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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Beween The Lines - Ch 02: The Gear
The line is one of the direct links between you and the fish and in sport and game fishing it is also often the weakest. At the fish end, leaders and hooks are generally much stronger. The hardest decision and one of the most important of all is choosing line.
The line we specifically use is known as IGFA rated. However, IGFA itself does not rate any lines. It is up to each manufacturer to rate their own products. This rating ensures that the line is appropriate and that it will break under its rated breaking strain so it can be used confidently claiming records in that line class i.e. 8kg will break under 8kg. However, rarely is the label a true indication of the actual breaking strain.
Whenever you buy new line an effort should be made to get it independently checked by either at a game club or tackle shop that has a line testing machine.
There are various types of line on the market, and as it is such an important part of the system new types are continually under development but we can break them up into various categories. All these types have both desirable and undesirable characteristics. All of them are detrimentally affected over time with exposure to ultra violet sunlight and fluorescent lights. They also suffer from exposure to salt water. When the water dries the minute salt crystals formed will cut into and weaken the line, though this over quite a long period of time and depends on how often it is used and how well it is rinsed at the end of the day.
These are mainly 100% nylon monofilament (one strand). They stretch from around 10 to 30%. There are many grades of nylon. The important factors of the better ones are, good abrasion resistance, great knot strength and they have a good recovery after loading i.e. high elasticity. The poorer qualities once stretched under load do not recover to their previous state and continually weaken under load. Friction is nylons worst enemy. Rods using nylon should ideally be fully rollered. Of all the types of lines used, nylon is the easiest to work with and the cheapest.
Due to the nature of nylon most of the stretch or elongation occurs at around a third of its breaking stain. Below that it is very much a soft elastic band with little power. Once you get above a third, the line continues to stretch right up until you reach its breaking point. Because of these characteristics nylon is best used between 33% and 50% of its breaking strain to keep in contact and be in control when fighting fish.
Other types of line that have lower stretch are some nylons mixed with other synthetics which result in thinner than normal nylon as they are often pre-stretched and annealed to have a smoother harder surface, although when this surface is abraded the line fails easily.
Lines that include other materials such as titanium, carbon, fluorocarbon and other additives are also available and have a much lower stretch ratio than normal nylons. Nonetheless, these types of lines may have other draw backs such as being stiff and or low knot strength.
Low Stretch Lines
The main line in this category is Dacron which is a hollow braided synthetic made up of many individual strands. Its low stretch, only about 2% is a great advantage in staying in contact with a fast moving tough fish. Low stretch can be a disadvantage in that hooks are easily pulled as it jerks tight on a fish that changes direction or shakes its head. It is certainly much harder to keep pressure on a fish with low stretch lines than with nylon.
The greatest problem with Dacron is it is very fragile and easily damaged. It is most often used with a nylon top shot. The length of nylon is usually over 50 meters so that in normal line setting and close fights the Dacron does not come into play and remains in perfect condition on the spool.
However, when you need pulling power on a fish that is running deep or being stubborn the Dacron is there to help put some direct pressure on the fish. Dacron is best joined by splicing Dacron to Dacron, or if connecting to nylon then the nylon is passed inside the hollow Dacron and then bound. Knots and top-shots are covered in detail in the chapter called "Connections".
All braided lines are far more tolerant of friction than nylon which is relevant if not using rollered rods; yet none of them are as forgiving to abrasion as plain nylon.
Non Stretch Lines
The greatest recent developments have been in these lines, known as braided lines, spectra, Kevlar etc. This group of lines has virtually no stretch giving direct contact to the fish, you can feel the slightest movement at the other end.
These lines are also very thin allowing you to put massive amounts of line on a reel or use smaller reels than with the other lines to fit 1,000 yards. However, smaller reels do have the same gearing as larger ones and are not as powerful.
Non-stretch lines have some pretty major disadvantages in normal trolling situations some of which are similar to those of Dacron but these are more intensified. They are very difficult to join to other lines and knot to terminal tackle such as snaps and swivels whilst maintaining line class.
The non-stretch also is very hard on the angler as the only cushioning is through the rod, a large fish shaking its head two feet jerks the line, rod and angler the same distance. Longer softer rods can compensate for this, but with these it is more difficult for the angler to apply the same drag as possible with the other lines on shorter rods. The non stretch also means there is no cushioning of the line relative to spool inertia, i.e. the pressure comes on 100% immediately, therefore lower drag settings are necessary to prevent break offs.
Deciding which type of line or combination to use is one of the hardest decisions. Generally in lighter line classes under 50lb full spools of nylon are adequate as nylon is cheap to replace especially on stand-up fishing, the angler has the power to pull the stretch out of the line and stay in contact with the fish. On heavier line classes, especially chair rods or heavy stand-up, Dacron with nylon top shots certainly is a good system for applying as much pressure as possible.