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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Between The Lines - Chapter 02: The Gear
What a rod is and what it’s supposed to do is rarely asked when it comes to trolling skirted lures even though it is certainly one of the most important of all the angler’s tools. For the type of angling being discussed here, trolling lures and fighting relatively large powerful fish, the rod can make it a very pleasurable or painful experience.
The rod should have enough power to fight a fish effectively on the respective line class, but be soft enough for an angler to control. Rods are a lever, with the fulcrum at where you hold the rod. Even the shortest rods that conform to the angling rules put more pressure on the angler than the fish. As with the reel and line, rods vary according to the line class they are used with many factors coming into play.
The first is that a rod has to be capable of setting the hook. This is a balancing act between the line class i.e. drag setting, spool inertia, line stretch, thickness and sharpness of the hook and the “punch” of the rod. The more the system “cushions” the setting of the hook the harder it is to get the hook securely into what is often bone. Getting the hook in is an important part of the rod's job.
Once the hook is in the rod's job is to aid in controlling and fighting the fish by flexing according to the drag used. This aspect is not very well understood. The least amount of pressure the rod should work under is 33%, but it should also be able to lift 200% of the line class used without folding all the way to the reel seat, as part of the setup used when game fishing is the use of a double line at the end of the main line. The maximum length varies from 15 to 30 feet depending on line class. The ability for the angler to increase pressure on a fish as it gets closer is an important technique in angling that is often overlooked. This is only possible using a rod with enough power to cope with the increased of load.
As the line class increases it may not be practical to have a rod that will pull 200% as the fulcrum of the rod i.e. length and stiffness may be impractical for anglers with a normal physique to pull on. In reality each angler has an optimum configuration according to the line class used, though with a good technique an anger with a light build can transfer a great deal of pressure through the gear.
The longer the rod above where the rod is held during a fight i.e. by holding the reel by harness lugs, the harder it is to apply pressure. The shorter the easier it is i.e. by holding the fore grip as high as possible.
The longer the rod below where it is held the easier it is to put pressure on. However, the setup should be comfortable and to a large extent varies according to the individual. Considerations should be made to ensure that a loaded rod can still clear motors, swim platforms and the side of the boat.
There are two main points where a great deal of pressure is app lied to the rod. These are the reel seat and gimbals i.e. where the rod sits, both of which should be of a specific design and materials to cope.The choice of guides or rollers is a simple one. In the small video you’ll see how long nylon lasts under load on a normal guide. In fact the lighter and thinner the line the more susceptible to friction it is. In reality, the lighter the line class, the more necessary are roller guides. Rollers, as everything else we use should be of high quality. The rollers should be tight against their frames and of appropriate size to the rod and line classes used. Tip rollers should be oversized to give less of an angle on the line.
Due to the strains involved and their specific use there are many rod configurations, although we’ll break them down into three main configurations
Stand-up Straight Butt
These rods are used for stand up fishing in lines classes 50lb and less. Most anglers can apply the necessary force for the duration of most fights on these line classes on these rods. The length can vary considerably from 8’ down to 5’. The longer the rod the more line can be recovered in a single pump and by holding the rod high as in many other forms of light tackle sports fishing more line can be kept out of the water. Unfortunately, the longer the rod the more pressure is placed on the angler.
The shorter the rod the easier it is to transfer pressure to fish which is also certainly desirable. As a result heavier line class stand-up rods are generally shorter than those used for lighter line class.
With the use of gimbal rod belts and harness weight of the outfit is not a major factor. Although for some angling tactics the ability to use the rod without these aids is a great advantage in controlling the fish.
Stand-up Straight Butt
Stand-up Bent Butt
Stand-up Bent Butt
These are very short rods with a small bent butt designed to give the angler maximum effective leverage on large fish. These are primarily 80lb rods with 50lb being quite common. There are some 130’s around but even the pressures exerted are far too much for guys with a normal physique and condition to cope with.
Short bent butt rods by nature of their short length and configuration are hard to pump line quickly. These are really rods for dealing with large fish in a protracted fight. With the right technique and fighting harness and gimbal, very big fish on stand up tackle are quite feasible.
These rods are useful on boats without game chairs or for anglers who travel and do not want to carry large bent butt outfits in their travels.
Bent Butt Chair
These are the big guns of "heavy tackle big game fishing". These rods are designed to use out of a fighting chair. The combination of these allows the angler to use their full weight to fight fish on heavy lines usually 80lb and 130lb.
All the components are very heavy duty. Weight of the outfit is not a major factor as the chair supports the weight. Under load moving the rod around the transom is impractical, so the rods are designed to be long and stiff to ideally reach over the corners of the boat so that lines clear the transom when the rod is loaded on a fish that is straight under the boat.
There are several techniques that we’ll go through at a later date that enable anglers with a small build to effectively use this heavy tackle, although it is quite awkward for anglers with a heavy build to use light tackle.