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
Hi Peter, just thought I'd let you know I landed 2 of these babes in Cabo 8 weeks ago. We went there for our honeymoon and a mate I've mine works on Red Rum Charters. So I couldn't resist to take him a Lumo Sprocket ( that I purchased from Chris Baty at complete Angler). The Mexicans were really impressed with it. 4 strikers and 2 tags in 2 hours. So I gave it to them as a present for my first Marlin catch. I trust you have fished in Cabo? What an amazing place!!!
Portland Tuna fishing report.Plenty of school Tuna are being caught in close. This 124 kg. Tuna was caught today in 65 metre water off the Quarry.Owen Kittox,Etan Merritt and Jamie Burt who are from “New Zealand” caught this 124 kg. Tuna on a “Pakula Lure” as in photo also bent the gaff. They also lost one yesterday being on for a hr. in the same area..Note the Couta and Squid in the gut Content.
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Last minute rigging for the Apollo Bay competition coming up week after next. Spent a lot of time making sure my rigging is the best it can be, including pull testing the rigs. Re-rigged these mini lures using the same method as larger lures - everything is basically a miniature version of the larger rig - even cut down the springs in half to suit. Previously I used lighter Jinkai 100lb and smaller hooks for these lures but now upgraded to Momoi 150lb and a larger hook. Barrels will snack on these - twice before I've seen barrels hook up on this size lure.
Weipa Billfish Club Inc.
Look what just turned up!!
Thank you to our major lure sponsor - Pakula Tackle for once again coming on board for our major tournament this year. Remember our comp is just around the corner so support the ones that support us. Check it out -
Wanganella Banks New Zealand 2016 on Bwana II
I'll get the stas for you, but lumo Med Sprocket Jet got 31 and we only straightened one of those great new hooks of yours at 22 for the one set of hooks.
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Kona Blues - Where do they go?
“When the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) was created, the vision of late IGFA chairman Packy Offield was to make all satellite tag data freely available to scientists and fisheries managers around the world.”
The first Great Marlin Race was launched in 2009 in celebration of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament's (HIBT) 50th Anniversary and last year, the marlin research program returned to the HIBT for its seventh birthday where ten tags were generously sponsored and deployed during and in the weeks following the 56th HIBT.
Last year, we had an incredible reporting rate of 90% with four of the nine reported tags reaching the full, programmed deployment duration of 240 days! Just one of those tags, though, recorded a remarkable linear distance of 2,933 nautical miles (nm)! Congratulations to Laguna Niguel Billfish Club Teams 1 & 2 for their marlin that traversed the Pacific from Hawaii to Mexico in 241 days! Tag sponsors Bob & Sally Kurz, Robert Chavers, Robert Dudley, and Chuck Salinger have won free entry to the 57th HIBT, a prize set up by the tournament to thank participants of this important research program.
Not only is this distance the longest recorded from a Pacific blue marlin tagged during any HIBT IGMR, but this distance is currently in the running (against 63 other billfish) for first place for the entire IGMR race season!
Thanks to the nine tags reported this past year, we observed that the blue marlin followed the common trend of southeast movements, with only one marlin crossing the equator. However, marlin traveled farther north than ever previously observed. We believe this occurred from a strong El Nino developed in the Pacific (and peaked in the winter of 2015) which produced above average surface temperatures and likely created more warm, usable habitat in the northern hemisphere. This is important because as the Pacific Ocean continues to warm, there may be increased suitable habitat in the northern hemisphere with less need to move south and cross the equator.
Also thanks to the support and participation from the HIBT angling community, our colleagues at Stanford University were able to put multiple years of HIBT data to good use by submitting the first scientific manuscript from the IGMR for publication in a peer-reviewed journal! By using five years of tagging data from the HIBT (2009-2013), the study explored the effects low oxygen and low temperature on the vertical and horizontal movements of Pacific blue marlin. Their findings suggest that as low oxygen and low temperatures occur at shallower depths, marlin stop diving as deeply. Their findings also suggest that the decrease in temperature in equatorial waters (a characteristic associated with La Niña conditions) could create a barrier to southward trans-equatorial movement, which could potentially lead to a break in marlin populations between the northern and southern hemispheres.
As we begin the 57th HIBT, we hope you will consider sponsoring a satellite tag because it is the only way we can learn more about billfish behavior in an effort to increase their conservation and protect the sport we love for future generations of fishing.
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Caught and released 3 big blues in three days out of Charleston, SC USA This being the biggest girl measuring at least 800lbs. All with Pakula hooks, they have an amazing hook up and we wont run another hook from now on with our lures...!!
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Another way to bend / bust hooks
The lure is an Original Pakula Medium Sprocket that has a head diameter of 30mm. The rig in the lure is a size 25/25 with a hook gape of 25mm so the clearance to hook the fish is only 10mm as you can see in the photo.
The minimum size hook should have a gape = head diameter and preferably one size larger than that.
With only 10mm exposed the hook gets point loaded and often bends or breaks regardless of the make of hook.
Please use the correct sized hooks in lures regardless of what your mates or social media reports.
We make our living out of you guys catching fish! not raising them, not hooking them and not landing them does us no good at all! (and I'm pretty sure you'd rather catch them too!)
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part of our service is advice on Pakula Lure spreads and trying to sort out your jigsaw of assorted lures
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The YouBoat was out in the rough weather of the Southern Ocean over the weekend for her first tuna trip of the season. This 84kg fish was lucky angler Alex Cimpoesu's first Bluefin After losing another bigger one late last year.
Plenty of big tuna action is in the process of being edited and will be uploaded to our Youtube channel as soon as possible. - Dave
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