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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03. Outrigger Setup and Taglines
Between The Lines - Ch10: Boat Setup
Setting up and using taglines is easy, fast and very effective. Although there are no statistics to show that using taglines results in a better hook-up rate than other systems, the logic in their use to minimise slack line is compelling. (Vid 01)
The fish is generally hooked during the time it takes to close its mouth, allowing the lure and hooks to slide through its mouth enough to hook the fish. If the fish closes its mouth when there is slack line, the hooks may well not have enough pressure to penetrate the desired target of their top or bottom jaw. Once shut, the roughness of the jaw and muscle pressure make pulling a lure and its hooks through its mouth highly unlikely. The significant difference between lure and bait is that the fish is unlikely to swallow a lure if slack line is fed to the fish. If the hooks do not at least start to go in, the next time the opportunity to hook the fish is when the fish opens its mouth it will more than likely spit the lure. This can be quite some distance from the boat at the end of its first run. At this distance there is likely to be a great deal of stretch and belly in the line, cushioning the force of the drag to get the hooks to penetrate.
Taglines may look complicated enough to intimidate a novice, but they are quite simple to understand by examining the individual components. Understanding each of the items will help in setting up most other outrigger systems.
Bottom End of Outrigger and Tagline Setup
1- Main Halyard: The main halyard (outrigger line) can be any twine or braided cord. When using taglines a smooth-surfaced material such as nylon is used to allow the tagline return to run up and down smoothly. Leader material of around 400lb to 600lb will usually last around two years exposed to the sun and weather.
4- Tagline Return
A small pulley is used at either end to reduce friction and allow the main halyard to be raised and lowered easily under load.
3- Tensioning Cord
A tensioning cord is used to load the rigger cords to lessen the chance of the clip or rigger sliding down the pole under the drag pressure of the lures or baits being towed when there is a strike. The tensioning cord can be any system that does the job such as stretched shock cord or a rope and jam cleat. When the rigger is being used the halyard and tagline should be within easy reach of the crew. This can mean it will be in the way at other times such as when fighting fish, getting on and off the boat, or accessing the side of the boat. It is therefore advisable to be able to stow the tensioning cord out of the way, for example on the outrigger base by using a clip to hold it in place.
4- Tagline Return
A tagline return is merely something relatively heavy with a hole in the middle through which you thread both the running line and tagline. The system is based on gravity; the higher the angle of the rigger the more effective tagline returns can be and the lighter the weight needed. If the riggers are straight out at 180 degrees to the boat, returns may not be effective. Using silicone grease on the main halyard and tagline can lessen friction and increase the tagline return's effectiveness.
To make the tagline system almost automatic we incorporate a tagline return into the rigging of the tagline. When the tagline is connected, the trolling line is let out, and the return rides up the outrigger halyard as the tagline takes up the weight of the lure. After a strike the return slides down the running line pulling in the tagline. The danger of not using a return is that after a strike the tagline is free to whip all over the place with the risk of tangling in the fishing lines and around the outrigger and halyard, and to retrieve the tagline by pulling down the main halyard takes valuable time. The tagline return simply eliminates these problems.
5- Ball on Halyard
A small ball, often cork, is placed at the bottom of the main halyard just above the pulley on the working side of the rigger system to prevent the tagline return hitting the pulley which may damage both the return and the pulley.
6- Tagline Halyard
The tagline is connected to the main running line of the outrigger, or directly to the outrigger itself. The tagline should be quite strong, at least twice the breaking strain of the line class used, in most cases nylon of around 300lb is used, although when trolling small lures lighter ones that will not sag may be preferable.
The length of the tagline is not critical, but it should be long enough to reach the tip of the rod you are going to attach the line to. As mentioned earlier the longer the tagline the less drop back. A practical length is the distance from the tip of the outrigger to the middle of the stern. This allows the tagline to be used on any rod on that side of the boat.
7- Tagline Ball
The ball on the end of the tagline halyard has a dual purpose. Firstly it stops the tagline slipping through the tagline return and secondly to slow down the recoil of the tagline after a strike.
A simple length of 1/8 inch Venetian blind cord or Dacron about 12 inches long is the preferred tagline, and using a simple slip knot is connected to the mainline via a rubber band. There are many types of clips that can do the job, but they can be dangerous as the recoil can be severe and a clip flung through the air can have a quite devastating impact on persons or property. If clips are used, a large styrene foam ball should be used to try and slow the recoil down. Clips and a large ball can add weight to the tagline which may cause it to sag, especially when using light lures with low drag. A length of cord has negligible weight which results in the tagline laying more in line with the lure.
Using a piece of cord also has the benefit of seeing if the lure is spinning, creating line twist which can cause the line to twist up the tag cord. If you use a clip the twisted line may go unnoticed resulting in weakened line and busted line for no apparent reason or it may tangle around the clip causing abrasion or nicks in the line.
9- Anti-Slip Clip
The purpose of the Anti-Slip Clip which is connected to the pulley is another precaution in preventing the halyard slipping when a fish hits the lure. Using heavy tackle with high release setting on the tagline there can be quite large forces on the tagline and main halyard which will attempt to pull the halyard down. The clip will also hold the main halyard in any position, for example if running the halyard and tagline halfway down the outrigger.
Alternative methods include simply tying a rubber band around both strands of the main halyard above the small pulley.
10- Retaining Clip
When not in use or traveling, the tagline is kept taut by retaining it in a clip attached to the small pulley. This prevents the tagline from blowing in the wind preventing undue wear and also stops the tagline twisting around the main halyard.
11- Top End of Outrigger and Tagline Setup
At the top of the outrigger pole the main halyard runs over a pulley to lessen the wear on the nylon. Also note the back of the eye bolt has epoxy to smooth it off so that lines that cross over the rigger are not damaged by the thread and nut that would otherwise be exposed.
The upper cork ball prevents the tagline and halyard from jamming in the outrigger tip pulley.
Below the upper cork ball is the connection point where the main halyard end loops join via a very small shackle. The tagline is also connected to this shackle. By using a small shackle it is quite easy to insert other types of release mechanisms to replace the tagline.
The lower cork ball is held in place by tying it to the small connection shackle. This ball prevents the tagline return from getting caught up on the halyard and tagline joining loops.
Once you have mastered the use of individual outrigger halyards and taglines you may wish to increase lure adjustment (Fig 1) possibilities by adding extra halyards (Fig 2) and taglines to each rigger. Just keep in mind that using these extra adjustments means it not only takes more time to set up the lure pattern, it also takes more time to retrieve them when a fish has hooked up. Once you have mastered multiple halyards and taglines you can also have an option of running multiple tag ends on each tagline. (Fig 3)
Running Tagline Instructions
In this exercise we will be using rubber bands to connect the mainline to the tagline. The first thing to check is their breaking strain before you use them. Their strength and elasticity vary from brand to brand, batch to batch and exposure to air, salt and sun will also affect them. Even very thin bands may have a very high breaking strain. You will be surprised how strong they are. Note if you check a band with one end looped over the scales, and the other over a cleat, and say it breaks at 2kg, then when you put the band on the line and put both ends back to the tag line it will be two ends at 2kg equaling 4kg.
It is advisable to have a good selection of band lengths and widths so you can choose the appropriate size to give you the release you wish. For consistency the release setting should be approximately the reels' strike drag. If you use adjustable clips you should also check their release pressures.
To attach the trolling line to the tagline stretch the band and wind it around the trolling line at least ten times, or more if you wish. The purpose of using this many turns is to prevent the mainline slipping through the rubber band which will weaken it significantly.
Next, wind one end back over the other and pass one end of the band through the other and attach only one end to the tagline.
Or alternatively pass the end of the tagline through both loops of the rubber band if you want double the breaking strain of the rubber band. (Vid 3) Let enough line out between the rod and tagline to allow the tagline to run in line with the lure plus add a little slack. The rubber band should break free before there is any force on the rod. The breaking strain of the band plus the reel drag setting may be enough to break the line if both loads happen at the same time. This is really only a concern if using soft sloppy outriggers.
Note that if both ends go to the tagline the band will come away on strike; and if only one end comes back to the tagline the broken band will most likely remain on the line after strike.
To release the line, you simply pull the tag end and the tagline is free with minimal fuss when the skipper is screaming to get the lines so he can get the boat after a fish on a screaming run. (Vid 4)
If for no other reason, outriggers are great for flying those little red tag flags on the way home after a successful day's fishing.