Capt Art’s Blog

April 9 First Trip!

April 10th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

We at Team Searcher were excited to get our first trip of 2021 away from the dock and take some anglers fishing! The dockside maintenance is complete and there’s reports of yellowtail at the islands. We’re scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April for some fun, full-day trips (5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m). Targets will be yellowtail, rockfish, and calico bass.

Book at spot on FishermansLanding.com or call at 619-221-8500. See you aboard!

Tackle Talk Live!

March 22nd, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

We will be going LIVE and talking tackle! Tune in for Tackle Talk Live! Thursday, March 25 at 4pm PST.

Join us to talk tackle with the Team Searcher crew. Let’s get ready for the new fishing season and gear up for spring. Feel free to send us questions that you’d like answered.

Tune in Thursday, March 25  at 4pm PST on Facebook LIVE! And look for the recorded talk here and on our social media.

Catching up with Anglers

March 21st, 2021|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Welcome to a segment we are calling “Catching up with Anglers!”

We love to stay in touch with our Searcher family to share 🎣fish stories, recreate the excitement, swap tackle tips, reunite with old friends and maybe make new ones. Let’s catch up with an angler, a special, long-time Searcher family member, Chris Flaxington!

Name:Chris Flaxington
From: La Mirada, CA
Job Title: Logistics manager at T&J Sausage Inc

  • What’s your typical day like?: On  weekdays, I get up for work at 3:00am and go to bed at 11:00 pm.  Spend day at work then go home and take care of my 27 year old handicapped son and then proceed with my late  afternoons. Prior to Covid I used to coach club soccer. With Covid here, Logan and I spend lots of time working on our boat.

  • Share your best tackle tip: My best tackle tip is don’t get caught up in all the hype of new expensive gear. Fish don’t know what make of gear you’re using.

  • Who or what got you into fishing? I truly got into hard core fishing when my neighbor got me into fishing freshwater bass tournaments.  Then I met my wife and she told me if I buy an ocean boat she would go with me.  Well my wife comes from the Midwest.  After I bought a ocean boat and she went out twice. She realized she gets too seasick to ever want  to go again. In the last 18 years she has not stepped foot on my boat.
  • A “must have” in your tackle box is: Must have in my tackle box is, having enough tackle for my kid while we are fishing.  The true must have in my tackle box is basic weights and hooks for bait fishing, I don’t care for all the lures and jigs unless they are the only thing working.
  • Favorite fish dish? Any fish that is fried with lots of vinegar and tartar sauce.
  • What kind of fish is inside your fish taco? Rockfish, Is there any other type?
  • Favorite hobby other than fishing: My other hobby besides fishing is working on boats. I love to install and fabric custom items for private boats.
  • What Searcher trip are you most excited about? The ones I’m booked on!  On the Searecher,  I rate trips all the same from 1.5 days to 8 days as they are all good and I really enjoy hanging with the crew members of the Searcher. So much that I spend more time talking with them then I do fishing on some trips.
  • Favorite fishing memory: This actually happened  on the Searcher trip we did September 2020.  Captain Ryan told Logan he could troll, but Captain Mondo did not know there were any trolling lines in the water. Logan hooked up with a marlin! Captain Mondo tried to turn the boat for Logan and the fish spit the hook. While stopping for the marlin, a school of BF swam under us and no one got hooked up until Captain said  “Ok let’s move.” Then Logan yelled  “Fish on!”  Little did Mondo know that Logan had grabbed his bass fishing rod and ended up hooking into a 38lb BF tuna.  This fish ended up tangling almost every fisherman on the boat and 1.5 hours to reel in the fish. Logan was lucky it was slow day and every fish counted.  
  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: A cow yellowfin once the island opens back up.
  • What motivates you? Watching a plan in action that works!
  • Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Work with my son on his fishing knowledge and watching him become one of the better fishermen around.   
  • Bucketlist fish/fish you haven’t caught but want to? Opah 

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 140 (San Diego Jam)

March 18th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Happy Tackle Tip Thursday! Today we have a very special guest and Searcher family member Pete G. from Let’s Talk Hook Up! Pete gives us a must- have knot. He is using Seaguar line and Gamakatsu hook for his demo.  The San Diego jam is a great connection knot. This is one knot everyone will need.

Our 1.5 day Let’s Talk Hook-up Trips still have space available: Trip 3 (7/6-8) and Trip 21 (9/1-3). There will be tons of fun and giveaways for novice and expert anglers! These are the perfect trips to get offshore to fish from dawn to dark for tuna and yellowtail.

Captain Art will be on Let’s Talk Hook-up Fishing Talk radio show this Sunday, March 21 from 7am-9am!  Listen live on the Let’s Talk Hookup App or at The Mightier 1090AM! This is the line to call during the show: 213-432-1090, Ask your question on the air! Fun and fish talk. Don’t miss it. ⁣

Huge thank you to Pete G. from Let’s Talk Hook Up  and Gamakatsu for the tackle tips.

🎣Reel in more Tackle Tips here!

Hook 🎣 more Tackle Tips here.

Catching up with Anglers

March 13th, 2021|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Welcome to a segment we are calling “Catching up with Anglers!”

We love to stay in touch with our Searcher family to share 🎣fish stories, recreate the excitement, swap tackle tips, reunite with old friends and maybe make new ones. We thought it would be fun to see how our anglers are holding up and share some of their stories. Let’s catch up with an angler.⁠

Today we have a special, long-time Searcher family member and amazing angler Teresa R.

Name: Teresa Reynoso
From: Long Beach, CA
Job Title: Pediatrician, retired 

  • What’s your typical day like?:  My favorite part of the day is early morning, enjoying that first cup of fresh coffee!  Afterwards reading then planning my sewing projects which are mostly fishing themed such as facial masks, rod covers, tackle bag cover. 

  • Share your best tackle tip:  LISTEN to the captain and crew!!!  They know and what worked in the morning may change in the afternoon or next day.  I’ll watch other anglers for a bit to see what’s working and what isn’t.

  • Who or what got you into fishing?:   My dad fished a few times with friends and took my brother as kids. I didn’t go because dad thought other guys were pretty salty and didn’t want to expose me to that. My college roommate fished with her boyfriend and invited me to Santa Ana Lake and Newport Pier; that’s when I got hooked!!!  My years in med school were too busy but after completing that, WOW!  I fished mostly day or 3/4 day boat in San Diego.
  • A “must have” in your tackle box is: Owner hooks, sunscreen, water bottle.
  • Favorite fish dish?  Fresh Ahi, seared or in poke.
  • What kind of fish is inside your fish taco? I love yellowtail for tacos. I skip the breading and do a quick seat which gives it some crunch.
  • Favorite hobby other than fishing: I love reading, sewing and cooking.
  • What Searcher trip are you most excited about?   The Lady Angler trips!  I’m looking forward to the 6th annual trip in August 2021. It’s a great way to meet other lady anglers, share tips and make new friends.

  • Favorite fishing memory:   My first 7 day out to The Island, Janice and I were the only 2 women. No bites at all until the last day. I was at the stern when Captain Art said : “Boil in the corner “.  I knew my bait was swimming towards the boil when bam!  I got bit!!!  Captain followed me up and down the rail, offering to help if I got tired, telling me “it’s just a fish”.  ME: “ Yeah Art but it’s MY Fish!”  After getting me around the anchor, he gaffed it and I followed him back to the stern where he announced to the guys I brought in a nice BFT with his assist around the anchor and the guys let out the
  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: Wahoo, Ono
  • What motivates you?: My faith, love of my family and friends.
  • Favorite thing to do in your spare time?:  I never had spare time until I retired.  Now I have time to plan our glamping trips and fishing trips!  I’ve always loved attending fishing shows like Fred Hall, and seminars sponsored at Turner’s San Marcos, and picking up great tips from Lori Sachau and Wendy Tochihara!
  • Bucketlist fish/ fish you haven’t caught but want to?:  I’d like to get a 300lb BFT. It would feed all my extended family in the OC!

Spring Fever? Let’s Go Fishing!

March 2nd, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

Spring fishing is right around the corner! We’ve scheduled the perfect way to get out there and see what’s biting. Weekend 2.5 day trips with only 17 anglers will start the season off right. So much rail space and plenty of time to get to the fish.

GEAR UP! Watch our helpful tackle tips here: Tackle Tips on YouTube 

Trip dates and reservation links follow. Don’t wait, spots are selling fast!

Catching up with Anglers

February 20th, 2021|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Welcome to a segment we are calling “Catching up with Anglers!”

We love to stay in touch with our Searcher family to share 🎣fish stories, recreate the excitement, swap tackle tips, reunite with old friends and maybe make new ones. We thought it would be fun to see how our anglers are holding up and share some of their stories. Hopefully they can give you ideas of things we can be doing with your time or help you feel better. Let’s catch up with an angler.⁠

Today we have a special, long-time Searcher family member and co-star of our Tackle Talk Live, Logan Flaxington!

Name: Logan Flaxington
From: La Mirada California
Job Title: Son, Fish Taco Chronicles Writer

  • What’s your typical day like?:On a typical day, I get up at 7:30, eat breakfast, maybe mess with some of my fishing equipment, then hop on my first zoom call at 8:30. From 8:30 until noon I’m on zoom for my school. After class, I eat a small lunch then go work on more fishing equipment, either experiment with new things, learn new knots, or learn different techniques. After that, I either clean out boat or wash my truck. From there, it usually gets close to dark so I end my day with eating dinner with my family, and watch TV.

  • Share your best tackle tip:Always feel/check your line, make sure it’s in good shape. You don’t want to hook that once in a lifetime fish after spending thousands of dollars to get the opportunity, and lose it due to a simple knot or line failure.

  • Who or what got you into fishing? My dad got me into fishing. Ever since I was 3 years old, I would head out on our boat with him and learned a little something every trip. Also, the fact that you never know what you may see or experience out on the ocean keeps me hooked as well.
  • A “must have” in your tackle box is:Pre made heavy leader. I never leave the dock without a heavy leader in case I come across a big shark or swordfish on the surface.
  • Favorite fish dish?Poki bowl
  • What kind of fish is inside your fish taco?Vermillion rockcod, or calico bass
  • Favorite hobby other than fishing: I run cross country for my school when I’m not fishing.
  • What Searcher trip are you most excited about? The annual Penn-sponsored trip in September, always been one of my favorite trips to do.

  • Favorite fishing memory:2 years ago, I was on a charter boat going for yellow fin tuna. It was me and a couple of my buddies and we went out to the butterfly bank. From 3:30am till 8am we had seen no sign of life. Then at 8:30, the ocean suddenly came alive and 30-40 pound yellowfin were boiling everywhere, then the big bluefin started boiling. We set the kite out and witness 200-300pound freight trains jumping out of the water at that dead flyer. Of course we only hooked the 150 pounder, no 200-300 pounders but it was a sight unimaginably cool.
  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: Roosterfish

Valentine gift ideas!

February 11th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Events, News|

Do you have an angler that is hard to shop for? Are you unsure of what to get an angler on your list? Do you have an angler in need of extra love? We have just the gifts or gift packages for any angler on your list.

Searcher Bucks

Searcher Bucks can be uses like cash for anything at Searcher. Examples: merchandise (hats, shirts, hoodies), trip fees, beverage tabs, and tackle.  Or we have gift certificates to redeem for any trip. Great options for you and any angler on your love list. Come shop with us. Fill your valentine’s heart and freezer with the help of Searcher!

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 136 (2-Speed Reel)

February 11th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Today, we have a very special guest, Lori from Turner’s Outdoorsman. Tackle Tip Thursday is all about the benefits of a 2-speed reel.  Lori goes over the difference between the single speed reel and the 2-speed reel.This is a must have for any tackle collection. Lori is using an  Accurate Fishing Valiant reel which is excellent for all day fishing. (The Accurate Valiant 500 narrow is what Lori suggests.)
Looking for a fun trip with Lori? Well you are in luck! We still have room on our Turner’s and Izorline trip with Lori and Wendy. It’s a 7-day trip from 7/31-8/7. Click this Link  to 🎣 hook your spot.⁠
Thank you so much Lori and Turner’s Outdoorsman for the great Tackle Tip!

🎣Reel in more Tackle Tips here!

Hook 🎣 more Tackle Tips here.

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