The Paw Paw Pike Caster
From the April 1938 issue of Outdoor Life comes this ad for the Paw Paw Pike Caster. Many years ago I found one of these baits and was very impressed by its actual resemblance to a small Northern Pike or Chain Pickerel and its beautiful paint job. This is the only ad that I have run across for this striking bait. I contacted my friend Henry Norris, who has the best Paw Paw Caster collection that I know of, to find out a bit more about this striking bait. I was surprised to learn that it came is several different colors as I had only seen ones with the color pattern shown in this ad. I was also surprised to find out that it came in two sizes and in both jointed and straight models (I guess I should have read the ad more carefully). Henry was kind enough to send along several pictures of a few of his Pike Casters. I have been going to NFLCC Lure Shows since 1985 and there are more Pike Casters in these photos than I have seen in all that time. Enjoy!
-- Bill Sonnett