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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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Congratulations to Captain Mike!

Searcher team member, Mike Todter, is one of US Coast Guard’s newest licensed captains. Mike passed his test in January 2018. Look for him this fishing season–he’ll be running trips soon!

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Searcher in dry dock!

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Props were tuned to their original specs.

It’s time again for our annual dry dock period of maintenance and inspections. Searcher is in San Pedro at Al Larson Boat Shop. Team Searcher is working with the capable crew at the boat yard to get our girl ship-shape for her 48th year of operation!

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Searcher’s hull (in the bow) with 47-year-old bare wood, ready for repainting.

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