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Captain Art’s summer forecast

June 16 update:

Photo taken 14 June


Our spotter plane pilot continues to see tremendous schools of bluefin tuna breaking the surface. Recent reports from boats fishing in the area confirm the pilot’s findings. We are excited to get out there and try our hand at getting them to bite!



Jun 7 report:

Hello anglers:
We’re in the final stages of getting the boat ready for the fishing season and really excited to get started!

Tuna seen from spotter plane on 7 June 2018

The SAC spotter plane has been flying for us recently and what the pilot has seen is pretty exciting! He’s seen multiple schools of bluefin tuna (up to 40 pounds) within 150 miles of San Diego, which is a tremendous sign for trips in the 1.5-day trip range. In addition, the water conditions look great.

It’s time to get your tackle ready for the start to a great season! Here’s a checklist to prepare for these bluefin tuna:

  • Live bait outfits ranging from 25-60 pound with matching fluorocarbon.
  • Circle hooks so you take the abrasion factor out of the equation. Video on hooks!
  • Don’t forget to bring your flat fall lures with the appropriate rod and reel combo.
  • Have a 2-speed reel in case we come across a school of bigger fish.
  • Check for trip availability aboard Searcher here: Searcher Sportfishing schedule.

We’ve gathered up some blog posts that will assist you in getting your fishing season started. Start clicking below!


Team Searcher in Loreto!

Edwin Reyes and Ken Franke (of SAC) organized a hugely successful trip in Loreto for California sportfishing. Thank you!

We joined Sportfishing Association of CA (Ken Franke and Edwin Reyes), venerable Baja photojournalist Gary Graham, and Pete Gray for the Let’s Talk Hook-up radio show which aired on Saturday, June 2 as a live remote in lovely Loreto, Baja California Sur.

The goal? Make new sportfishing friends, experience all the area has to offer for anglers and travellers, and report back on how we can support each other.

Sunrise from rooms are a highlight of a stay at La Mision hotel in Loreto, Baja California Sur.

Loreto is famous for seafood! Especially chocolate clams (at top), fresh cabrilla and yellowtail, and scallops. Ask Captain Art for a review!

It was a quick and easy flight from Tijuana on Calafia airlines that brought us to this seaside town of Loreto where we were welcomed to the gorgeous La Mision hotel for our stay. The ultramarine blue Sea of Cortez is at the town’s front porch and invites one to fish, dive, kayak, snorkel, and enjoy fresh seafood in a stunning location.

WE’ll post more about this special trip and share photos from Gary Graham. But for now,you can tune in to hear all about our adventures, including fish reports, from 7-9 am on AM1090 or download the app and listen anywhere! Show archive here: SHOW ARCHIVE


The 6th annual Chocolate Clam and Gastronomic Festival ended with fireworks! Mariachi band enteritained us while we sampled food from many Loreto restaurants.

Some services we enjoyed in Loreto:
La Mision hotel–Simply the best stay in Loreto!
Vive Loreto Tours and Diving–Diving, snorkeling, fishing, whalewatching, and land tours

Aero Calafia–Flights from Tijuana direct to Loreto

Baja Peninsula Adventure Tours–Fishing, kayak/mother ship fishing, and more!
Chocolate Clam Festival, golf, tournaments, and other events in Loreto

Trip Report

New member of Team Searcher!

Have you heard?

Shawn Trowbridge is joining Team Searcher and will be operating fishing trips along with Captains Art and Aaron!

We are thrilled to add such an experienced and well-liked skipper to our team. Many anglers know his name since he’s operated a variety of other San Diego-based sportboats, and owned and operated his own boat out of Seaforth Landing.

Shawn is celebrating his 30th year of maintaining a US Coast Guard license with his first issue in 1988.

In his career, Shawn has fished from southeast Alaska to Puerto Vallarta and all the fishing spots in between!





Shawn currently resides in Idaho and loves the outdoors–can you tell? Fishing, snow sports, hunting are just a few of his favorite activities, especially when in the company of his family.

Join us in welcoming Shawn to Team Searcher and look for him on your next trip!

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Get your CCA membership at the Del Mar show

Check out the awesome package available at the Fred Hall Show (March 22-25) in Del Mar! Stop by the CCA booth outside the show to take advantage of this offer.

CLICK HERE: Searcher CCA Cal FredHall Poster

For just $50, you’ll receive:

  • Annual Coastal Conservation Association Membership ($30 value) which supports conservation and enhancement of marine resources and coastal environments.
  • Single day entry into the show ($17 value).
  • Searcher Sportfishing raffle ticket for a free spot on a 1.5 day fishing trip ($495 value). Winner will be drawn after the show and you need not be present to win.
  • Goodie bag containing coupons for show special offers, literature, stickers, and a Searcher Sportfishing frig magnet!
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Bluefin seminar for angler’s club!

It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning, talking to anglers about BLUEFIN! Capt Art and anglers from Silver Gate Yacht Club shared stories about catching and how to improve catch success with kites, Yummee flyers, working with wind, and surveyor’s tape!

Get the scoop on kite fishing before the season begins! Click here: KITE FISHING!

Bluefin think these are YUMMEE!

Displaying the kite.

Surveyor’s tape on your line for visibility.


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Announcing our 2017 SONAR winner!

IMG_5240Jeremy Moore of Eastvale, CA brought his son Jacob fishing in August, 2017. That qualified Jeremy for our SONAR promotion, as he brought a “New Angler” to Searcher Sportfishing. His name was added to the year-long raffle, and in December, Capt Art pulled Jeremy’s name and he WON!

As we do every year, the grand prize winner received a rod/reel combo and a free 3-day trip aboard Searcher! Jeremy is booked for his free trip in 2018, and now has a beautiful new rod/reel combo to bring along.

Check out all the SONAR details here: SONAR. Bring a friend and win!

We are grateful to Penn for the rod (PENN Carnage II series model #CARBWII3080C70) and reel (Fathom FTH15LD2) .This combo came highly recommended by Penn pro-staffer, Steve Carson.

The perfect match for the Fathom FTH15LD2 is the PENN Carnage II series rod. It fishes 30-pound line perfectly, it makes hooking a “football” tuna fun, but can still land a 60-pound bluefin. stevecarson copy

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