April 19, 2002 - Crawfish Buyer

He's the man in the middle. He has to keep one eye on the catch -- and the other eye on your appetite. Every day he does a delicate balancing act. You'll find him along LA 70 at Pierre Part. He's the crawfish buyer.

It's a long trip from the traps in the Atchafalaya Basin to the dinner table, and the first stop on that tasty trail is a place very much like Troy Landry's dock.

"Oh, yes, when the crawfish come out, the fishermen come out," says Troy. "Oh, yes, they come out!"

There are about a dozen of these crawfish docks up and down highway 70. These are the middle-men -- caught in the middle, like Troy, who runs D&M Seafood. On one side he has got the swamp and the mudbugs, and on the other side, well, just how crawfish hungry are you and I going to be this weekend?

"When I open up in the morning," says Troy, "I haven't got the slightest idea how many crawfish I'm going to buy. I just hope I got them all so at the end of the day I don't buy too many or I buy enough to fill my orders."

So as you watch the mudbugs slide into the boiling water this weekend, you might recall that these aren't they only guys who can take a bath putting dinner on your table.

Troy says early indicators are pointing toward one of the best crawfish seasons in years. But the weather and the water can change that in a heartbeat!