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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Unlocking The Seacrets
01: Foreword by Ron Calcutt 1994
In 1993 I went along with Peter Pakula to observe one of the game fishing schools he then conducted in Fiji. He had a mixed bunch of student fishermen aboard, some who had everything to learn, and one who, to me seemed to have nothing to learn. He was sharp, very experienced, and he knew the ins and outs of fishing tackle as well as anybody I had ever fished with.
So why was he there? He'd never caught a marlin, even though he'd tried desperately hard and put in enough trolling hours to have caught half the marlin swimming about off the cast coast of Australia. He was there specifically to learn how to catch that marlin.
We had a bad run on that trip, with the whole fishing area totally shut down. Peter wasn't specially fussed about it. "Don't worry," he told the angler. "You'll go back after this trip, catch your first marlin straight away, and after that you'll go on catching them and wonder what it was you were doing wrong before."
I don't know that he convinced either of us with that statement, but I did have to admire his confidence. As it turned out, the angler went home, caught his first marlin straight away, and then went m to catch so many he now writes magazine articles on the subject.
"Happens all the time," says Peter with a grin. We talk about that trip a lot these days, as we do quite a bit of writing together and are both inclined to be analytical of everything and possessed of an insatiable desire for minute detail.
Peter told me that it was often the very good anglers who found it hardest to make the transition from whatever they were doing to becoming good marlin fishermen "Their fishing systems are so good, and so proven, they don't make the little adjustments they need to make to catch billfish", Pete says. The little adjustments. That's what it always gets down to - the little things. There is never one big, single answer to becoming good at any form of fishing. It's a trade you learn, and like any trade, you have to get every little step of the process right, or the end result is something that looks right, but doesn't work.
This book is about little things. Lots and lots of little things. Some even trivial, but you can't overlook any of them. Catching big fish is a matter of putting a complex mosaic of knowledge to work. When you watch someone doing anything really well, the first thing you say is "He makes it look so easy", and it is. But it's only easy after you've done the hard work and learned all of the little secrets.
It is a common fault with top fishermen that they will pass on as much of their knowledge as they can without passing on the stuff that makes all the difference. This book is a treasury of the little things, and put together, they add up to a big pool of knowledge required to be successful. Digest this information, put it to use, and the only thing that will then separate you from the best will be your own instinct for fishing, and no one can help you with that.
Probably one of the most focused people I know, Peter has the unique capacity to be driving his mind at one hundred miles an hour while his body is in relaxation mode. A lot of the special talent of that mind is in the pages that follow. I commend you to read this through cover to cover, then go back and take each page apart for the detail, and compare those details with the way you do things now. Adjust you fishing to accommodate those details, and you too may find yourself with enough captures to write a book, or at least a magazine article.