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
Just in today re Pakula Dojo Light hooks
Thu 20/11/2014 01:23 PM
VANUATU GAME FISHING
FW: Dojo Hooks
Thought you might like that read bellow..... my two boat fishing 2nd and 3rd being the new comer Kiwi team on Mama Mia ... Rudy tagged 2 blue and 1 sail on day 1 ( all on Dojo and Pakula Sprockets ) and saw none on day 2 , I tagged 2 blue on day 1 including one 250KG + on 15KG ( All with Dojo light ) and dropped one but unfortunately saw none as well on day 2 ....
From: Nigel Kittow
Sent: Thursday, 20 November 2014 2:03 PM
Subject: Dojo Hooks
I would like to thank you for the advice I received from Rudi in your shop on using the Dojo hooks instead of conventional game hooks. Since we arrived in June we were zero hookups from six marlin strikes using single mustads set as far back as allowable in the lure skirt. We were discussing the PVGFC 15kg Tournament and he recommended to change to double rigs of the fine gauge Dojos despite being a rival skipper!!! I liked the look of the hooks so changed over 6 of my favourite lures. We went out for a practice run the day before the tournament and released one marlin at around 80kg and a boated a 25kg yellowfin. As you know we hit a purple patch of form in the tournament releasing another four marlin and comfortably winning the opportunity to compete at the World Offshore Fishing Competition. We had gone from 0/6 to 5/5 with the hook change. We then went out for a few hours a couple of days later and raised another fish which had three real attacks on the lure, peeled off 20m of line then dropped off. For some reason my deckie had used a lure without the Dojos!!! I will only use Dojos from now on and will be changing over to heavier gauged ones now we are back on heavier line weights. Please thank Rudi as I am certain we would not be going to Costa Rica without the advise he gave us.
Nigel Kittow "Mamma Mia"
I just love the look on Ricks face - dream come true
"Hi Peter, got good results at hervy bay chasing baby blacks with your skirts, thanks for your advise and interest in the lead up to the trip.
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The Pakula Icebreaker Aura is a lure designed as a skip-bait for mirror calm conditions, particularly for trailer boats with no, or short outriggers
As seen in the video previously posted http://youtu.be/oTkCDneUjlY?list=UUyfSlYJVNC4DpCRU5tKFYKQ
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Ever thought of trolling a 5 to 8" skip-bait on those dead flat days when lures are sluggish without increasing speed and fuel bills?
7" Icebreaker Aura on the Shotgun skittering along and Shredders on the long and short.
What do you think?
Thanks for the Video - Brendon van Ras
Swordfish & Tunny Club
To celebrate our 80th Anniversary we've had struck a Limited Edition run of Pakula Paua Hothead Medium Sprocket Lures, in five different skirts. You can see from the images, they look amazing and include our club logo with special 80th Anniversary Decal embedded as the...
Icebreaker - Freeborn
Today was the 100th Anniversary of Australian Soldiers going off to World War 1. I felt compelled to do something in appreciation of the freedom those and the many soldiers that followed so we can have the freedom we have today. So I did what I can, designed a lure I've named the "Freeborn". Hope you like it.
It's a rough print. I just wanted to finish it on the anniversary 1st November 2014
First Marlin of the 2015 season for Sydney Game Fishing Club - caught from Ambition by Micky Dopyle.
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It's not just lures they copy. and it's not just China that copies.
This is an email from US based company that has gone out to many retailers:
"Dear Dealers/distributors/tackle shop retailers,
In the past few weeks my number of inquiries for the hook known as "Pakula Dojo/Peche" have increased 10x or more. We are a private manufacturer serving the OEM part of the industry. I am sure you are all aware HOOKS are made private labeled FOR most companies, with few exceptions(Mustad is Mustad). WE are primarily a stainless steel hook manufacturer but on occasion for large runs do carbon steel as well.
I am pleased to announce that we are expanding our production to keep up with the demands on similar styles of hooks. WE DO NOT PACKAGE we only do BULK OEM and can produce ANY stainless hook you desire. We offer a hook in 15mm, 20mm 25mm 30mm 35mm in the regular wire (some call it a "DH" and also in a heavy wire some call this the DHX")"