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Trip #1 Jun 26-29 (3 day) Accurate Fishing Products

2020-06-29T07:41:04-07:00June 29th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We had excellent yellowtail fishing today with limits for the group. Using a live bait, a yo-yo lure or a surface iron worked well. All the fish were associated with kelp paddies. We saw some more bluefin tuna that wouldn’t bite, but we did mange to land seven 30-40 pounders out of one stop on a large school that stuck with us for a couple of hours. You needed 25 pound with fluorocarbon and a #2 hook to get a bite.

Brush up on surface iron fishing techniques here: Tackle Tip: Surface Irons

Many thanks to Jack Nilsen and Accurate Fishing Products for their excellent sponsorships of this trip and many others. It’s  fun crew to fish with, too!

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Ed H and crewman Justin with a bluefin. Nice shirt, Ed! Team Accurate Fishing Products!

Trip #1 Jun 26-29 (3 day) Accurate Fishing Products

2020-06-28T07:25:35-07:00June 27th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We headed south last night to a zone where yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tuna were reported. We have had some action on yellowtail associated with kelp paddies. There’s tuna on the kelps too. We have seen plenty of bluefin tuna, but we are having trouble getting them to bite. Maybe this afternoon!

Capt Art and Team Searcher

Ryan B. and a nice yellowtail caught on a live sardine

Hello anglers,

Great action this afternoon! We saw several spots of tuna up on the surface and a kelp paddie with yellowtail. Best tackle tip for today: flyline a live sardine with 25 – 30 pound line and a #2 hook. At the end of the day the tuna decided to bite a little. The school was mixed yellowfin and bluefin tuna and had 20-40 pound fish.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Greg R with a nice bluefin

Trip #1 Jun 26-29 (3 day) Accurate Fishing

2020-06-27T12:25:53-07:00June 27th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We departed on one of our Accurate Fishing Products sponsored trip with Jack Nilsen. We are grateful to Jack and his company for providing us with rods and reels for our clients to use.
We tried the local bluefin tuna zone with not much luck. But by the end of the day, we saw and caught a few yellowfin tuna and a bluefin tuna. The average weight of the fish was 20 pounds. Surface lures and live bait were the best methods to catch these fish.

The weather is great and we have high hopes for tomorrow. We’ll be heading further south.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Jack Nilsen of Accurate Fishing had some fun getting this yellowfin tuna to bite a live sardine.

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 105 (Must-have Set-ups)

2020-06-25T10:46:37-07:00June 25th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

It’s Tackle Tip Thursday! Today we have Captain Art giving us a great Tackle Tip. Captain Art gives us the must-have rod and reel combos for 1.5 – 4 day trips. You need at least these combos he gives us in this tackle tip. The three set-ups with 25#, 40#, and 60#.  Captain Art suggests lever-drag two speed reels for each set-up.  First is the Accurate Valiant 600 narrow with 80# braid with 25#-40# test, it’s with a Seeker 7ft rod (live-bait rod for casting.) Second is an Accurate 600 Boss reel with 80# braid with 40#-60# test, and a heavier 7ft Seeker rod. Third is a Penn Fathom 60 with 130# braid with 80# test and a rail-rod by Seeker. (Heavy outfit) Minimum recommended rod and reel combos for 1.5 – 4 day trips are these three set-ups with 25#, 40#, and 60#! 

Thank you Captain Art as well as Accurate and Seeker for the great Tackle Tip and the demo gear of the must-have set-ups.  If you want to try any gear before buying it we have all these set-ups on the boat so you can demo them. We also have trips with Accurate and Seeker so you can try al the new gear. We have an Accurate trip going out Tomorrow if you want to try all the new Accurate gear and go fishing.  Hook your spot here. Let’s go fishing!

1.5 day Trip (June 23-25)

2020-06-25T07:37:54-07:00June 24th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We got a shot at the size large bluefin this morning.  We landed two: a 130# and a 140#.  Here’s Cole and Greg with their trophies.

We are seeing lots of fish around right now.  We stopped on an enormous school a few minutes ago and they’re jumping around the boat. not getting any bites though.  We’re hoping they start to bite this afternoon.  

Many thanks to Aftco for the awesome face coverings–perfect for anglers!

~Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

We had some action chasing around small boilers of yellowfin tuna this afternoon. We could not get on a school of bluefin until after dark. Then we stopped on a jumbo school of big ones around 930pm. We’re just gettin gout of our stop here at 11:30 p.m. We went 6 for 13.  The smallest one was around 70lbs and the biggest one we landed was 130+lbs. Only one fish was under 100 pounds. We hooked some much bigger ones that escaped. We hooked all our fish on the flat falls and sinker-rig mackeral. The ones we landed all came in on either 80lb or 100lb test. Here’s the first 5 trophies that came over the rail.

Click here for some info on “sinker rig” fishing! Time for some sleep.

Captain Mike and the boys

 

 

Father’s Day morning report

2020-06-22T10:04:33-07:00June 21st, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We spent our morning scratching away at 8-15lb yellowtail this morning on kelps. We have had a few opportunities at some nice grade dorado as well, but have yet to boat one.

Here is Dong with his first ever yellowtail!

We have been looking at bluefin tuna all morning as well. They seem to be in a funky mood however, and have yet to respond to the bait. We currently have a school sitting under us but they are not biting. It seems like they may be starting to move up in the water column, so we’re hoping for a big afternoon. Plenty of time left to fish. We will check back later.

Captain Mike and the boys

 

 

 

 

 

Good evening anglers,

The bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna did not want to cooperate today. They stayed down all day. We did see a couple nice schools but they did not cooperate. We were able to scratch up some more yellowtail this afternoon, including Keith’s jackpot pending one seen here which looks to be about 18lbs.

Captain Mike and the boys

1.5 day Trip (June 18-20)

2020-06-19T20:56:14-07:00June 19th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We are having a fun morning here, scratching away at  bluefin, yellowfin and dorado, and it’s pretty fun fishing right now. It is finesse fishing, using 25lb and small hooks. We are currently in a bluefin stop with a couple on deck and a couple hanging. We’re hoping we can plunk away on them here.

Here is Sheri with a dorado she caught flylining a sardine this morning. Nice work!

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

Our plunker drift from lunchtime turned into quite a stop. We drifted until we had our limit of 25-40lb bluefin. The go-to set up was a 25lb set up with a #1 or #2 hook. If you fished the right tackle and used a little finesse, it was game on. We did catch a few more yellowfin in the mix as well. All and all, we had a great trip, all smiles and high fives here. Here’s Captain Armando and Kevin with a 30lb bluefin he caught on a fly lined sardine.

Captain Mike and the boys

 

Catching up with Anglers!

2020-06-09T14:44:15-07:00June 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!⁠

Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 104 (Sinker rig fishing)

2020-06-12T10:16:57-07:00June 18th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Tackle Tip Thursday is here! Today we have a special guest and his first appearance on Tackle Tip Thursday  Captain Armando talking bluefin fishing. Captain Armando gives us the run down on sinker rig fishing. Things you will need include line, rubber band, something to cut the line (can be nail clippers but anything you have) and a 6-8oz torpedo sinker. 

Thank you so much Captain Armando for the great Tackle Tip! 

We have been approved to Go FISHING! We have spots available let’s go on a fishing  trip todayClick the link to hook your spot lets go fishing!

Catching up with Anglers!

2020-06-12T20:53:44-07:00June 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!⁠

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