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
Love big fish in little boats!!
From Robbie Adamo
Hi peter just informing you that my partner Amy Jobson aboard our boat Jiggy-Jig on your Evil Angel Medium Sprocket in South Australia on 24kg. It's a pending women's world record it was a five and a half hour fight for her the Bluefin. The weight was 124.8kg.
Just thought i would let you know as its on one of your lures.
A mate also go a 80kg on the evil angle as well also on long comer.
They just love that lure.
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Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures
'Decisive' wins the 'No-Sancocho' Tournament of Guatemala. Taking the daily on each day of the event as top boat for a resounding overall win. Capt. Brad Philipps and his long-time mates Kennendy and Johnny are three for three on tournament wins this season! Fishing has been great and the event was a resounding success, thank you to the hosts and all the sponsors! Close to U$9,000 of 'Sancocho' money was raised for a local school from the event! Pelagic Bluefin Usa - Alutecnos, Makaira Pulling Lures, Eagle Claw Fishing, Pakula Lures and Tackle Squidnation
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Compleat Angler Geelong
Heading out on the Tuna? We've got all your lure needs covered. Just check out this lot of Pakula lures!
Compleat Angler Ringwood
14th April at 7pm in store
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A huge thanks goes out to SHOK for their awesome online fishing app and the great sponsors they have on board. Prizes turned up today from Pakula and the boys from SHOK themselves for taking out the jew category ! Thanks once again and keep up the great work
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Charter Boat Page
We've been asked to put up a page on our website showing Charter Boats thatr use Pakula Lures.
If you run a charter boat and use Pakula Lures please PM me if you'd like to be included in the page.
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From Angela Greenhalgh - Whangarei - New Zealand
Had a very exciting day on the water on Saturday, but ended up with three blue marlin fighting over our White Lumo, long and short of it, one hooked up on the White Lumo, another hooked up on one of your skippy lures, which we had on 10kg, and then the third came back to the White Lumo which was now at the top end of the trace and broke off the first fish. 3 1/2 hours later the 10kg line broke off, after the marlin had died on us. End result, one stuffed shimano reel, best lure lost, not to mention the skippy lure, plus one very deflated teenage son. All that aside, the kids still came in second in the Bay of Islands small boats tournament. Looking forward to Easter, hope you all have a good one.
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Thought I would just send you my brothers email. You helped me with the order for him which I took over to South Africa in January.
Looks like it paid off for him.
My brother is the guy with the goaty beard and wearing the long jeans in the middle on the left of the guy with the cup.
These guys all fish from ski boats which they launch off of beaches as ramps are very few and far between.
All the best,
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For your information the Pakula 3d print lures did their job Lumo green) and brought a nice 14,6kg Yellow fin tuna to the boat on 6kg line which is a 189 point fish using IGFA rules, points we were able to double by getting species and a multiplication factor, which in turn gave Jorg Schulz top angler of the tournament, Nauti Boy top boat of the competition and Nomads top club out of the 6 SGDSAA clubs taking part. As Captain “ek was baie gelukkig” ( I was very happy)-is the translation.
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from Michael Fava
5 hrs · Eden NSW
Greatest day of my fishing life with my dad, have wanted to get him a marlin for so long well we got two in 70m, 11km out front of twofold after getting hammered by waves early on. Both fish the same Pakula lumo sprocket the massive one was released the small one kept. Last day of our week has been a good one.
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154.5 Kg Blue on a Pakula lure .. Fish came up close to dead after just 45 min fight but made huge initial runs..
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Stephanie Osgood Choate on the wire In Exmouth fishing the Happy Ending Tourney on Peak Sportsfishing with her dad Tim Choate on the rod, skipper Eddie and mate Muzza.
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In Exmouth fishing the Happy Ending Tourney on Peak Sportsfising with Stephanie Osgood Choate dad Tim Choate skipper Eddie and mate Muzza on a 5 tag day.
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Pete, we raised this blue on a Rat (blue angel) today I borrowed from a friend, it was hot on the sails also, releasing 18 sails and 1 for 2 on blues for the day.
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David Granville Photography
Peter, as you know i have mainly fished on fully crewed gameboats for the past 15 odd years and have been an advocate for bait n switch marlin fishing. While i have teased more marlin than i care to remember with your lures over those years i rarely put hooks in them and subsequently rarely got photos of fish with your lures. Recently getting back into trailerboat gamefishing either short handed or even solo forced me to start trolling lures with hooks. I was expecting atrocious conversion rates compared to bait and switch but i have to provide credit where it is due. It is very early days but so far i have gone 5 from 5 on your lures and hook rigs - 3 blacks and 2 blues. All fish eating the Grasshopper Sprocket on the long rigger. Although that conversion rate can't last forever even if it stays close to that i will be happy...
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Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures
How many hundreds, if not thousands, of aggressive billfish has this Pakula Medium Sprocket seen behind the 'Decisive' over the past two seasons? It soft-head and superb action make this lure a great flat-line or rigger teaser, they last forever but it may just be time to replace this one! Pakula Lures and Tackle
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SHOK Fishing Tournaments
The winner for the Pakula Lures and Tackle competition will be announced this afternoon. Stay tuned!
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Peter has to be one of the most generous guys going. Always prepared to share his extensive knowledge and easy to communicate with. Why anyone needs to shop offshore for any of their Bluewater needs has me beat when we have such an awesome Australian running an Australian business
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We have a great deal of pride when we are able to talk to our customers to sort out which lures, rigs and set-up suits their boat and it's really great to get the feedback.
We make a huge range of heads, skirts and rigs because each boat s different, each set up on each boat model is different so we can advise on which lures and colours with which rigs will suit your individual needs,
"Hi Pete and Jo
Since buying a set of lures off you two months ago we have had some great success!!!
The day after receiving the lures we went out off Gisborne and hooked a Marlin after just putting out the shotgun. Lure would have been in the water for one min!!!
Unfortunately it came out of the water 400m away shaking its head and threw the hook.
Since then we have had 3 makos a spearfish, blue and striped marlin when running your lures.
The blue was at 7:40am after trolling for ten mins. Went back in and weighed blue then headed back out about midday and after 20 mins trolling we had a 117kg stripey!!!
It was both my and Marks first marlin and first marlin for the boat.
Mark has had a bad run dropping over ten marlin before our trip out.
Both marlin took the same lure.
The beer gut.
Thanks for rigging the lures they have a great hook up ratio so far!!!
After many many days trolling and putting in some big hrs it is hard to explain the buzz on the boat afterwards.
Thanks alot for your help making a day we will never forget!!!
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Band of Brothers Fishing
Some days it all just falls into place.....Iain, my son Franco and myself headed off Botany Bay for a general social fish. I was keen to give some new lures a run that Peter Pakula sent over during the week. They did not disappoint! We managed to tag an est 200kg Blue, short length 2.7m, followed by a nice healthy Stripe Marlin of around 90kg. This was all after midday! We spent the morning catching a good feed of Kings "on the way out" that ended up taking up half the day as it was red hot inshore. We spent the last hours of daylight searching for a Black to complete the Grand Slam, but alas it was not to be this time. The Lure the Blue fell too was a Pakula Pacemaker Jet new Lumo in Billy B Colour. The Stripe fell to the trusty ol Evil.
Pakula Dojo light gauge hooks are heading to Leading NZ Game Tackle stores next week... We have size 25 & 30 hooks coming and its a SOLD OUT pre-order so get in quick!!
Pete tells me the order is packed and ready to go via FEDEX on Monday, so Wed should be the day...
We also have more lures coming especially Med sprockets and standard sprockets as well as more lumo shredders...