You can trace our crawfish roots all the way back to 1972 when Mike (10 yrs old) and Mark Fruge (7 yrs old) are hungry for crawfish. They are caught fishing for crawfish on property farmed by a neighbor, “Cotton” Andrus. He was none too happy to find the boys fishing in his crawfish pond, but they “thought they had permission” …just not from the farmer. Scared and still hungry, the boys run home and vow never to cross that fence again.
Fast forward to 1983
Mike and Mark are still hungry for crawfish and broke while working their way through college. They settle on a plan hatched by Mike. The plan is to start their own crawfish farm (and get Mark to do all the work) and pay their way through college.
The plan? Well let’s just say that Mark didn’t like doing all the work and they really couldn’t afford to eat the crawfish they caught, but 20 some odd years later they are an overnight success.
To this day
Mark continues to grow the farm in acres and quality. They have added rice and soybeans to the mix. In 1989 Mike started a small route selling crawfish to restaurants far and wide. Of course this was not real work, according to Mark as all Mike did was ride in the truck and talk on the phone. Today what started in the back of a pickup truck is a full service seafood company covering major markets in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Cajuncrawfish.com was born early on in the internet boom. We missed the idea that you could have registered all the great names for yourself. Yea, we could’ve had them all but chose CajunCrawfish. No particular reason, we just thought it was the best. Of course we had been shipping airfreight crawfish way before there was an Internet. We are still baffled that friends and family are amazed and surprised that yes we can ship LIVE crawfish across the country. Heck, with special situations, we have shipped around the world.
We must be doing something right!
People seem to like it!