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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06: Rigging Lures
Between The Lines - Ch 05: Rigs
The following instructions, photos and video specifically show how to construct a Pakula Shackle Rig, however the information and techniques can be adapted to any type of rig you wish.
When making rigs it helps to do several of the same size at the same time. Repeating each task several times will make them much easier in the future. This page is video and image intensive. The text is essentially a guide in note form.
Cutting the wire that is used in between the shackle and trailing hook to a specific length is helped by the use of a jig. (Vid 1)
The settings on the jig depend on the length of the crimps, loops, thimbles etc and where you wish to position the hooks. Traditionally the trailing hook has the point level with the tail of the skirt, howeveby having the wire longer and setting the hook as far back in the skirt as is legal according to the IGFA rules the success rates in secure hook-ups are significantly increased.
When putting the figure eight swage on the wire, give it a small nick which will keep it in place for further processing. (Vid 2)
Thread the hook on the wire, pass the wire through the swage ready to crimp. As you crimp the swage, insert a spike which will not only keep the loops of a consistent size, it will, if you pull on the wire with a pair of pliers, make a round rather than teardrop loop. Note that when crimping wire the swage is crimped for its full length. The swage should end up being round and neat with no flairs on its ends or sides. (Vid 3)
Put another figure eight crimp on the other end, feed it back through the swage to form a loop. Nick the swage on the tag end side to keep it in position. Insert a slightly larger spike to size and shape the loop. Set the hook at the 60 degree angle, pull the wire up tight and crimp. It is not important if the angle is not quite accurate as it can be easily adjusted later. (Vid 4)
Shrink tubing is positioned to stop the hook tangling on the wire loop. The shrink tubing is also positioned to support the piece on the hook eye. Shrink tubing also adds a flash of colour to the hook and is great for forensics as it marks easily. You can tell from the scratches and teeth marks what species of fish you may have missed on the lure, and how large it was, by the distance the marks are apart - a great topic for discussion over a drink at the end of the day's fishing. (Vid 5)
Thimbles are open when you buy them. Before using them they should be closed as they may cut nylon if they rotate. (Vid 6)
The rig is now ready for assembling. Put the closed thimble on the shackle. Then slide the loose collar, which is a piece of heat shrink, on the wire. Note the collar should remain loose. Next feed the second hook through the loose collar. Fit the shackle to the hook eye and loop. The shackle pin should be positioned at the back of the hooks. Check that both the hook and wire swing freely on the shackle.
At this stage the hooks should be checked and if necessary touched up with a file, or if you wish, finish the hook sharpening with a fine stone or hone. Then check the angle of the hooks. If they are not correct they can be adjusted by repositioning on the shackle if they are back to front. If the hook angle is close to being correct, the wire can be twisted for fine adjustments. (Vid 7)
The leaders are now cut to length or were prepared earlier. Note that under the rules the leader length includes all loop and joins and extends to the end of the rig or lure.
The swage, which should be the correct size for the leader and fit snugly, is threaded onto the leader then the chafing tube, which should fit tightly, is threaded on, then the leader end is passed back through the swage.
To make pulling the leader tight easier, pull the chafing tube down to the crimp on the tag end. To finish pull the leader to tighten the loop and crimp the swage. Note that when crimping nylon the swage remains flared at both ends to prevent the swage cutting into the nylon. (Vid 8)
To finish off, the leader is passed through the leader hole at the face of the lure, then the rubber washer, which protects the back of the lure head, and swage is threaded on. The leader is then passed through the shackle, over the closed thimble and back through the swage. As the leader is pulled up tight ensure the thimble is sitting evenly and the leader sits snugly in the thimble groove before crimping.
To finish off, simply pull the leader up through the lure, position the rig in the back of the skirt, checking that the hooks are sitting at the correct angle of 60 degrees. (Vid 9)
Certainly you may not have crimping bench presses as shown and therefore you may use hand crimpers. To crimp swages properly, first crimp the end of the swage on the inner side of the leader, then the other side. To finish off, turn the swage over and crimp in the middle. This will stop the swage from bending. By crimping in this manner you will also tighten the loop on the thimble of the chafing tube. (Vid 10)
When you repair gear or make a mistake in rigging you can save the items such as chafing tubes and thimbles by cutting the swage just above the item rather than trying to cut the nylon next to the crimp. (Vid 11)