Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure
The Paw Paw Musky Pike Lure from the 1940’s is a lure who history is riddle with confusion, misconceptions, false identification and even patent infringements. This lure had me pulling out my hair for a while trying to figure out what it was. Its body style said Pike, its marked curved diving lip and hardware said Paw Paw, however its size said Dreadnought. Moving from book to book I couldn’t officially quite put my finger on it. I shouldn’t feel bad because even Paw Paw themselves had quite an identity crisis with the Pike line up. As a noted jobber for many many other companies, Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan would produced the Pike antique lure line up, albeit sometimes nothing like its original form. The lure would range from no eyes, to tack eyes, even in rare instances glass eyes. The Pike can be found with different features such as groove heads to plain or flat heads. Changing model numbers, shapes, and forms Paw Paw even drew the ire of the Creek Chub bait company for patent infringement on its widely successful Pikie Minnow. You can read more about the Paw Paw Pike in Reed and Scotts book on page 134-137.
I finally stumbled across this lure in a book and it put my mind to ease that I was the only one it confused. The lure is shown on page 193 of Scott and Reeds Paw Paw book, and listed as a Musky Pike on the Unknown lure page. This antique fishing lure measures 6″ in length, and has the cut away facial features. The lure uses heavy duty construction in its make up and is used to catch large game fish such as Musky and the Great Northern Pike. The Musky Pike has the typical large cup but yet has features not seen in most Paw Paw lures to make sure it keeps its catch. The lure is painted in a Silver Shad, or Silver Shiner type color.