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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02: The Reel Drag
Between The Lines - Ch 04: Setting The Drag
We have covered the gear used in sport and gamefishing in quite some depth with discussions on the actual gear and exercises that will improve angler technique. The advanced angler exercises will have aided in being smooth and powerful in pumping technique. Unfortunately, there is no way of replicating the actual fight with a fish to fully understand the gear and techniques used, let alone how to best use it to advantage. At this stage, a further understanding of the tools used is necessary to complete the task at hand.
The spool of a game reel and the way the drag system interacts is often misunderstood, yet it is quite simple and better understood if you test the reels yourself. In doing so, you will soon understand that not all reels are created equal. I can’t understand why there are any other game reels sold apart from Shimano’s Tiagra and TLD 2 speed.
Throughout this CD we have discussed some pretty aggressive angling techniques which can in reality only be accomplished if you understand the tactics, and further still, understand the gear you are using.
Let’s think of the spool of a game reel as a wheel, say a bicycle wheel, with an outside rim and a hub. The wheel turns easily by pushing the outside rim with the palm of the hand, but trying to turn the wheel with one finger pushing a spoke close to the hub is much more difficult.
Once the spool, or wheel’s motion is started it is easy to keep it turning, though it is still much easier applying force to the outside of the wheel than close to the hub to maintain or increase the speed of rotation. The initial difficulty in getting the wheel moving is called inertia. Indeed, part of Newton's first law of motion states that "An object at rest tends to stay at rest.”
This is no different when we use the same principal on a game reel spool. The drag is set using a full spool of line as shown by the green line. As it is close to the outside rim of the spool it takes far less force to turn the spool than it would take to turn the spool where the blue line is closer to the hub of the spool, remembering the drag setting, that is friction on the spool, remains constant.
To show this clearly we will look at various results obtained using a Shimano Tiagra 20 with 8kg Stren High Impact Tournament Line. The test was done on a full spool, at two-thirds full, one-third full and right at the bottom of the spool. Note the measurements in millimeters are taken on the line capacity of the reel, not the diameter of the spool.
The spool of the reel is 28mm. It is normal for game reels to be filled with line leaving a space for either leaders or novices who can’t level the line effectively. This is to prevent the line or leader getting jammed between the spool and reel housing. In this case full spool diameter was 4mm less than the spool diameter that is 24mm, which is about normal. The drag was then set at 3kg at normal drag setting speed. Though please note that in the following, the scales were pulled slowly with just the line ticking off very slowly. At any speed the inertia breaks the line. Note that in the original setup the drag was set at 3kg which is a little high for 8kg. This is apparent now that with just a few turns of line left on the spool, the line will break very easily with the slightest increase in speed. The understanding of taking the reel, line and rod to their limits can only be understood by exercises and experiments such as this.
Full Spool: Pull is at 24mm, 2kg drag
Two-Thirds Full: 16mm, 4kg drag
One-Third Full: 8mm, 6kg drag
Just on empty 0mm, 7kg
At any speed the inertia breaks the line if you jerk the drag
Game reel spools are heavy by nature as the build up of pressure of stretched nylon wound on the spool is enormous. In addition, any distortion of the spool results in variable drags at the very least, and greater discrepancies on inferior reels. The engineering tolerances in top-of-the-line game reels are minute. They truly do show engineering excellence.
The ideal time to do these experiments is when changing line, as the line is usually discarded in any case, due to the detrimental effects of salt crystals building up over time. Playing around with drag settings and line speed at various stages of the line load of the reel, will show exactly what to expect from your reel and what drag settings to apply, based on speed of the line and how much line the fish has out at any stage of the fight.
The choice of rod can affect the drag significantly. Non-rollered guides will increase drag to some extent, depending on the angle of the rod. The closer the rod is held to the direction of the line the less influence it will have on drag. Even the angle of a rollered rod will affect the drag settings, not because of friction, but because if a rod is bowed to the fish it will ease the shock of inertia.
This is a very important point to note. If the rod is held say at 45 degrees when a fish is running, the drag is still set on whatever, say a third, and the fish has gone a long way on this run, say two thirds the spool capacity in one long run. The spool stops turning, the fish has either stopped or slowed, and the boat is now backing up faster in the direction of the fish - faster than the fish is swimming - and you are recovering line and all seems well. Then the boat slows or the fish surges on another run, in any case the line now wants to turn the spool. If nothing is done to the drag setting, in most cases, the line will break. As the pressure comes on the rod, let the fish pull the rod down, this will cushion the inertia to a large extent. This is not the case if the rod is fully loaded at normal strike drag. A rod should have some cushioning in reserve at the highest drag settings you intend to use.
If the fish is surging quickly then you should back off the drag. If you have done the experiments, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much to back off the drag depending on how full the spool is and at what speed the spool is turning.