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Dec 12022

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 207 (How To Set Your Drag, part 2)

December 1st, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Welcome back to Tackle Tip Thursday, anglers!

Thank you for joining us for the second half of our instruction for drag settings on your reel. Captain Art explains in detail the importance of having the right drag setting so you have the best opportunity to win the battle at the rail.

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Nov 302022

New Engine Project 2022: Removing Old Engines

November 30th, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog|

Searcher’s new John Deere engines are waiting to be installed, but first we remove the 22-year old Caterpillar engines on November 30, 2022.

Nov 292022

Give Back to our Veterans this Giving Tuesday!

November 29th, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog|

Team Searcher is proud to support returning military heroes as they enjoy a fishing trip, provided for free thanks to the San Diego Angler Foundation “Warriors on the Water” program. We sold 2022 limited-edition camo hoodies and donated 10% of each one to WOW!

Thank you to our anglers for donations and supporting a great cause.

You can donate directly to this fantastic program on this Giving Tuesday (or any day) here: DONATE TO WARRIORS ON THE WATER

Nov 272022

Repower with New Engines, 2022

November 27th, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog|

Hello Searcher family,
We just ran the old Caterpillar main engines for the last time! We are starting our repower project now and replacing them with Tier 3 John Deere engines.
The old engines will come out next Wednesday.
We are so grateful for these engines that provided us with great service for the past 22 years.
Captain Art and Team Searcher

Nov 262022

Small Business Saturday Message

November 26th, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Did You Know?|

On this Small Business Saturday, Art and I are grateful to all our anglers for their business. You, and the rest of our Team Searcher, make this family operation a reality!

Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts, Captain Clicker and celia

Nov 242022

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 206 (Bait Making)

November 24th, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Welcome to another episode of Tackle Tip Thursday! Logan, a longtime Searcher angler, is here this week stressing the importance of being prepared for the important task of bait making on your long range adventures. Thank you, Logan!

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Nov 212022

Nov 21 (November 15-23) Ridge Special

November 21st, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good evening,

We started on The Ridge this morning where we caught tuna our first day down here.  We saw almost not sign at all, but we stuck it out until 11 a.m. But it became obvious that it was a bust–the water had rolled over.

We took off looking for a kelp and after about 4 hours, Captain Ryan spotted a 30-ft kelp from a few miles away with dorado jumping on it.  We scored on this one. All you want yellowfin tuna, all you want dorado and a few lucky guys got a wahoo.

We’re headed up for yellowtail on the beach tomorrow.

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening,

We got up to the area around Isla Natividad around 9am and started seeing fish right away.  We’ve been picking and scratching all day. We have been seeing fish all day. They are not that eager but we’re putting a nice day together.  Yo-yo was the best, but we are catching some on the dropper loops as well. Beautiful grade at 17-20#and a few 25-30# fish mixed in. 

We’re rolling up. Going to do a few cod drifts for our last day of the season tomorrow.  Looking forward to seeing everyone out next year

Happy holidays,

Captain Mike and the boys

Nov 202022

Nov 19 (November 15-23) Ridge Special

November 20th, 2022|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning,

We slid further down The Ridge last night to try for some yellowtail and see if there was any wahoo around.  We haven’t seen any wahoo yet but we had a pretty good shot at some big yellowtail that are 20-45lbs, mostly 30lbs and up.  There was a one hour bite window and then we just caught them one at a time until lunch. Big bruisers on the mackeral we caught the other day and on the yo yo jigs.  We’re moving up to  see if we can find some ‘hoos now.

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening,

Minimal sign of wahoo this afternoon but we did hook one and lost it at gaff.  We had a drift on mixed-grade tuna as well in our search. They were 10-25lbs.  We ended the day here grouper fishing.  We managed a handful of these beasts.  We’re going to try a little tonight them move up to where we were yesterday for our last day on The Ridge.

Captain Mike and the boys

Grouper caught on 80# with a dropper loop and large Spanish mackerel

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