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
Portland Tuna Report; today.This 97.2 kg. "Guted" tuna weighed for Noah and his dad Randol Tucker caught in 65 metre water South and on another "Famious Pakula Lure".There is other Tuna caught on the water,One in the boat and two released.
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What an incredible run of big Southern Bluefin Tuna on the Southern Coast of Australia.
It was only a short time ago Luke Meli caught the biggest ever in Victoria and within a couple of weeks the record for the biggest ever in Australia is caught by Shannon Xuereb and their respective teams.
It is also incredible that with the massive number of lure brands being used that both these fish were caught on Pakula Lures. Jo, Len and I are very proud, not only that the fish were caught on Pakula Lures but also that the teams capable and able to break these records choose Pakula Lures to do it with.
Thank you all very much indeed from the production team at Pakula Tackle Australia!!
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Well after the two hard years finishing the boat we finally took her out after the 3rd time with no fish keith xuered skipper angler Shannon Xuereb angler Philip Abela and Daniel ortisi blessed it with a 178kg southern blue fine tuna can't thank Peter Pakula for producing the Pakula medium sprocket evil
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Mario's Fresh Bait
Pakula skirted lures all topped up......we have all the favourites and a lot more!
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Just for you!!
New Colours for Micro Uzi, Uzi and Fluzi
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Palau Project lures. These are lures chosen for the local commercial fishermen in Palau. Chosen for their low price, effectiveness, rugged longevity and no-nonsense ease of use.
These are for targetting pelagics so the reefs have less fishing pressure.
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Compleat Angler Geelong
Plenty of reports flooding in the store today, all with one thing in common; Tuna!!
The bite has continued over the weekend with heaps of fish over 100kgs falling victim to Pakula skirted lures.
Apollo Bay been most productive, however with the amount of action Portland and Port MacDonald all producing.
The lure cabinet has been getting a workout over the last few days, however still plenty left in all the popular head and skirt combinations.
Whether it's your first time or fiftieth, call in or call up and we'll do our best to get you into the fish, from latest reports to rigging your new lures.
Tight lines!! 🐟🎣
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We are fully loaded with stock of everything again!!
Here fishy fishy :)
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Thanks again for all the advice on what lures would suit the boat and gear best. As you've always said and written its about the boat, engines and gear and not what specific lure is considered "hot". The boys said the lures all swam beautifully and the results speak for themselves. Two barrels out of Apollo Bay, one at 128kg and one at 95kg. Both on the Grasshopper Medium Sprocket Jet on the long rigger! It's a shame I couldn't go!!l Better pics to come in mag etc..these are just the phone shots. Angler: Dean Linardos Vessel: Villain
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From Andrew Westlake mon 14th Sept 2015
A new highlight in my fishing life.
After 7.5 hrs we landed this tuna off Port Fairy yesterday.
Using a Pakula Guru Jet in the Blue Angel color, rigged by Peter Pakula himself.
He told me what to run and where, and his lure worked a treat.
A massive thanks to the crew:
Roy driving the boat, Paul and Janaka on gaffs and ropes, for keeping me fed and for giving me a drink.
Thanks to Mick Rantall for spooling the reel and tying the double that didn't fail and for staying nearby in his boat and traveling home with us after dark.
Lots of people contributed to this and I just could not have done it without them.
A special thanks to my fantastic wife Belinda Westlake for understanding me enough to go out to dinner and let me catch up later "because I was on a good fish"
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A good day on the water at Apollo Bay with Noel Galea and his Brother Luke landing this 123kg SBT In 1 hour and 15 mins on a Pakula Lumo skirt. A few stories coming out of there of what could’ve been as well today, with some big fish winning their freedom. Also a few caught at Portland. More reports at www.richardsonmarine.com.au
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Looks lit's not only Tuna in Portland
from Eduardo Castro - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
In the last 5 or 6 years we have been fishing with your lures. But in the last 2 years only with yours. We use 7 lines in the water in a 51 footer boat for trolling with lures.
Lines are between 50lbs to 80lbs mostly of the time, all of them in a DUEL Reels with Biscayne Rods.
In the last 10 years we had the invitation to the Offshore World Championship (used to be at Hawaii, than Mexico and now at Costa Rica), in the last 8 years.
Specially in the 2014 and 2015, we were second place in both tournaments, and this year losing after 67 sailfishes released and tied with the winner but for only 3 minutes later as you can see in this video:
http://www.offshoreworldchampionship.com/videos/video-channel (check the last minutes)
2016 we are already invited!
The curious thing is that in this tournament we use Pakula’s lures for all of our teasers.
Here in Brazil, our famous Marlin Tournament is the Rio de Janeiro Marlin Tournament.
We won 2012 an 2014, and 2nd place in 2009 and 2013. (Almost 40 boats all years)
As I told you, 2013 and 2014 we were 100% Pakula lures.
We have just uploaded this video on the YouTube:
If you want, I can picture the best lures that we use here.
Needing any info from us an our fishing, just let me know.
I’ve attached a picture from the podium at OWC 2015 @ Costa Rica.
My best and tight lines!
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Compleat Angler Geelong
A nice parcel arrived today! This run of massive tuna won't stand a chance with a spread of Pakula lures out on the water!
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Portland today;Paul Rebbechi had a double hook up in the 50 meter water and ended up with this Barrel of 100.6 kg. caught on yet another "Pakula Lure".There was at least 5 or more big Tuna lost today some on tackle failure.
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Portland today;Jamie and James with a 104.2 kg.Tuna;Next Camron Hope out with Tom Kitchin with a 101 kg. Tuna taken on a "Pakula Lure".
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The return of the Pakula Rat Pack!
As we have taken on another member to our production team we are once again able to offer the Rat Pack. These are different (of course) to the ones we did back in the early 1990's as they are specifically made for guys just starting out and will be very easy for those just getting into trolling skirted lures. As with the original rat packs these will come with simple specific instructions.
They will also have options for how they are rigged.
Pre-orders are being taken now.
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Portland today;These last 2 Tuna make the big Tuna weighed at 112 in las t 3 weeks and nilly just as many lost.Joe Falcone,Ange Kavaurasx and Merton oxhagret caught this Cracking 129.kg. Tuna on a Famious "Pakula "EVIL" as in photo.Next Tuna was a 86.7 kg. Tuna caught by Bernie Salajan and Dean Sferco. all in 70 metre water.
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Portland Today;Clyde,Anyloz and Luke and Andy with there 130.8 kg. Tuna.Next Aron,Faity,Jessie and Ben with this "Horse Tuna" at 152.5 kg. caught on a Black and Purple "Pakula Lure".
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Portland today; more Barrels,Michael ,Andrew and Vince with there 100 kg. Tuna. NextAdam Manuel with there 120 kg. Tuna out of 50 metre water and the "Pakula Lure " that did the job.Today as a lot alredy know the biggest came in at "164.3 kg."The World IGFA record is 167.5 kg. which was claimed at Tathra in 2009 N.S.W.So 3 kg. is in world record range for somebody!!.The las t biggest Tuna was caught here in 2010 and weighed 156.4 kg.There been other ; 154.5 kg.153.4 kg.Today also one was weighed at 152.5 kg.Today 10 Tuna weighed here totalling now 107 big Tuna to today in last 2/3 weeks.Note a lot of these big Tuna and the 164.3 kg. and some others we will post after; were caught on the "Famious Pakula Lures". as seen in photos.The 164.3 kg. Tuna and the other 111.8 kg. caught out of the same boat 'Haines Hunter Club Members" in a Haines Hunter;Brad Parkinson,Greg Hurst,Luke Meli caught,"the big Tuna" and Adam Mason
We have a lot of Tuna to try and Post tonight!!!
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The photos of a double barrel hook up tell the stoy !!
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We are very lucky to have some great kids in our area that drop by to entertain us at Pakula Tackle.
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Peter Pakula Congratulations Michael Lassen! You certainly cleaned up the trophies this year!! Great Job!
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Now in stock at Pakula Tackle
4 sided 4" blade hook files
I know a lot out there wouldn't know what these are for so here's a video about their use:
Portland today;only a few boats out but the biggest at nilly 143 kg.Thrank Siciliano,Dom Hunt and Justin Azopard with the 143 kg. and a aprox 99 kg. also.Note the famious "Pakula" lure for the big boy in the photo.