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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05: Stand-Up Fishing
By Peter Pakula
PUMPING A FISH
A lot of fish are lost, and fights unnecessarily prolonged, because anglers don't know how to pump a fish properly. Here is an easy way to get a novice started, and brush up your own technique, at home on a nice, stable platform. In picture (1), Peter has rigged a small, pulley wheel to a rafter of the roof, then he's run the line through that and down to tie of on the handle of a half bucket of water. How much water you put in the bucket depends on the tackle you are working with. In this case, Peter is using a 24kg outfit.
To do the exercise, stand off a reasonable distance from the pulley to flatten the angle of the line to a reasonable level, then start pumping the bucket upoff the ground (pic 2). The trick is that the bucket must never be allowed to go down, only up. It's harder than you think, but a bit of practice here will get rid of those split seconds of slack you give a fish; split seconds that often cost you a fish.
The trick is to keep even pressure on the rod, same speed on the downward stroke as the upward stroke, plus start to wind the reel handle just before you drop the rod on the forward pump.
CLEARING THE ROD HOLDER
This is the one where you can actually watch the fish swimming off, smiling, when you get it wrong. In the first shot (pic 3), Peter does what most people do, grabbing the rod with two hands above the reel, and lifting in the direction of the pull. This will allow the rod tip to dip taking the pressure off the fish which may lose it, especially if it's a billfish.
In the next shot (pic 4), Peter does it right, taking a firm grip with one hand above the reel and one below. In (5) and (6) you can see how the lower hand pushes against the butt, while the upper hand pulls against the fore grip. It is this upper hand that becomes dominant as the rod clears the holder, pulling back against the fore grip to loosen the grip in the rod holder and to keep pressure on the rod tip.
The same push/pull grip is maintained until the rod is firmly locked into the gimbal.
Picture (7) shows a quality gimbal apron and kidney harness properly adjusted. With lots of pressure on the line, Peter is able to stand comfortably, resting his arms, yet still applying maximum pressure to the fish. In (8) you can see how relaxed Peter is, but his body weight alone has that rod loaded nicely, and he is, in fact, pulling a 6m boat sideways into a stiff beam wind. Note that Peter is leaning back, with bent knees and straight back and shoulders.
In (9) the correct method of applying side pressure to a fish is demonstrated. It looks awkward with the reel tipped over onto its side like that, but the line has been kept bedded right down into the smooth base of the rollers. When the rod is simply tilted to either right or left, the line moves onto the roller frames shredding the line, and there goes another fish.
THE "COME HERE" TECHNIQUE
In (10) Peter has that situation we all hate, but many people simply accept as part and parcel of dealing with big fish, the straight up and down slug that destroys perfectly good backs. The solution? Move the boat. Preferably in the direction where the boat will drift away from the fish ie down wind or down current. this puts maximum pressure on the fish and helps plane it up towards the surface. Try and keep the angle of the line at least 45 degrees.
In (11 & 12) we have the final 'Don't Argue' situation, where the rod is fully loaded off the harness, and a single turn of line over the hand facilitates a full lockup on the fish. Remember, you don't have anything like the pressure on your hand with line over the hand with line over the rod that you do on a direct trace grip. If you do this with the double on the reel you can put a huge amount of pressure over a bent rod held at a low angle, it is highly unlikely that the line will break through a bent rod
This is a very useful trick when fishing two up in a boat. The driver only leaves the wheel to wield the tag pole.