January 11th, 2022|Capt Art's Blog|

We are fortunate to have Penn Fishing and pro-staffer Steve Carson as sponsors of Searcher Sportfishing. Penn Fathom reels are the “work horses” of our loaner tackle arsenal. Make sure to let the land crew know when you book if you’d like to use our loaner gear.

Anglers who fish with Steve Carson know that his knowledge about saltwater fishing tackle is almost limitless! But he is also just a great person to fish and share the rail with.

-Capt Art and Steve in 2013!

Tackle Talk at Inland Saltwater Angler Club

January 8th, 2022|Capt Art's Blog|

We had a great time at the Inland Saltwater Anglers Club meeting! Club members fish a LOT and had great questions about San Diego fishing for Capt Art. They also had an amazing raffle with loads of tackle giveaways.

Art did a review of drag settings which we are sharing here:

Inland Saltwater Angler’s Club Live Event. Posted by SearcherSportfishing on 1/07/2022 (10 items)

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Best Fishes for 2022!

December 31st, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

As 2021 winds to a close, Team Searcher wishes all a happy and safe start to 2022. We enjoyed great fishing this year and are already looking forward to next year!

Tune in to Let’s Talk Hook-Up on Sunday morning (7-9 a.m.) on The Mightier 1090AM to hear all the news from Capt Art. He’ll have some updates on new trips and tips on how to find out about the 2021 SONAR winner!


Are you a subscriber to our “Off the Hook” newsletter?

December 27th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog|

If not, we suggest you subscribe now!

“Off the Hook” is a quarterly email newsletter and offers subscribers an insider’s advantage: first chance to book a Searcher Sportfishing trip before they go public!

Many 2022 trips are full with waiting lists, so we are excited to offer a few new trips soon. To have first chance to book, subscribe and receive our Jan 5 newsletter “Off the Hook” in your email inbox.

Subscribe here

In the January issue:

  • Book new trips for 2022 (and the entire 2023 schedule when ready) before they go public
  • Find out if you are the 2021 SONAR grand prize winner
  • Check out our Sponsor Spotlight on Penn reels
  • See the highlights from our recent dry dock

Dry Dock Time!

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

Every other year we coat the propellors and propellor shafts with a product called Prop Speed. It protects them and helps with fuel efficiency.

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

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