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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Aussies Win '96 HIBT
Club Marine September 1996 By Captain Rick Gaffney
In 37 years, no foreign team had ever won the Hawaiian Invitational Billfish Tournament (HIBT) more than once.
On August 16,1996, the Gamefish Club of South Australia won the prestigious event for the second win this decade, after catching and then tagging and releasing four billfish on 50 pound test line, including one caught by 87-year-old angler Bill Coombs. Team member Peter Pakula's Australian lures caught three of the team's four billfish.
If you asked John Johnston, Bill Coombs, Graham Hart and Peter Pakula, the four members of the victorious Gamefish Club of South Australia team, they would attribute their successful tournament performance in the 38th Annual HIBT to good luck.
"First we had the good luck to hook four billfish," said team captain John Johnston, "and then we were lucky enough to get all four of them to the boat.' Johnston is the only angler in history to best three different species of game fish over 1 000 pounds in weight - a shark, a billfish and a tuna.
Other teams booked more fish than the Aussies, but none were successful in landing as many. The one fish lost by the second-placed Fun Birds of Baloba kept that Hawaiian team from gaining enough points to win the event despite their capture of a 555- pound Pacific blue marlin, the largest of the competition.
The Aussies' good fortune went beyond fooling four billfish when other teams couldn't hook any. They also managed to get at least one poorly hooked fish to the boat. BW Coombs, who anchored the South Australia team's previous win back in 1990, quickly landed his tournament fish, but as it was tagged for release and his points were officially scored, the hooks literally fell out of the fish.
The octogenarian Australian has been the center of attention in several HIBTS. In the 1990 event he almost single-handedly won the tournament for the Gamefish Club of South Australia as one by one his team mates were incapacitated and unable to fish. He was 81 at the time.
On the third day of this year's competition, Coombs fished with 84-year-old Captain Ed Isaacs on the 33ft Bertram Anxious, and guided the fighting chair while 78-year-old team captain John Johnston battled a blue marlin for 300 of the 600 tag-and-release points scored that day. That was nearly 250 years of life experience, wrapped up in three very competitive game fishermen, working together as an effective three-man team.
Lure maker Peter Pakula, a member of the winning Australian team, was lucky enough to have three billfish inhale three different Pakula lures in the course of the team's fishing week. The Pakula Lumo Sprocket, Evil Animal and Fire Scad Chatterbox lures caught fish for the South Australian team. Pakula lures fished on other team boats proved productive as well.
Another luremakers, Marlin Parker, had tallied three fish on his Marlin Magic lures for the various tournament teams that were fishing with him the first three days, and on the Thursday the two luremakers wound up fishing together on Parker's 43ft charter boat the Marlin Magic. Each of the lure makers chose to run two of their most productive lures in the flat wake of the 43ft Allied sport-fisher, and they hooked then tagged and released a marlin for Bill Coombs, on - to everyone's surprise - a red, white and blue-skirted Japanese jet lure!
"We figure the two Pakula's and the two Marlin Magic lures in our wake raised the fish, but the fish took the old stand-by bicentennial jet-head," Parker said, somewhat incredulously. It was the second fish Parker had caught on that jet lure during the event. Parker finished the tournament as the second highest point scoring charter boat captain, behind Captain Chris Rose on the 44ft Pacemaker Aerial.
Meanwhile, luremakers Joe Yee's Super Plunger lures were catching as many fish as any in the tournament, according to the HIBT's Chief Judge, Peter Goadby of Sydney. Yee's famed Super Plunger accounted for the biggest fish in the competition, the 555-pound blue marlin taken by the Fun Birds of Aloha.
Unfortunately, luremakers Joe Yee had little luck himself. Yee and the Pajaro Valley Gamefish Club, who he fishes with each year, went fishless until the last day, when he caught an inconsequential yellowfin tuna.
The Balboa Angling Club of California scored three marlin, adding up 991 tournament points for a third- place finish. The Moana Kai Fishing Club team No. 2 from Hawaii (last year's winning club) and the PORF 96 Mandarins Fishing Club of Hong Kong both had double headers on one day and then came back to catch and release an additional fish to give them 900 tournament points and spots in the top ten.
The Moana Kai 96 Tournament Team from Hawaii and the Ngawi Sport- fishing Club of New Zealand scored their respective fourth and fifth place points by virtue of catching only two fish, but they caught each of their billfish on 50 pound test "e, and also benefited from 1 00 bonus points for being lucky enough to take the largest fish captured that day. Other teams with similar catch records were either not lucky enough to get the bonus points, or happened to catch one or more of their fish on the only 80 pound class outfit, garnering fewer tag and release points.
The Lizard Island Gamefishing Club of Australia scored 600 points for a pair of fish tagged and released by Mark Startley and Stephen Fleming, ending up in ninth place overall, while the New South Wales Game Fish Association scored 600 points a bit later in the competition to place 14th overall. The Moreton Bay Game Fish Club out of Brisbane scored two tagged fish for 550 points and 22nd place overall. The Fremantle Sailing Club of Australia had two tagged and released fish, one by team captain Mark Maher, an IGFA world record holder from Western Australia. Unfortunately Fremantle's fish were both caught on 80 pound class gear which put them in 24th place in the final tally.
Successful tournament game fishing definitely requires a large measure of luck, a factor that Dr Mare Miller, a cultural anthropologist focusing on HIBT fishermen described as an "action gamble," but successful game fishing tournaments require a lot more than a bunch of lucky anglers coming together, and the 38th Annual HIBT was a paean to successful tournaments.