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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Pakula Carbon Gloves
The Pakula Carbon Game Fishing Gloves were developed by Peter Pakula so that one pair of gloves could effectively replace the multiple pairs of gloves used for wrapping leaders and doubles, and handling gaffs, fish, ropes etc.
High Tech Laminated Carbon abrasion resistant backing and palms with flexible PVC inlays and palms to protect the hands when taking the leader on big fish.
The High Tech abrasion resistant backing and palms are cut to extend along the index and small finger to eliminate seams to lessen the change of line and leaders hanging up on the gloves to reduce the potential for accidents.
Palms are tough abrasion resistant Goat skin.
The backs and sides of the fingers are breathable fabric for added comfort and fast drying.
Added padding on the inside of the thumb so that leaders don't get caught on seams and to add strength to that area.
Elasticated cuffs for added comfort and compensate for various sized wrists.
Size label on the tabs so that you can find a matching pair of gloves easily.
Over sized Velcro tabs to keep the end of the flap tight so that it doesn't get caught in the leader.
These gloves have tough abrasion resistant fabric and padding for wrapping leaders and lightweight material fingers that offer great feel and sensitivity. The Pakula Carbon Game Fishing Gloves eliminate the need for multiple pairs of gloves.
Warning: Tracing fish and handling fish can be dangerous. Even if using Pakula Solo Game Fishing Gloves care, and caution should be exercised.
Good news for trailer boats from Bill Pino of SQUIDNATION
"Introducing the Low Rider Flippy Floppy Chain - The Low Rider Flippy Floppy Chain is 4 armed Flippy Floppy version of the original Flippy Floppy Thing designed for smaller vessels that troll their teaser directly off a rod tip or low on riggers. This rig was originally brought to us by Capt Mark “Hammer” Hill who said a version of this rig was highly successful for him in Venezuela in its hey day. When legendary lure maker Peter Pakula saw it he got excited as he had an idea and modified it for the Australian small boat market. The idea is to create a greater commotion in the front Low Rider Squids and have the trailing back predators chasing the commotion. The Low Riders more accurately show what a showering school looks like when being preyed upon. With some of side squids showering on the surface, some taking to the air and some going deep in a chaotic feed scene. Nothing excites a predator more then its prey feeding which leave itself vulnerable for an easy attack by the predator. This versatile teaser can be trolled weightless as a semi-surface teaser chain or add a cigar weight in front of the chain and it trolls nicely sub-surface as a small dredge bar."
IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE NOW FROM PAKULA TACKLE
A very special win for the team on Ambition with Ivan Bennett as skipper winning the NSW Interclub Tag and Release back to back with last weekends Shootout all on Pakula Lures.
I fished with Ivan ever since we were kids on Rose Bay wharf until i moved to Queensland and I'm so happy that's he's accomplished these dream wins.
Ivan has been our greatest supporter ever since I made my first lure and has to this day he's always been there for our family and business.
I couldn't happier or more proud of him.
After we tagged Karly Fooks's Marlin, the lure busted off and I wasn't letting my brand new Pakula lure (Peter Pakula) go.... so yes, I jumped in after it!
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Web sites are back up - they were overloading the servers.
"In reviewing the MySQL error logs, it appears that the MySQL server had hit its limit for the number of concurrently open files, causing the error message you reported. This typically occurs when the server is experiencing a large number of concurrent requests.
I have instead significantly increased the limit for the number of concurrent open files. This should prevent such issues in the future.'
I guess that's not a bad thing :)
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the Pakula websites are down at the moment or not working correctly. Hopefully they'll be up or repaied within the next 24 hours
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Some old colours updated with new additives and back in the Pakula and now available.
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Had a great day off Sydney with Jeremy Voltz. Jezza landed and released a lovely Black Marlin caught trolling a Pakula lumo sprocket on 15kg tackle.
40-50 fathoms looked the most fishy today with lots of bait and birds working.
Get out there whilst the fish are in close.
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Headed out with just 2 on board and got to 120 M line and put in 5 lures and headed NE. About 1 hour later the Long Rigger went off and before we could react the fish was lost, 2 mins later the Shottie went off and we were on, 20 mins later we had tagged a 100 kg Blue to Capn Ramjet. Lures back in and stayed in same area and hour later the Long Rigger went off a real lazy bite, we had cleared all other lures and line was just ticking off, Scotty was harnessed up think we had a big dollie, how wrong were we, next second a 200 kg Blue launched it self out of the water and headed east for 400M, this was stubborn fish but it was tagged. Back the lures go and staying in same area, we had another bite in about 1 hour on Long Rigger (the Pakula Lumo Sprocket was red hot), 20 mins had a 160 kg Blue tagged for Capn Ramjet. All 3 tagged fish we never going to be lost extremely well hooked, one picture shows the hook going through the top of the bill in 2 spots. We saw bait all day and were marking fish and 2 of them we marked a few minutes earlier than the bite. The best day I have had on Ramjet doing HT on the GC for a long time. Ended up 4 4 3.
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Got another little black yesterday Peter Pakula out of the dinghy......only run 3 shredders at all times with light trace.......for fishing from small boats with no riggers these things run so well it's not funny. Cheers
Anniversary Bill Heyward Memorial Tournament Fishing on Sideshow - Champion Boat, Junior and Lady Angler T/R 14yr old Breanna Busuttil
Congrartulations and thank you for sending the story and photos Breanna
With the first day of competition cancelled due to bad weather, Sunday came up trumps with light winds and calm seas.
We trolled north following a slight temp break. It all went like clock work with our first hook up right on the tide change, the centre lure screamed away. The deck was cleared, tag was in, thanks to Fess on the trace and Peter putting the pin in, great start to the morning.
With dolphin fish being caught by others, we made the call to put out a 10kg set up in shot gun, it was a 8" Pakula Cockroach. Heading back south towards home, it all happened with the tiagra 16 losing line, fast. The deck was cleared yet again, and another little black Marlin was going crazy at the back of the boat, tag in. A special thanks to Peter Pakula for providing the tournament winning lures. Two fish for the day, I think dad will be smiling for the rest of the year.
- Breanna Busuttil
I bet your dad cetainly will be smiling as should you!
(lures are Evil Angel Cockroach and Light Squid Changa 25)
Friendly Reminder to all that this coming Monday the 9th of January is our next General Meeting.
We've got a Cracker lined up for the 1st one of the New Year and just in time as the Blacks seem to of turned up.
Our very Own Peter Pakula will be doing one of his very informative presentations on the where's, when's and how's of Black Marlin off the coast.
Always a Great talk and we'll worth the effort to come along and get some tips from Pete himself!
We will also be having a members lucky Draw but remember you have to be a financial member of the club and present for the Draw to be in the Running!!!!
All member's and guests welcome to come along.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm at Southport Yacht Club, Main Beach but most of us get there early for a feed.
Should be a great meeting, hope to see you all there!