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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 

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!

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

Catching up with Anglers

February 6th, 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, Dave Roti! We invite you to get to know Dave and the other volunteers with CCA-San Diego’s chapter here: San Diego Chapter of CCA

Name: Dave Roti
From: Poway, California
Job Title: Marketing / Mentoring Manager, G2 National Engineered Wood Mfg.

  • What’s your typical day like?: Up early, seek out something informative/educational/inspirational to read. Address the construction industry work issues, keep that on track. Reward myself with a few hours outdoors; continual home projects, maintain our mini fruit orchard, exercise. Volunteer/support California Conservation Association & other fishing interests.

  • Share your best tackle tip: Familiarize yourself with your gear, practice with it. Include casting and knot tying. There are many benefits; it lessens fish fighting mistakes/failures, takes you into fishing mode even when not on the water!

  • Who or what got you into fishing? My uncle Doug would take me fishing often and pay me to dig worms for us to use as bait. A highlight was catching a sturgeon at Big Bend Dam on the Missouri River.
  • A “must have” in your tackle box is: A wide assortment of quality hooks. It’s an inexpensive way to increase your odds of enticing fish to bite, when all they want is bait and the bite is picky.
  • Favorite fish dish? Grilled yellowtail, Fish Pros seasonings, Temecula Olive Oils/Balsamic Vinegars, lemon/lime juice from our trees. Different ingredient combos each time, great results every time!
  • What kind of fish is inside your fish taco? Dorado. The sweet/moist/mild flavor has wide appeal, is our go-to for BBQ parties & guests!
  • Favorite hobby other than fishing: Woodworking/building projects. Love the creative process, renovating something from old to new.
  • What Searcher trip are you most excited about? Steve Carson’s Penn University. He’s a wealth of knowledge, and I’ve made some great friends on those trips.
  • Favorite fishing memory: On one of those Searcher trips, I caught a personal grand slam in one day: yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado, and wahoo. On another trip, while dropper loop fishing in the dark, I saw a huge white shadow swim alongside the boat. It startled me, so I sheepishly asked Art to confirm what it was. He laughed, informed me that it was a 30’ whale shark!
  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: Roosterfish
  • What motivates you? Blessing others…blesses me!
  • Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Reading. Also the design process involved in construction projects, a part of my job description that I love.
  • Bucketlist fish/fish you haven’t caught but want to? Two: big eye tuna or an opah

Catching up with Anglers

January 23rd, 2021|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Welcome to a new 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. Plus she is one awesome lady angler.

(Photos taken before Covid 19 requirement of masks and distancing.)

Name: Jodie Escobedo (far left)
From:  Santa Monica
Job Title:  Family Doctor
  • What’s your typical day like?:  Now?  Crazy.  Covid!?  Nothing is routine and we are seeing more tragic deaths and deathly ill people every day.  I get up, drive to my office in Harbor City, answer some emails, review labs, see patients all morning.  At noon I listen remotely to the day’s Covid tallies and learn the latest Covid info hot off the morning’s press releases.  Afternoon is more patients, emails, calls, labs etc.

  • Share your best tackle tip:  A sharp hook will scratch your fingernail easily.  Check this with every one you tie on and after any fish that gives your hook back.

  • Who or what got you into fishing?   My son. Always wanted to take him deep sea fishing.  It was not love at first sight for him but I was hooked after just a half day rockfish trip.
  • A “must have” in your tackle box is:  Owner hooks, irons and an aluminum pair of pliers.  Oh! Fluorocarbon!
  • Favorite fish dish?  Smoked salmon. But I also am very fond of good old English fish and chips.  Then there is sautéed rockfish.  And Oh! Bluefin sushi of any kind.  I can’t choose. I guess whatever fish is for dinner!
  • What kind of fish is inside your fish taco?  Mahi-mahi!
  • Favorite hobby other than fishing: Building, repairing and refinishing.  An old house and limited resources makes Jodie an average handyman.
  • What Searcher trip are you most excited about?  The 7 day with Izorline and Turners. I so want another chance for wahoo and a BIG tuna!
  • Favorite fishing memory:  I was just learning to cast iron.  I was in the back of the boat and Captain Art’s voice over the PA said “Kelp patty. Gonna stop.”  I literally ran up the side of the boat, grabbed my jig stick off the rack and saw the kelp patty getting closer over the bow rail. I casted out immediately and placed it about 2 feet from the kelp and got hit by a big yellowtail in less than a second. I was just in heaven!  I couldn’t stop giggling!
  • Fish you are looking forward to catching:  My third wahoo!
  • What motivates you?  Truthfully, diversity.  Humans process information to simplify and generalize – that is where prejudice comes from.  The more you get to know people from different backgrounds, different cultures, with different colored skin, the better your life gets and the more you keep an open mind about new experiences and people. That is one of reasons I love Searcher.  It’s the greatest group of fishermen from all over the age range, job description and background ride Searcher. Every trip I learn so much and make new friends.
  • Favorite thing to do in your spare time?  What spare time?
  • Bucketlist fish/fish you haven’t caught but want to?   WHITE SEABASS!!!!

Catching up with Anglers!

June 19th, 2020|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Welcome to a new 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 an angler.⁠

Today we have a special angler a long time Searcher family member. Plus he is a rep for Izorline and is always so willing to education and share his knowledge. We had to check in with him and see how he is doing. 

 

Name: Howard Folmer

From:  Gardena, CA

Job Titles: Son, Dad, Husband, Grandfather (Really loving being a Grandfather!),  Electrician, Project Specialist, Pro-Staff for Izorline
  • Day in the life during quarantine: Still working 6 or 7 days a week.  It’s been a huge blessing to be support for essential services like Hospitals. 

  • Challenges during quarantine: Not liking wearing the masks.  Not fishing.
  • Tackle Tip: Keep your rods, reels, terminal tackle and line in top shape!  Change your topshot after a big fish, and after every trip.

  • Benefits of this tackle tip: LESS TRAFFIC!!

  • What’s on tv: I discovered Netflix just recently!  Finished Orange is the New Black, Watching Lucifer, and several fishing shows like Chasing Monsters and Hardliners.

  • New stuff you dig: Been experimenting with both tuna and beef jerky’s on the smoker.  Killing it!
  • Weird thing you’ve done: Tough question, there’s so many….(my friends call me How-weird for a reason)!   Several hundred things come to mind, but here is one: I was once on stage, dressed in drag and NOT part of the cast!
  • What’s in/must have in your tackle box: A few hooks, a few sinkers, LOTS OF JIGS!
  • Anything you have  stocked up on: Jigs, fishing line, toilet paper, and sanitizing wipes!

  • Favorite fish dish: Beer battered Halibut and chips!

  • Motivation: Family and friends.  Love makes life worth living, and I have more than I could have ever imagined!

  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: I really want an Opah and a Swordfish!

  • Positives: Watching one Son work from Home….he is amazing at his job! (I never knew)

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

Catching up with Anglers!

June 13th, 2020|Ask an Angler, Capt Art's Blog|

Welcome to a new 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 an angler.⁠

Today we have a special angler who is a staple on the Searcher. He is not only an incredible angler, but a first responder. We are so thankful for all you do and for being a part of the Searcher family. And thank you for your service, Kevin!

 

Name: Kevin Justen

From: Huntington Beach, California

Job Titles: Senior Administrative Analyst, Huntington Beach Fire Department

  • Day in the life during quarantine: Being in the Fire Department, there is too much to do to keep our City safe and our Firefighters safe.  Conditions change constantly but, fortunately, the infection and fatality rates in our city are not too high.  However, this has been an “All In” experience, one of the most intense of my life.

  • Challenges during quarantine: Doing everything differently.  Also, the days are are long and the days off few.
  • Tackle Tip: 1. Always listen to the crew. They know best.  2. Enough can’t be said about the importance of a lively bait.  The extra time spent selecting a good bait is well worth it.
  • Benefits of this tackle tip:  You catch more fish!
  • What’s on tv: Big Bang Theory is always good for a laugh.  I’m looking forward to the History Channel special on U.S. Grant.  The book it is based on was great.
  • New stuff you dig:  I’ve learned to value the little things and to treasure my family and friends more.  A phone call with a friend or a walk with my wife are much more meaningful now.
  • Weird thing you’ve done: Watched the Tiger King documentary.  Those guys are nuts!
     
     
  • What’s in/must have in your tackle box:  Lots of hook sizes and types. I prefer ringed hooks.  Fluorocarbon, of course.
     
     
  • Anything you have  stocked up on:  Plants and seeds for getting my vegetable garden in.
     
     
  • Favorite fish dish: Grilled Yellowtail for fish tacos.  I use Italian dressing for marinade.
     
     
  • Motivation: Getting through this time with my family and coworkers okay in the end.  This disease is scary!  
     
     
  • Fish you are looking forward to catching:  Wahoo, the great gamefish.  Yellowtail and Yellowfin are great too!  However, any time on the Searcher is fun, enjoyable, exciting and full of laughs.

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

Catching up with Anglers!

June 6th, 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 staple on the Searcher. She is a great angler and she knows what she is doing on deck. 

Name: Anne
From: Redondo, CA
Job Titles: Former Doc

  • Day in the life during quarantine: Checking fishing chit chat and landing sites; thinking about next trip

  • Challenges during quarantine: Patience while waiting to get back out to sea.

  • Tackle Tip: Sharping hooks, fresh line.

  • Benefits: Confidence when you get hit.

  • What’s on tv: Ozark

  • New stuff you dig: still looking online for the “ultimate” jig stick.

  • Positives: Getting Enough sleep

  • Weird thing you’ve done: Will not overshare, thanks for asking.

  • What’s in/must have in your tackle box: Blue tape and sunscreen.

  • Anything you are stocked up on: ⁠Iron (way overstocked)

  • Favorite fish dish: Grilled yellowtail with salsa

  • Motivation: Surviving intact with family and friends

  • Fish you are looking forward to catching: WAHOO, crazy fun!

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

Catching up with Anglers!

May 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.

Catching up with Anglers!

May 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!⁠