Where are the mudbugs? Still in the mud thanks to this cold snap.
“Because of the freeze that happened two or three days ago that’s affecting us today were we cant have any there’s no supply right now, it’s hard to find it.” said Owner of Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish, Megan Buckner.
While the crazy cold weather froze some of the crawfish ponds….
“We’ve seen temperatures we haven’t seen in 15 years that were consistently freezing.” said Mark Fruge, of Fruge Aquafarms.
“When it gets cold they’re trying to keep warm just like us so they go under they go inside the mud to try and keep warm so that’s what’s happening right now with the crawfish.” said Buckner.
Before this cold streak….
“The fishermen have pre-planned for awhile to get the crawfish we needed” said Floyd Foti, Owner of Foti’s Seafood.
“We started putting out traps a month ago and i think we’re seeing some real good populations out there.” said Fruge, “early part of the season will do about 3-5 thousand pounds a day…but once we get going we’ll do about 20-30 pounds of crawfish a day.”
While traps have been sparse the past couple days…
“The overall crop is a little bit shy but it’ll get better, the weather is a big factor.” said Foti.
As the weather heats up … so will the supply.
“Well the cold weather halted things a lot this week but we’re expecting everything to rebound when temperatures warm up.” said Fruge.
“There’s a bright light coming into the future…looks like we’re gonna some nice crawfish” said Foti.
“The heritage over here is eat sleep breathe everything crawfish so all i can say is that i hope that this year is just as good as the next and so on” said Buckner.
Fruge, Foti and Buckner say the crawfish they’re seeing right now are fairly good sizes, small to medium with a lot of meat and fat. Fruge says he sees a lot of hold over crawfish (ones that burrowed into the ground) and baby crawfish from the new crop.