of all forms of fishing is catching fish, it is therefore logical that the single
most important thing to achieve this goal is finding them. No matter how good your boat,
crew and gear are, even if youve got lots of Pakula Lures, if you dont find
the fish you wont catch any.There are a few points that may help you find your
targets. Firstly the most important thing to look for is baitfish either by spotting birds
working or using your sounder.. The main areas to concentrate on are areas such as reefs,
drop-offs, current lines, water temperature changes, ocean bed contours such as the
continental shelf and tidal trenches at river or bay mouths. The most significant of these
is temperature change, the greater the change of temperature range the better. The actual
temperature itself is not really relevant nor is the colour of the water. In fact there is
far more life and food in green and so called murky water than there is in the cobalt
blue. However it is psychologically difficult to fish in other than clear cobalt blue
water. Once you find your bait and have seen signs of or hooked your target species then
you should stay in that vicinity. Experienced skippers scale down their GPS plotters to
three miles or less and stay in that area for the rest of the session. There are some
other important factors : you get a better hook up trolling with or across the current and
sea than you will going against it. On certain days you will find that all your strikes
will come when you are trolling in the same direction.
SETTING DRAGS: When setting drags, the speed
at which you pull your line off the reel is very critical. The faster you pull the line
the more load you place on the scales. You will be quite surprised how much the scales
vary depending on the speed of the pull. To get a realistic drag setting on your reel at a
third the breaking strain of the line, pull the scales relatively slowly.
LURE LEADERS: The lighter the leader the
better your lure works, plus the less visible the leader is to the fish. Huge game fish
are not more stupid than little fish, yet when you fish for little fish you try and use a
light leader. Lures may work well using a leader of 300lbs but will catch more if you use
200lb and still more using 150lb. Using heavy leaders will save the loss of many fish,
mainly because you hook less . A leader should be at least as long as the fish you expect
to catch. The reason trolling lures are designed to slide up the leader is so that when
the fish shakes its head or jumps, the lure slips to the other end of the leader and
cannot be used as a pendulum to throw the hooks. The shorter the leader the better. With a
10 foot leader you can also tag or gaff a fish straight off the rod tip without anyone
tracing the fish. Very often the hooks are pulled, and the fish lost as soon as the trace
is grabbed. If the fish is acting stubborn at the side of the boat the angler can grab the
double and hold on while lifting the rod to get the fish within range of either tag or
gaff. As long as the rod is bent the double line is extremely difficult to break.
SETTING UP A LURE PATTERN is quite easy if
you follow a few logical steps. It is the boat itself, the motors noise, prop wash and
turbulence that does most of the attracting. If the boat scared the fish what would they
be doing behind it?. Keeping this in mind, set the spread of lures from just behind the
boat to where the prop wash white water or turbulence ends. Depending on the boat this
distance varies considerably. On a single diesel it is very short and on an outboard very
long relative to the size of the boat. As the boat does most of the attracting we try and
enhance this with the selection of lures. The closer they are to the boat the larger and,
or more aggressive the lure should be, as the spread gets towards the end of the pattern
the lures should get smaller and less aggressive, towards the shot gun position which
would be the smallest and least active lure in the spread. By spreading the lures in this
manner the fish will be drawn through the whole spread and have a greater selection to
SELECTING LURE COLOURS can be quite
daunting. We stock 50 colours that give you 2,500 possible colour combinations. To make
things a little easier we have listed both specific lure positions and colours throughout
this catalogue. If you follow these guides you will note that there is a common thread
throughout. The long rigger lure is green, the short rigger purple, the long corner blue
and the short corner is ScadTM, black or purple.
This set of colours matches the most common baitfish colours found in all game fishing
areas around the world. You will also see that these colours range from very bright to
very dark, giving maximum variation in their silhouettes. As with all fishing, every area
has its own particular hot colour for example black and red or yellow around
tropical reefs, pink in the light tackle fishery in Australia. Blue and pink in Hawaii.
Indeed you should add this colour to your pattern, but we strongly suggest you leave the
main pattern alone and use the extra colours on extra lures in positions such as the shot
gun or around the main spread.One thing you may not notice is the luminous and fluorescent
additives in Pakula Skirts that make them totally irresistible.
POSITIONING YOUR LURES within a trolling
pattern needs a little attention. With lures that have a symmetrical head shape such as
all Pakula Lures, the positioning of the hooks control which way up the lure runs in the
water. If you run a two hook rig at the recommended 60 degrees angle by placing two points
of the hook in the dark side of the skirt will ensure that the dark side rides upwards.
The hooks will not spin within the skirt and they will maintain this position.
TUNING YOUR LURES once you set the distance
it is quite simply a matter of running the lure on the lower third of its closest pressure
wave. In this position the lure will work well with as little leader dragging in the water
as possible. The lure is also in the best position for a fish to grab it easily. If a lure
blows out of the water often you can simply wind the lure towards you, down towards the
bottom of the pressure wave. If it still keeps blowing out will you have to drop it back
or slow the boat down.
THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT to remember is the
one on the end of your hook! Remember to check the points and edges are still sharp.
Cutting down the barbs also helps the hook up rate, particularly on light tackle.
TROLLING LURES ON ULTRA LIGHT TACKLE is very
intricate. Everything must be carefully set up and checked. Drags should be set with the
scales pulled relatively slowly. The hooks must be razor sharp and the barbs almost non
existent. The hooks may even be oiled to aid penetration. The release on clips and rubber
bands should be checked for release pressure and smoothness.
THE BENEFITS OF USING THE HEAVIER LINE CLASSES,
apart from being easier to set hooks, is that you can use a greater variety of lure sizes.
It is quite important to try and match the size of the baitfish that are being fed on,
like matching the hatch when fly fishing for Trout. The lighter line classes limit the
maximum sized lure you can run, however you can certainly run a couple of small lures on
OUTRIGGERS on a boat are more than just
somewhere to hang your capture flags. In a perfect world all trolling lines should be at
the same angle as they leave the rod tips and outriggers. To set up your rigger lines you
should have them set so they do this as closely as possible. This would mean that the line
on the long rigger would come off its top and somewhere down from that on the short
rigger. For example the hardest boats to set lures from have extra long riggers and run
bent butts in angled rod holders so they run flat. This set up gives they greatest
variation of angles. This set up generally results in the flat lines not working
aggressively enough and the rigger lures continuously blowing out.On the subject of
outriggers, it does not seem to matter what kind of release system you use, such as clips
or rubber bands or whether you use tag lines or not. The governing factor of hook ups on
rigger lines is how crisp the release is. To stiffen your riggers you can run stays from
their tips to the bow of your boat.