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May 242024

Happy Anniversary, Searcher!

May 24th, 2024|Categories: Captain Mike's Blog, News|

54 years ago, our beautiful vessel was launched in Newport Beach, CA by her builders, Bill and Ingrid Poole. What a proud moment that was, as the Cape Polaris entered the water after a year of construction, thus starting a new era of long-range sportfishing. How proud we were to continue that tradition!

I like to post on May 24 every year to share our Cape Polaris/Searcher Pride, and this year, I wanted to include a message of huge gratitude to all our followers and customers. The new team has taken over posting and so this will be my last.

I remember the first 100 Facebook followers in 2011 (now 9,000 followers) and the first dozen Instagram followers in 2015 (now 11,400 followers) like it was yesterday. We felt joy with every new connection we made, and the challenge to create content that would grow our audience. 

We love the Poole family photos/memorabilia, like the Cape Polaris launch party photo featured in this post.

And in our first instagram posts (below), you can see we always liked posting photos of our beautiful Searcher, happy departure photos, fun marketing schemes, and anglers with a nice catch.

Thank you for making it a really great run! #capepolaris #1970proud #hooklineandsearcher

Captain Art (who never once posted, though we wanted you to think otherwise) and your OG land crew forever, celia

May 232024

Trip #4 May 21-24

May 23rd, 2024|Categories: Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello Anglers,

After a long day of stopping on large sized schools with little to no reaction we were able to locate some biting fish after the sun went down. The fish grade ranged from 30- 200 pounds with the majority being 120-200. Although not wide open by any means a well-placed jig and a little luck resulted in some trophy fish for our anglers.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Angler with two bluefin tunas.
May 222024

NEW! Parking Update

May 22nd, 2024|Categories: Captain Mike's Blog, News|

Note from Team Searcher:

There are two different owners of the lots surrounding our landing which can lead to confusion. We suggest you park in an ACE parking lot and pre-pay for your parking at an ACE parking lot pay station (or use app). The ACE fee is $14/day.  Most of their spots are numbered. Then look for the ACE parking logo on the pay station nearest your spot.

if you park in the non-ACE lot, make sure to pay at their pay station (no ACE logo on them). They have different pricing, and their spots are labelled “Paid Parking.” Those lots do not have a business name OR phone number to contact them if you have a dispute.

Examples of ACE parking spots, pay stations, and signs:

Ace Parking Sign

Ace Parking Payment Kiosk

Ace New Prepaid Parking Program

Sportfishing Parking Press Release (Received via Fisherman’s Landing)

The Port of San Diego has been working with San Diego Sportfishing and other neighboring businesses to address parking policy, add more parking spaces, and streamline the time it takes to exit the parking lot.


This pay process will reduce the number of vehicles that are left for long periods or abandoned in our lots.  This alone will create more opportunities for sportfishing customers.


Payment may now be made via pay machines or the online app, using credit card or cash.  Pay stations are in use everywhere now and offer a variety of ways to pay.  In the past, credit cards were not accepted in the sportfishing lot.  Now they will be, creating a benefit to the fishermen.  Pay stations will be conveniently located in all parking areas and the app will provide a fast and simple way to pay.  One difference is that payment will be made in advance instead of paying when you leave.  Also, there will no longer be a need for a pay booth in the lot, allowing for a much quicker way to exit the lot.

The Ace parking app. can be downloaded from the app store at any time and works like any other app where you simply follow the prompts.  If an angler is not comfortable using apps, the machines may be used to make payment.

The San Diego Sportfishing Landings are confident that this new process will result in more available parking spaces, more payment options, and more streamlined egress from the lot.

For more information, please contact any of the three San Diego Sportfishing Landing.

May 182024

Trip #3 May 17-19 Kyle Landford Charter

May 18th, 2024|Categories: Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good Afternoon Anglers!

Kyle Landford’s Charter set out on Friday afternoon, eager for some action. After a long night with no schools in sight, we finally spotted one at 5 a.m. There had been promising opportunities before we arrived, and we encountered several good schools throughout the night. It was all about being in the right place at the right time. Just before sunrise, we had an excellent chance and landed a 100-pounder.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Three anglers posing with three caught bluefin tuna.
Angler with a 100-pounder bluefin tuna!
May 162024

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 233 (Drop-shot Rig)

May 16th, 2024|Categories: Captain Mike's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Happy Tackle Tip Thursday!

Steve Carson, pro-staffer with Penn Fishing, showcases a good outfit to have and a technique to become familiar with before targeting bigger-size bluefin tuna. 

This requires an angler to select and use an outfit with heavy line, and a circle hook and sinker to reach fish when at depth and when live bait is working best.

Thank you to Steve for his time and experience in all things having to do with saltwater angling and Penn Fishing Tackle!

Check our variety of trip lengths and angler loads here: Or call the office 619-226-2403.

To review our tackle suggestions for your upcoming trip, click here:SEARCHER TACKLE SUGGESTIONS

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May 152024

Trip #2 May 14-17 John Waggoner Charter

May 15th, 2024|Categories: Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|


Trip #2 with John Waggoner’s Charter set out Tuesday morning, and after a 30-hour search, we finally found the fish late this afternoon! We’re now seeing promising signs with a mixed grade, mostly ranging from 30 to 80 lbs. We’ve had a few bites and landed a couple, and we’re hopeful for tonight.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Angler with bluefin tuna

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