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Jun 162021

Jun 16 (2.5 day trip)

June 16th, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good afternoon anglers,

We’ve scratched a few of mixed-grade bluefin this morning, They’re still not biting very well, but they are acting a little different. It seems like they’re starting to respond to the bait and stick to the boat and boil around a bit now.

We broke up the morning and did a little kelping. We were pleasantly surprised and had some good action on 12-18lb yellowtail. Everyone caught a few.  We’re back in bluefin mode now and hoping for a flatfall bite this evening.

Captain Mike and the boys

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Here is a 60lber caught on the sinker rig this morning

Good evening anglers,

We are seeing a very good sign of fish here this evening.  We have some tonnage laying under the boat right now. We are  very surprised we are not all hooked up and fighting a fish, but we are patient.

We have got a few bites on the flat fall. Hoping they turn on soon.

Captain Mike and the boys

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Greg caught this 170# on a flat fall lure

Jun 132021

Jun 12 (2.5 day trip)

June 13th, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We had some opportunities last night on 100+ pound bluefin. There were plenty of fish around and if you spent time at the rail you had a chance at a nice one. With all the bigger fish coming at night, we recommend resting a little during the day so you have some fuel in the tank for fishing at night. It takes time and work at the rail it to get a bite. We are hoping for more chances this evening.

Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Kevin got his personal best with a 175 pound tuna on a flat fall at sunrise

Jun 122021

Jun 12 (2.5 day trip)

June 12th, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

Timing is everything in fishing! We had tough conditions last trip with wind and tuna that wouldn’t bite. Our first night on this trip we had very good signs of tuna and great weather. We landed two tuna: one at 100 pounds and one at 50 pounds, with plenty of opportunities to catch more. We are seeing good signs of mixed size fish from 20 pounds to 100 pounds so far this morning.

The fish pictured was landed using 80 pound line and a flat fall lure with 200 pound leader.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

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A 100 pound bluefin and a happy angler

Jun 102021

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 150 (John Collins Knot)

June 10th, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Happy Tackle Tip Thursday!

A special guest and Searcher family member, Pete G. from Let’s Talk Hook Up radio show, gives us a great demonstration of the John Collins knot. Pete recommends this knot for connecting spectra to monofilament or fluorocarbon up to about 80# test.

Thank you to Pete G. from Let’s Talk Hook Up for this tackle tip and their sponsored fishing trips aboard Searcher along with Gamakatsu Hooks. Listen to Pete and other fishing experts every Saturday and Sunday on The Mightier 1090AM from 7-9 a.m. for fish talk and more!

Want another tackle tip with a Pete ? “San Diego Jam Knot”

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Jun 92021

Jun 9 (2.5 day trip)

June 9th, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

It was very slow fishing today. We have seen numerous spots of bluefin tuna throughout the day and night. But we haven’t found a spot that will stay with us. We have loads of time left in our trip and we will continue searching for the right school. The weather is workable with diminishing winds this evening and tomorrow morning.
More later,

Captain Art and Team Searcher

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One lucky angler landed a tuna on a live sardine and a 12 ounce sinker rig.

Jun 52021

Jun 5 (2.5 day trip)

June 5th, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We arrived on scene here at about midnight and started seeing fish right away. It was pretty tough for us to get a bite on the flat falls in the dark. Since then we’ve been scratching away a little bit. We had one long drift that started in the gray. The fish we’re seeing and catching right now are 50-200lbs, with a few 20lbers as well.  The biggest one we’ve landed was 184lbs.  We lost a bigger one at gaff and have had multiple heart breaks. That’s bluefin fishing! Anglers are fishing 80lb but our casualty rate is still pretty high due to tangles, bite offs and pulled hooks.

Captain Mike and the boys

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Andrew is smiling about catching this 95lber from our first stop!

Good evening anglers,

We scratched away all day on mixed grade bluefin. The majority of them were 50-180lbs with some smaller ones mixed in. The majority were caught on the sinker rig on 80lb.  We see good sign in the dark here of 100lb+ fish, but the anglers are burnt out and we only have a few people fishing. We’ve got one of these 100 lbers, with only a couple anglers fishing. We still have a good sign of fish. We’ll check back in the morning,

Captain Mike and the boys

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Steve picked up this beauty on the sinker rig.

Jun 32021

Jun 2 (2.5 day trip)

June 3rd, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We’re still seeing good sign of these 40-180lb bluefin here again today. It’s been pretty tough to get a bite, but we’re scratching away here. All of the fish we’re catching today are coming on the sinker rig and the shiny lures primarily the yoyo lures. We’re hoping they turn on this afternoon and start snapping. We also had a few on the flat falls before the sun came up.

Captain Mike and the boys

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Captain Ryan and Phil C with a nice one!

Good evening anglers,

We scratched up a couple more handfuls of bluefin this afternoon.  Most of them were the 50lb class but we did land a few more big ones as well.  All but one came on the sinker rig on 80lb test. We’re just starting to get on the fish again. There’s a very good sign right now. We currently have one heavy hanging, and good fish swimming around the boat.

Hoping to sack up a few more tonight before we have to go home. (photos to come later today!)

Captain Mike and the boys

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Jun 12021

Jun 1 (2.5 day trip)

June 1st, 2021|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,
We’re off to a great start! We’ve been plunking all morning on 50-130lb bluefin.  There is an incredible sign of fish down here. We got on the right one at 7am, it’s 9:30 am now and were up to 11 over 100# on this drift. We have 2-5 fish going the whole time.  Pretty fun fishing.

We caught a few on the flat falls, but  most of the fish are coming on the sinker rig. Anglers are having no problem getting bit on 80lb outfits, but the anglers fishing 60lb are struggling to land them.  I highly recommend fishing nothing less than 80lb.

Captain Mike and the boys

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Frank boated this 120lb bluefin caught on the sinker rig on 80lb line

Good evening anglers,
We’ve been picking away at these big bluefin this afternoon. Most of our bites are coming on the shiny yo-yo lures like the Tady 4/0 and the Salas 6xjr.  We lost quite a few due to pulled hooks and bite offs, however we are managing to land some.  The sun’s down now and we’re starting to catch a few on the flat falls.  We’ll check back in the morning.

Captain Mike and the boys

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Three brothers tag-teamed this nice bluefin caught on the flat fall

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