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 'Trip Teaser'
by Peter Pakula - September 2012
In this advanced series of articles we will be exploring concepts rather than just telling you do something one way or another. In exploring the concepts we'll be dealing mainly with how to come up with your own questions and the processes involved in getting your own answers.
The basic premise that whatever you know now will most likely at some stage be proven wrong or at least a better way of doing things will become available, and that it would be best if you're the one who does that!
There are some out there who are achieving success rates on lures that many discount as fairy tales as they are way beyond average and perceived normal results. Most of these systems are not complex and are not hard to emulate. This series is based on trying to share, so that others can also achieve better results.
The articles are long winded, yet still do not cover every aspect. Hopefully they offer an insight into the thinking and some ways to improve results.
These articles are offered free of charge in the hope that you'll support Pakula Tackle products as result of your added success.
The Development Process
The development of the 'Trip Teaser' is like many other innovations, is the assembly of systems and methods that are already in use in various types of fishing.
Dean Butler, on a bait and switch session used a deep swimming mullet as a teaser with great results in raising fish to the surface teasers. Dean also uses the deep mullet teaser when targeting big game fish on fly. Fishing in Townsville with Mutta, Rolley Newton and Mick Winterton, a rigged mullet was used as a teaser deployed on a down-rigger. This also proved to be a very effective way of raising fish to the surface teasers so the fish could be cast to with either fly or bait.
- It's a common observation that when catching a game fish of just about any species there are often other fish with the hooked one.
- Predatory fish are often in packs or schools and are rarely alone.
- When trolling, the surface there are often schools of fish showing on the sounder that do not result in raising or hooking fish to the lures and baits.
- Baits rigged and trolled deep are often mangled without knowing that the bait is no longer effective.
- With systems that involve using hooked baits deep either using lead weighted baits, down-riggers etc there is a high percentage of missed bites and other fish rarely come to the surface baits.
- When drifting baits are set at different depths and distances from the boat to avoid tangles. More often than not when fish are hooked.
- When using Mullet as a deep teaser the size of the Mullet is much bigger than the surface teasers and baits that are set or used to 'switch' the fish.
- Most boats in Australia at least, don't have down-riggers.
There are quite a few observations of predators balling bait-fish that will do their best to ball bait without letting any individuals escape. If any do escape they are hunted down with considerable aggression. Once the ball of bait is forced to the surface the fish are not that specific and do not seem to leave the ball of bait to hunt down individuals as they did while balling the bait up to the surface. Hence trying to target the predators before they reach the surface is ideal.
- Use a team with little game fishing experience to test basic concept and system when lots of other boats are around.
This was done by Ethan Farrell in the 2012 Townsville Tournament fishing the novice team "Yanmar' who places 2nd against some of Australia's top crews with this comment:14 September 2012 Ethan Farrell "your down-rigger idea was awesome!"
- Develop a large profile lure with minimal drag to be used as a teaser at depth.
This was achieved using hollow PCV plumbing connectors which have a stepdown to accomodate the skirts.
These also achieved the large profile that was wanted. For maximum visibility I suggest the new UV2 and Lumo Pakula colours: Lumo Green. Lumo White, Clear Crystal, Blue Crystal and Illusion. It's a good idea to match one of the outrigger or shotgun lure colours.
The heads are bridled so that they will troll on center. The lure shown used 200lb leader so it could be seen easily in the photos and to test worst case scenario. Drag is a major issue, the lighter the leader, the deeper the rig will dive. To minimise lure spin you could keel the bridle by putting a sinker on the lower bridle arm, but note that the drag on the sinker will reduce the depth the rig will achieve.
- Trip mechanism. So that when tripped the teaser comes to the surface briging one and often more fish up from the depths to the surface lures or baits.
- Using a standard down-rigger set-up has it's problems, apart from the fact that few smaller boats and boats with a small crew rarely use them if they have them at all.
- When the bait or lure does come to the surface they are often hard to see if you are in a small boat or on the deck.
- There's also the handicap that once the bait trips from the down-rigger you have two separate items to pull in and clear once you have a hook up.
- By using a planer, everything is on one line. When a fish hits the teaser lure the system trips it's highly visible as the planners skips and splashes on the surface.
The tow line and leader used are important factors. The thinner the tow line the deeper the teaser will run, but the harder it will be on your hands if you are pulling it in by hand which may be the case when you first try the system.
Certainly using the planer and teaser on a down-rigger is ideal as the wire or braid is the thinnest possible. A minimum breaking strain for the towline is 200lb. Another option is using an Alvey Deep Sea Winch.
An easy set-up is using venetian blind cord as shown below, but the thickness of the venetian blind cord will reduce the depth considerably compared to a thin 200lb braid or wire used on a down-rigger.
The idea of the system is to tease individual and multiple fish to the surface. For this to give optimal results the trip teaser should hit the surface within range of other lures so they are easy for the raised fish to see and attack.
To position the teaser, without setting the planer, drop it back so that the trip lure sits level with the outrigger lures.
Depending on the system you are using either mark the distance or tie the line off on the cleat before retrieving the planer to set it so that it dives.
Malin and sailfish artwork by Carey Chen
Hopefully the trip lure will attract some predators, get hit and bring one or more back to the surface in amongst your other lures or baits. What you do next is up to you. I suggest do nothing for quite a while. More than likely the fish will get attracted to the hooked lures as they have a more enticing action and are a better 'eating size' than the trip lure.
In the situation where the fish is locked onto the trip lure and won't leave it then an option is to place either a bait or a lure next to the trip lure and retrieve the trip lure to get it out of the water. The fish should take the hooked bait or lure.
I hope you have found this article thought provoking enough to give the system or variation a try next time your out bill fishing.
Update 12 February 2013
Since the original tests the Trip Teaser has been simplied using strandard Pakula Lures up to size 40 ie 14"
Update 30 July 2014
The introduction of the range of Shredder Lures has enabled larger lures to be trolled on the treip teaser. More information on Shredder's HERE
It's not every day you get amazing customer service and I thought it was worth sharing a recent experience I had with Pakula Lures and Tackle. I lost one of my favourite marlin lures to an angry blue marlin and contacted Pete at Pakula that night to find out what lure it was, because I wanted to replace it. That single lure has accounted for more blues than any other lure in my spread. Instantly he was in contact with me and advised me which one it was and where I could purchase another. It was a lot more than just trying to sell me one of his products, this is a guy who lives and breathes fishing and genuinely wanted to help me out. Straight away another was in the post plus some other goodies! Amazing company and amazing lures!
The chap who contacted me sounded so keen we just felt compelled to help out his club even though the membership is currently 30 members.
With comittee guys like Dave Cobra I've got a feeling it's going to get bigger.
Good luck guys!!
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.