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Time to vote for the best crawdad boil of 2016

T Pearce - Reply #24 on: May 23, 2016, 08:33:23 PM
6 (60%)
HUNTINCOUPLE Reply #40 on: June 06, 2016, 07:06:51 AM
1 (10%)
Shrimper - Reply #52 on: June 25, 2016, 09:07:33 AM
0 (0%)
Shrimper Reply #56 on: June 25, 2016, 03:39:10 PM
1 (10%)
Benhuntin - Reply #80 on: June 29, 2016, 08:52:17 PM
2 (20%)

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Author Topic: Crawdad Mania - 2016  (Read 40275 times)

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #45 on: June 06, 2016, 11:41:10 AM »
All the big crawdads this weekend were soft shell. Lots of them but was wondering how long it takes to harden up?

I would say in about a week they should be hard shell.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #46 on: June 06, 2016, 11:43:14 AM »
That's what I was hoping. Also lots of babies in a few tails. Never saw that before either.


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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2016, 02:56:27 PM »
Seems kind of late for the chicks to be carrying young but conditions play a huge role in development.  Molting and the emergence of young usually coincide for the bigger crawdads but not always the rule.

Crawdads molt up to 4 times a year until they reach the 2 inch class and then twice a year until the 6 inch class.  After 6 inches the thought is they molt once a year. An 8 inch crawdad is probably somewhere around 5 years old.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #48 on: June 06, 2016, 04:35:02 PM »
 5 that were soft were all over 8 inches


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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #49 on: June 06, 2016, 08:08:43 PM »
Last season we had a few big craws with their shell covered with algae. I thought that was a long time to go between molts.. depends on the growth rate?
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2016, 07:06:07 PM »
Threw out a single trap today while fishing kokes. Got 3 in a couple hours. Is this guy a big one? What's the best way to show there size?

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #51 on: June 24, 2016, 09:53:56 PM »
That looks like a good average size crawdad. 

I measure from the tip of the tail to the tip of the claw and that is how they are sized for crawdad mania.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #52 on: June 25, 2016, 09:07:33 AM »
Had a few boils over the week, caught some big daddy's as well including a few hogcraws.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #53 on: June 25, 2016, 09:11:55 AM »
Start it off with hogcraw number one but not the biggest caught, have to wait a bit for the rest.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #54 on: June 25, 2016, 09:29:30 AM »
Shoot'em Jacob! It's a big one!  :hunter: :drool:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2016, 10:20:43 AM »
I've heard they are in NE WA, might need to try catching some some day, does someone have a recipe and cooking/eating advise?
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #56 on: June 25, 2016, 03:39:10 PM »
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The way we like crawdads the best is to cook the tails and big claws with new potatoes, pearl onions, carrots, beef kielbasa and corn in a brine of salt, old bay and little bit of garlic powder.  Make the brine fairly salty like you would for crab, it won't make the vegies to salty but really helps bring out the flavor in the crawdads.

Once the brine is boiling add the onions, potatoes and carrots and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes.  Then add the crawdads, kielbasa and corn should take an additional 5-10 minutes from a boil again or until all the crawdads float and it is finished, drain and serve.  After draining we usually just dump out on to the table eat with our fingers.
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Forgot to add the kielbasa, we don't always add this but it sure is good when we do.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #57 on: June 25, 2016, 04:18:33 PM »
But you have to suck the meat out of the heads!
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #58 on: June 25, 2016, 06:05:05 PM »
That's some great catching and eating there Schrimper!!!!! :tup:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2016
« Reply #59 on: June 25, 2016, 06:13:40 PM »
time to drag out my traps,looking good guys

 

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