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Getting Ready to Fish!

Hello Anglers!

Are you getting ready to fish?? We certainly are, Team Searcher is working hard to get the boat ready for our anglers. Watch the guys as they start to install the bait tank. 


We are so excited for our upcoming 2017 fishing season, and hope to see you on board the Searcher! Haven’t made your reservation? Check out our schedule to see what trips still have spots.

-Team Searcher

Trip Report

Early signs of fish! Get booked!

Hello anglers!
The early signs of local bluefin tuna are very interesting! If you are thinking about going on a short trip to get tuned up for the season, we have some trips in June and July for you. The bluefin are in the 20-40# range at this time, and the season is just getting started.

Some tips for getting ready:

  • Rig up for live-bait fishing and select outfits in the 20- to 40-pound line class.
  • Stock up with Owner live-bait hooks (Which ones? Click here: Capt Art discusses Owner Hooks)  
  • Load up on Izorline braided line and flourocarbon leader material
  • Attend one of our tackle seminars: May 2 at Oceanside Senior Anglers, May 10 at Turner’s Outdoorsman in Oxnard.

We’ve got a pre-season checklist with advice from the experts here: GET READY TO FISH!

If you need to borrow rods and reels, join our Accurate-sponsored 3-day trip. Jack and Gary from Accurate will bring extra gear AND a rod-reel combo to giveaway! Or our 4-day Izorline trip with Norm will get you fish for the July 4th BBQ and some free line fill-ups! We could be in for some good fishing early so don’t miss out on the action. Book a spot now!

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OSA Hosts Searcher for Offshore Live-Bait Tuna Fishing Seminar May 2nd 9am

Join us on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9am, at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane Oceanside, CA 92054. for an offshore live-bait tuna fishing seminar hosted by the Oceanside Senior Anglers. Captain Art Taylor, with over 30 years’ experience fishing offshore San Diego and at Baja California’s islands and coastline, will give you the scoop on live-bait techniques and tuna fishing!

Art started his fishing career in junior high working aboard half-day boats in exchange for fishing time. He got serious about fishing as a career, and after a short stint in commercial fishing, earned his skipper’s license at the age
Captain Art Taylor, owner/operatorof 19. He was captain of his first fishing trips at the age of 20. Art Taylor started operating Searcher in 1982. Since then, it has run overnight, short-range and long-range fishing trips out of Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego. The thrill of sportfishing, the reward of teaching anglers to fish better, and the pride in keeping a boat operating smoothly from the engine room to the galley has turned Art into a well-rounded boat operator and business owner.

Searcher is a 95-foot long, 24-foot wide sportfisher operating out of Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego, California.

Trip Report

We’re Hooked on Owner!

Team Searcher is proud to partner with: Owner Hooks!

The Owner brand is an industry standard which is known for their innovation in hook designs and signature sharp(!) and cutting points (key for live bait presentation)  We will have Owner hooks available for purchase aboard Searcher throughout the season, and some lucky SONAR winners will receive Owner hooks as their thank you gift for bringing aboard a new angler!

We’ll keep you posted with Owner hook success stories as the season progresses!

Bootz says,”There isn’t any one “magic” hook size or style.  The savvy angler will carry an assortment of sizes and styles so that they can respond to varying fishing conditions!”

Captain Art discusses hook selection in the following video:

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Fred Hall Shows in Del Mar… And the Winner Is…

At Searcher Sportfishing we are dedicated to the sustainability, conservation and enhancement of our marine resources and coastal environments. At this year’s Fred Hall Shows in Del Mar, we partnered with our friends at the Coastal Conservation Association to bring support and awareness to their mission. The purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources; and aims to thconserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

In addition to all the great benefits of being a member, we added a little honey to the pot – a gift certificate to Searcher Sportfishing valued at $495.00!! And the winner is…

CONGRATULATIONS Jeff Schoellerman of San Diego!!

Fred Hall Shows Del Mar

Interested in joining the CCA? Visit

If you would like to volunteer to help CCA with booth activities contact Steven via email at

– Team Searcher

Wishing you could fish at Guadalupe Island this summer/fall?

Just a book a trip aboard Searcher! It was a long process, but we have been informed that our permit to fish Guadalupe Island this summer and fall will be issued soon. Please read the information below if you are interested in fishing there again.

For 2017, all 5-, 6-, and 7-day trips MAY include the opportunity to fish at Guadalupe. The actual fishing locations will be decided each trip by the captain, and his decisions will be based on best available fishing — determined by conditions and fishing reports. Guadalupe Island could be one of those locations or not. In addition we have added TWO new trips in November that will be “Guadalupe Island Specials,” and those trips will target fishing the island.

Trip 33: Sat, Nov 4 – Fri, Nov 10, 6-day trip, 14 anglers, Ultra-limited load, $3600*
Trip 34: Sat Nov 11 – Fri, Nov 17, 6-day trip, 25 anglers, Accurate Fishing/Seeker Rods, $2340*

Searcher Aerial Propwash*FEES: Any trips fishing Guadalupe Island will require additional fees to access the island and fulfill necessary immigration requirements. We are estimating that to be about $250 per person, due on the day of departure.

As for ALL trips in 2017, a valid passport is required. Don’t miss out because you didn’t renew in time!

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Get your CCA membership at the Del Mar show

Check out the awesome package available at the Fred Hall Show in Del Mar ONLY! Stop by the CCA booth outside the show to take advantage of this offer. On Saturday (March 25), you can buy your membership from Capt Art!th

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 on March 26. 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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Thank you to our Searcher Sponsors!

“We met up with our best sponsors at the show to say “THANK YOU” and “BRING ON 2017!””

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