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Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 101 (Hooking Bait)

2020-05-28T13:22:58-07:00May 28th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Tackle Tip Thursday is here!  We have Captain Art who gives us a great Tackle Tip. He shows us all the ways to hook a live bait for fly-lining for yellowtail, tuna, dorado and wahoo. Fly-lining a live bait is a great technique when fish are at the surface. Bait from  Everingham Bros Bait Co.  Did you miss our Tackle Talk Live? We have the full video posted on our YouTube channel or click here to hook all the Tackle tips. (Our Instagram has close ups of the ways too hook if you need a better view.)

Thank you so much Captain Art for the great Tackle Tip and all the information.

 

 

Catching up with Anglers!

2020-05-27T11:31:19-07:00May 27th, 2020|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Catching up with Anglers!

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

We love stay in touch with our Searcher family aka anglers, 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 an angler.⁠

Today we have a special angler Mike Townes  a long time Searcher family member. We had to check in with him and see how he is doing. 

Name:  MICHAEL “BIG MIKE” TOWNES

From:  Lodi, California “Zinfandel Capital of the World.”

Job Titles: Retired, work part-time as a Background Investigator for the City of Stockton

  • Day in the life during quarantine: Currently, I am working from home on my investigations. I go into the office two times a week to check mailbox and do interviews over the phone…At home, I have plenty of “honey do’s” to complete. My focus now is to clean out the garage, building shelving and prepping for painting inside the house. I am a multitasker.

  • Challenges during quarantine:  My mother who is 90 yrs old. Making sure she is doing fine daily. She is a very independent lady for her age.

  • Tackle Tip:  Well, I have cleaned out my tackle box and bags several times. I took inventory on what I have regarding fishing stuff (Please don’t tell my wife, I have a tackles store).  Everyone should check those hooks in your tackle box/bags on your lures for rust. Replace them if they are rusty.  Also, check your guides on your fishing rods and make sure they are not damaged and seated properly on the rod. Overtime, the epoxy around guides tends to deteriorate due to stress and time. Repair them. You do not want the guides to unhinge while fighting a fish. 

  • Benefits: Losing weight!  I walk 4 times a week 5 plus miles bad knees and all since being shelter in place…It gets me out of the house 

  • What’s on TV: Not much. All re-runs of everything. I am a big Pig Man fan.

  • New stuff you dig:  Fishing rod building. I am refurbishing some old rods I have before I start building my new ones. Practice makes perfect or less mistakes.

  • Weird thing you’ve done:  Statute of limitations are not up yet. I can’t tell you.

  • Positives:  I would say keeping a positive attitude during this entire situation.

  • What’s in/must have in your tackle box: Wahoo Lure Nomad DTX Minnow Trolling Lure. I prefer the Gold color.

  • Anything your stocked up on:  Hooks in all sizes. I prefer Mustad, Owners and Eagle Claw Trokar hooks. Leader materials such as fluorocarbon, mono and wire. I prefer Kinky 2 Kinky leader wire.It will not twist or get knotted up. I stock up while at the Fred Hall Show every year.

  • Favorite fish dish: Fresh water, fried Crappie and Catfish.  Saltwater, fried Ling Cod, grilled Wahoo, Yellowtail, Halibut and Tuna with plenty of garlic and plenty of cold beer(s).

  • Motivation:  My family and my faith!!!!

  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: In April 2019, I caught my personal best YFT 215lbs. Well, I would like to catch a 300lbs Tuna.

Mystery Outing

2020-05-26T16:15:20-07:00May 26th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog|

Hello anglers,
Celia organized an outing for us over Memorial Day weekend, on Sunday, May 24.  She didn’t say where we were going until we got in the car. We were heading to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to explore where Searcher (original name Cape Polaris) was built 50 years ago, and then retrace the journey from the boatyard to the launching. For general directions, we were going by remembered information from those that were there, old photos, and information from a journalist who was writing a column about the local maritime activities in Orange County back then. He comes from a sportfishing family who operated a large landing in Newport through the 1950’s.

Things have changed since 1970, but it was great to see the street where the Dittmar and Donaldson marine architects and boat builders had their boat yard (Sea Boat Co) on 16th Street in Costa Mesa. Then we drove down Newport Blvd to Lido Isle and imagined Cape Polaris on the back of a truck at night, arriving to its launch site at Lido Shipyard (now Newport Harbor Shipyard). I got to walk beside the ways where she may have been launched into the water for the first time. The photo at the top of this post is her launch day.

It was a great day with lots of nostalgia. We may be learning even more as time goes on. We are so privileged to be a part of this great boat’s history and we are looking forward to the future years of being its owners and caretakers!
Capt Art

More information and fun facts:

Obituary for Don Donaldson

Costa Mesa’s notoriety for boat building

 Dittmar and Donaldson scrapbook, including smaller original Searcher

Happy 50th Anniversary, Searcher!

2020-05-22T11:36:59-07:00May 24th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, News|

Happy 50th Anniversary, Searcher!
It has been 50 years on the water. Filled with smiles and fish. How many fish have hit the deck in 5 decades? We don’t know, but there’s so much more to celebrate.
  • All the smiles on faces.
  • Excitement, challenges, and sporting fun.
  • Skills put to the test.
  • Family and friends moments shared.
  • Respect gained for ocean’s creatures.
  • Careers made and teamwork in action.  

To celebrate 50 years of fishing we put together a video of some of our favorite memories and angler submissions. We are so grateful for each and every angler that comes aboard. You are all members or our Searcher family. All the years and all the memories are what keeps us going. We love fishing and we love sharing our passion with you. Here is many more years on the water. Happy Birthday Searcher! Searcher pride, respect for the platform, and dedication to the craft passed down from first owners, Bill and Ingrid Poole. We are so happy to be her caretakers now at the beautiful age of 50. Step on board and you are part of the Searcher family!

 

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 100 (Test of time)

2020-05-22T17:04:20-07:00May 21st, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Tackle Tip Thursday is back! Today for our 100th episode, we have Captain Art who gives us a great Tackle Tip. Captain Art’s must-haves are those that have stood the test of time. He gives us two lures and hooks you must have in your tackle box for offshore fishing. The trolling feathers (Zuker zucchini and purple & black with copper head) Yo-yo lures (6x jr, 6x in blue & white or scrambled egg), and Mustad hooks. Captain Art suggests having all of these in your tackle box. Did you miss our Tackle Talk Live? We have the full video posted on our YouTube channel or click here to hook all the Tackle tips.

Thank you so much Captain Art for the great Tackle Tip and all the information.

Tackle Talk Live Recap (Yellowtail 5/19/20)

2020-05-20T15:50:28-07:00May 20th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

Our 5th Tackle Talk Live was a hit. We talked all things Yellowtail! We talked all about the must-have for your tackle box and all you will need for yellowtail.  We had a lot of fun and even better questions. We have tons more tackle tips. For even more tackle tips and fishing videos hook them here. Here is the full video and you can hook all the fun in case you missed it. Thank you to Accurate,  Everingham Bros Bait Co., Penn fishing,  Seeker,  Salas and Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop for letting us use your products. Want more tackle tips, hook them here!

Catching up with Anglers!

2020-05-14T11:21:57-07:00May 16th, 2020|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

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

We love stay in touch with our Searcher family aka anglers, 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 an angler.⁠

Today we have a special angler who is a board member of the Inland Empire CCA and comes to support the Searcher family whenever he can.

Name: Darren @onehanded_angler⁠
From: Lake Elsinore⁠
Titles: Inland Empire CCA chapter board member⁠
Rep: Phantom outdoors and amphibia eye-gear⁠

  • Day in the life during quarantine: Remodeling the house.⁠

  • Challenges during quarantine: staying positive and trying to keep my business going.⁠

  • Tackle Tip: I’ve taken this time to do reel maintenance and restring them with new line (thanks for the tip Art.)⁠

  • Benefits: getting work done on the house⁠

  • Positives: trying new recipes on the smoker⁠

  • What’s on tv: Last man standing ⁠

  • New stuff you dig: started pouring my own plastic baits⁠

  • Weird thing you’ve done: can’t say in public ⁠

  • What’s in/must have in your tackle box: flat falls and surface irons ⁠

  • Anything you are stocked up on: ⁠Hooks you can never have enough and beer.

  • Favorite fish dish: yellow tail tacos with the beer batter from fisherman’s processing

  • Motivation: my son⁠

  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: rooster fish in Mexico this year. I’m really stoked to be heading to bay of LA in Mexico in September ⁠

Thank you so much Darren! We hope to see you on the water🌊soon!⁠

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 99 (Bluefin Lures)

2020-05-14T11:28:17-07:00May 14th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Today is Tackle Tip Thursday! Today we have Captain Art giving us a great Tackle Tip. Did you miss our Tackle Talk Live? We have the full video posted on our YouTube channel. Here is Captain Art’s must-have lure for bluefin fishing.  He gives us two lures you must have in your tackle box for bluefin fishing: the Colt Sniper and the flat fall or butterfly lure. Captain Art suggests having 3-4 in your tackle box.

Thank you so much Captain Art for the great Tackle Tip and all the information. Want more tackle tips or a chance to win prizes? We will be going Live and Talking Tackle on May 19th at 5pm pst. Click here to hook all of the details. Great tackle tips and chances to win! Join is live for our Tackle Talk Live

Tackle Tip Live Birthday Edition

2020-05-13T12:22:23-07:00May 13th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog|

We will be going Live and Talking tackle. Tackle Talk Live! Tuesday, May  19th at 5pm PST!

Join us to talk tackle 🎣with the Team Searcher crew. We will be talking all tackle and celebrating the Searcher’s birthday! It’s our birthday but you will be getting the presents. There will be giveaways during the Tackle Talk live. Must be tuned in to win. Join us live and let’s talk tackle.  50 years to celebrate join with us live!

Tune in this Tuesday at 5pm pst on Facebook and Instagram for a live demo with Capt Art. Send questions now or you can also ask during the live feed and we’ll try to answer them live. 

Tackle Talk Live Recap (5/5/2020)

2020-05-06T13:24:23-07:00May 8th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

Our 4th Tackle Talk Live was a hit. We talked all things Wahoo! We talked all about the must-have for your tackle box and all you will need for wahoo.  We had a lot of fun and even better questions. We have tons more tackle tips. Here is the full video and you can hook all the fun in case you missed it. Thank you to Accurate,  Seeker and Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop for letting us us your products. Want more tackle tips, hook them here!

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