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: Taking the Wrap
Between The Lines - Ch 08: Training
One of the most exciting parts of game and sportfishing is when the trace is finally in the hands of the crew. The angler has done their job getting the leader within reach with the help of the skipper’s boat handling. Those first few wraps are taken with care as the weight of the fish is felt. Will the fish react or come in easy? The fish can still go ballistic in a second. There are so many things that can happen at ‘tracing time’ - hooks pull, leader breaks, crimps pull, fish jumps in the boat, fish dives under the boat.
As important as any other job on a fishing team the leader man, or traceman as he is sometimes called, needs to have an understanding of the job, of course by practising the movements until they are second nature. You may not have time to think when all hell is breaking loose at the other end of the leader.
The main tools of taking the trace are gloves. Throughout the practice runs try various types of gloves as well as combinations such as leather over cotton or silicon over leather. Also try gloves on thin leader and thick to see how well they grip and if nylon leader slips under load, a lot of load. Try all gloves wet and dry as their ability to grip may change. As important as knowing how to take wraps, is knowing how to drop, or dump them is the most important.
A brief guide to the motions in taking wraps is as follows: Firstly brace yourself against the gunwale, squat down slightly with knees bent as if whatever is on the other end is going to try and rip you over the side of the boat.
Stretch your arm out to take the wraps, but not fully extended as the elbow should be bent slightly. Hand out flat with thumb up as if you are about to shake hands with the fish. Important to remember 'thumbs up' as it doesn’t usually feel natural and must be practiced.
The leader is passed in front of the thumb, never behind it. The wraps should lie in the palm of the hand. To grab the wraps, use a large circular motion similar to wiping a window.
Try taking another wrap over the first as a double wrap will reduce line slippage significantly and distribute the pressure over a greater area.
To grip the wraps securely just close the fist and check that the wraps lie across the back of the hand. When you grip the wraps pull the leader towards you along the centre line of the body, say towards your diaphragm, as this will help keep your balance. See how much pressure you can put on the wrap. In fact try and break the leader.
It is more important to know how to dump wraps than to take them. Simply opening the hand while pointing in the direction of pull should free the wraps.
As you straighten your hand to dump the wraps, pull it back and out of the loops. Try and get used to dumping them to the side of you away from where you are likely to move to. You do not want to stand on or in the loops if you have to let the leader go.
Once the wraps have been released, move your hand in an exaggerated manner; even raise them above your head so that the rest of the crew know you no longer have the leader.
You can certainly take wraps with both hands. Get used to the distance between your hands which allows youto pull the inside hand out of the wrap using the other hand to pull against.
Training to take wraps should be done through different levels from just learning the hand motions to taking the full strain of heavy moving objects. (vid 1) The single attribute that separates a master traceman from a novice is the ability to apply smooth pressure with no slack to the fish to keep it under control. It’s important to know what drag has been used on the fish to get it in position so that equal pressure can be applied on the trace. If the fish was brought in on 5kg drag and the pressure goes straight to 20kg the fish may react rather adversely.
Although we have concentrated on taking wraps, often just grabbing the line with gloved hands may be sufficent without taking wraps. It's a decision the leader man has to make (Vid 2)
Once a crew man is confident in their motions taking the trace, they will enjoy grabbing the leader as much as the angler likes working the rod.
In most cases everything will run smoothly but there is always an element of danger that you should be prepared for. Clothing should not be loose as it may get caught in flying loops if the trace is dumped. If in a worse case scenario, the traceman gets tangled up or loses balance and footing ending up over the side they should be wearing a life jacket, even if it's a self-inflating one, plus safety cutters designed to be worn on a cord around the neck tucked inside their shirt, or cutters on the belt in a position that can be reached by either hand. The crew should practice using cutters with both hands in case one or the other is tangled up.
Certainly with a lot of experience a traceman can help win tournaments by getting the hooks to flex out quickly and easily once a fish has been tagged so you can get back fishing to maximise the bite time. In the clip the traceman puts a bit of slack on the leader before jerking the leader which flexes light gauge hooks out of the fish's jaw.