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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Hooked Daisy Chains and Teasers
By Peter Pakula
Multiple components using squids, lures, skirts and anything else that may be considered as fish attractors are often used in strings called 'Daisy Chains' with the purpose of exciting fish to bite more aggressively and to bring fish to the lures from a greater distance and depth than single lures.
Daisy Chains are most often used on separate lines to the hooked lures, especially in Australia where the Game Fishing Association of Australia has rules against their use with hooks on rod and reel. However, not all fishermen are members of clubs or they do not always fish for points and records.
The following text can be used as information regarding the possibilities of using Daisy Chains and their many variationsin both hooked versions and hook-less teaser only versions.
They are incredibly effective in increasing your success rates on all predators, especially schooling fish such as Tuna.
The main reason for writing this article is that many new fisheries opening up are targeting big fish in choppy seas with large swells using small boats. Because the height of the chop and swell is greater than the distance from the water to the rod tip and often greater than the distance from the water to outrigger tips the use of separate Daisy Chains leads to crossovers and tangles.
To be effective whenever a separate teaser is used a lure should be deployed in close proximity to it say 10 to 20 feet which is very difficultto do in small boats in big seas.
The solution to these problems is run the daisy chain on the rod with the hooked lure on it.
Daisy Chains are very easy to put together yourself often with items you already have. There are many, many, possibilities. Following are several examples giving hints to their construction, configuration and positions.
In discussing Daisy Chains there are certain factors that are relevant to all
- Multiple items on a single line creates more drag than individual lures so a heavier line class may be needed to effectively use the hooked Daisy Chain, or the size of the Chain components be scaled down in size so that a lighter line class can be used. This is the prefered option as almost without exception lures normally used in an area are larger than neccessary to get the best results.
- There are no rules as to how many items can be used on a daisy chain and you can also use different types of items on the same daisy chain. Usually three to four components are used spaced at 1.5 to 2 feet apart.
- There is more chance of line twist using Daisy Chains. Using swivels between each component will alleviate this problem to a great extent.
- All swivels and snap swivels should be high quality and rated either to or over the leader used in the system.
- Snap swivels used to connect the main line to the Daisy Chain should be rated at twice the line class used.
- If using a wind-on leader (ref: BTL chapter 3 part 5 ) the snap swivels should be rated to or over the leader breaking strain.
- Because of the added commotion created by Daisy Chains heavier leaders can often be used on most surface running Daisy Chains and Teasers without detrimentally affecting their success.
- There should always been some leader between the first chain item to minimise getting bitten off at the connecting snap swivel.
- There should only ever be hooks used in a single lure. Dealing with large fish on a daisy chain with multiple hooks is too dangerous.
- Daisy Chains can be set-up to insert between the snap swivel and the lure leader by putting a loop in the main line end and a snap swivel on the hooked lure end. Once again the snap swivel used should be rated to at least the breaking strain of the leader.
- Because of their length daisy chains are easier to deploy than single lures and get working 'properly' than a single surface lure.
- Most commonly the daisy chain items are smaller than the hooked lure imitating a larger predator chasing bait. However there are no fixed rules in Daisy Chain configurations.
The main aims for using Daisy Chains are -
- Imitate a small scared school of bait fish both in profile and action.
- Create greater drag so that lures remain in position in rough seas and strong seas.
- To position lures deeper in the water column.
- 'Switch On' fish that are in the area but not feeding
Fig 1: The various positions and their common names that will be referred to in the following text.
Skirt Daisy Chain:
The skirt daisy chain is the most basic of the Daisy Chains using 'Octopus' skirts (same skirts as used on skirted trolling lures). They are spaced around 1.5 to 2 foot apart with a hooked trolling lure at the end. Often the colours used are the same as the hooked lure.
This type of chain is based on profile as the skirts have little if any action. Using bright fluorescent colours such as pinks, greens oranges may help, but dark colours such as violet and black gives the best silhouette and profile.
You can also just use skirts putting a hook in the last skirt.
Skirted Trolling Lures can be used instead of skirts. Lure chains add action and vibration to the chain which increases the Daisy Chains effectiveness. However the lures on the chains action is reduced because of the drag by the lures behind it and the drag of the chain on the outfit used is dramatically increased.
Skirted and Lure Daisy Chains work best on the Outrigger and Shotgun Positions.
Fig 2: Skirt Daisy Chain.
Fig 3: Skirt Daisy Chain. The Lure is a Pakula Dojo Peche Uzi and 4 inch squids.
Fig 4: The skirts are held in position using a bead and crimp. The crimp should be the same size as used to crimp the loop on the end of the leader and connect the hook rig. So that crimp holds, insert a small piece of leader inside the crimp so it has two thickness of leader to grip on to. The skirt is then pulled down so that the bead sits inside the head of the skirt.
Fig 5: The bead used should be wood (available at craft shops) as it prevents the skirt pulling over the crimp if a fish hits it. It also adds floatation to the daisy chain. Sinkers and hard plastic beads may chew out the leader. Soft plastic beads may pull over the crimp if the skirt is hit by a fish.
Squid Daisy Chain
Squid are one of the greatest bio-masses on the planet. Using squids on a Daisy Chain is very effective. There are many types of rubber squid imitations in colour size and shape. All of them work well on chains.
Once again this is a profile chain so colours and profile considerations are the same as the skirted Daisy Chain.
They are spaced around 1.5 to 2 foot apart with a hooked trolling lure at the end.
Squids such as the ones below may have a tendency to spin so inserting a swivel between each of the squids and lure is a good idea.
Squid also tend to skate on the surface and are affected greatly by wind. To increase drag to reduce the effect of wind use lures such as Cockroaches, Mouser, Rat and Wombat.
Squid Daisy Chains work Best in Outrigger and Shotgun positions.
Fig 6: Drawing of Squid and Hooked Lure Daisy Chain
Fig 7: Chain of Squid and Lure. The lure is a Pakula Hothead® Mouse™ with 6 inch rubber squids.
Fig 8: Chain of Squid and Lure. The lure is a Pakula Hothead® Mouse™ with 6 inch rubber squids. The Squid chain is set up to insert into the rig, note the snap swivel connecting the squid chain to the lure leader.
Fig 9: Once again a wooden bead is used in conjunction with a crimp are used to hold the squid in position. Note the small piece of leader used in the crimp so that it it is gripping on 2 thicknesses of leader.
Hybrid Daisy Chain
These Daisy Chains use Pakula Dojo Peche® Hybrids. This class of lure includes many baitfish profile rubbers that are not symmetrical, may have weights in them and have a tube from head to tail through which a leader can be passed.
Because of the lures configuration swivels are a necessary part of the rig so that the lures can align themselves, and not unbalance each other resulting in the chain spinning.
These Daisy Chains work best on the Long Corner and Long Riger.
Fig 10: Lure sizing in this chain is important. The hooked lure should be the biggest with the chain of lures progressively getting smaller. The benefit of using weighted lures is the ability to stop the boat and drop the lures into deep bait schools is unique to this class of lure. Having the largest lure at the end of the chain ensures the chain won't tangle on the drop.
Fig 11: The lure is held in position by a crimp that sits locks into the back of the lure head. The lure is slipped down the leader until the crimp locks it into place.
Fig 12: Swivels are necessary when using lures that are weighted with a keel such as Dojo Hybrids. The swivels should be rated to the leader breaking strain and using Chaffing gear such as nylon tubing or spring guards helps reduce toothy critters weakening the leader if the swivels get bitten.
Of all the Daisy chain configurations the bird teaser is the easiest to set up. They are incredibly effective in targeting all predators.
Birds are greatly affected by wind. To reduce these affects use a lure with heavy drag such as a Cockroach™, Mouse™, Rat™ and Wombat™. Also the greater the drag of the lure the 'harder' the bird works.
The distance of the lure to bird can be anything from 3 to 12 feet with 6 being common.
You can use more than one bird on a chain, you can also use a bird at the lead of a skirt or Squid Daisy Chain.
There are many brands of Birds available on the market. Use only ones with wooden wings as hooked Daisy Chains as the others will damage lines in tangles.
There are also many in-line birds on the market. There is a great tendency for these to chew through nylon leaders. You may need to use cable through these birds or insert nylon tubing so that the leader is protected from wear.
All positions in the spread are enhanced by using a Bird. Birds work well in any positions, even if the bird is pulled out of the water from time to time.
Fig 14: Bird and Lure set-up. Note a safety line is often used in case the wire loops in the bird fails.
Fig 15: The safety line goes from the snap swivel or leader loop in front of the Bird to the lure leader, so that if the wire loops on the bird fail the fish is not lost. This system is used whenever you use solid lures such as poppers, stick baits, metal lures with split rings etc are used.
Fig 16: Bird rigged with safety line. Bird shown is made by Williamson
Fig 17: Bird with hooked lure. In this configuration the bird is connected to a wind-on leader and lure leader with a safety line also in the system. Bird shown is made by Williamson, lure is a Pakula Dojo Peche® Skirted Lure
Bibbed Lure Daisy Chain
Bibbed lures and bibles lures are effective for all sizes game fish of all species. They and their use is largely misunderstood.
Their use in multiples is pretty much unknown. A few comments that follow may help in understanding how best to use them to get significant results.
Bibbed lure Daisy Chains are best used on the short and long corner positions.
Fig 18: Lures with small bibs are shallow divers. The lure shown is a Rapala X-Rap shallow diver. Generally bibbed lures come with two or more treble hooks which not the ideal set-up for big fish. A single hook is a better option as it will hook a fish cleanly in the jaw as opposed to treble that are inclined to catch in the side of the fishes head giving the fish great leverage against you.
The single hook shown is a Decoy JS-1 designed for use with hard bodied lures. The eye is in line with the bend so the point sits in line with the lure, the shank is also short minimising drag which would restrict the action of the lure.
Another system used is using two split rings and a normal heavy gauge hook. This results in lure slap, dramatically reducing the action of the lure. The increased drag of the single large hook also stops the lure diving to its potential depth.
To maximise lure action the single hook should not have any more drag, ie surface area, than the hooks they replace, ie, the single hook should not have more drag than the trebles the hook replaces.
Fig 19: Lures with large bibs such as the Rapala X-Rap shown are deep divers. The longer the bib the deeper the lure will dive. The wider the bib, the more the lure will wobble and the narrower the more it will roll and flash. The lure shown has a long and relatively narrow bib which will imitate saltwater baitfish better than a lure with a wider bib.
Deep diving lures are rated at a speed of 1 to 3 knots on a thin line with no leader.
Fig 20: In game fishing lines used are greater than the line the lure was rated with. Often leaders, and snap swivels are used in the set-up. Also speeds used to target game fish when trolling often exceeds the speed at which the lures were rated even though the lures would produce better results at much slower speeds.
As a result a large belly of line forms dragging the lure up so that it doesn't dive to the depths specified on the packet. Often they don't even get to half that depth.
- The thicker and longer the line the more drag there is preventing the lure from diving to its specified depth.
- The thicker and longer the leader the more drag there is preventing the lure from diving to its specified depth.
- The faster you go above say 3 knots the more drag there is preventing the lure from diving to its specified depth,
- The thicker and larger the replacement hook the more drag there is preventing the lure from diving to its specified depth and the more restricted the lures action is.
Fig 21: Bibbed lures can be used in groups, not quite a Daisy Chain as they are all run from a central point, more like forming a 'pod' of bait.
Fig 22: Here we have a deep diving lure used to pull a shallow diver down. You can use several deep divers to get the lures down even deeper. All lures should be pulled from a central point and all should be on separate leaders pulled off the same point, in this case a snap swivel.
- There should only be a single lure with a hook on it, either the shallowest diver on a longer leader than the others, or the deepest diving lure on the longest leader. To be manageable leaders should be under 6 foot long.
- The thinner the line and leader the deeper the lures will go. Depths multiply, ie two deep diving lures on relatively thin line will dive almost twice as deep as a single deep diver at the same speed. This opens up the possibilities of fishing depths that have not seen lures in many areas.
Fig 23: Each of the lures should be run off it's own swivel to help prevent a lure getting weeded up spinning up the other leaders creating a major tangle
Branched Daisy Chains: One of the many variations in daisy chains uses branches of leader coming off the main leader to which the items such as skirts, lures, squids etc are connected to. Though these are effective they do often tangle within each other and are a major problem if they get tangled with other lines.
There is no question that using Daisy Chains will increase your success rates. The options of combinations and options are endless.
If you are not used to them try them out in the shotgun position to start with and then once you know what they will do use them throughout your pattern.
In rough conditions using two lines with Hooked Daisy Chains would be a better option than trying to run many lines without them.
Also try slowing down to 3 or 4 knots when using bibbed lures. Pakula Hybrids will work just fine at that speed to help fill your pattern.
This article is only an introduction to some options. Hopefully you'll be inspired enough to give some of them a go. I'm sure you'll be impressed with the results.