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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04: Top Shot
Between The Lines - Ch 03: Connections
The term top shot applies to a section of line that is joined to the backing of a reel. This could be any combination of lines. The system is often used to replace a damaged or old tip section that is worn or damaged. It can also be used to join different types of line to benefit from the individual characteristics of each, such as non-stretch Dacron or Spectra to a working end of nylon which has some stretch and is easier to handle.
There are many methods used to connect top shots to backing including knots such as the double uni and several loop-to-loop systems. The system described below is based on splicing nylon to Dacron by threading the nylon up the inside of the hollow braided Dacron, and then binding the Dacron to the nylon, resulting in a very secure strong connection. It is one of the most complex systems used, once mastered, makes the others very simple. Due to its complexity the method is mainly used on heavy tackle of 80lb and over. The methods are very useful as they can be used in many other applications on boat gear and fishing tackle
Spliced Top Shot:
In this tutorial we will be joining 80lb Dacron to 80lb nylon. Prepare the tools as noted on the previous page. We'll be inserting the nylon inside the Dacron for a length of 10 feet. Soaking this length of Dacron in some hot water will soften it, making it easier to work with.
1- Insert the end of the nylon into a splicing needle. Try and get as tight a fit as possible. You can also use just a touch of superglue to glue the nylon inside the needle.
Once the needle is ready insert it into the side of the Dacron about an inch from its end.
Keep threading the needle and nylon for the total distance wanted. As you continue the Dacron will bunch up at the back of the needle. This should be gently slid up the nylon ensuring you don't pull the nylon out of the back of the needle.
2- Push the needle through the side of Dacron making sure that you don't catch any of the fine Dacron threads. Pull out about four feet of nylon to work with.
3- Use a piece of rough sandpaper, say 100 grit, to roughen up the last two feet of nylon and taper the end of the nylon so there are no bumps or sharp edges that may wear or cut into the Dacron.
4- Gently ease the roughened nylon back into the Dacron and note the position where the tag on the nylon enters the Dacron.
5- The first bind to secure the splice is at the end of the nylon. There are many ways of binding and many materials you can use. We will use several in this exercise. In this bind we are using waxed thread which is applied in a series of half hitches.
All bindings should be as tight as possible. The length is up to the individual, but they should be at least an inch.
6- The most critical factor is that the Dacron must be stretched as tightly as possible over the nylon.
7- The next bind is halfway down the splice. For this one we'll use a fly-tying bobbin spooled with 80lb Spectra, which makes a very neat quick bind.
To end the bind we insert a pull-through loop about six turns before ending the bind.
The end of the thread is passed through the loop then pulled back under the bind and neatly trimmed close to the bind.
8- The final bind is placed where the nylon enters the Dacron. This is actually the only bind that is necessary. Once again stretch the Dacron over the nylon as much as possible.
For this bind we'll use another tool called the Bjorn Bobbin normally used in archery to bind bow strings, which is also spooled with 80lb Spectra, though any thickness thread from 30 to 100lb would be fine.
To finish off the splice you can coat any of the binds that are not done with wax thread with flexible adhesive or rubberised superglue ensuring you give it time to dry before spooling it ontothe reel.