Crawfish season off to great start thanks to warm weather

Crawfish season off to great start thanks to warm weather

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The unseasonably warm weather brought a nice gift this holiday season and it might just be the gift that keeps on giving. Crawfish think it's spring!

"Right now, we kind of have the perfect storm of a lot of water coming down, warm weather, ideal conditions," said Bevi Seafood Company Owner, Justin LeBlanc.

And, it's not often you see or taste crawfish like this in December. "Now, the size is February, you know, so, it's going to be a great year for crawfish," said crawfish-lover, David Hessel.

"This is the most crawfish I've ever seen produced in December," said LeBlanc. "We haven't had, not much of a cold snap. We haven't had many cold days to really slow them down. As long as we don't get, you know, a really long, hard, cold snap, it should be an amazing crawfish season."

And, thanks to the warm weather you can expect lower prices now and in the spring. "The price is still high but you're almost $2.00 cheaper today than you were this time last year which bodes well for the next few months coming up," said LeBlanc.

So, what will a pound likely cost you in December?

"Live is $2.99 or $3.15, it goes up and down, you know, a quarter here and there, boiled, you know, $4.25 to $4.49 again up and down," said LeBlanc, "I think we will get down to the spring time to, you know, your $1.99 live and, you know, your $2.99 boiled."

But, you won't find crawfish everywhere this time of year, we talked with one restaurant that told us they're not selling them yet, because they're still too expensive and too small.

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