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. Leader Choice
Between The Lines - Ch 05: Rigs
One of the most important choices a gamefisherman makes is what size and length leader to use. There is a huge difference between the thought processes in gamefishing and just about all other forms of fishing and the decision-making that goes into choosing leader is largely underestimated. In gamefishing, the thinking is to use thick, long, strong leaders so as to lessen the chances of losing any fish that is hooked. In all other forms of fishing, the thinnest, shortest leader is generally used. The philosophy is that the better the presentation the more fish you will hook and the more chances you have of catching more fish.
We assume all the species we chase are somehow less intelligent and can't see very well, simply because we call them gamefish, despite the fact they are the apex predators of the seas. Some assume their aggression makes them throw caution aside and that they will attack anything that moves. However, a little observation indicates this does not seem to be the case. By the way fish react, it would seem leaders are a very important part of overall presentation. In fact, the thicker and longer the leader, the more cautious the fish seems to be, even though nearly all leaders used on gamefishing lures are nylon.
Over the years anglers lose a great many fish for many reasons. Some reasons are very common such as line breaking or the hook falling out. These and many others are accepted ways of losing fish. With few exceptions less than one percent of all fish lost are due to the leader being worn through by a fish. This does not include fish that have sets of razors in their jaws that easily slice any thickness of leader used. Nor does it include areas where only monsters are hunted and long drawn out battles are expected.
Unfortunately there is no definitive formula to ascertain what leader should be used and when. However, there are some factors that should be considered to gain a better understanding.
One important factor is to ascertain how long you expect to fight a fish. If most of the fish you are likely to encounter in your area take an hour to land then you'll need a leader that lasts at least three to four times that time. Remember, fish caught on lures are hooked in the mouth and most of the wear will be from the body or bill, not from the jaw.
How much drag will you put on the fish? This has two main objectives. Light drag means the leader will lie along the fish's body for a great deal of the fight. Heavy drag will keep the leader away from the fish's body, but will increase the wear on the leader if it rubs against any part of the fish. The longer the leader the harder it is to keep the line on a direct pull on the hook as there will be a belly of line as the leader is pushed behind the fish. During a fight the line has varying amounts of belly in it. The factors that affect the size of the belly are:
The more line in the water the greater the belly.
The less the drag setting on the reel the more belly.
The thicker the line the greater the drag it has and the larger the size of belly it forms.
The longer and thicker the leader the more belly is in the line.
The faster the fish goes, the greater the belly of line trailing behind the fish. (Fig 1)
This is often seen when a fish surfaces some distance away and the line is still pouring off the reel in a totally different direction.
Another factor in presentation is an awareness of the effect of leaders on a lure's performance. The thicker the leader the more restricted the lure's action will be. The longer and thicker the leader the more 'baggage' the lure has to carry. An important part of tuning lures for maximum effect is the ability to increase the angle of entry. (Fig 2) This adjustment is difficult to do effectively if the lures carry long thick leaders.
Certainly there are some lures that carry 'baggage' better than others, but even so, just the sheer thickness of leaders is enough to make some fish cautious.
Short leaders allow you to tag or gaff off the rod tip rather than grabbing the trace first and risk pulling the hooks.
Other factors to consider with leaders are the stretch and stiffness of the leader. The softer the leader material the more likely it is to stretch. This can cause problems when putting severe strain on a fish when tracing as the wraps can jam on the gloves. Also, softer leaders do not have the same abrasion resistance as stiffer leaders. Despite the fact stiffer leaders are from many aspects more desirable, stiffness does restrict lure action. This can be overcome by using a thinner stiff leader in place of a thicker softer one. The ideal is a leader that is stiffer than it is thick with high abrasion resistance such as Stren High Impact Monofilament Leader.
A more obvious reasoning behind leader choice, most often overlooked, is because most lures are tuned by watching the lure face on from the back of the boat, where this may not be evident to eyes not trained to see the following:
The thicker the leader the more likely the leader will have its own vibration and bubble trail which is often struck by fish instead of the lure. This can also be seen when using heavy leaders, fish will often come in front of the lure to check this out. The mistake is often made in assuming the fish is billing the lure, where it is more likely the fish is accurately targeting the vibration and smoke trail of the leader. A sign of this is heavy scuffing and abrasion on the leader some distance away from the lure after a strike and foul hooked fish.
The 'Leader Trail' is rarely noticed by anglers, (Vid 1) it is difficult to see from the surface, and even when using trolling camers the angle of the sun, water clarity, and distance of the camera to the lure all resrict our view.
Vid 1: The 'Leader Trail' is rarely noticed by anglers.
The leader bubble trail and vibration increases with the thickness of the leader, the trolling speed and the scuffing of the leader caused by abrasion on marlin bills, jaws and general wear. Apart from losing strength the increase of the leader trail of worn leaders is one of the main reasons for changing leaders after every fish, even though it may only have slight surface scuffing which would not weaken the leader enough to risk losing a fish.
An important aspect of lure performance in its working cycle is how far the lure dives below the water's surface. The further it dives and the longer it stays in a straight track maintaining its bubble trail, the easier the target is for the predator, which results in better hook-up rates and cleaner strikes. The lighter the leader the deeper the lure will dive and the longer it will maintain its straight course. (vid 2)