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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The Pakula Success Story
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In 1997 we celebrated our 10th Anniversary, ten years since Pakula Tackle was established as a full time business in 1987, though Peter Pakula has been making lures and inventing now commonplace game fishing components such as the Shackle Rig, 60 degree hook offsets and Witchdoctor Teasers since the early seventies. In that time Pakula Lures and products have achieved some astronomical results. So many that we have not recorded them all. A few of the highlights follow: over 1,000 World Records, Australian Records, tournament wins, and trophies. Individuals such as Robert Curry and his boat "Marquis" have won over 100 trophies on Pakula Lures including the first and last marlin of the season in his club six years straight.
The 'overnight success' of Peter Pakula and Pakula Tackle started during the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Tournament held in Sydney, Australia which was won by Rod Hall's boat "Headhunter". The catch included Jason Simpson's Australian record 245 kg Blue Marlin on a Pakula Sprocket. In this tournament, 16 Hawaiian Teams doing their best were blitzed by the Australian made Pakula Lures.
Since these early days of fame, Pakula Lures have won many of the Game Fishing World's most prestigious tournaments including The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament twice, in fact Peter Pakula was a member of the winning team in 1996, the Cairns Lexus twice, the Compass Tournament, Bisbees Black and Blue, The World Series Billfish Tournament, Poco Texas, twice, The Kona Steinlager, The Golden Fleece, five times, The AIBT, six times, The Sanctuary Cove Celica Tournament six years straight including all three Celica Cars and many more.
Around 90% of Pakula Lures are exported to countries including Hawaii. mainland USA and South America, all Pacific Island groups including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guam, Tahiti and Japan. Pakula Lures have won the major tournaments in all of them. The largest: Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish records in both New Caledonia and Vanuatu, Blue Marlin in Lord Howe Island;Black Marlin in New Zealand and the largest Black and Blue Marlin in 1994; the largest Yellowfin (91 kg) ever on a lure in Australia; the largest Blue Marlin (297 kg) in Sydney waters and many more. Pakula's also account for the most of one species on lures in a single day; 16 Sailfish (Mooloolaba); 6 Blue Marlin (Gold Coast); 12 Blacks (Moreton Bay) and 14 Striped Marlin (N.S.W.). To top this off, Pakula's accounted for 3 Grand Slams in New South Wales in just one week.
The boat Bwana II skippered by Toby Brastling based in Tutakaka tagged an 85kg Striped Marlin on 7th Feb 1997 on a Pakula Evil Animal. The fish was the re-caught on the 19th March 1997 on a Pakula Lumo Sprocket. Both the original NZ and Billfish Foundation tags were still in the fish.
Pakula Lures have also won over $2,000,000.00 in cash and prizes in just the last five years. Astounding results when you consider that all Pakula Lures including the Softease and Diamond Heads were hand made by Peter Pakula with the aid of his wife and partner Jo, son Len and one full time employee.
We were honoured that Pakula Lures were selected as the official lure for game fishing's most prestigious tournament. The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament 40th Anniversary 1998.
Over the past few years our lures have continued winning many tournaments, including most of the worlds most prestigious many years straight such as the big dollar Texas Tournament in Poco which has been won on our lures for the past 4 years. The 1997 Sanctuary Cove Celica was once again won on Pakula Lures for the 6th year running.
We no longer keep accurate records as we are pretty sure the message that Pakula Lures are effective is pretty clear. However, once in a while you get some feedback that is worth taking note of. For example Pakula Lures not only winning, but catching every fish in the tournament!
Quote from Michael Harvey, Boroko, PNG 1st Aug 97. "We are aware of Pakula Lures. In fact the last Yellowfin Tournament The Game Fishing Club had, every Yellowfin weighed in was on a Pakula."
Quote from Mr Dadi, Tournament Chairman for The 1997 President Soeharto Cup, Indonesia. "This tournament has had the best result ever. Good too for Peter and Jo Pakula as every fish that was tagged or weighed was caught on a Pakula Lure." My wife Jo and I were honoured to be guests at The 1997 President Soeharto Cup, in Indonesia.
The reason for the success is quite simple, a continuing commitment to the development of lures and skirt colours and additives, plus the dedication to teaching anglers the art of successful game and sports fishing through our books, videos, magazine articles and Pakula Schools. There is no doubt the world of lure trolling has certainly been changed by the Pakula' influence. There are now few lure manufacturers that do not try and imitate Pakula Lures in both design and colour, yet no matter how hard they try they can't get the results that only Pakula Lures have consistently achieved season after season. We are indeed proud of the success of our lures and will continue our research in maintaining this.
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Brett Needham, crew on the Pakula Animal and Peter Pakula - right - with some of their trophies all won on Pakula Lures.