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: Basic Angler Training
Bewteeen The Lines - Ch 08: Training
Learning how to use a game outfit on shore to prepare for battle can be lots of fun. Although it is certainly better to get your whole fishing team, or even fishing club involved, you can practice these exercises on your own. While these exercises involve the use of stand-up tackle, they are just as valuable to anglers who use heavy tackle chair outfits.
The following exercises will take a complete novice from zero to hero with little effort and time. It is actually harder for an angler with some experience as they may have preconceived ideas and developed methods which have become a habit. In previous exercises such as when we spooled up and set drags there has been no emphasis on pumping the rod that is, the importance of lifting and lowering it.
This set of exercises involve a game outfit of 8-15kg, gimbal belt and harness, a length of shock cord, about 10-feet long, with a snap swivel at one end and a length of rope tied to the other. The bungy should be thick enough to stretch on the line class used from around 20 to 100 percent of the breaking strain used. Take care the knots in the bungy and rope are secure and will not slip under load. You can also put something such as an old casting lure or small bell on the snap to show movement.
To set up for the first exercise secure the bungy rope (Fig 1) to something very solid such as a fence pole and connect your outfit via the snap swivel to the bungy. (Fig 2)
The angler puts on the gimbal, but not the harness at this stage. (Fig 3) Get around 15-feet of line out between the angler and the end of the bungy. Finally, put the rod in the gimbal and start pumping the rod, that is, lifting the rod to gain line although in these exercises you’ll lose line on the up stroke, lowering to wind on line.
Set the drag so the bungy stretches, but not high enough to extend it to its maximum length. The purpose of this exercise is to get the angler to have a smooth action that maintains pressure at a steady rate through the pumping action. The idea is to try and get that little lure or bell to move as little as possible. When you start, it will probably look something like this. (Vid 1)
There are several things that can be done to improve pumping action. Adjust the arc through which the rod travels, the narrower the arc the less the bungy will move, but the less line will be recovered with each pump. You may find that the arc between 9.30 and 11 o’clock is about right. The beauty of this system is that it ends up being a combination of what suits the individual most such as the way to hold the rod and reel handle and how high up the foregrip to hold the rod and where to position the gimbals etc. There really is no definitive best way of achieving any of this.
Once we have mastered the pump and got the little fish or bell on the bungy to hold steady we look at a few other aspects. For example, is the angler holding the rod and reel in a death grip that will tire them quickly? This is easily fixed by putting a raw egg in each hand and then continuing the exercise without breaking the eggs. (Fig 4) It is a good idea to do this exercise outside and not in a carpeted room.
Generally with this exercise, anglers slow down their action dramatically. It is important to note that you can still raise and drop the rod very quickly while still being very smooth and for many real life situations this is an ability worth having. Another improvement in the system is that the rod should be raised and lowered at the same speed as this will keep the fish moving steadily.
One of the greatest concerns is comfort, as this exercise replicates fighting a fish which in many instances could be for quite some time, so once you have mastered the exercise you should try it on your normal fighting drag for as long as you can hold out as you will then know what your capacity is.
During this extended exercise try several different stances and holding the reel and rod in different grips. You will find that there are several muscle groups that you can use while resting others which will aid in extending your fighting time. In reality when you are hooked up to a fish, adrenalin will certainly compensate for tired aching muscles which will extend your fighting time somewhat.
For the second part of this exercise the only difference is adding a harness. (fig 5) The exercises are the same as in the previous example.
The stance is slightly different. Here the left arm is not used to hold the rod at all, that’s what the harness is for. The left hand is placed over the reel, with a slight bit of pressure pushing the outfit away from you. This helps stabilise the rod and also protects you from the rod flying back into your face if the line breaks when it is loaded. Note that the left hand is also used to level the line on the spool.
Pumping the rod when wearing a harness involves rocking backwards and forwards against the pressure of the rod which will lift and lower it. This motion can be used in conjunction with or instead of bending the knees (fig 6) which will also raise and lower the rod.
Note that regardless of the size and strength of the angler and the size and strength of the tackle in all cases you will find it much easier to maintain steady pressure with the outfit using a gimbal and harness.
By the time you have finished (Vid 3) this exercise you will have adjusted the gimbal and harness to be both most effective and comfortable for you. Take note of how it all feels so that you can replicate the strap adjustments and positions on the boat. Due to the fact you will be wearing different thicknesses of clothing, marking the straps in their positions can only be used as a rough guide. Certainly each time an angler goes on strike these adjustments should be checked.