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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03: The Crew
Between The Lines - Ch 07: The Team
The crew is the team's position of action and the cog in the wheel that makes the whole system work. You can have a novice angler that has never caught a fish before and a skipper that has never driven before, but it is very difficult to be in with a chance using a crew that has no experience.
Many aspects of gamefishing can be learnt with shore-based exercises. The position of crew, more than any other, needs most of their training to be on the water, with battle experience to attain a reasonable level of competence. Very successful crews have often had experience in many forms of fishing and have crewed in many of the world's fishing hotspots working with other crew members under various skippers. Often crew do an apprenticeship as 'second deckie' over a fishing season before taking on the job as a 'number one'.
Some of the tools and tasks of the crew are as follows:
As with the angler the way a crew member is dressed can either aid or hinder the outcome of a fight. These points are highlighted in the table below.
Hands should be free of jewellery and watches to avoid scratching gear and getting caught up in lines and traces. Gloves should be used whenever handling tagging, gaffing and when handling traces with fish on. Personal choice will dictate which type of gloves you prefer.
The type of cutters worn on the belt should be in a position that can be reached by either hand in an emergency. They should be kept well oiled. As they are used for emergencies the crew should be able to use them quickly without looking at them.
Footwear should be sturdy, non slip and be worn at all times.
The hat or cap is great for keeping the sun out of the eyes and ducking any spray to protect eyes and sun glasses.
Polaroid sun glasses are preferable and great for seeing that first colour of a fish. Glasses also protect the eyes if anything breaks and recoils back into the face.
Save losing hats and glasses by attaching them to clothing via clips.
All loose clothing should be either rolled up or tucked in to avoid getting caught in the tackle or harness and belt buckles if they need adjusting during the fight.
The crewman is the person who sets the gear up, ensuring the gear is in top condition such as servicing and maintaining reels, rods, line, drag settings, leaders, knots and sharpening hooks etc. In fact everything that is likely to be used in a day's fishing.
Part of the job is rigging whatever is used from topshots to lure rigs, bill ropes to doubles.
Not only does the crewman get much of the gear ready that is used by others (such as the angler), he also ensures the tools he uses are in top condition and ready, such as lubricated pliers for emergencies, sharpened gaffs and loaded tagpoles.
He also ensures equipment, such as fighting belts and harnesses are adjusted and ready, tracing gloves, tagpoles and gaffs are all within easy reach when needed.
It is also part of his job to have an intimate knowledge of how to use all the gear involved in the day's fishing as it is he who will have to advise the angler how to use their gear if necessary and then trace and tag the fish, in fact take charge of most of the action once the leader is within reach.
The crewman is also the most social of the crew and must have an ability to communicate effectively - and not just funny stories and fishing reports. This skill cannot be overemphasised as the ability to communicate is the link between angler and skipper. This is achieved both vocally and with hand signals, so long as all terminology and signs are understood by all members of the crew. Once again these should be practised or at least discussed before an event requires them.
Perhaps the most important job of the whole team and certainly the crewman is looking and seeing. Good eyes trained at spotting the signs of the likely presence of fish is a skill that can take many years to develop. Many of these signs are easier to spot from deck level rather than in the tower or bridge. A crew that scans the ocean forward and to the sides of the boat is a valuable asset on any team.
Although watching to make sure the lures are working properly or tuned into position or if there is any action around them is certainly exciting and is a part of the crewman's job, these are far easier to spot by the skipper in the bridge or tower.