long before they got through their first pound. I'm usually on pound six or seven by that point and going back for thirds. It's all in the technique.
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I skip those, and just make a trip to the coast. Pick up some good Maine Lobster
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One of my crawfishing buds had three older sisters. Sometimes, the younger two of them would ask to go with us. No girls, especially sisters, were invited! Well, one Saturday morning while watching cartoons, I hear a knock on the door. There stands Joe's sisters, with a big-ass galvanized bucket.

"Look what we caught!" I peered down into that bucket and saw the biggest damned crawdad I'd ever seen. That thing looked a foot long to me, and was red as a dick on a dog. The girls were grinning from ear to ear..."See? We don't need y'all to go crawfish' with us. We're doing better than y'all are!"

Huh. Showed us, they did. Damn old girls.
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I like them. Especially with a dash of garlic salt. Mmmm. Mmmm.

Whoever was asking about how to catch them, there are a couple different store bought traps that can be had.

Even a regular minnow trap will catch crawdads. Much easier if you can put a rock near the entrance/exit hole so they can climb into it easier.
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