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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08: Spooling The Reel
Between The Lines - Ch 02: The Gear
Putting the line on your reels, or spooling up, can be as simple as asking your local tackle shop to do the job for you and is often a free service if you purchase the line to go on it.
It can also be a valuable lesson to introduce a novice to the basics of handling and using a game outfit. In many fishing situations the first time an angler gets to feel and use an outfit there's a great big fish on the other end. It's a bit like expecting someone to win a Formula One race when they've never driven a car.
The following exercise w ill not only result in getting the reels spooled but will also give a better understanding of the tackle and how it, and the angler, functions under load. It's also a good way for experienced anglers to get their muscles ready for the season.
In all cases, the line especially when using nylon, should be checked often for wear. It can suffer degradation from exposure to ultraviolet light either from the sun or types of lighting such as fluorescent light. The line should be replaced if it is suspect.
A quick and efficient way of removing line from a spool is winding it back onto an empty line spool with along bolt through it, spun on a hand drill.
A quick and efficient way of removing line from a spool is winding it back onto an empty line spool with a long bolt through it, spun on a hand drill.
Spooling up Stand-Up Outfits
The tools you will need are
Outfit to be Spooled
Before spooling up the outfit should be lubricated and checked
Lubricant and Rag
Lubricate all moving parts such as reel handles and rollers before spooling up.
Probably the hardest choice of all as so much depends on it. Try and have spare spools of line you trust.
Tools used for cutting nylon should cut neatly without flaring the ends. Don't use them to cut anything else as the cutting edges may become damaged.
Gloves are used to put pressure on the line as it spooled onto the reel. They should be soft cotton to hold water to minimize friction and damage to the line. If pressure is applied to the sides of the spool and not the line, leather or any other material is fine.
Gimbal Belt and Harness
Try as many belt systems as you can while spooling up to see which one is most comfortable for you and set the adjustments before you have to use it in action.
Dacron for Checking Rollers
A piece of Dacron or string is helpful in checking that rollers on rods turn easily and smoothly
Bin of Water
Water is used to lubricate the line to minimise friction damage.
Check all rod guides are clean and in good condition and there are no scratches or cracks. If they are rollers ensure they are rolling easily and smoothly using a piece of string or Dacron. This is a good time to service the gear and coat with a light lubricant.
Thread the rod up by passing the line through the tip and guides. With rollers the line is threaded on the side of the rollers away from the rod and in between the two rollers of the stripper guide. Tie the line to the spool using a knot such as the Uni Knot. Set the "spooler" up with a gimbal and harness and rod. Adjust it so that the angler is comfortable with the rod at about 45 degrees.
To get the line on the spool correctly, pressure has to be applied to it. The amount of pressure depends on what type of line you're spooling up. The less stretch in the line the more pressure needed. For example, Dacron needs more pressure than nylon, Spectra needs more than Dacron. In all instances, apply as much pressure as possible, at least over the expected drag setting you'll be fighting fish with, which can be over 60% of the line class. If the line is not put on tightly it may dig in underneath other coils and jam. Even if it only digs in slightly, it will burn the line, and weaken it significantly.
The hardest part of spooling up is using a system that puts pressure, or drag, on the line that at the same time doesn't introduce friction on the line that burns and weakens it. There are many ways to accomplish this. Line should always come off the side of the spool, not over the top as this will introduce twist into the line. This is most easily achieved by passing a spindle through the spool to rotate on.
There are many methods of applying pressure to the line, most of which are fine to use as long as they don't damage the line and keep consistent pressure. In this example we'll soak the spool in water and apply the pressure with a wet towelling glove for an assistant or the spooler to use. The line is passed over and under the gloved fingers and the pressure adjusted by how hard the gloved hand is clenched. Setting the spooler up with the gimbal and harness has freed their hands to accomplish this without assistance.
The spooler should now prepare for the long wind ahead during which adjustments can be made to help increase comfort and staying power by using muscles and movements economically. Each angler interacts differently with the gear so each set-up differs between individuals and is up to what the angler feels most at ease with.
To start, the angler should relax, feet apart, knees slightly bent, left hand on top of the reel pushing slightly away from the body with fingers free to guide the line so that it lies level across the spool.
The right hand should rest on the reel handle with the wrist pointed out slightly. Just holding it firmly will do - squeezing it will not accomplish anything except a tired hand. There are three main winding positions.
Firstly, the wrist action using only the hand and wrist, second is a locomotive action using the elbow as a ram and the third using the shoulder to really get some power.
Time to start winding. The pressure on the line will make the handle quite hard to wind. The smaller the spool diameter the easier it is to wind against, as the amount of line on the spool increases and the speed of the line coming onto the spool also increases as does the effort of the angler to get it on there. Keep the rod at the same angle, do not pump it to make it easier, the tension on the line should be as constant as possible. There is no doubt this is hard work, but it is good exercise and certainly good experience for a novice.
Once there are a few layers of line on the spool, stop winding and pull some line against the drag and make sure the line is on level and tight enough so that it doesn't cut into itself. Also check the drag is not slipping as the angler winds. If all is well continue spooling up, repeating this check every hundred yards or so.
As time passes you'll notice that the spooler will begin to tire and become less comfortable, especially when spooling heavier line classes. Discomfort can be eased by changing the length of the harness straps and height of the gimbal belt. It may even be the case that the gimbal and harness doesn't suit the spooler in which case another set-up may be more practical. The spooler is probably hanging onto the reel handle with a death grip, clenching teeth and even toes.
Relax all muscles and use the harness. To get even more comfortable the spooler can move their feet further apart and move toes in or out and lean back slightly to get more load on the harness.
Spooling a reel can seem to take a long time, but it is a relatively short period compared to many fights against big fish on light line. This exercise will help make that a much more enjoyable experience.
Continue to spool the reel until it has the amount of line you need on it. This can vary, for instance, if you are putting a nylon topshot on a spool full of Dacron and you must allow enough space for it. If a wind-on leader is going to be used then take the space needed into account. If using a full spool of nylon, fill the reel close to the top, however, if inexperienced crew are going to be winding in the gear when the action starts, take into account they may not lay the line evenly and that the line may bunch up and jam or double against the reel housing which can greatly weaken the line. This is certainly the reason for many mystery bust-offs.
There are several reasons for trying to get the reel as full as possible:
- The more line on the reel the higher the speed recovery for each turn of the reel handle.
- Half the amount of line is in the top third of the reel.
- The lower the lines level on the spool the greater the drag variance in losing more line.
- The more line that is on the spool in the first place the more times you can remove damaged line and redo doubles before re-spooling.
Spooling up Chair Outfits
Most commonly, reels used on chair rods are spooled by shops, and if not are otherwise spooled on their rods by putting the rod in a rod holder in a fighting chair or in a gunwale rod holder.
There is certainly more pressure applied to heavy tackle line than light tackle, and indeed, it is much harder to wind onto the spool. It is however still a significant advantage to set up a novice angler in the chair with a chair harness and get them to wind on the line, as with the stand-up gear. It is a valuable lesson in getting the chair and seat harness set up for the comfort of the angler.
At this stage we have accomplished two things, filled a reel or two with line and increased the spooler's ability and confidence in handling an outfit. Unknowingly, we have also started to adopt an uncommon concept in game and sportfishing of practicing aspects of the sport to increase enjoyment and satisfaction when the action starts.
The purpose of describing these exercises is for you to physically do them, not just read about them. That would be like reading about driving that Formula One car and expecting to win the race. You should get in and start your engine! By the time you have read this CD you'll be ready, but only if you do the exercises often enough to make the many aspects involved second nature.