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Trip 10 (5 day) July 28 Mid-day Report

transmitted at noon, July 28, 2016 Hello anglers,
Another great morning with lots of action on good size yellowtail! The winning method for everyone was live bait, 30-40 pound line and a 2/0 hook. This morning's photo is of Wendy Tochihara, Izorline pro-staffer and longtime Searcher friend, with a nice 30 pound yellowtail. Thanks to Izorline for the 20 plus years of support! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 10 (5 day) Jul 27 Report

transmitted at 9 pm July 27, 2016 Hello anglers,
We had a great day of fishing for yellowtail today. Nice size fish, great weather and great people!!!! We had steady action until about 2 PM and then for some reason things slowed down, although the fish we caught after 2 PM were very nice ones! Jake Brookman and crewmember Ben are pictured with Jake's biggest yellowtail in his young fishing career.  Looks like posing for a photo with Bootz gave Jake a little extra edge :) Pro-staffers Lori and Wendy are providing excellent support to our anglers - we always have a great time on this Izorline and Turner's Outdoorsman sponsored trip!
Looking forward to tomorrow! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 10 (5 day) July 27 Mid-day Report

Hello anglers,
We have had a little action this morning with good size yellowtail up to 30 pounds. The method of choice has been live bait with 30 pound line and a 3/0 hook. There has also been the occasional fish caught on the surface lure. The photo is of Capt Kenny and Curt Itogawa from San Diego and a nice yellowtail. Curt took a picture with Bootz before departure - looks like the Luck 'o the Bootz is with him! With a little help from that Izorline and great terminal tackle from Turner's Outdoorsman! The weather is awesome with sunny skies and a light breeze! More later,
Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 10 (5 day) Jul 26 Report

transmitted at 9:00 pm July 26, 2016 Hello anglers,
We spent most of the day offshore in clean, warm water looking for kelp paddies with yellowtail associated with the kelps, though we didn't find very many. We covered a lot of territory with not much to show for our efforts. We did land a nice size dorado, Greg Geyer was the lucky angler! He landed the dorado with one of our Accurate Products loaner outfits. Thanks again to Accurate products for their support and sponsorship.  Pro-staffer Gary Gillingham is always a pleasure to have aboard for these Accurate trips! Looking for better luck tomorrow, more later.
Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 9 (4 day) Accurate Prize and Jackpot winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Jeff Nagel, Laguna Niguel, CA - 29.2# yellowtail
  2. Allen Lemberg, San Diego, CA - 26.0# yellowtail
  3. Fernando Donate, Long Beach, CA - 25.8# yellowtail
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Jeff Nagel also received the Accurate Prize of a BX7030C rod and Fury 500XGX reel, pictured above with pro-staffer Gary Gillingham.  We still have two more opportunities this season to fish with Gary on an Accurate/Seeker sponsored trip aboard Searcher!  Trip 31 still has spots available! Book yours now!

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Trip 9 (4 day) July 24 Report

Hello all,
We started the day in the yellowfin tuna area. The weather was challenging. It calmed down just after lunch and at that time we started to see small schools of yellowfin tuna. As the day went on, the weather got really nice. We saw lots of tuna but for some reason they did not want to bite. We did manage to land a few yellowfin and a few yellowtail from a kelp paddie. The yellowfin are in the 12-20 pound class and there are plenty of schools around. We were encouraged by the amount of fish we saw. We did accomplish getting a hook and hand fish - Capt Art hooked this yellowtail and Chris Piligian from Newhall landed it. Thanks to Accurate Fishing products for providing the gear for us to use. We'll be back tomorrow morning, and pro-staffer Gary Gillingham will have Accurate gear to give away to our jackpot winner! More later. Team Searcher

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Trip 9 (4 day) Jul 23 Report

Hello anglers,
We had a tough day today with not much action. As we reported in the mid-day post, we had a little action first thing in the morning and then the wind came up and changed everything. We worked at it for the rest of the day trying different spots. The crew dropped and pulled the anchor at least 25 times.  We ended the day with a little action - that gave the morale a boost. Chase Trotta from Nebraska caught another nice yellowtail! He is pictured in this afternoon's photo.
The weather has calmed down and we are changing areas. We are travelling north to try for yellowfin tuna tomorrow. There has been fish seen and caught, so we thought we would try something different. More tomorrow, Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 9 (4 day) Jul 23 Mid-day Report

transmitted at noon, July 23 Hello anglers,
Today Mother Nature threw us a weather curve - this morning started out with not a breath of wind, and by 7:00 am it was blowing 15-18 knots out of the south -  which is not too favorable conditions for fishing the spots around this area. We are hoping for it to subside at some point so we an at least feel like we  have a chance.
Looking forward to lunch, it's Chef Charley's famous pork pozole accompanied with fresh bread and salad.
Here's a sample from our efforts today with Capt Aaron on the assist. Jim McMillan from Santa Barbara is the lucky angler. More later,
Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 9 (4 day) July 22 Report

Hello all,
Checking in after our mid-day report. We had some good action this afternoon - the yellowtail were mixed sizes, 10-30 pounds. The method of choice was a live sardine with a 2/0 hook and a small sliding sinker and 30 pound test line. Everyone had plenty of opportunities to land a nice yellowtail. Fernando Donate from Long Beach is pictured with his yellowtail. The weather is great. We are trying the same area again tomorrow - will send a mid-day report.
Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 9 (4 day) July 22 Mid-day Report

Hello all,
This is our mid-day report from the yellowtail zone, where we are seeing great weather with calm seas and very little wind. It was an overcast morning, but sunny skies now :) Just a sign of fish this morning that doesn't want to bite very well. We have had a sample of nice size fish, though. Chase Trotta from Nebraska landed a nice yellowtail this morning, and crewman Ben assisted with a nice gaff job. They are pictured above. Hoping for better action this afternoon, wish us luck!
Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 9 (4 day) Jul 21 Report

Hello anglers, We started our trip today with a great load of sardines from Everingham Bros. We are happy to be hosting such a nice group of passengers. Gary Gillingham from Accurate Fishing products kicked off the Accurate/Seeker sponsored trip by giving out t-shirts for everyone. We found out that there were some yellowtail biting at the Coronado Islands so we elected to make our first stop there and give it a try. Everyone rigged a couple of outfits quickly because the islands are only an hour and a half from the harbor! We gave a quick seminar on the important points and we were fishing at 2:30 pm. It's a nice way to start the trip with some fishing time on Day 1 - we had some action on yellowtail and good size bonito. Everyone got to wet a line and get familiar with our new bait tank and the stern and each other. We landed 19 yellowtail from 12 -30 pounds. Jeff Nagel is pictured with Capt. Kenny and a nice 30 pound yellow he landed on 20 pound line. Nice job Jeff - looks like the "Luck o' the Bootz" is with you! Headed South for more yellowtail tomorrow.  More updates soon. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 7 (2.5 day) Jackpot Winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Marty Dickerson, Simi Valley, CA - 21.6# yellowtail
  2. Matt Deitchman, Lakeside, CA - 18.2# yellowtail
  3. Tom Elliott, Laguna Hills, CA - 17.6# yellowtail

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Trip 7 (2.5 day) July 16 report

Howdy anglers, great afternoon for us today!
We had a bit of a slow morning today (we saw lots of tuna but they didn't want to bite).  So we went off in search of some kelp for some more yellowtail and hopefully some tuna along the way. The weather was great so we had that going for us.
This afternoon, we had some hot action on yellowfin tuna.  Loading up all the trollers, bait fish, fish jumping out of the water.... it was so much fun this afternoon. It was a great way to end a fun trip. We literally caught our last two fish minutes before it was too dark to see! So we are headed in tonight -  the weather is good and we will be coming back out Thursday on a 4 day trip.
Bright colors on the troll lures seem to be the ticket. Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon. Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

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Trip 7 (2.5 day) July 15 Report

Howdy anglers, Bit of a slow afternoon - also reported from the boats around us. Still lots of good signs this morning and late this afternoon - the tuna we've seen are just not in a biting mood today.  Here is a sample of the fish we caught this afternoon: this is Scott Sell with a nice yellowtail caught on a green & yellow yo-yo iron. The weather is backing off and we're gonna go again all day tomorrow.  We'll have reports for you as the day progresses.
Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon!
Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

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Trip 7 (2.5 day) July 15 Mid-day Report

Howdy anglers, Slow start here for us this morning, but the weather and the spirits are high :) We did catch some yellowfin tuna up to 15lbs and also found a couple kelps that had some nice grade yellowtail on them - just like the one pictured above with "El Guapo". There are signs of tuna around but they aren't in the mood yet...so we're gonna keep on trying after enjoying our Chef Charley lunch :)  We should have a good afternoon, wish us luck! [caption id="attachment_8017" align="alignnone" width="300"]sstrip7guapoandpalsfb "El Guapo" and Friends getting set for departure! Mike Hess "Jucundus" leads to yellowtail greatness![/caption]
Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon!
Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

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Trip 6 (1.5 day) Jackpot Winner!

Congratulations to our jackpot winner! 1. Chris Petro, Laguna Niguel,CA – 28.8# yellowtail

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Trip 6 (1.5 day) July 13 Report

Howdy anglers, We had a great afternoon fishing for yellowfin tuna - we were getting tuna on the troll and then those that were not trolling were catching fish on fly line sardines on a 2/0 hook. Some of the tuna were also caught on artificial lures like flat falls. We had several stops on tuna from 10-16lbs and then found another kelp with some more very nice grade yellowtail.  The weather is nice and looks good for the next couple days as well. Here's a photo of the last yellowtail caught aboard today by Chris Petro - may be the jackpot winner too - being hoisted up by Capt Ryan Stahl.  Posing for a photo with Bootz at departure is continuing to be a lucky charm for our anglers!
We're headed in to be back at the docks tomorrow morning - we will be coming back out again on a 2.5 day trip. Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon!
Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

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Trip 6 (1.5 day) July 13 Mid-day report

Howdy anglers: We are enjoying another great day aboard Searcher today! We have had some good luck fishing on very nice yellowtail up to 30 pounds. We are stopping on a kelps to get these fish to bite. Most yellows today were caught on 30-lb line with a fly-line sardine and a 2/0 J hook. Our photo today is Malea Miller of Bakersfield, CA who is fishing with her dad and brother on our Shimano-sponsored trip. Malea posed for a photo with Bootz before the trip began - and it looks like the Bootz lucky streak is continuing! The Millers and other passengers are able to try out some of the quality rods/reels, thanks to Shimano and on-board instructor, Alex Plambeck.sstrip6shimalex Tuna fishing has been slow so far today, but we have reports of some being caught above us. Wish us luck and stay tuned right here for all the news from the field! Capt Aaron and Team Searchersstrip6aaron

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Trip 5 (1.5 day) July 10-12 Jackpot Winner!

Congratulations to our jackpot winner! 1. Ebed Aguilera, Compton,CA - 22.4# yellowtail

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Trip 5 (1.5 day) July 11 Report

Howdy anglers, It was a great afternoon on the water!  We had steady action pretty much all day: stopping on kelp, catching yellowtail up to 20 lbs and some dorado.  We had a great afternoon on yellowfin tuna, too. The weather looks like it is going to lay down the next couple of days - good news since we are headed back to San Diego with a boat of happy anglers tonight, with another trip departing on the afternoon of July 12. Here is Patti Looney with her dorado caught on a kelp stop today. This afternoon's tip is: the ticket to getting a tuna today after we got trolling bites was slide fishing with an artificial lure. Good angling and hope to see ya on the water soon! Capt Aaron and Team Searcher
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