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: Bill Rope and Snooter
Between The Lines - Ch 08: Training
The number of game and sports fishing anglers who release the fish they have caught is continually increasing. Many anglers who enjoy the sport have caught many gamefish without ever intentionally killing any. This is certainly commendable as obviously a live fish has far more chance of reproducing than a dead one. To try and increase the chances of the fish's survival after release, several techniques can be applied to ensure firstly, the safety of the fishing team and secondly, the safety of the fish. Many of the techniques involve getting the hooks out of the fish, which is far better for the wellbeing of the fish regardless of the rig or type of hook used.
Handling most species of fish, especially marlin of any size, can easily get out of control. These predators are built for power and speed. They only need one power stroke of their disproportionately large tails to cover considerable distance both through the water and through the surface into the air. Every fish is different, some are worn out and quite docile as they come to the boat, others are still prepared to give a fight. All of them are potentially dangerous and capable of inflicting severe injury to themselves and the crew. Although we will be covering this in detail elsewhere it is worth running over a few points here.
- When handling large or even small potentially dangerous gamefish, the boat should be in gear and moving forward.
- If possible, the fish should be handled on the side of the boat not at the back.
- The fish should be lined up parallel with the side of the boat and never pulled so that it is pointing at the boat or any of the crew.
- The tools that may be needed should be ready and easily accessed if needed.
- Everything that involves handling a fish at the side of the boat should be done as smoothly and quickly as possible for the wellbeing of both fish and crew.
- Much of the activity can involve close contact with the fish at the side of the boat, while others in the crew, including the skipper, may not get a clear view of what is going on. This is another case where communication is important. Yell when each operation is started and completed. Ensure that there is an acknowledgement that it has been heard.
- Those that are not involved in the action should stay clear and out of the way.
There are many systems and equipment employed to handle fish that are to be released. The following are specific tools and methods that you can adapt to suit your team and boat configuration.
The Animal Bill Rope System is the one we often employ to handle fish that may cause potential problems, which is a great percentage of them. It is hard to gauge whether it is an easy system to use or not, as the crew is quite experienced and can adapt to the fish's moods, most of the time. I found this a good system when fishing solo.
The system involves a length of rough silver rope with a loop at one end with a lighter rope spliced into the end of the loop.
The loop is doubled back on itself as shown and passed over the bill. Pulling on the main rope tightens it on the bill. The rope is soft and fibrous which will hold firmly on the marlin bill which is very rough.
To release simply pull on the lighter rope which will open the loop.
To get to know the system try it out either on a real marlin bill as shown. Unfortunately some marlin do die in a fight. As mentioned before one of the main reasons for doing this project is to lessen that occurrence. If you can't use a real bill for training use a round piece of wood with 80 grit sandpaper stuck to it. (Vid 1)
During a real battle the scenario should go something like this:
- The leader man has the fish under control.
- Throughout this the boat is idling forwards.
- The fish is led up along side the boat.
- The loop is passed over the bill at least half way down its length. Only roping the tip of the bill may result in it breaking off which can be very dangerous. Note that the other end of the rope is tied off to the boat with only enough length available to reach the fish. The shorter the rope you can use the better.
- The rope is tightened on the bill.
- The rope is then secured to a cleat, tied off as tight as possible immobilising the fish by restraining it against the side of the boat.
- The hooks are then removed as quickly as possible using tools such as the hook out gun or pole as described previously.
- The rope is then slackened off to swim the fish. The fish should not have its head out of the water for long at all. This whole exercise should be accomplished in under 15 seconds.
- When you think the fish is revived and ready for release pull on the light rope and give the fish it's well deserved freedom. (Vid 2)
This system may result in the side of the boat being scratched by bills and hooks which some may be concerned about while others look upon them as battle scars to show proof of released fish and successful days that bring back great memories, a little like having a lure that was highly polished when you got it but is now a battle scared veteran. You may even wish to date the battle scars and get the angler to sign them with a comment.When you start out hunting and finally catch some of the larger fish in respect to the line class you are using or light drags, the fight may take quite a while resulting in the fish being in poor condition when you get it to the side of the boat. There are also many other reasons that may lead to a fish that you wish to release being in poor condition. In these cases it may be necessary to swim the fish alongside the boat, sometimes for quite some time.
To make swimming the fish easier, drop the fish back so it's head and gills are getting water through them and move the boat forwards at idle. Once the fish seems to be swimming on it's own or playing up, pull the release cord to let the fish swim free.