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Miles - Reply #49 on: July 24, 2017, 07:40:58 PM
0 (0%)
Euro mount - Reply #50 on: July 31, 2017, 12:04:18 PM
2 (25%)
Jagermister - Reply #59 on: August 14, 2017, 10:34:42 AM
2 (25%)
Merkaba93 - Reply #76 on: September 18, 2017, 03:17:56 PM
4 (50%)

Total Members Voted: 8

Voting closed: November 16, 2017, 08:14:39 AM

Author Topic: Crawdad Mania - 2017  (Read 10419 times)

Offline Elkpiss

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #75 on: August 24, 2017, 01:36:10 PM »
Are crawdads in most all lakes, rivers and ponds to some degree? Just have to find what they like and where they are?
I would'nt say all lakes and streams but there in a lot of them.. I have found them to be in places i would have never thought...   In creeks its good to find semi deep spot with a log jams, "deep being a few feet" and having decent bait helps too, but pretty much anything oily or greesy will work..   And really you just got to kind of test the waters you cradad in.. its important to have a good bait container so the crawdads go in the pot to eat the bait and not eat it from the outside.. And really 2-4 hours is the best time for a soak cause they will escape the trap once there full.. IMO.. trial and error like anything else..
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #76 on: September 18, 2017, 03:17:56 PM »
Didn't catch a whole lot so I had to make them stretch. Made some crawfish and shrimp etouffee.
Took all the tail meat out and used the shells to make the stock.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #77 on: September 18, 2017, 03:21:51 PM »
Wow merkaba93 that looks good! 
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #78 on: September 18, 2017, 06:58:38 PM »
Didn't catch a whole lot so I had to make them stretch. Made some crawfish and shrimp etouffee.
Took all the tail meat out and used the shells to make the stock.

Looks good fancy pants  :drool:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #79 on: September 20, 2017, 07:49:26 AM »
Been to Pearrygin Lake twice this year - three of us dropping traps both times and only 3 crayfish. Last time we spotted a pair of otters, so I guess they are cleaning the lake out. Has anybody had any luck up there this year?  Had one guy at the lake that he has had a pot soaking for 3 days and didn't get a single cray. Guess it's time to try other lakes.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #80 on: September 28, 2017, 10:25:28 PM »
Been to Pearrygin Lake twice this year - three of us dropping traps both times and only 3 crayfish. Last time we spotted a pair of otters, so I guess they are cleaning the lake out. Has anybody had any luck up there this year?  Had one guy at the lake that he has had a pot soaking for 3 days and didn't get a single cray. Guess it's time to try other lakes.

When this lake has an algae bloom {hot summers make this worse} it eats up all the oxygen and the crawdads go dormant like in the winter.  They are still there but not doing much other than hibernating in their holes.

Otters can have an impact but they have been visiting this lake long before man's brain could comprehend such a notion.

Fall crawdading can be great and with just over a month left there is plenty of time to try other waters, keep at it Gearhead.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #81 on: October 05, 2017, 09:51:55 AM »
Okay got the prizes figured out a bit late but here they are.

Biggest Hog Craw will receive a new propane cooker and some Montucy Coldsnacks to help wash down a big boil.  If you are close I will deliver if not they will be shipped. 
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The best boil will receive a nice package of boil accessories.

Only a few entries this year, so let’s get out there see what’s lurking in the depths of the abyss.  Shrimper has the largest so far but Euro mount has the next largest and is in line to receive the cooker and beer if it holds up.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #82 on: October 05, 2017, 11:08:12 AM »
Wow! Cool prizes  :tup:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #83 on: October 05, 2017, 01:26:02 PM »
Would have been good to know before it got to cold to swim. Here's a pic with a few good ones, all over 9.5".


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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #84 on: October 10, 2017, 06:56:16 AM »
Been to Pearrygin Lake twice this year - three of us dropping traps both times and only 3 crayfish. Last time we spotted a pair of otters, so I guess they are cleaning the lake out. Has anybody had any luck up there this year?  Had one guy at the lake that he has had a pot soaking for 3 days and didn't get a single cray. Guess it's time to try other lakes.

When this lake has an algae bloom {hot summers make this worse} it eats up all the oxygen and the crawdads go dormant like in the winter.  They are still there but not doing much other than hibernating in their holes.

Otters can have an impact but they have been visiting this lake long before man's brain could comprehend such a notion.

Fall crawdading can be great and with just over a month left there is plenty of time to try other waters, keep at it Gearhead.

Thanks Shrimper - If I have time before the end of the season, I'm gonna hike in to my honeyhole and load up. Pearrygin will have to wait till next year.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #85 on: October 16, 2017, 06:10:30 PM »
Found a few
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #86 on: October 16, 2017, 08:10:48 PM »
Nice!!
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #87 on: October 17, 2017, 08:23:44 AM »
Looks good merkaba93....

I like those traps they work well, are cheap and fold up to store really easy.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #88 on: October 17, 2017, 08:30:51 AM »
Nice hall merka!!!!! :tup:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #89 on: October 17, 2017, 07:07:22 PM »
Looks good merkaba93....

I like those traps they work well, are cheap and fold up to store really easy.

I like them for backpacking up near mt hood as well. I have other ones when im using a boat. My moto is to just keep buying more gear. It's great.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #90 on: October 27, 2017, 06:42:12 AM »
Coming down to the last few days here folks.

I will get the boil poll posted on Nov. 1st so we can vote for a week or so and I will send out prizes after that.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #91 on: November 01, 2017, 08:35:36 AM »
Okay that's a wrap to the season. I'll work on the boil poll today and get the hogcraw results posted.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #92 on: November 01, 2017, 09:10:28 AM »
Hogcraw Results:

1 ~ Shrimper - 9½”
2 ~ Euro Mount – 8¾”
3 ~ Chester  – 7”
4 ~ Norman89  – 6¼”

Euro PM me your address and I will get the cooker and beer sent out.

Thanks to everyone that sent in entries and posted pics of there catches, til next year...
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #93 on: November 01, 2017, 09:16:34 AM »
Poll added, please vote on your favorite boil the poll closes on Nov. 16th.  I will send out a package to the winner.

Thanks for sharing your boil pics.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #94 on: November 17, 2017, 09:14:32 AM »
Merkaba93 you won the poll this year, good job.

I will be sending your prize soon.

Euromount should have received his prize by now.

Thanks everyone for participating, until next year....
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #95 on: November 17, 2017, 09:18:52 AM »
I think Merkaba93 should cook all us crawdaders' a meal before he gets his prize... :peep:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #96 on: November 17, 2017, 10:12:44 AM »
Thanks for the fun! Shrimper.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #97 on: November 19, 2017, 04:02:31 PM »
Here is my recipe. Hope someone gives it a try.


Crawfish Étouffée

Remove the tail meat from each crawfish and reserve the meat. Place all the shells of the crawfish in a large stockpot. (If you are using shrimp in addition to the crawfish or solely shrimp, deshell the shrimp and place the shells in the stockpot, reserving the shrimp meat for later).
Add to the stockpot two onions quartered (don’t waste your time removing the skin), one bulb garlic cut across the widest part (also don’t waste your time removing the skin), 3 stocks of celery chopped, 3 carrots chopped, 2 bay leaves, 5 whole black peppercorns and a few sprigs of thyme, parsley and dill (feel free to tie them up with some butcher twine making a boque garni). Then add 8 cups water and simmer uncovered for about 1-2 hours until you only have 4 cups left. Strain and reserve the seafood stock.

In the same stockpot (after it’s been quickly rinsed) melt 1 tbs butter over med heat and sauté 3 stocks celery diced cook for 2 min. Then add 1 yellow onion diced and 2 bell peppers diced and continue to cook for 8 min. After the vegetables are cooked to your liking set them aside in another bowl. Increase to med high heat and melt ½ cup butter and then whisk in ½ cup flour making a roux. Constantly stir the roux until it’s just beyond a golden brown, about 5 min.  Carefully add back 4 cups of seafood stock, this will be a steaming, bubbling affair so stand back a bit and let the initial steam die down for a few seconds. Then whisk to combine and add back the cooked vegetables. Add 1.5 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like it spicy), ½ teaspoon paprika, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.  Bring to a simmer and add the crawfish (and/or shrimp meat). Simmer for about 5 min.
To serve place a few scoops of the etouffee into a bowl and add a scoop of cooked white rice to the center. Garnish with some chives, green onion or parsley dealer’s choice (and maybe a whole crawfish if you feel like being fancy).
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