"Tim Lacy told me he got some once from a croaker
uptown and fed 'em to his girl in soda water.
"Brother Morris," said he, "you were always a croaker
. So long as the members of this lodge stand together there is no power in the United States that can touch them.
If the pilchards aren't abundant, or the snook aren't interested, it's really hard for a snook to turn down a croaker or whiting.
Once you get a croaker or whiting for bait, get ready.
According to some biologists, the maximum life span of a croaker is about eight years.
I never caught a croaker there, but the striped bass (and an occasional trophy largemouth and 5-pound-plus flounder) loved that deep, cool water during the hot summer months.