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Tackle Tip Thursday Vol. 234 (How to Use Dart Lures)

June 13th, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Tackle Tip Thursday|

Happy Tackle Tip Thursday!

Steve Carson, pro-staffer with Penn Fishing, demonstrates a very popular technique used when fishing bluefin tuna during the day. Using the dart lures and the casting methods Steve shares here, an angler can target bluefin that are feeding on smaller bait fish. Dart-type lures come in many shapes and weights, so watch this video, book your trip here, and visit Fishermans Landing Tackle Shop to stock up before you leave the dock!

Thank you to Steve for his time and experience in all things having to do with saltwater angling and Penn Fishing Tackle!

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Trip 10, Pelagic Predators Charter, June 11-14

June 12th, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good evening,

Trip 10 with Pelagic Predators Charter is off to a great start. Last night we experienced calm, flat weather and we were picking them all night long. Our anglers landed 30 bluefin tuna, ranging from 30 to 150 pounds.  This morning we searched for yellowtail but didn’t catch any.  Instead, we shifted to coding and had a successful day catching vermilion rock cod. Now, we’re waiting for it to get dark and looking to resume our tuna fishing.

Captain Jason and The Boys

Captain Shane with an angler and large bluefin tuna.

Trip 9, June 7-10, 2024

June 8th, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good afternoon,

Slow fishing for our first night. We saw some very good signs, but the fish didn’t bite all too well. However, with favorable effect we managed a handful of fish weighing 20-60 pounds. This morning, we had action, hooking and landing a handful of fish while fly lining 40 pounds. As this morning progressed, the fish had a change in attitude. We pointed west to the zone, where some guy’s experienced good fishing on the larger grade fish that we saw last night. Now we’re looking for action once the sun sets down.

Captain Jason and The Boys

Angler with a bluefin. Day fishing,
Daytime fishing the bluefin.
Angler caught a bluefin in the Pacific Ocean.

Trip 8 – 2.5 Limited Load June 6, 2024

June 6th, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good afternoon,

We had some good opportunities with big fish throughout the night. Although we didn’t see as many fish as the previous night, there were still plenty to stop on, and we got our shots. We’ve just started seeing them again this afternoon, and we’re hoping for another chance before heading home tonight.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Two anglers with two large bluefin tuna.

Trip 8 – 2.5 Limited Load June 4-7, 2024

June 5th, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good Afternoon,

Last night we spotted several 100+ lb. fish. Made it on scene around 2 a.m., after stopping the boat three times over some very large schools and had a few good opportunities. We’re seeing some activity this morning. We’ll see what the day brings.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Angler with 100-pound bluefin tuna.

Trip #7 May 31 – June 4, 2024

June 2nd, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good evening,

Today we went down to the beach and explored a new area. This morning, we saw a school of 25lb fish and had a brief opportunity with the sardines. Despite scouring the area, we didn’t see any other schools. We spent the day working our way up and found some nice schools on kelps, but they weren’t biting very well. This evening, we headed west and spotted some good schools of big fish, managing to get a few shots. Hopefully, we can keep scratching away tonight. The conditions are tough, though—it’s quite choppy.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Happy Anniversary, Searcher!

May 24th, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, News|

54 years ago, our beautiful vessel was launched in Newport Beach, CA by her builders, Bill and Ingrid Poole. What a proud moment that was, as the Cape Polaris entered the water after a year of construction, thus starting a new era of long-range sportfishing. How proud we were to continue that tradition!

I like to post on May 24 every year to share our Cape Polaris/Searcher Pride, and this year, I wanted to include a message of huge gratitude to all our followers and customers. The new team has taken over posting and so this will be my last.

I remember the first 100 Facebook followers in 2011 (now 9,000 followers) and the first dozen Instagram followers in 2015 (now 11,400 followers) like it was yesterday. We felt joy with every new connection we made, and the challenge to create content that would grow our audience. 

We love the Poole family photos/memorabilia, like the Cape Polaris launch party photo featured in this post.

And in our first instagram posts (below), you can see we always liked posting photos of our beautiful Searcher, happy departure photos, fun marketing schemes, and anglers with a nice catch.

Thank you for making it a really great run! #capepolaris #1970proud #hooklineandsearcher

Captain Art (who never once posted, though we wanted you to think otherwise) and your OG land crew forever, celia

Trip #4 May 21-24

May 23rd, 2024|Captain Mike's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello Anglers,

After a long day of stopping on large sized schools with little to no reaction we were able to locate some biting fish after the sun went down. The fish grade ranged from 30- 200 pounds with the majority being 120-200. Although not wide open by any means a well-placed jig and a little luck resulted in some trophy fish for our anglers.

Captain Mike and The Boys

Angler with two bluefin tunas.
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