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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

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 135 (Line Maintenance)

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

Today for this Tackle Tip Thursday we have Norm from Izorline Fishing Products with a great off season Tackle tip about maintaining your line and line care. He goes over all the best line maintenance to keep you bit. 
 
Thank you so much Norm and Izorline Fishing Products for the tackle tip.

🎣Reel in more Tackle Tips here!

Hook 🎣 more Tackle Tips here.

S.O.N.A.R winner!!

February 3rd, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

And the winner of the 2020 S.O.N.A.R program is……… Ashley M.!!! ⁠

Our S.O.N.A.R program is when you bring a friend on a trip, we thank you with a gift and you also get a chance to win big at the end of the year. This year Ashley M. will receive a PENN Fathom 2-speed reel and a custom rod and a 3-day trip for the 2021 season. 🎣⁠

Bring a friend in 2021 and a prize like this could be yours. With the Searcher it really does pay to bring a friend. 🎣

S.O.N.A.R winner coming soon!!

February 2nd, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

It’s that time of year. Time to pick a winner for our S.O.N.A.R program. 🎣⁠
Our S.O.N.A.R program is when you bring a friend on a trip you get prizes and you also get a chance to win big at the end of the year.⁠

Captain Art is giving us the run down of the killer set up from @pennfishing that one lucky angler will be taking home. This year one lucky angler will receive this PENN Fathom 2 speed reel and a custom wrapped rod. Our S.O.N.A.R winner gets this killer set up and a free 3day trip for the 2021 season. We will pick a winner Wednesday 2/3/2021. ⁠

Stay hooked here to see who wins. Stay hooked up to see who wins. With the Searcher it really does pay to bring a friend!

S.O.N.A.R winner!!

January 31st, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

We will be picking a winner of our S.O.N.A.R program next week! Stay tuned to find out if it was YOU!
Did you know if you bring a a friend on a 3-day trip or longer you are entered to win a Grand Prize and we’ll thank you with a small gift on your trip? Just like these anglers. We call it our S.O.N.A.R program. ⁠
Our Grand Prize S.O.N.A.R winner gets a killer set up and a free 3-day trip for the 2021 season. One lucky angler will be taking all that home. ⁠With the Searcher it really does pay to bring a friend fishing.⁠
Come fishing with us and bring a friend. There are spots available to go fishing this season. Our 2021 schedule is OUT NOW! You can start planning for next year’s season. Even start a payment plan so you can make small payments and still get to go fishing. Go here 2021 SCHEDULE to 🎣 hook your spot for 2021 now!

Recap: Tackle Talk Live with Steve Carson!

January 29th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

Did you miss our Tackle Talk Live? Well you are in luck, we have the full video here. Steve Carson with Penn Fishing talked about “5 Outfits: Don’t Leave the Dock Without Them!” These were the necessary outfits for fishing small yellowtail to big bluefin. Steve and Capt Art answered as many questions as we could.

Lucky angler, Josh Alberto, won the Penn Reel pictured here, just for tuning in and asking great questions. Congratulations, Josh!

Tackle Talk Live with Steve Carson!

January 25th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Events|

We will be going LIVE and talking tackle with Steve Carson from Penn Fishing. Tackle Talk Live! Thursday, January 28th at 4pm PST!⁠
Steve will be giving away a reel! One lucky angler will win a Penn Fathom reel! At our Tackle Tackle live. Make sure you tune in.⁠

Join us to talk tackle 🎣with Steve Carson. We will be talking 5 Outfits: Don’t Leave the Dock without set-ups. He’ll review the necessary outfits for fishing small yellowtail to big bluefin.
Tune in this Thursday, January 28th at 4pm pst on Instagram and Facebook for a live demo with Steve Carson. It will be tons of fun and so information. You won’t want to miss it. So mark your calendars and send us some questions.

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!!!!

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 134 (Rod Handling)

January 21st, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Tackle Tip Thursday is here! Today we have a special guest, Billy from Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop. Billy give us a pro tip for novice angler or just a good reminder.

Thank you so much Billy and Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop for the great Tackle Tip!

Hook 🎣 more Tackle Tips here.

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