Paw Paw Croaker Lure
The Paw Paw Croaker lure is one of a series of lures that used real frog skin to cover the wooden bait. This antique lure was first introduced in 1940 and was 3″ in length and had two trailing treble hooks. Paw Paw offered a half dozen or so selected fishing lures that were covered in frog skin, the pikie, the croaker, the plunker and injured minnow among them. Unfortunately the skin will over time dry and become brittle if subjected to the elements. The smallest fly rod sized croaker is a prize to find and very collectible. The lure definitely appeals to multiple niches or vertical segments inside the lure collecting world, from frog only enthusiasts to Paw Paw Lure collectors and there are even collectors of just antique lures covered in frog skin, as there are many makers, from Eger, to Top Frog, Shakespeare, Paw Paw and many others.