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Sep 242020

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 118 (Light Line Fishing)

September 24th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Tackle Tip Thursday is here! Today we have a special guest and his first appearance, Vincent from Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop. Vincent tells us what hot right now for bluefin fishing. Vincent gives all the insight on light line for catching a bluefin. Stay hooked here for all the latest Tackle Tips.

Thank you so much Vincent and Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop for the great Tackle Tip!

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Sep 232020

Herzog Electric Private Charter: 3 day (Sep 22-25)

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We are on day 2 of our Herzog Electric 3-day charter. We spent the morning trying to get the bluefin tuna to bite without a lot of luck, so we moved spots. We had some fun catching a few yellowtail around lunch. Live sardines and 25 pound test were the tackle winners with that. We are headed back to the tuna area hopefully for some action this afternoon.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Father and son each caught a nice yellowtail

Good afternoon anglerrs,

We had some action this afternoon with bluefin tuna, primarily on the kite outfits. We had a dozen bites and landed four nice  ones: 180, 155, 150 and 120 pounds. These are very nice fish, and so we had a great end for the day. We will try again tomorrow.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

The 120# bluefin on the scale!

Sep 232020

Herzog Electric Private Charter: 3 day (Sep 22-25)

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers:

We departed this morning with our great group from Herzog Electric and others. We had some action this afternoon on a kelp patty. There were plenty of opportunities to catch dorado and small yellowfin tuna. It was some good action for the beginners to get their techniques down.

We are headed west in search of bigger yellowfin and bluefin tuna.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

First-time angler, Ted, caught a small dorado on a live sardine

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Sep 212020

Extended 1.5 day trip: Sep 20-22

September 21st, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good Afternoon Anglers,

    Last night up to the north west last night in search of bluefin tuna. Early in the morning we spotted a school of fish puddling on the surface.

We initially assumed it was bluefin but once we got a little closer, we were very pleasantly surprised to see it was large yellowfin tuna. Once we got on the school we had a few bites right away. We lost quite a few fish due to light line, but once we got our anglers fishing the 40 pound we started bringing them over the rail. These are big fish,Megan landed a 74 pounder!  We are still on the same drift and picking away with the fly line baits and the kite.

Armando and The Searcher.

Matt got a nice one too, with Bryce and Justin on the assist, even Captain Mike got in on the action. We are still on the 

Good evening anglers,

After finishing our long drift for yellowfin tuna this morning, we went on the hunt. We were seeing a lot of large “foamers” of bluefin but they would not cooperate, so we made a move. As evening approached we found the water edge we wanted to be on and found a very large school of big bluefin just beneath the surface. We hooked a big one right away, and as it got dark we put the sinker rigs and flat falls to work. The school stayed with us for a few hours, and we were able to land some very nice fish.

We had an amazing trip with a great group. We are on our way home and will be at the dock in the morning.

Armando and Team Searcher

Josh landed this 140 # bluefin on a sinker rig with a sardine

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Extended 1.5 day trip: Sep 20-22

September 20th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good evening anglers,

We left this morning on an extended day and a half trip, and headed south looking for kelp paddies. Having fished the zone the day before, we had a pretty good idea of where to start looking. After traveling for most of the afternoon, we found our kelp and it was loaded with dorado and some yellowfin tuna. We had a lot of action and it was a great way to start off our trip!

We are excited to have an entire day of fishing ahead of us tomorrow and plan on being on the bluefin grounds in the morning.
Armando and the Searcher

Gary picked up a nice dorado

Sep 192020

Trip #23: Sep 17-20 (3 day) Penn Reels

September 19th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good Afternoon Anglers,

We started our morning to the south in the dorado and yellowfin zone. The weather was a bit choppy but we did manage to locate the kelp we were looking for. Once we pulled up, dorado and yellowfin were eager to bite the fly line sardines. We picked up quite a few fish before the kelp went dry. From there we were able to find a good line of kelps that all seemed to have a little bit of fish swimming around them. We are in some beautiful warm water and our weather is steadily improving as the day goes on. Conditions are perfect for some end of summer kelp paddy fishing.

Captain Armando and Team Searcher

Cameron’s nice dorado on the first kelp

Good evening anglers,

This afternoon we continued our search for dorado and yellowfin on kelps. All throughout the day we found kelps with fish on them. It seemed that every we kelp we found had a little bit of fish on it. So we spent the afternoon picking away at the fish in search of that big kelp that was loaded up.

In the late afternoon it finally happened. We found a large kelp that was holding a huge school of dorado. Everyone had a bent rod, they were even biting the 60lb test! We had a blast and ended the trip with a great stop. It was an extremely fun trip with a great group of anglers. Many thanks to Steve Carson and Penn Fishing Reels for the great sponsorship.

We are on our way in and will be arriving in the morning ready to do it again!

Armando and the Searcher crew

Sep 182020

Trip #23: Sep 17-20 (3 day) Penn Reels

September 18th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good afternoon anglers,

We began our morning on the bluefin tuna grounds. Shortly after sunrise we saw a school of birds picking on the surface with a few tuna boiling underneath them. Once we got close we realized that it was a very large school of tuna. We had bites on the fly line sardine, the sinker rig, and the Colt Sniper. Steve Carson from Penn Reels got a nice one on the fly line sardine on 25lb test. We have amazing weather and are seeing lots of fish. Everybody is enjoying an awesome carnitas lunch and we are ready to put some more on the boat!

Captain Armando and Team Searcher

Mike and Greg got in on the good bluefin tuna action!

Good evening anglers,

This afternoon was a little slow for us in the bluefin zone, though we did manage to land a few more. We are hoping to get a stop in the dark tonight to drop the flat falls down for some more bluefin, and then we are on our way south to try for some dorado and yellow fin tuna on kelp paddies.

Captain Armando and Team Searcher

One of the Hawaiian shirt bunch, Mark, and his bluefin!

Sep 172020

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 117 (Favorite Set-up)

September 17th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

It’s Tackle Tip Thursday! Today we have Nathan W. from Penn Fishing. Nathan gives us the run down of his favorite fishing and his favorite set up. 8 foot rod with a Penn Fathom (FTH25N LB2) 2-Speed reel. Is his favorite set-up. Do you want to try out this set-up?   Penn Fishing has given us this set-up as a demo set for you to try. Just let our land crew know and we can set you up with a demo set-up for you to try with out having to purchase anything. It’s all about stay on top of whats biting.

Huge thank you to Nathan and Penn Fishing for the tackle tip and the demo gear.

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