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Crawfish prices high, expected to drop

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BATON ROUGE - Crawfish are a hot commodity this weekend as families gather to observe the Easter holiday, but prices are higher than normal.

One local seafood retailer said they had to increase price for the first time this Easter because of supply and demand.

Still, crawfish lovers are willing to pay the price to quench their cravings.

"Price is hard man, but you know this is Louisiana, this is crawfish season, we tried to do a boil for ourselves, but it's too much work man," said Felix Ezejiofo, who was buying boiled crawfish for his family.

Experts say the cold weather shortened stocks and increased prices, but they hope warmer weather will turn the tables.

"In terms of what the price is going to be, it is hard to say, it always goes down, but how much, is pretty hard to say with a season like this one," said Greg Lutz, a crawfish researcher at LSU.

"You'll start seeing prices come down, probably at the beginning of the week. It really creates great prices for the consumers," said Bill Pizzolato with Tony's Seafood. Pizzolato plans to sell more than 125,000 pounds Friday and Saturday alone.

Despite those higher prices, when the flavor of the swamp hits the tongue of mudbug maniac, there's only one reaction.

"Tastes so good, make you wanna slap your mama!" said Colby Jarrell.

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