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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09: Get the Rod Out
Between The Lines - Ch 08: Training
Some anglers make some techniques look very easy, such as getting the rod out of the holder and into position to fight a fish. You have probably guessed, it's not easy at all. It is one of those little things that should be explained and of course, practiced. These are a simple set of quick explanations and exercises.
When the rod is loaded with a fish screaming line off the reel there is considerable pressure locking the rod in the holder regardless of the rod's configuration. There is also considerable weight that will be felt instantly the rod is removed from the holder.
The first exercise uses a stand-up outfit. The angler should wear at least a gimbal belt and for the exercise a harness, both of which should have been previously adjusted to fit before the rod is taken out.
Facing the back of the boat, grab the rod high on the fore grip with the hand on the outward side of the boat. Pull back on the rod to unlock it from the holder, but not hard enough to jam it against the other side. With the other hand grab the rod under the reel and lift it up and out of the holder. Note that the rod will bow to the pressure, so as soon as the rod is on the way out, pull with the top hand and push with the lower to keep the rod upright, as you should try to keep the rod loaded and line tight throughout the fight.
When hooked up the angler should get into a position that they are likely to remain during the initial stages of the fight. This spot should also be out of the way of the others who are pulling in the other gear. Up against the transom of the boat which has the advantage of being a great place for the angler to brace themselves against the pressure of the fish and the movement of the boat, is ideal. As they move from the rod holder to their fighting position the rod butt is placed in the gimbal, harness clipped up and the left hand is placed on the reel pushing it away with slight pressure to balance the outfit.
The second exercise uses a Bent Butt Chair Rod. This exercise is similar to the previous one as it is getting the rod out of the holder and into fighting mode.
Facing the back of the boat, grab the rod high on the fore grip with the hand on the outward side of the boat. Pull back on the rod to unlock it from the holder, but not hard enough to jam it against the other side. With the other hand grab the rod under the reel and lift it up and out of the holder. Note that the rod will bow to the pressure so as soon as the rod is on the way out, pull with the top hand and push with the lower to keep the rod upright as you should try to keep the rod loaded and line tight throughout the fight. Note that there is significantly more weight on a heavy tackle bent butt outfit itself and a great deal more on a loaded rod than a stand up outfit. The angler should be ready and brace themselves for this. Under the load an angler may wish to back the drag off to around 8kg to make getting the rod out of the holder and into the chair easier. Certainly if the angler can keep the rod tip high and the drag on strike there is less chance of slack line and pulled hooks if the fish is of a reasonable size relative to the tackle. If the fish is relatively small, then back off the drag so that the fish can run against the drag pressure.
Once the rod is out of the holder the angler moves to the chair and puts their foot which is on the centre side of the boat on the far side of the chair foot rest. The rod butt is then placed in the gimbal, and the other foot lifted to the foot rest. The rod is then pulled back to make clipping in the seat harness easier. Once this is accomplished the left hand is placed on the reel pushing it away with slight pressure to balance the outfit.
When the angler is clipped up they can take advantage of the situation and run through pumping exercises. This exercise will be much easier if the angler has previously done the angler bungy and scale exercises.
There are two distinct styles. The first and easiest is the "Pivot Style" as shown in the previous video clip. With an assistant putting considerable load on the rod you will find as the angler leans forward they are lifted out of the chair, when the angler leans back the rod is lifted. The chair may need to be adjusted to make this balance easier. The basic set up is the back of the knees should be level with the top of the chair seat with their feet flat on the footrest. Note that the feet should be spread apart as widely as possible to aid stability.
The second is the ‘Traditional Slide' where the angler simply slides on the chair, relaxing the legs to come forward to wind line and pushing back to load the rod. With this style the chair set up has the footrest higher and positioned so that when the legs are straight the back of the seat harness is level with the back of the chair. With this style the angler can lock their legs straight to maximize pressure on the fish.
The angler can make fine adjustments by adjusting where they put their feet on the gamechair footrest. Putting the feet in the middle of the footrest is the normal position and where the initial chair set-up is done.
To make it harder for the rod to lift the angler out of the chair the feet are moved to the top of the footrest.
Placing the feet at the bottom makes it easier for the rod to lift the angler. Note that the wider the angler can spread their feet on the footrest, the more balanced they will be in the chair.
If the angler gets the feeling of being overbalanced they can swing their right arm and shoulder back behind them to regain balance or grab onto the arm of the fighting chair with the right hand. The right hand is specified because the left hand should remain on the reel at all times, pushing slightly away. This is to minimize injury from the rod crashing into the angler if the line breaks on a loaded rod.
Once the above exercises have been done on a stationary boat, try practising them on the water while slowly towing something such as a bag or small sea anchor (drogue) that will pull line off on the outfit's strike setting. You can have lots of fun doing this even though the difficulty of the exercise is soon realised and the value of going to this extra effort becomes apparent. (Vid 4) In this case, Christian, the angler, had not done any of the previous exercises, which he went on to master within a short time, enabling him to put enough pressure on 50lb tackle to use the Black Magic system as a stand-up seat harness. (Fig 4)