View Full Version : Camp Cooking Trifecta

06-21-2009, 12:25 PM
* * Went camping at our favorite local spot, dropped in the crawdad traps that evening, even before we set up camp. *My son and I went out early in the morning and caught some nice bow's, and put them in a bath of apple juice, soy, garlic and brown sugar. *Later, I went out and caught some nice crappie and blugills. *This is what we had for dinner. *Smoked trout, crawdad boil, with red potatoes, corn, and sausage, and deep fried panfish.

green, yellow squash, and onions in the foil package
soak the fillets in milk, dip in Zatarains New Orleans fry. Thats a big ole blugill.

* *didn't think about a table shot, we were hungry! *maybe next time.

06-21-2009, 03:05 PM
Betcha those deep fry's were DA BOMB. Those mud bugs looked good enough to suck heads......Jetspray

06-21-2009, 04:49 PM
The deep fried panfish were better then the trout, I think. the most fun thing about the mudbugs, is watching the faces of first timers; man, they get into it! There was quite a bit of that activity you mentioned going on, but I didn't want to type that in and watch this thread take a bad turn down the wrong road.... :)

Zatarains New Orleans Fry mix, and their seasoning for the boil, is just perfect for my tastes. the red potatoes, I don't know if I'll do them again, but the corn, with some chili lime butter on it. Mmmmm.

06-21-2009, 09:39 PM
Looks like a great camping trip steveo79! 8-)

06-22-2009, 03:35 AM
I like using the Zatarain's crab boil too. Just gives them the right flavor.....Jetspray

08-20-2009, 04:17 PM
nice pics.. how come these dads are brown and not red? Are they a different breed off crawdads?

I've always wanted to try crabbing, does nayone know where in the delta or which lake i can catch some?

09-03-2009, 10:02 AM
nice pics.. how come these dads are brown and not red? Are they a different breed off crawdads?

I've always wanted to try crabbing, does nayone know where in the delta or which lake i can catch some?

The crawdads you see in California are predominantly what are called signal crayfish. They are usually brownish in color and have a white patch right on the cleft of their claws. They got their name cuz they frequently wave their claws around and that white patch looks like they are "signalling". There are a few other species, like the Shasta crayfish, but they are pretty rare and only inhabit in 1 or 2 drainages.

I'm guessing you are using the Lousiana crawdads as a comparison. Those bugs are a entirely different critter.

BTW, the signal crayfish was considered such a great eating 'dad, that the Scandinavians actually introduced them into their drainages to complement their dwindling populations of the noble crayfish. Unfortunately, the signallers are a very aggressive species and to make matters worse, they are a vector for a deadly virus that they alone are immune to. Hence, they've pretty much wiped out the noble 'dads.

Another unfortunate introduction of a foreign species without full knowledge.

10-02-2009, 02:33 AM
:)stevo, nice looking fish and dads!

Good looking campground also, care to share it with us?

10-30-2009, 12:48 AM
That sure looks good. I haven't have crawdads since the crawdad festival at isleton few years ago. :)