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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Between The Lines - Ch10: Boat Setup
There are many ways to achieve width and height in towing points (i.e. if you are towing the lure with the line going directly from the rod tip then the 'towing point' would be at the rod tip) for trolling such as rod holder and rocket launcher positions as described elsewhere, but none are as effective as using outrigger poles. Outriggers are traditionally a matching pair positioned on the sides of the boat raked at an angle towards the stern of the boat which are angled up when the outriggers are lowered into position. Often there is a third outrigger called the shotgun pole (Fig 1) in the middle of boat and mounted on the roof, rocket launcher or tower.
The length of the poles, and their mounting positions, with consideration to their access and angles should be worked out during practice runs in calm waters as discussed in the previous chapter 'Running Lures'. Unfortunately, it is often the case that the boat has been set-up with holders and riggers mounted before these exercises are done, resulting in a less than optimum configuration. Ideally the riggers should be set wide enough to place the lures in clear water outside the edge of the prop wash and turbulence. (Fig 2)
The height (Fig 3) of the outrigger tips are set to give the back lures at least as high an angle of entry as the closer lures.
Finally the rake, or angle back towards the stern should put the towing points as far back as possible, with the shotgun positioned slightly higher and further back than the outriggers. (Fig 4) The advantage of having the tow points set back is there is less drop-back or slack line on strike and turning with a full spread out can be at a much sharper angle limiting the possibility of tangles. (Fig 5)
The choice of outrigger poles should be based on several factors. All outrigger systems use a form of release. These release mechanisms generally either have an adjustment to control the pressure needed to release, or in the case of rubber bands, the size chosen and whether a single end or double end is used. This setting can be light enough to just hold the lure in place, releasing the line with the slightest added pressure, or it could be a setting based on your normal strike settings of 33 percent of line class. In the case of heavy tackle this can put a severe load over the length of an outrigger. In the case of the latter very strong poles are needed. In all cases it is an advantage to have poles that are as rigid as possible as flexing poles whip lures out of the water and cushion the line release which drops hook-up ratios. Running a wire stay from the top of the outrigger pole to somewhere forward of the boat, and perhaps a second towards the back of the boat to minimise whip, can compensate to some extent for soft poles and stiffen normal poles. (Fig 6)
The bases chosen should be strong enough to cope with the severe loads an outrigger can impart. The bases should be mounted using large padding blocks for the bolts and also be mounted where they are easily accessible to raise and lower them.
There are essentially two main systems used
Light Release and Drop Back System: Many anglers actually prefer having some drop back which is a length of line that will be deployed with no pressure once a fish has struck. The outriggers are used to control the amount of drop back using any one or a combination of release mechanisms. (Fig 7) There may be added line fed behind the boat to increase length of the drop back as shown below. In these systems the release is generally as light as possible, only just enough to hold the lure or bait in position. The system in theory allows the fish time to turn and swallow the bait before any pressure is applied to hook the fish.
The system involves applying hook-up pressure as soon as possible. Outriggers can have a major drawback. On a strike, you can end up with an awful lot of slack line which might be enough to allow the fish to spit the hooks. Taglines can significantly aid in minimising the amount of drop back. A tagline is merely a length of solid line, one end of which is attached to the outrigger running line. The other end is attached to the trolling line via some form of release mechanism, such as a rubber band.
There are a great many methods of running lines through outrigger clips, some of which run lines directly through the clips, others use rubber bands on the main line which are then placed in the clip. Others still use loops of either nylon, waxed thread or Dacron loops spliced onto the main line. Despite which mechanism is used, there are several points to note. The clips should be adjusted and checked regularly to the desired release settings using a set of scales. If a line is run to a clip ensure the line is not rubbing on the sides of the rod’s roller tip which may cause a weak spot. Finally, check if a line is running through a release clip that the rod can’t be pulled out of the holder and over the side of the boat.
Using a loop between the clip and the main line is certainly preferable even though running a line through the clip does allow for easy adjustment of lure or bait position and lure retrieval. (Vid 1)