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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03: Bait Profiles
Between The Lines - Ch 01: Profiles
The next step in understanding the system is considering differences in bait species that are generally found in the different zones as depth, colour and quality of water is reflected in the species that inhabit them.
Think about the common bait species that you know of in the inshore bays and harbours. There are far more than just the bait species commonly bought in your local tackle shop. In fact just about everything that swims or crawls is some other species food, or often food for others of the same species. However, the species that we are most interested in are those that school into shoals of others of the same species.
Consider the shape of these species, you’ll find that they are quite stubby and bulky with rather large often wide fins.
Such as the juvenile fish or Herringshape and the Mullet shape is also quite representative of shapes in this area. As we move into the inshore area many of the bait species from inside the bays are also found here, but many of the species are a bit more streamlined and narrower such as the Tailor. Many parts of the globe have very similar species known by other names, however, for this exercise it is only the fish's physical look and behaviour that are of concern.
Some of the species have quite a large range that includes the estuaries, inshore and offshore grounds. These do however generally fit into the zones furthest away from the shore such as the Yakka which is found in all areas out to the offshore grounds and has close cousins that roam far offshore.
Consider the species we have looked at so far. They are not very streamlined. The colours are quite dull, often olive, brown or muddy blue backs with cream bellies, many are pure chrome with quite large scales. Most have yellow tinges to their fins and eyes which are also quite large for their size. They have very defined lateral lines.
Although these fish are considered bait they often grow to quite large sizes. Many predators can easily swallow other fish 20% of their own size!!! More appropriate to our understanding is that most predators stomach contents show bait species much smaller than you’d imagine they’d bother eating.The markings are more defined and extend deeper on the sides towards the belly. Many of this zones species have mottled stripes and spots on their sides and stomachs. The shape gets more streamlined, the fins smaller in proportion to the size of the fish. The skin is also brighter, often displaying a shiny bright fluorescent quality. If the fish have scales, they are smaller than the species found closer to shore. The difference in colour between the backs and stomachs is quite high in contrast, certainly darker than the ones we have looked at so far.
It is also interesting to note that species such as As we move into the Offshore zone we note that the species begin to have different attributes such as the Bonito. The markings are more defined and extend deeper on the sides towards the belly. Many of this zones species have mottled stripes and spots on their sides and stomachs. The shape gets more streamlined, the fins smaller in proportion to the size of the fish. The skin is also brighter, often displaying a shiny bright fluorescent quality. If the fish have scales, they are smaller than the species found closer to shore. The difference in colour between the backs and stomachs is quite high in contrast, certainly darker than the ones we have looked at so far.As we move towards the Oceanic zone the species become more streamlined, their fins smaller relative to the size of their bodies, their colours higher in contrast with very dark backs and silvery bellies, many with distinctive stripes such as the Slimy.
with its fluorescent striped sides and very dark blue purple back. the Slimy have a large distribution across the zones. When they are in closer to shore their colour is more light green and when offshore a darker green to navy. Perhaps the bait species that best represents the offshore bait species is the Striped Tuna
In each of the different zones there are many more species than mentioned here. Take some time and have a look at the different species that pass through the areas you fish. Are they built for speed and stamina? Do their large eyes indicate that they are nocturnal? Do they form small or massive schools? When they are feeding or being fed on do they hit the surface with large splashes or are they more subtle?
The things that are apparent is that the inshore species are stubbier, duller and slower than those further offshore. This has many connotations. Are the lures you’d choose the same in each zone, or do you have a little more to work with?
As the currents and eddies flow down the coast they move in and out over quite some distance. Often the Oceanic waters move in right along the shoreline bringing their bait species with them. A sign of this is observing streamlined, high contrast striped bait species in these areas and often the associated predators are right there with them.