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Dry Dock Time!

December 7th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

It’s time for Searcher’s annual dry-dock at Al Larson Boat Shop in San Pedro, CA.

Team Searcher and the yard staff will be giving our girl much-deserved TLC over the next two weeks.

Stay tuned for updates on upgrades and maintenance we’ll be providing.

Team Searcher ’21

December 1st, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

This season has been quite the adventure, Anglers!  We’d like to thank all of you who made it possible…we couldn’t have done it without you. 2021 was one for the books, to say the least!  Not only was the fishing incredible, but we were fortunate to host many new faces! For those of you who haven’t fished with us before, this is us!  Hope to see you in 2022!

Ocean to Galley: Fish Spread Appetizer

November 24th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Ocean to Galley Recipes|

Are you looking for an easy appetizer to serve for Thanksgiving or any holiday party? Do you have left-over fish from your trip on Searcher?  Our friends over at FP Gourmet at the Market have just the appetizer for you. It is delicious and will be the hit of the meal or party. Take the opportunity to visit them in their new location near Old Town!


  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1TBS FP Gourmet all purpose rub
  • 2TBS chopped green onion (for garnish)
  • 1 tsp horseradish (prepared)
  • 1/4 pound (1/2 cup) smoked fish


  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add the sour cream, FP Gourmet all purpose rub, and horseradish. Mix well.
  3. Remove the skin from the smoked fish, and crumble the fish with your fingers. Add to the bowl and mix.
  4. Let chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. Garnish with onions.

Nov 13 (8-Day Trip) Ridge Special

November 14th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We got to the rocks around 7:15 this morning and slid right into our first stop.  We’ve had steady action all morning on the wahoo, and  they’re starting to add up!  Hoping this holds up all day here.

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

We had a nice afternoon scratching at the wahoo here.  It did get progressively harder as the day went on to catch them and get bites, but we still managed to catch a few throughout the day. We’re rolling up now with beautiful weather.All in all, a great way to end the trip.

Thanks to everyone who came fishing with us this season, it has been a great year!  See you in the spring.

Captain Mike and the boys

Nov 12 (8-Day Trip) Ridge Special

November 13th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We had a good shot at the yellowtail this morning in the dark, bite time was 4am until sun up on 10-15 lbers.  It was full speed! There were some tuna mixed in as well, ranging 15-30 lbs.  We made a move when the sun came up and got on a nice school of yellowfin, straight 35-45 lb fish, and they were in the corner.  We got our fix, finishing up, lunch, and headed west toward the rocks to hunt for a dorado/wahoo kelp.

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

Pretty epic kelping this afternoon.  Endless 15-25lb dorado and some big wahoo.  The guys got their fix on the dorado then we had a few kelps with some 40-70lb wahoo on them right before the sun went down.  We’re on course for alijos at the moment be there in the morning to finish up what turned out to be a great trip to finish up the season!

Captain Mike and the boys

Nov 11 (8-Day Trip) Ridge Special

November 12th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We had very successful tuna fishing this morning on 20-40lb yellowfin until about 10:30.  For the couple of hours that we had action there were 2-7 going the whole time!  Very minimal skip jack and small tuna involved. We’re hoping for more of the same this afternoon.  More later!

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

It’s slowed down for us this afternoon.  The current went slack, then backwards,  and there were skip jack everywhere.  We were able to scrape up some more tuna,  however, and had one wahoo strike.  We’re camping out for now and hoping for a shooter in the morning!

Captain Mike and the boys

Nov 10 (8-Day Trip) Ridge Special

November 10th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

Pretty windy here today. Traveling down 18-22 knots and it’s been slow-going with this uphill current.  We have, however, been getting some noteworthy strikes today on big wahoo traveling down to keep us interested.  We’re about an hour out from the ridge, and will report back later!

Captain Mike and the boys

Allen and Craig are looking pretty stoked with their morning scores!

Good afternoon anglers,

We picked up some more skin on the way down here this afternoon. We got stopped short on a dorado kelp with all the dorado you could ever want, ranging 6-20 lbs! We tagged a few and saved a few more for the galley.  We got to the upper end of the ridge here at around 3pm, looked around a  bit, and saw some fish to put the anchor down. Immediately we started picking up mixed grade 12-35lbs.  Although we got a sample, the skip jack got on us and even when we tried moving we weren’t able to get reestablished.  We’ll see what happens tonight and tomorrow!

Captain Mike and the boys

Rusty and EZ proudly displaying some skin.

Nov 5 (8-Day Trip) Ridge Special

November 7th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good evening anglers,

We ran up the beach last night to look for yellowtail.  We looked at some beautiful water all day and we scratched a few throughout the day and saw sign but it was not as productive as we would have liked.  The bonito and skip jack were relentless. We’re running up again tonight to see what else we can do on the beach tomorrow.

Captain Mike and the boys

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 160 (Wahoo Wire Leaders)

November 4th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Happy Tackle Tip Thursday!

Captain Art talks WAHOO! He walks us through the steps to make a wire leader for wahoo. It’s time to stock up as the season has started. Thank you Captain Art for the great tackle tip and Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop for letting us use your tackle to build the leader.

Our 2022 schedule is published so book a trip and catch some fun with us!

Want more tackle tip videos? Here’s our channel “Searcher Sportfishing on YouTube”

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Nov 3 (8-Day Trip) Ridge Special

November 3rd, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

Verrrry good tuna fishing again this morning!  They started biting in the dark and we scratched all morning until we pretty much got our fix.  The grade is 15-40lbs.  Incredibly fun fishing on the yoyo jigs when we were in the dark and then on the fly lined baits after the sun came up.   We pulled the anchor just before lunch to see if we could strike up some wahoo this afternoon.

Captain Mike and the boys,

Michael and Shane showing the yellowfin who is in charge.

Good evening anglers,

We made a move down the Ridge. No sign of wahoo down here at the bottom end of things, but the water looks better. So we’re hopeful for tomorrow.

We did see some dorado and tuna down here as well.

Captain Mike and the boys

Nice tuna for Bill on the Ridge!

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