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Long Beach show begins Wednesday (3/1)!

Stop by the Searcher Sportfishing booth in the 600 aisle, pick up a new refrigerator magnet, and book your 2017 trip! Schedule here: Let’s Fish in 2017. Capt Ryan Stahl and long-ranger Dave Bell will be in the booth to talk fishing and tackle. Wednesday through Sunday. Show details here:

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Tuna Research by Team Searcher and YOU!

Sportfishing Association of California and Commerical Passenger Fishing Vessels (CPFV) Collaborate on Tuna Research

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San Diego-based Sportfishing Association of CA initiated a collaboration between scientists and recreational anglers.

Tuna caught by you and your fellow recreational anglers now provides resource managers and scientists with valuable data, in addition to gracing the dinner tables of family and friends. These data, collected by the CPFV fleet Captains and crew members, may allow decision-makers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to more effectively manage fisheries in southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico.

Since the 2015 fishing season, Searcher and other CPFVs have been involved in the program which was proposed by the SAC and implemented by Alayna Siddall, SAC’s Director of Science and Communications. The project has Captains and crew members measure tuna (all species) lengths according to a standard protocol and then record them on waterproof data sheets.SAC data sheet

These data can be used to determine total take by weight of tuna in the local region (southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico) and help inform future stock assessments. This information is needed in order to estimate the catch in a more accurate way.

SAC provided the crew member training, all equipment, and data sheets. In addition they process the data, along with CEC Research, and make it available to outside entities such as NOAA and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Team Searcher is 100% supportive of these efforts that will help protect recreational anglers’ fishing interests.

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Ryan L., Captains Aaron and Art measure and record sizes of these small yellowfin tuna from a 2016 trip.

“We are happy to participate in data collection and be proactive, as resource managers assess stocks and possibly make changes to bag limits. We hope to see an increase in that limit for bluefin tuna in California due to information this program provides.”
–Captain Art


This project will continue through 2017, and hopefully for several years to come. When catch is loaded off Searcher and placed into carts, and before it makes its way to the fish processor, you might notice our crew measuring and recording the lengths of your tuna. Your fish has the potential to benefit the entire fleet and future generations of anglers…just in case you needed even more incentive to get out fishing!

if you’d like more information on this program, contact SAC’s Director of Science and Communication: Alayna Siddall

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2016 SONAR winner!

“What is S.O.N.A.R.* and how do I win it?!”

Tomas and Kurt pose with wahoo from The Ridge.

Fishing is even more fun with a buddy aboard!

Just bring a friend fishing aboard Searcher for the first time and qualify to win big!


ss-badge-sonarBut back to our current winner….Jim Pappas of Largo, Florida, was drawn as our 2016 winner. Congratulations, Jim, and we’ll see you aboard in 2017 for your free trip, using your new rod/reel combo, as selected by Captain Art!

Jim brought his son, Nicklas, on a 4-day trip in early July on their first west-coast trip ever! Jim qualified for the SONAR promotion because he brought Nicklas, a first-time angler to Searcher Sportfishing.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be the Searcher SONAR 2016 winner! My son and I had a fantastic time and created life long fishing memories. Special note of thanks to the Searcher Captain and crew and all the great sponsors! ! We hope to see you all soon for another great offshore trip!
Jim & Niko Pappas


Nicklas and Jim (on right) Pappas were first-timers on Searcher and to west-coast fishing!

Thank you to our generous supporters of SONAR for their departure day thank-you gifts too: Fishermans Landing Tackle Shop, Accurate Fishing Products, Izorline, Braid Products, Fishermans Processing, Owner Hooks, and so many more from our saltwater industry.

  • Searcher Offers New Angler Reward
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Searcher in Dry Dock!

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Hauled out on Dec 12.

The crew brought Searcher to Al Larson Boat Yard in San Pedro on Sunday night for an early Monday morning arrival for the haul-out on December 12, 2016.

Capt Art reports that the boat’s hull looks good and the work list has begun!

Coast Guard inspection of the hull takes place on Wednesday, December 14.

Here are just a few items that Art, Aaron, Ryan Stahl, Dan and R2 are getting ready for the USCG inspection: intake screens for saltwater pumps, engine cooling system, all thru-hull valves removed for inspection, all bilges pumped dry, and the life rafts are removed for annual inspection.

In addition the hull is power-washed below the waterline and the sonar dome is cleaned.


Freshly painted bow on Dec 20.

Stay tuned for more dry-dock news as the week progresses!

“December, 2016 Projects/Upgrades”

From Searcher in Dry Dock! Al Larson Boat Yard, San Pedro, 2016. Posted by SearcherSportfishing on 12/14/2016 (21 items)

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker Rods Jackpot winners!

1. Steve Lenker, San Pedro, CA — 51# wahoo (winner of Accurate reel)
2. Aaron James, Redondo Beach, CA — 43.6# wahoo (winner of Seeker rod)
3. Mike Townes, Lodi, CA — 43.4# yellowfin tuna (winner of Seeker rod)

Many thanks to Gary Gillingham (on right), pro-staffer for Accurate Fishing Products and Seeker Rods!

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker

Howdy anglers,

For our last day of fishing for the 2016 season, we had just a little action catching a few yellowtail on our way home. The weather is good and we’re happy to have a nice ride home.

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John Melton getting the good news at the Long Beach show from Capt Art. He won SONAR and received that new rod/reel combo AND a free 3-day trip!

John Melton was our lucky SONAR winner for 2015 and he used his free 3-day trip credit towards this 7-day trip to The Ridge with sponsors Accurate Fishing Products and Seeker Rods! How do you get into the raffle for a free 3-day trip and a rod/reel combo?Bring a friend fishing in 2017 and win!

Details here: SONAR program for Searcher Sportfishing. Check our schedule and get yourself and a friend booked!

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

p.s. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the boat, fishing, and promotions from Team Searcher!

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker

Howdy anglers:

We enjoyed another day of steady action on tuna with wahoo mixed in. We finished our last day down around The Ridge, and are moving up to the beach to try for some yellowtail.

The weather has improved and the forecast shows it getting even better. Ron Bryan hooked many wahoo, and managed to land this one with the help of Capt Ryan Stahl.

And many thanks to sponsor Seeker Fishing Rods!SEEKER_logo-300x100

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker

Howdy anglers:

We had some action this morning on a couple of wahoo, but they aren’t very hungry. We’ve seen some, but they are not interested in what we have to offer.

We had some action on yellowfin tuna though! Going for more this afternoon.


Long-time Searcher friend, Allen A, got a nice yellowfin tuna today. Capt Ben was at the gaff.

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

Day’s end report:

Howdy anglers,

We had a few more tuna this afternoon and a couple more wahoo.

Steve Lenker is pictured  with one of the wahoo. The weather has come down and we’re moving down to a area with promising reports.

Many thanks to Gary Gillingham and all his support through Accurate Fishing Products and Seeker Rods. Lots of gear and fun for anglers to try out!

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crewtrip31lenker

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