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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Fishing World November 1998 by Col Roberts
The name 'Pakula' conjures up images of, and is synonymous with, skirted billfish lures. Peter Pakula is without doubt Australia's best known manufacturer of skirted lures. Based on Queensland's Gold Coast, he has gained numerous accolades from overseas game fishermen. This no doubt explains why 90 percent of his lures are now exported. In fact, at this year's prestigious Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, Pakula was bestowed the honour of having his lures named as the official lures of the event.
While talking of game fishing events, it's interesting to note that Pakula lures have accounted for a large number of world billfish tournament wins as well as many records. In many respects, his lures have been responsible for a shift in emphasis in the Cairns giant black marlin fishery. It wasn't all that long ago that many Cairns skippers believed the giant blacks wouldn't take a lure. How things have changed! Quite a few skippers now use skirted lures with great success. For instance, during the '97 season, it's claimed that nine granders were caught on Pakula lures, including the heaviest fish of the season - an 1,185 pound beast, which, incidentally, is also the heaviest marlin ever caught in Australia on a lure.
Peter Pakula has been making lures since 1987. like most successful lure manufacturers, it's the minute attention to detail (or, as Pakula likens it, "knowing which detail to pay attention to") which has earned him such success. Pakula is a thinking fisherman who has strong views on piscatorial issues - even to the point of upsetting some in the angling world. He is continually testing his lures and terminal tackle where it counts most - out on the bluewater battlefield. As a result, minor innovations and adjustments have been made over the years to further enhance the performance of his products.
Pakula is also very professional in the way he runs his business. He is very much into the computer age with web sites containing the latest news and capture information, articles on rigging lures and game fishing newsletters, catalogues, a video titled Bluewater Magic ~ the Secrets of Trolling Lures for Gamefish, and even a booklet titled Pakula - unlocking the Seacrets, Offshore Sport and Game Fishing which contains a wealth of information on virtually everything needed to tangle with ' bluewater game species. While some unkind people could say that all of this material helps sell product (which no doubt it does), those who know Pakula are aware that he is extremely generous in giving out information to aid successful fishing. It's the small, salient points that Pakula is happy to share with all corners that can make the difference between success or otherwise.
Pakula lures began with solid coloured flexible heads, followed by clear flexible heads with flexible inserts and red nylon leader tube. The next stage resulted in heads made of hard polyester resin and, initially, Yo Zuri skirts. In 1995 Seven Strand skirts were utilised. The most radical change occurred in 1997 with the re-introduction of clear flexible heads known as the Softease range. They are not as pliable as other softheads on the market but, according to Pakula, are "just soft enough to feel natural". Other than the natural feel, the heads are lighter than normal heads, they don't suffer the ravages of chipping and have a more aggressive action in the water.
When developing the Softease range Pakula came across a material so clear and tough that he is now using it in his new range of hard heads - appropriately named the "Diamond Head" series. The compound contains UV stabilisers and Pakula claims to have belted lures made of it with a hammer only to smash the bricks underneath without even scratching the heads.
Now to the nitty gritty of lure selection. Given that it's the boat and its wash and associated teasers that attract fish to the strike range, it's necessary to place lures beyond the influence of prop wash or boat turbulence. The heads are designed for specific positions, thus the closer to the boat the larger and more aggressive the lure should be with a decrease in size and action further aft. Pakula's preferred placement of lures has been determined after years of experimentation, other anglers' successes and tournament wins. There are thousands of colour combinations available, although a common thread applies to Pakula's preferred billfish patterns. That is: the long outrigger position is green, the short ,rigger purple, the long corner blue and the short corner black or a combination of black. These colours match the most common bait fish colours found around the world and range from very bright to very dark, giving variation to the various silhouettes. In addition, the skirts also have luminous and fluorescent additives to further enhance visibility and imitate wounded bait fish.
Pakula notes that all fishing areas have their own "hot' colour - such as black and red or yellow around tropical reefs, pink in the light tackle fishery and blue and pink in Hawaii. He encourages anglers to use hot local colours but stresses that they be an addition to, and not a substitution of, the lure colours in the main pattern. And that's not a bad policy to adopt - stick with what works around the world but still experiment with a fifth or (depending on the size of the boat) sixth colour pattern. This may well apply to developing billfish areas.
Next column I plan to delve into the intricacies of Pakula's preferred rigging techniques, terminal tackle and tips on fishing tactics. Stay tuned!