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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5. Big Boat Set-up
Between The Lines - Ch10: Boat Setup
Small boats can be fun and there is a lot to be said for catching fish that are almost as big as the boat. The bottom line is that big boats are safer, more comfortable and often are easier to manoeuvre and quite simple to set up for effective game and sportfishing.
Many of the previous pages have dealt with setting up boats regarding lure patterns, setting up outriggers, electronics, safety and indeed setting up small boats. This may lead you to believe that setting up a large boat may well be more complex than a smaller boat, indeed the added room that a larger boat offers, makes setting up much simpler.
Even though larger boats are safer than smaller ones they are still not infallible. Often safety gear should be strategically placed where it can be reached with consideration to the possible emergencies. There is no point having life jackets in the cabin as they are too hard to reach quickly. All safety gear should be accessible from the bridge and cockpit. It is often advisable to have items such as EPIRBs, lifejackets and fire extinguishers available in both areas. If you are venturing wide in rough conditions your safety gear should be effective in those conditions such as better quality lifejackets, rafts that provide enough room and shelter for all those onboard - and a 406 EPIRB to minimise the time it will take for rescue.
The electronics on a larger boat should be the best you can afford. Consoles with integrated systems such as the HSB2 Raymarine units are a delight where the sounder, GPS, radar and autopilot are cleverly integrated and can be linked to additional screens elsewhere on the vessel such as the cockpit and tower.
The units are often larger on bigger boats as you generally sit further away from the units than on a smaller boat, in a large plush captain's chair rather than the bench seat on a smaller boat.
As the traveling range on larger boats is often further than on smaller boats added range is needed with electronic communications such as radios, and although VHF frequency has fixed power, added range can be achieved by using longer and higher aerials as range is based on line of sight.
When it comes to setting up and choosing the rod holder configuration, consideration should not only be given to the current use of the boat, but future possibilities which can easily be included. It is quite easy to set up for both light and heavy tackle.
This configuration uses a combination of straight rod holders (Fig 1) angled rod holders facing straight out in the direction of the arrows (Fig 2) and angled rod holders facing straight back (Fig 3) offers the ability to run both bent-butt chair rods and stand-up rods with several alternative positions based on the prevailing conditions and pattern required as the following examples show.
6 Lure spread stand-up straight butt rods
- Outriggers run from angled rod holders facing straight out the side. - Long and short corner lures run from angled holders facing straight back. - Shotgun and center lures are run from angled rod holders facing straight back in the gamechair.
5 Lure spread combination bent butt chair rods and stand-up straight butt rods
- Outriggers using stand-up rods run from gamechair angled rod holders. - Long and short corner lures using bent butt rods run from angled holders facing straight back. - Shotgun lure using stand-up rod run from angled rod holders facing straight back in center of the stern gunwale.
5 Lure spread using heavy tackle bent butt chair rods
- Outrigger rods run from straight holders on side of gunwales. - Long and short corner lures run from angled holders facing straight back. - Shotgun lure rod run from straight rod holder in the gamechair.
5 Lure spread using heavy tackle bent butt chair rods variation
- Outriggers run from straight holders on gamechair. - Short corner lures from angled holders at stern facing straight back. - Long corner lures from straight rod holder in gunwale to give added height. (Fig 4) - Shotgun lure rod run from angled rod holder in the gamechair.
All rod holders should be heavy-duty stainless bolted, not screwed into position including those in the gamechair. Safety lines are often run from the base of the chair to outfits to prevent these valuables getting lost over the side. (Fig 5)
Just as the positioning of rod holders is carefully planned, areas to store the rods when the action starts is just as important. Often this is the rocket launcher. (Fig 6) Game rods and reels will last a lifetime if cared for. Part of this is ensuring that rods are never just thrown on the floor in the cabin, that they are only ever stowed in holders. The care of the gear should continue off the boat where rods should also be stored in racks. (Fig 7)
Bigger boats generally have sufficient storage areas to keep things in their place, there are several tools that should be easily accessible at all times. Certainly the crew will wear belts with the appropriate tools such as nylon and wire cutters, rigging pliers and a knife when the action starts. But other tools may be needed which can be placed on a belt around the back of the gamechair or somewhere that handy. (Fig 8) The tools should include hook removal tools, cutters that will easily cut through the thickest wire used, sharp knives to cut rope and any other tools that may be considered necessary.
Bolt cutters that will cut through the largest hooks used are also on the list in case of emergency should also be within reach. (Fig 9)
Storage for other gea r should also be considered in various levels. Gear that is on the boat but not needed for the current session should still be accessible. Gear that will probably be needed should be ready for use such as alternative lures, tagpoles, gaffs etc, should be at hand, although out of the way. (Fig 10) And gear that will be cleared such as rods, leaders and lures should all have somewhere they can be safely stowed out of the way when the action starts. (Fig 11)
Setting up a boat for game and sportfishing is not difficult, though certainly a boat is always a work in progress as needs and wants change. Along with the personal changes made to boats comes a change in overall weight and its distribution which does affect the boat throughout its performance range. It is worth remembering that props may need to be altered to maintain or improve a clean wash. Other factors that help is keeping the hull clean of scum, weed and barnacles. Getting the props coated in lanolin or some of the other slick coatings apart from antifouling also increase economy and help reduce the prop wash.