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Trip 19 August 26-29, 2016 Lady Angler Searcher Special (L.A.S.S.) Jackpot winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Michele, Long Beach, CA (center, grand prize winner of the Okuma Makaira reel) - 69# bluefin tuna
  2. Izmir Moor, Murrieta, CA - 43.2# bluefin tuna (right)
  3. Jeannie Goldston, NV - 41.8# bluefin tuna (left)
Congratulations and a big thank you to all the sponsors and contributions to the donation to American Heart Association's GO RED FOR WOMEN! The jackpot winners are joined (below) by Wendy Tochihara (Izorline), Capt Art and Lori Byron (Turners Outdoorsman). Great group of women!trip19JP

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Trip 19 (3 day) August 26-29: Lady Angler Trip, Mid-day report

Hello anglers: There's plenty of fish around us his morning, but it has been harder to get a bite. That seems to be the same story all season! We keep working at it though. For our efforts, we have landed some nice bluefin and yellowfin again. A live sardine and 30 pound, with 30 pound fluorocarbon and a #2 hook seems to work the best today. [caption id="attachment_8452" align="alignnone" width="499"]Jean from Gardnerville, NV with her BFT and crewman Ben Hart Jean from Gardnerville, NV with her BFT and crewman Ben Hart[/caption] Crewman Ben Hart and Jean from Gardnerville, Nevada pose with a nice tuna. More later, Team Searcher

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Trip 19 (3 day) August 26-29 Lady Angler trip–Day’s end report

Hello anglers, We had a good day today! There is a lot of fish around, but we had to work hard for every bite. One method that worked was 25-30 pound mono with flourocarbon, and a # 2 hook with a live sardine. Jackie P from Florida is pictured with her nice-size bluefin tuna, and Capt Art who had the assist. [caption id="attachment_8447" align="alignleft" width="337"]Jackie's got a bluefin tuna AND a new pair of lady boots! Thank you Xtratuf! Jackie's got a bluefin tuna AND a new pair of lady boots, thanks to Xtratuf![/caption] We are spending the night and trying again tomorrow. Dinner tonight will be BBQ pork ribs, corn bread and roasted red potatoes. Sounds great! Team Searcher p.s. Who will win the Athena rod made by Seeker for women? seeker

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Trip 19 (3 day) Aug 26-29 Lady Angler trip

Hello anglers! We have a few bluefin and yellowfin tuna aboard this morning already. We can see fish on the surface and on the sonar, so we are hopeful that the fish continue to bite. The first fish caught today was brought aboard by Teresa R. For that she wins the Okuma rod!  In addition, each lady angler got to select a pair of Costa sunglasses, which are perfect for saltwater anglers! Thank you to Okuma and Costa for those generous donations, and keeping ladies on the water.costa Our second jackpot collected $430 and will be awarded to "Sportswoman" of the trip to use in credit towards a Searcher Sportfishing trip in 2017. The money will be matched by Team Searcher and donated to the American Heart Association's "GO RED FOR WOMEN" campaign, which educates women about heart health and disease prevention. Jan Dalziel came all the way from England! Here she is posing with her first bluefin tuna.trip19janBFT More later, Team Searcher

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Trip 18 (1.5 day) Kim Burkhart and Friends Open

Hello anglers: We had a tough fishing day today. We saw plenty of fish, but we couldn't find a school that wanted to bite. We didn't land a fish until the afternoon and only landed a few late in the day. The highlight of the day was when Alex Dill, a first timer, landed her first yellowfin tuna. It is always great to see the reaction of someone's first fish! [caption id="attachment_8437" align="alignleft" width="387"]Her first yellowfin tuna! Her first yellowfin tuna![/caption] The other highlight was the group, nine years with Kim Burkhart and the gang and it is always a pleasure to have them aboard! They all understand we work hard to find fish, but we can't make them bite. Team Searchertrip18paul

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Trip 17 (1.5 day) Day’s end report

Hello anglers: We found some fish to LOOK AT this afternoon. In fact, there were multiple areas of yellowfin tuna around and the fish are 12-20 pound class. Unfortunately not many of these tuna were hungry for what we had to offer. We had some chances at them, and some of our first-time anglers landed a fish, so that is always a plus. Crewman Ben Hart is pictured with Grant Cramer with a yellowfin tuna that he landed on one of our "Hook and Hand" outfits supplied by Accurate Products and Seeker Rods. This is Grant's first yellowfin tuna. He was grateful for the hand-off! We had great weather and a nice group of people with us. Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 17 (1.5 day) Aug 22-24, 2016 Mid-day report

Hello anglers: We decided to try for the better-size fish (tuna) to start the day. We saw plenty of fish before daylight, after daylight, and through lunch time. We drifted for several hours with tuna around and even under the boat. We tried all methods from flat-fall lures, live sardines with and without weights, with a helium balloon, and with a kite. Nothing! We didn't land a fish. Some days are like that.... We are currently relocating to another area where there are reports of smaller yellowfin tuna being caught. We are hoping for some action this afternoon. We will have plenty of time to catch some fish. Wish us luck! Lunch was great with yellowtail melts and pasta salad, The weather is awesome, with sunny skies and calm seas. Team Searcher

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Trip 16 (3 day) August 19-22 Capt Potatohead Memorial Jackpot Winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Matthew Aguirre, Fullerton, CA - 82.2# bluefin (center, grand prize winner of the Potatohead Award)
  2. Bob Bayus, Azusa, CA - 77.8# bluefin tuna (left)
  3. Dave Wilson, Pacifica, CA - 76.6# bluefin tuna (right)
Congratulations and a big thank you to all the sponsors and contributions to the donation to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network!

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Trip 16 (3 day) Aug 19-22 Capt Potatohead Memorial Mid-day Report

Hello anglers, We had a few good-size bluefin tuna bite this afternoon and one good-size yellowfin tuna. For part of the day, the method of choice was a flat-fall lure and 50-pound mono. During the other half of the day,  we found 50-pound mono, 50-pound fluorocarbon and a 3/0 circle hook were the successful set-ups. We also captured two fish on the kite. This afternoon's photo is Bob Bower and his 70-pound bluefin tuna. Bob got to land his on one of the boat's kite rigs. It sure makes it easier with 80-pound test!trip 16bobbowerBFT We will take an "E for effort" on this trip with not much action and poor timing. But we had lots of laughs, good times and plenty of raffle prizes. John Englehart won "Sportsperson of the Trip" and receives $680 towards next year's trip. The runner up Is Jerry Harr. Jerry wins a $100 gift certificate from Aftco tackle. Thanks to all the sponsors for this trip. Dick would be so pleased. Check the photo album on the website in a few days for all the funny high-jinks on board, and the total amount of funds donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) Dick's honor. Team Searcher

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Trip 16 (3 day) Aug 21 Mid-day report

Hello anglers, We travelled north to target some tuna. The reports were good from yesterday...and....here's that saying again: "Ya should have been here yesterday!" There were reports of good yellowfin tuna fishing yesterday, and lo and behold, there hasn't been a yellowfin tuna caught around here today. ARGH! (Dickie, are you messing with us?!) We managed to hook and land 4 quality bluefin tuna. These fish are in 60-70 pound range. Three of them were caught on Shimano flat-fall lures, and one was caught on live bait. Crowd pleasers, for sure! But we want the whole crowd to catch one.... so we're hoping for more. Crewman Ryan (R2) is pictured with Fred Lewis from Anaheim and his nice bluefin tuna. [caption id="attachment_8403" align="alignleft" width="253"]Amgler Fred Lewis poses with his bluefin tuna. Crewman Ryan (R2) will the assist. Angler Fred Lewis poses with his bluefin tuna. Crewman Ryan (R2) will the assist.[/caption] Team Searcher Afternoon check-in: As mentioned, strange things happen on this annual trip, all in the name of raising money for Pancreatic Cancer research and education. Well, here's photo proof that Capt Art was the lucky winner and has to wear this tutu the rest of the day! [caption id="attachment_8404" align="alignright" width="379"]A tutu looks good on Capt Art! A tutu looks good on Capt Art![/caption] Another $40 was added to the charity fund. He also bought the "Tinkerbell" wings for another $40 for the fund. We understand that Capt Aaron may have to put that one on.... The fish aren't biting, but we are having fun in memory of Dickie! The weather is great too. Team Searcher

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Trip 16 (3 day) Aug 20 Mid-day report

Hello anglers We've managed to boat just a few yellowtail this morning. There is a sign of fish here, it's just not biting very well. It's definitely a "quality, not quantity" morning for us! Here's Capt Kenny and John Aguirre with a nice yellowtail caught with a live sardine.aatrip16johnkenny More later we hope. Team Searcher

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Trip 16 (3 day) Aug 19 report

Hello  anglers: We departed yesterday on our 6th annual Captain Potatohead Memorial and fundraiser trip. I can't believe it has been six years since our good friend Dick Uranga has passed from pancreatic cancer. He is definitely here in spirit as we have had a few pranks and laughs already. There are lenty of giveaways in store for everyone and we raffled off Dick's re-wrapped rod and reel combo. Jay Frey from Santa Fe, New Mexico was the lucky winner and many thanks to Terry Onishi for donating that! Timing is everything, we left with high hopes for catching some yellowfin tuna today but we have the wrong day. That tuna bit a little bit yesterday, but not today. I guess Dick is playing a trick on us! The fish are still around so maybe in another day or two we will have an opportunity. We're headed south to try for yellowtail on the coast tomorrow. Many thanks to all our sponsors of this trip each year, including Izorline! Capt Art and Team Searcher izorline

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Trip 15 (5 day) Aug 14-19, 2016 Ultra-limited load Jackpot Winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Michael Ray, Huntington Beach, CA- 27.8# yellowtail
  2. Ian Rimando, Santa Clarita, CA - 23.8# yellowtail
  3. Brett Goldberg, Newbury Park, CA - 23.4# yellowtail

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Trip 15 (5 day) Aug 18 Mid-day report

Howdy anglers, With high hopes of finding kelps this morning, we managed to find one with some fish on it. We're gonna keep working at it until it's time to head for home. Here is the trophy of the day by Michael Ray with Capt Ryan Stahl at the gaff. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 15 (5 day) Aug 17 Mid-day report

Howdy anglers, This morning we had some steady action on some yellowfin tuna. The size isn't great, but there was a school that was hungry and we had fun catching and releasing some tuna. We also watched three striped marlin put on a acrobatic show for us! We're working north in hopes of some better-grade fish. The weather is wonderful. The sun has come out and we like that. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew Howdy anglers, The afternoon was a bit slower on the tuna though we did manage to catch a few more. We're headed up and will finish the trip off looking for kelps or more schools of tuna. The weather is still very nice and we're happy about that.. Fresh yellowtail for dinner--that's also a bonus for tonight's ride up Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 15 (5 day) Aug 16 Mid-day Report (updated)

Howdy anglers: We've had a fantastic morning here fishing for yellowtail.! The best methods were yo-yo and flylining a sardine. The weather is superb and we're hoping for a little more action before we start heading north, looking for some tuna or dorado. Here is a sample of our yellowtail caught by Ray Daniels. Anglers are eating well, a delicious swordfish dinner last night and we think there's fresh yellowtail in the forecast! The weather is beautiful and there will be updates later today and in the coming days. They plan to look around for other species to catch. Searcher office crew Howdy anglers: Not much action to report this afternoon after we went offshore looking for tuna. We're moving up the line to be in a zone that has had some tuna. We're hoping that they are hungry and plentiful. The weather is still nice and we're enjoying that. Wish us luck to find those elusive fish. Here is another nice yellow from this morning with deckhand Ryan (R2) and Jack Rauch.sstrip15jackrauch  

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Trip 14 (5 day) Aug 9-14, 2016 Jackpot and Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Ashley Maisel, Truckee, CA - 27.8# yellowtail (grand prize winner of Accurate reel and Seeker rod)
  2. Matt Gilchrist, Long Beach, CA - 27.6# yellowtail
  3. Richard Yoshioka, La Palma, CA - 22.8# yellowtail
Congratulations and a big thank you to sponsor Gary Gillingham of Accurate Reels and Seeker Rods for a great trip!

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Trip 14 (5 day), Accurate Reels/Seeker Rods Aug 12-13 Reports

Hello anglers, We had a slow afternoon for catching. We saw plenty of fish but it wouldn't bite very well. And we had some wind to contend with. Regardless everyone had a good time! Ryan (R2) Lindahn and angler Mark Stout (right) with a yellowtail caught on a blue and white yo-yo lure and 50-pound line.
  Today (August 13) we finished our trip with Accurate Products, Seeker Rods and Gary Gillingham. We stopped and fished for a short time on the coast. We caught just a sample of yellowtail and bonito. The weather is pretty good for travelling home. We had a movie matinee with plenty of gourmet popcorn and Clint Eastwood on the screen! The galley did their usual great job and served cheeseburgers for lunch and fresh yelllowtail for dinner. Crew member Ryan (R2) Lindahn and angler Mark Stout (right) with a yellowtail caught on a blue and white yo-yo lure and 50-pound line. Check back to see who will win the sweet Accurate Reel and Seeker Rod outfit, generously supplied by our sponsors. Team Searcher

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Trip 14 (5 day) Aug 12 Mid-day Report

Hello anglers, We started our day at 4 am  so we could catch some greenback mackerel to add to our bait variety. We went back to the good yellotwtail area from yesterday. We didn't see the same sign of good conditions, so we opted to try a different zone. We saw fish and sat patiently on the anchor, and then had the reward of some action! It was also the first time we used the dropper loop method and  some people had good success. We hope to have the same afternoon action today. Chef Dan Cramer helped Lindsey Ginter from Long Beach, CA land a nice yellowtail this morning. Later Chefs Dan and Charley will make their famous fresh yellowtail dinner! #getcaughtwearingbootz Team Searcher

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Trip 14 (5 day) Aug 11 Days-end Report

Hello anglers: We had some really good action this afternoon and plenty of opportunities for everyone to catch quality yellowtail. We are spending the night and trying again tomorrow. We hope to repeat what we experienced today! All in all, a great day of fishing.ssaug11mikebrown Photo is crew member Ryan (R2) and Mike Brown from Hawthorne. Mike's yellowtail was caught on a live sardine. Team Searcher Luck o' the bootz was with Mike Brown today in the yellowtail zone! Luck o' the bootz was with Mike Brown today with yellowtail fishing!
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