The following blurb comes from the 1887 American Angler, and details a novel kind of pike bait. Note that at the time pike were referred to pickerel. The author was an anonymous "E.S."
A NOVEL LURE FOR PICKEREL
Talking of pickerel (Esox), how much they will eat, and what they will eat, reminds me—
I was duck shooting one day. After eating my lunch, I scrunched its covering (a sheet of greasy foolscap) into a base ball resemblance and gave it a toss into the water. It had no sooner struck than it disappeared in the maw of a huge pickerel. Soon there was a flouncing on the surface and a darting to and fro, now a dive under and then a skittering between wind and water, but no go—that chunk of paper remained. The reptilian teeth, for once in the economy of old esox, served a bad purpose—gagged and disgusted, the fish made a rush shoreward, got tangled in the sweet-flag grass, when we pulled out ten pounds of pickerel, foolscap bait and all. Hope no one will ;et a patent on that hook and bait.
-- Dr. Todd