Its the south island east coast salmon fisher here.
I spoke to you and said I was keen to trailer my boat to Tutukaka , Northland, NZ.
Well after 24hrs of driving we made it to Toots. I was there for just under a month but only had 9 or so days on the water due to big seas and terrible weather. I followed exactly what you told me to in your chat session and in your videos. For the 9 days we had 2 hook ups and caught and released 2 striped marlin. For a rank beginner I was stoked. many thanks.
Please make sure Peter reads this. Took my witch doctor and the rest of the lures I purchased from you and ran them as recommended. I was very critical about their exact position. My wife and I along with my captain fished no more than 30 miles from La Paz, BCS. We fished very hard and steady and in 8 days had recorded these results which can be verified by photos. We raised 20+ stripe marlin. Coming into the spread in 1-4 at a time with several double hookups. We eventually were able to catch and release 17. More importantly in an area that has not been friendly over the past 5 years. In addition we raised about 12-15 blue marlin. We hooked and brought to the boat 8. Smallest estimated weight of 125 lbs and the largest was a measured weight of 441 lbs., which was tail wrapped and died prior to betting it in. All others were successfully releases with no injuries to them or us. Most were in about 250 lbs with two others being big at an estimated of over 350 and the other slightly larger at possibly 400. We ran all of the lures, colors and position as you recommended. We did include the Mexican Patrolero out of respect for my captain who was in the state of shock when after 3 days it did not get a hit. It was being run in the shotgun position and even I was surprised. My wife didn't care...she was reading her book and only responded when summoned to clear lines and the witchdoctor. We also won a small tournament that included 8 pangas and had a blast. Never have we done this good. I just wanted to let you know that the lures worked flawlessly and out performed everything else. I have no less than 100 lures on the boat and only used 7. I will be ordering the shredder today if for no other reason than I don't have one. This is not a fishing story and if you would like some photos of the lumo sprocket on the big blue send me your email address. People were actually following us around and I even have photos of that. Thanks so much. Take care. 3MJ
Whoever receives this please forward it to Peter.
I have been fishing the Sea of Cortez between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas for the past 15-20 years. I currently own a 58 Donzi sports fisher. I don’t claim to be an expert like yourself but have caught my share of marlin. I have good fishing equipment, wear good sun glasses and cheap clothing.
For the past 6 years I have taken my two youngest grandsons fishing to Mexico. Just grandpa and two grandsons…no one else allowed. It’s obviously a highlight I love, as do they. Now that they are 12 and 13 years old they are able to help with the fishing.
I have never written to anyone regarding their product either pro or con. I am sending you this letter in hopes it puts a smile on your face knowing that you contributed to a grandpa and two grandkids having a very successful annual fishing trip using your lures and suggestions.
My boat is loaded down with the standard fishing equipment i.e. rods, reels, fishing line, lures, teasers, dredges, and other must have necessary equipment. (My wife of 45 years just doesn’t understand…but has given up)
I’m not sure how, but one day while using the internet I came across a film of you explaining the “Witch Doctor”. (I am a huge fan of teasers). I also liked the way you made up your hooks. Simple, yet very practical. Not sure I fully understand the 60 degree offset of the hooks but I’ll figure it out. I of course ordered the Witch Doctor directly from you rather than a copycat version, along with a host of other much needed equipment. My wife had to help me as I have never placed an on line order in my life.
About a week or so later your stuff arrived and I packed it up and headed south to my boat with both grandsons. Hurricane Blanca was passing through and so the ports were closed and we kept busy with preparation until they opened on Tuesday.
Overall fishing was slow so we headed south. On June 11, while fishing near the south end of Island Cerralvo, with the Witch Doctor and other lures of yours, along with two proven teasers and the infamous Mexican Petrolero lure that is probably number one in our collection. My Captain and I witnessed two stripe Marlin come into the pattern and come between the witch Doctor and the rear of the boat. They circled the Witch Doctor as if trying to figure it out! Reminded me of curious porpoise. It was obvious to anyone and everyone that they were checking out the Witch Doctor!!! One of the marlin eventually hit on your famous green lumo sprokett. My Mexican Captain was in complete shock and his feelings were hurt as the marlin had bypassed his Mexican Petrolero. On June 12 this exact same thing happened once again! The marlin did not appear to be attacking the Witch Doctor but only curious…..again they passed up the infamous Mexican Petrolero for the green lumo sprokett. ( side note…not the same two marlin). Obviously the witch doctor drew them into the pattern. Fortunately for them we are a catch and release gang.
In all my years, I have never seen marlin so curious about anything. Thank you.
Since I have purchased the Witch Doctor and other stuff from you I have noticed similar products being sold elsewhere. Before passing away my Dad told me the best form of flattery is to be copied. However, It does become upsetting at times to see others make a profit from something you have developed and sincerely believe in. Some people will buy the copied version and maybe it is good. I don’t know and I don’t care…I’ll pay the extra to support the right people.
Just thought I would let you know.
Pakula lure wow and wow again. Love using these skirt. The take the reel spinning. The fight wow
Hey mate I'm Michael Lassen from the SCGFC and I joined half way through the season and I have a pakula addiction. There the only skirts I run in my spread. The quality and results are incredible. My total for this season finished on total from when i joined last season: blacks: 21 sails: 6 Dolly's: 12 spainards: 11 yellow fin : 8 wahoo; 4 and 90% of that was on your skirts. The boys are teaching me a bit of live baiting these days and I'm really keen to keep improving my fishing. But just letting you know how great your skirts are and really impressed with your product. I got first billfish for the club this season and I'm going to enter my first tournament in October. If around you should come up.
Adam Voss - Fiji
Bula to the Pakula team. I think you have done a great job with the new web site. I have just made another on line order and it is a much improved experience. Again well done and keep up the great tackle and service.
Kevin Harrison - Texas
I'm new to fishing the Gulf of Mexico, been a bay fisherman. A friend of mine asked a friend of his, who has won tournaments all over the world, what kind of lures I should use. He said the only lure I need is the Lumo Sprocket head. Sure enough the first time I went out, I muddled around trying to figure out what I was doing and they worked great. Thanks again, Kevin
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Pakula Keel Rig Weights
The Pakula Keel Rig weights will increase your hook up rate on all Skirted Trolling Lures. In their first year several anglers who were introduced to the Keel Weights in New Zealand enjoyed 100% success using them on usually difficult to hook Striped Marlin.
The Pakula Keel Rigs were first introduced in the late 1980's. Since then we have deleoped them to a point that anglers can easily adopt the system using the Pakula Keel Rig weights and increase their hook up rates considerably using any Skirted Trolling Lures.
Keeping hook points in the hook-up zone
By letting the lure find it's own balance and letting the hooks find their own balance you can increase their stability. Simply done by using ball bearing swivel in the rig. This separates the balance of the lure and rig and lets them do their own thing. Of course use the best quality swivel you can get and the rating should be more than the leader you are using, twice the rating is fine. As with all other gear you use, check it for strength before you use it. Note the piece of heat shrink that reduces the possibility of the rig wire hanging on the swivel ring. The ball bearing swivel is of most use with single hook rigs.
Using the ball bearing swivel allows the lure to rotate through it's cycle while the hook point remains upright in the Hot Zone, To achieve that the hook bend and point needs to be positioned outside the lure skirt.
Shackles also allow the hooks to balance themselves. They are incredibly strong for their size, but once again check them before using them. Shackles are of most benefit using twin hook rigs.
By splitting the heat shrink on the hook eye you allow the hook to find it's own balance easily. Often stiff rigging the hook eye area results in hooks spinning and lures that have a strong head shake will fatigue the wire resulting in the hook falling off, often blamed on tooth critters or tough fighting fish.
Note the heat shrink goes half way down the loop on the wire and half way up the hook eye. This reduces the chances of the hook hanging up on the wire loop. Use adhesive heat shrink on the hook.
If you want a stiff rig then using a support such as hard heat shrink with adhesive lining or thin garden irrigation tube should be used to support the rig. But....... once again you are restricting the action of the hook and the action of the lure. This may or may not be what you want to achieve.
Trollingr speed has an effect on the stability of the lure and rig. When you do your observations at the side of the boat it's important to see if your lures and rigs are stable at your higher trolling speeds. You'll find that many lures and rigs are quite stable at lower trolling speeds of 6,5 knots, but are unstable at higher speeds over 7.5 knots.
You can adjust lures actions at slower trolling speeds by adjusting the distance of the lures from the boat, the positions on the boats pressure waves and the height the the lures are trolled ie outriggers. Note that you don't have to troll lures off the tips of outriggers. The whole length of the outrigger offers adjustments all the way from their base to their tip.
A well balanced twin hook rig ie the 60O shackle rig will out fish a standard single hook rig (of course this depends on balance) mainly because the two hooks have double the keel of a single hook.
An easy way around getting this is keel the rig. The keels are just a long barrel sinker cut in half. I use a lot of them so mold my own in normal sinker molds, just pouring lead in half a mold. I also like panting them. As you can see I prefer Chartreuse as just about evey bait fish out there has a chartreuse tail.
When using keels on rigs for fish that jump such as Marlin, Sails, Dorado the keel is attatched using a long skinny rubber band as shown below
The keel sits flat half way up the eye of the hook to stop it rotating around the hook and you use enough wraps of the rubber band to stop the keel moving. The thin strands of the rubber band will wear through very quickly after the bite and fall off so it can't be used as a pendulum to throw the hook.
Using a keel will stabilise any skirted lure rig keeping the point in the Hot Zone. The weight of keel is relevant and should be checked through observation, but pretty much half a 4oz barrel sinker ie 2oz will keel most rigs from 9/0 to 11/0.
So a final rig that is very stable and offers maximum hook up rates will look like this:
The point will remain in the hot zone and allow the lure to do whatever it was designed to do. The length of the rig is important. The keel should be outside the skirt as much as practical with just the eye and the start of the keel inside the skirt.
When using keels on twin hook rigs the keel is positioned so that it keels the angle you want to achieve. The image below shows a keel used on a 60 degree shackle rig where points are set at 30 degrees right and left, so the keel is set at an angle, not the bottom of the hook. Even though the 60 degree is one of the most stable rigs in rough choppy conditions where the water is turbulent the keel enhances the lures stability.
The main message of this article is to always question what you do regarding what you're lures and rigs are doing and confirming your opinions through observation.
It is always possible to improve your results. Hopefully you'll be able to find a system that is better than the examples given here. If you do please share it.
There are more advanced articles to come and I am still working on the DVD set Between the Lines 2 "Revelations"
How to Make a Keel Rig
Pakula Keel Rig Testamonial from NZ forum
Report Post Topic: Keeled Hooks Posted: 10 Apr 2011 at 4:58pm
I have been trolling lures for the last two seasons, lots of strikes and not a single fish to the boat. Late last year I attended a seminar put on by Peter Pakula and decided the theory around the keeled rigs seemed to make sense and needed to be trialed.
Our first trip for the season and we had a double hook up and got both fish to the boat which were then released. Both fish firmly hooked in the top of the jaw. A very happy crew, maybe these keeled hooks do actually work.
Two weeks later we had our second shot and headed across the Manukau Bar, we had one strike and again firmly hooked a stripey in the top of the jaw. This one we kept for the smoker.
So now after two trips we have had three strikes, three solid hookups in the top of the jaw and 3 fish to the boat. After the previous two seasons we couldnt believe the change of fortune. We are beginning to really like these little sinkers fixed the the hook with a rubber band.
On Saturday 9th April we again decided on a trip out across the Manukau for our 3rd trip of the season. In very marginal conditions for a 5.5m Stabi we were trolling the lures for 1 hour and ten minutes when we had our 4th strike. Again a solid hookup and after 35 minutes we had the marlin in the boat. This one went 197kg and is the heaviest striped marlin caught in NZ this year.
So after 3 trips we have had four marlin from 4 strikes and all hooked in the top of the jaw. Considering the previous two seasons we had 20 strikes for no fish.
If anyone is having trouble getting hooks to stick, I would encourage you to try the rig designed by Peter Pakula. It has certainly been working for us.
A big thank you goes to Peter Pakula, attending his seminar and the videos on his web site has resulted in a fantastic season for us and I cant wait for the next seminar.