If a Creek Chub Jointed Pikie looks old school to you, there’s a pretty good reason for that. The first Pikies were developed in the 1920s – nearly a century ago!
The very first Pikes, which were designed to imitate a baby northern pike, had solid bodies. Jointed versions came a bit later. Of course, the original Pikies were also carved from wood. The general shape and metal lip were the same, though, and plastic Jointed Pikes, just like the ones that are sold today, have been made the same way for decades.
When a lure remains in production for that many years, it tells you one simple and important thing: That lure catches fish. Grandpa having fished with Pikies is cool, but cool only goes so far. A tradition of catching fish is what prompts people to continue buying Pikies and tying them to their lines.
The Jointed Pikie was a forerunner to today’s hard swimbait. In truth it really is a swimbait. Lures just didn’t get that dubbing until a couple of decades ago. Like modern swimbaits, a Jointed Pikie has a fish-imitating profile and an extra kick in its swimming action because of its jointed body configuration.
Pikes are most widely used for targeting muskies and pike and are well suited for use in the fall, when these big toothy predators tend to feed higher in the water column. However, they also work really well for big bass, stripers and other predator species that eat large forage.
A Pikie will dive 6 or 7 feet deep when cast and will dig another 5 feet down when trolled. Because it has so much natural action, it generally works best with a steady presentation, even when cast.