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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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Trip 34 Nov 11-17 (6-day) Accurate/Seeker Jackpot Results!

Congratulations to the winners of the Accurate/Seeker “Season Closer” 6-day Guadalupe Special:

  1. Dale Bunting – Cambria, CA – 131# yellowfin tuna
  2. Andy Ratsky – Calabasas, CA – 128# yellowfin tuna
  3. Gary Wheeler – Apache Junction, AZ – 128# yellowfin tuna
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BIG news from Accurate Products!

Pro-staffer from Team Accurate, Gary Gillingham, had an opportunity to fish with a top-secret prototype reel on Searcher‘s last trip to Guadalupe Island on the 6-day Accurate Fishing and Seeker Rods open charter.

Here’s the story in Gary’s own words:

I had a chance to fish the new Accurate Valiant (BV 800) prototype reel on this trip.
I caught both a 133# yellowfin tuna and a 34# yellowtail on the reel! The reel was very smooth and cast like a dream with 100# braid and 80# top shot.


Anglers can look forward to fishing this reel for yourselves soon!


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Trip 34 Nov 11-17 Accurate/Seeker (6-day) Guadalupe Special Nov 15 PM Report

Hello all,

Our final day of fishing for 2017 was a success! Everyone had plenty of opportunity to hook a quality yellowfin tuna today as well as a quality yellowtail. The weather finally let up and it was a great day of fishing in good weather. Here is Andy Ratsky from Calabasas with one of the four good size tuna he landed this trip, Andy used a loaner outfit from Gary G. from Accurate Fishing Products with a Seeker rod. He also was kind enough to hand off other fish he hooked today to 2 people that hadn’t landed a tuna yet. Thanks to Andy for his generosity.

Travelling tomorrow and arriving in San Diego on Friday.

Team Searcher

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