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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01: 3D Lure Pattern Concept
Between The Lines - Ch 09: Running Lures
The approach to setting up a boat to troll lures can be thought of as a three dimensional design. Earlier in the CD this concept was introduced in reference to selecting lures for a trolling pattern. Here it was noted the set-up for trolling lures need consider height, width and length, all of which enhance the ability to run several types of lures in the various positions within the lure spread. (Fig 1) This is apart from the fact that having lines set at different height, width and length make it easier to run many lures and still turn the boat with a low risk of tangling them.
In this section, we’ll take the concept further by exploring the considerations that should be taken into account when setting up a boat that will at times troll lures. These considerations are regardless of the size of the boat.
The higher the towing point you have available the better, as it will increase your ability to run lures at a high angle to the water. The higher this angle the more aggressive, the lower the more sedate, the action of the lure. (Fig 2) Consider all of the components that achieve height as being adjustable. For example, when using outriggers the clip or tagline may be run right at the top of the rigger (Fig 3) or anywhere on the length of the halyard which means the entire length of the outrigger can be used for adjustment of height. (Fig 4)
When we consider height in lure patterns, we normally assume we are referring to outriggers and shotgun poles. There are however many alternative methods of adjusting height, some of which are:
Rocket launchers, normally used for storing rods, can be handy for running rods if there is some forethought in their design, ensuring that they are strong enough and that an angler can reach and remove a rod loaded with a fish on the end of it.
Apart from outriggers, most lines are run directly off the rod tip with the height dictated by the length of the rod and the rod holders they sit in. As a further fine adjustment the entire length of rod can be used by running rubber bands from the rod or reel to the line. This is also a great way to stop line flicking around the rod tip if lures are bouncing out of the water in rough weather. Mini taglines using clips or rubber bands can also be run from anywhere it can be connected to the boat such as a cleat.
If the face of the lure is continually being pulled out of the surface, the angle of entry or height is too high. It is too low if the lure seems to drag with the leader lying in the water as the lure breathes. An increase in angle or heightcan to some extentcompensate for heavyleaders which would otherwise hinder a lure's performance.
Apart from enabling you to run more lures, there are several subtleties to consider that give the ability to adjust where the lures can be run in a pattern relative to. On calm days there is nothing to hide the lure's baggage, that is, its leader, hooks, swivels etc as it silhouettes against a mirror surface. It is advantageous in these conditions to improve presentation by running lures on the edge of the wash that will camouflage the leader, swivels and the like but still allow the lure to be clearly seen. (Vid 1)
The ability to alter the width of the pattern is also useful to position lures on windy and rough days, enabling you to separate them to lessen the chances of tangles.
Outriggers are once again the most common method of spreading lures, adjustable through their full length and rod holder positions (Fig 9) and angles, angling the end rod holders on rocket launchers (Fig 10) and getting some angled inserts for the normal rod holders in the gunwale. (Fig 11)
Length: The decision as to how high and wide your towing points should be is relative to the distance behind the boat you wish to troll the lure pattern. This is in turn generally determined by how far the prop wash and turbulence extends. One of the main ways of adjusting the wash and turbulence is boat speed and trim and on smaller boats, and to some extent, weight distribution. Certainly hull type, engine type and configuration, and even how clean the props and hull are can have a significant effect on this. Awareness of these concepts helps in planning the layout of the boat regarding rod holder position and angles, outrigger length, angle and position, rocket launcher configuration and height.
The greatest versatility of available adjustments is needed when trolling in calm water which is one of the reasons that planning, practicing and viewing the wash and checking set-up is done inside a bay or harbour in protected waters.