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
( 0 )
Taken from New Zealand Fishing News - March 1992 - by Bob South
Leading international big game lure maker Peter Pakula claims developments in the industry have plateaued.
The 38 year old Australian manufacturer of world famous ~a lures toured New Zealand for the second time last December, this time hitting eleven towns around the North Island. He gave a series of informative seminars and lectures, advising of the newest techniques in game fishing, lure design, and lure presentation. And, while here, he intimated to Fishing News that "no new trends or fashions are evident in lure manufacture".
"We've gone through a stage over the past five years of competition and moves among manufacturers to cut each others throats, there's a total lack of development other than some minor refinements. Most of the time only serious copying is all that is going on. The refinements that are taking place are in slight angle changes in the heads, subtle colour and shape changes to the skirts, and things such as better quality and resins". Pakula, who sells 25 % of his, game lures in New Zealand, has climbed to be among the world's best lure makers in just a short time.
Six years ago, the slightly built mad keen fisho was in the competitive Australian rag trade, specialising in fashion designing. By day he'd push clothes, by night he'd make enough game lures to stock two local tackle shops who welcomed his wares.
In the process of this hectic life - into which was tossed copious lots of fishing, Pakula developed insomnia. His doctor advised him he needed more, not less sleep, so Pakula slipped the rag trade for good and became a full time lure maker.
Today, in a business that extends to 18 countries, he singularly styles and hand polishes 8,000 lures annually, providing him with a lifestyle that includes fishing the world for no fewer than 150 days a year, usually testing his own lures. "I'm not getting rich, but I'm having a great time he jokes. "You only live once..........if you're lucky!!"
When he first fiddled with lure making, Pakula, like most others was into the manufacture of soft headed lures only. Experts more respected than be, claimed then that marlin could not he caught on hard heads, but when one of his first retail buyers insisted on hard heads, who was Pakula to argue? His business boomed when he willingly made the simple transition.
From the outset, Pakula has attempted to design lures after those he first watched working behind boats as a youngster. Now a veteran of more than 400 marlin catches - his first was 87 kg on 15 kg as a 14 year old - Pakula remembers his early fishing days spent on the stern of many boats.
"I used to he the bunny out the back on the deck untangling lines all the time", he says. "I always got seasick inside the cabin of boats. Still do for that matter. So I stayed put out back. It was at the stage when only two types of lures were available on the market - the ones which never got tangled but never caught fish either, and the ones that caught fish but always crossed over other lines.
"When I made my first lures, and even now, I basically tried to combine the best of both those lures by getting my lures to stay in the water, not tangle, yet still have the essential erratic action".
Following 400 to 500 prototypes over five years, Pakula eventually came up with the correct shape and angles. His lures now combine four characteristics. They are ones which are easy for marlin to catch, that imitate an excited wounded bait fish, that swim erratically, and finally, that dive reasonably deep in the water.
His formula is simple, but Pakula maintains his lures re incredibly precise, making them classically and effectively different from the more than 70 plagiarized and mostly unsuccessful copies which re now found throughout the game fishing world.
The cheaper replicas are easy to spot and Pakula takes pleasure in sharing that not one has won a tournament anywhere yet, because his copiers don't get the angles right". Pakula reckons the contour, colour and shape of a lure are paramount and even the slightest variation from a successful shape will produce a lure that fails to catch fish. Pakula lures are shaped so that in trolling action the head is covered with what Pakula calls "a comet" - that silver air bubble. He says the look of the head, as opposed to its shape, is less important than the skirt.
"When a lure swim's correctly the marlin can't see the lure head anyway. Fish are chasing the bubble action, the skirt and the colour, not the head. The vibrations put out by the lure are most critical. A fish tailing a lure is attracted first by the vibration, and only in the last instances is a fish turned on by colour. Pakula rejects theories that eyes on hard head lures make any significant difference to catch rates, saying "eyes eve nothing to do with anything" New Zealanders, says Pakula, have made great strides since his last visit in 1989, coming to terms with trolling lures in preference to live baits and, more specifically, coming to terms with trolling hard heads. "Kiwis used to subscribe the old theory that marlin only come back for soft head lures. But now that they've started to catch fish on hard heads these attitudes are changing. They now know that fish will come back just as often for the hard head. The slight weight difference makes the hard head easier to catch marlin.
The history of lures dates back to when ancient anglers used them to catch bait fish. Through the use of these standard lures developed an awareness that predator fish could also be caught on lures. But as Pakula admits freely: "No lure will ever take over from live bait in catching game fish because livies put out the perfect, most natural vibrations.
'A lure will never out-fish a live bait. I'm a lure maker, but I'm also realistic. Take a marlin in certain situations, or any predator fish for that matter, and put a live bait and a lure out there, and the fish will often prefer the live bait. The live bait reacts, a lure doesn't".
Lures are valuable for covering large areas when trolling. Using live baits, anglers usually troll no more than a few km.
Lures of course, have many advantages, not least that when one is found to work it will continue to work long after supposed newer, better models hit the shelves. Pakula made one lure, which he brought with him this trip, that has caught more than 100 game fish, including 35 marlin.
The advantages of lures go even further, too. A video clip Pakula packs with him and enjoys showing at seminars captures just how finicky marlin can he when approaching live bait rigs. In the video, seven experts from Cairns were asked to rig live baits for trolling. The marlin went for only one because the rest were unintentionally rigged imperfectly and the fish could tell. This leaves Pakula to say: "Bait, unless rigged absolutely perfectly, doesn't work and less than one in seven bait rigs are done up properly".
Pakula is tough on his own product. None of any new range makes it to the market place without catching a fish. Even more stringent though, are his own personal standards which dictate that any new lure must not only catch a fish, but he the first lure to do so on its first time out, in order for it to he included in his latest range.
If Pakula lures have a special secret it may be in the skirt colours. Pakula uses skirts with either plenty of fluorescence or ones which are luminous. He has five luminescent colours in his range - larger than any other manufacturer. He suggests his hottest lures, ones which have caught fish around the world, vary in colour.
In the United States, green and black, or green and red seem to work best. Kiwis tend to go for purple and blue, or black and purple. If Pakula were to fish New Zealand waters, though, he would go for the luminous green and fluorescent purples, even though his favourite colours are green and yellow.
And did the master lure maker fish New Zealand during his short stay? Not for game fish, although he still chases Marlin regularly off Runaway Bay in his four meter boat in Australia. Here? He chased trout in Rotorua and on a helicopter trip to the Ngaruroro and landed plenty, the biggest on fly being 6lb.