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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1. Boat Setup Theory
Between The Lines - Ch10: Boat Setup
It is hard to approach the topic of boat set-up for gamefishing without first going through the stages of the life of gamefishermen, from that of a teenager and then maturing into a fully-fledged fisher person. This maturation process hopefully adds both wealth and wisdom through the years. It’s much the same as the process of aspiring to own cars throughout life.
When young, any boat that will get you to where the fish may be will suffice, and often, getting back is not a great consideration. As finances are accumulated, a small boat becomes the platform that will allow you to fulfill the dreams. (Fig 1) Within a short period however, you’ll likely find it to be inadequate and aspire to the speedy sports car with no expense spared - even though the loan repayments and fuel costs would finance a decent house and family. At around this time in life predatory hormones are taken over by others that often lead to the angler disappearing for some period. On their return, they have no boat, but do have other people to consider in all future purchases.
Once again the cycle begins with the purchase of a small boat that is soon surpassed with larger ones set-up as purpose-built fishing machines that only do one thing - get you there and get you back. Then the final stage begins as comfort and a growing family become the major consideration on a boat that will accomplish this and still perform as a fishing platform. The saying that the ideal boat is as long in feet as you are in years begins to ring true.
On a personal note, it is obvious I am talking from experience. I have certainly been through all these life stages, and at the time of writing, am pursuing the pure battlewagon dayboat stage with the 30-foot Animal.
Boats of all sizes can be set up to be effective fishing machines, although there are several considerations to take into account when choosing a boat that will make the setup and fishability more practical.
It is of course obvious that any boat you take to sea should be seaworthy. This includes the integrity of the hull, that the engines have been serviced, the radios functions and the safety gear is in practical reach etc. That said, the most important aspect is that the person in charge of the vessel is also seaworthy and has the experience to handle the boat in any of the conditions the boat is likely to encounter. Respect for the sea is essential.
Boat set-up and safety considerations are more complex on a game and sportfishing boat than general boat safety as it is essential all the gear used has efficient storage when not in use. The deck should be clear for action, everything should have its place that is easily accessible and out of the way of crew whose adrenalin is pumping.
Consideration should be given to ease of getting around the deck ensuring there are enough places to brace yourself or hang onto when moving around a rolling deck.
To be effective the boat should also be stable at low speeds of 6 to 10-knots. Many boats surge onto the plane at these speeds which makes trolling quite difficult. The boat should also be manoeuverable at slow speeds to enable effective boat handling when fighting reasonably large fish. Certainly steering is important, hydraulic steering is certainly an advantage and an autopilot a real blessing on boats of all sizes.
As previously discussed, eyes are one of the best assets when fishing, so visibility is a major factor. The ability to have a 360 degree panorama of the ocean is a distinct advantage as is a clear view of the deck, stern and sides from the pilot position as it makes it much easier to know what the crew and fish are doing so the skipper can react quickly.
Just as importantly, the crew should have as much visibility as possible to enable them to spot birds and other signs of life. It is also nice if the anglers and visitors have a comfortable vantage point to view the ocean and lures hypnotically bubbling away in the wash. With some consideration shade for the skipper and others on the boat can also be part of the boat set-up.
The 3D boat set-up concept has been discussed at length and certainly, this should be considered as part of boat set-up.
Regardless of type or size of boat, customisation is usually part of the set-up procedure. Starting with a boat that has not been set up by previous owners or the factory, so that it can be set up to your personal requirements, is worth consideration.
Essentially, the set-up should be based on the tackle to be used and the area the boat is fishing, not the size of the boat. Often people in small boats fish the same grounds as larger boats. It stands to reason they both should be using similar lures and line classes if they are fishing for the same fish. Just as reasonable is the assumption that regardless of size, all gameboats need outriggers that are of the same stiffness, sounders that give similar information, radios with the same range, GPS with the similar information, and temperature gauges that give the same information. Therefore, boat set-up is based on the area you are fishing, the methods you are using, the fish you are targeting and line classes used etc, not the size of, or even the configuration of the boat.