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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05: Wind-on Leaders
Between The Lines - Ch 03: Knots and Connections
by Top Shot Tackle
Wind-on leaders is a system where the leader is connected to the main line in a manner which allows the leader to be wound directly onto the reel spool. Using leaders of 100lb or less, knots such as the uni knot are adequate as are several other types. Leader sizes greater than this require other connection systems such as the Dacron or Spectra splice. The method of connection of the leader to the main line is a critical factor. There is a very high failure rate when this is done incorrectly.
An example of a 24kg outfit using a wind-on leader is a short double say, 3-feet, connected to a 19-foot-long 200lb wind-on leader, via a spliced Dacron loop. At the other end of the wind-on, a snap swivel with a breaking strain greater than 200lb, is crimped. The lure leader is 9-feet of 300lb. Note that under IGFA rules this is measured from the end of the loop that connects to the main line to the end of the lure skirt or trailing hook, whichever is the longer.
Other factors should be taken into consideration when making the decision whether to use wind-on leaders or not, some of which are:
- Wind-on leaders take up a significant amount of space on the spool which means you will not be using a full spool of line. This results in a loss of speed in recovering line and a greater variance in drag setting, as the line loss will diminish spool size, increasing drag setting quicker than if you use a full spool of line.
- They are dangerous if they get jammed in the reel housing. To prevent this more space on the reel spool should be allowed for them.
- The leader length and thickness should be considered. A wind-on leader in some areas is considered to be as long a length of 600 or 800lb leader as possible regardless of line class, bait or lure size. If they are considered more an extension of the main line with added strength then the system will work more effectively. There are several examples following.
9 feet x 100 lbs
5 feet x 150lbs
9 feet x 100 lbs
5 feet x 150 lbs
9 feet x 150 lbs
5 feet x 200 lbs
20 feet x 150 lbs
8 feet x 200 lbs
20 feet x 250 lbs
8 feet x 300 lbs
20 feet x 300 lbs
8 feet x 400 lbs
20 feet x 400 lbs
8 feet x 500 lbs
The breaking strain of the wind-ons and leaders reflects how much abrasion one could expect during a prolonged fight with a marlin using the likely drag settings for each line class. There are situations where using heavier or lighter wind-ons and leader sizes may be an advantage. Note that in all situations the connection between the wind-on and leader should be at least the breaking strain of the wind-on leader.
The lengths of the double, wind-on and leader are based on the IGFA allowable lengths and also an allowance to take into consideration the lengths of the leader, which should be at least the length of the fish you expect to catch. This length allows the lure to slide away and not be used as a counterweight to help throw the lure when the fish shakes its head and/or jumps.
Wind-on leaders are economical as the short leaders use much less material.
Lures on shorter leaders are easier to store.
The extra leader length of the wind-on allows the traceman to get hold of the leader earlier in the fight than if using shorter leaders. They can also be used by the angler in the same manner as with taking a wrap on the double as shown in the advanced angling exercises.
Making a Wind-on Leader
The following is the Top Shot Tackle method of preparing a wind-on leader. The methods and tools shown in use can also be incorporated into making topshots.
1 - Cut 2-feet of Dacron. The Dacron should not be of a greater breaking strain than the nylon used as the system is based on the Dacron expanding to fit tightly over and securely grip the nylon leader.
2 - With one end of the Dacron slightly shorter than the other, form a loop of around 1-inch using a loop needle by passing the Dacron back through itself at right angles.
3 - Here we are showing how to make a Tanaka splice. The Tanaka loop holds the Dacron proud and stops the hinging that occurs without this addition. This is done by passing alternate ends of the Dacron through the other at right angles at least three times each end, that is, a total of six passes of the needle.
4 - The shorter end of the Dacron is then threaded down the middle of the longer end. The longer end is then bunched up at the loop end and held in place by a needle or safety pin.
5 - The end of the leader nylon that will be used as the wind-on is cut at an angle, also known as a rat tail, and inserted into the back of the appropriate-sized needle. The nylon is then threaded up the inside of the shorter end of the Dacron.
The needle is then removed from the wind-on. The nylon end is then superglued to hold it in place and pulled back into the Dacron.
6 - The Dacron loop is then placed in the stretching jig and stretched down over the nylon by pulling with the fingers and rubbing it down, and then held in place with a drop of superglue. The longer Dacron end is now freed and also pushed and then stretched over the shorter end and the nylon is once again held place with a drop of superglue.
7 - Prior to binding the join of the Dacron and nylon, the leader is again stretched in the jig. This stretching is very important in making a secure, reliable wind-on loop splice hold under the extreme pressure of a fish striking and fighting.
As with the top shot there are several possible methods. In this case the Top Shot Tackle bobbin is used with 80lb Spectra thread. A drop of superglue is once again put on the end of the Dacron and the splice is begun, ensuring the bobbin is pre-tensioned. Used in the method shown the bobbin will automatically track down the Dacron.
The Bobbin bind is then finished off with a variation of half hitches and rather than end it there, another bind is done back over the top and past the first one for extra security, and once again finished with a variation of half hitches.
The splice is now complete and can be coated as with the top shot with a flexible super glue or waterproof adhesive for added protection and security.
As with the previous top shot, half hitched wax thread is also a very secure method of securing the area of the Dacron to nylon join.
The snap is then attached to the leader using abrasion-resistant chafing gear such as a thimble or nylon tubing. It is also important to note that a crimp wound into a tip may well damage it, so something should be used to cushion this, such as wax thread bind or a small flexible bead glued into position.
The wind-on leader is connected to the main line double as follows:
Pass the double through the Dacron loop.
Pull the leader through the double out through the top and over the outside of the double.
Then back up through the middle and over the other side of the double.
Pass the leader back through the middle from underneath out to the top.
Snug up, moisturising the nylon as you pull the loops away from each other to tighten them.