Fall Forecast Overview and Tackle Tips

October 6th, 2022|Did You Know?, News|

Captain Art here to report on current conditions and field reports from Alijos Rocks and The Ridge, which could be destinations for our upcoming fall long-range trips. 

Wahoo and yellowfin tuna have been biting at the Rocks. The wahoo are 25-50# and the yellowfin are 10-40#. The Ridge has warm water and we are seeing yellowtail (10-30#) and yellowfin tuna (10-40#). Dorado (5-20#) are biting offshore and boats are catching yellowtail on the coast. We could be targeting them on the way home. 

Looks to be an exciting fall season with good variety of target species!

We are attaching a couple of recent Tackle Tip Thursday videos on wahoo. We’ll post a few more as we get closer!

Sep 30 (Sep 29-Oct 1) Extended 1.5 day

September 30th, 2022|Capt Art's Blog, News, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We had some action on bluefin tuna last night. There was some good opportunities with flat fall lures and knife lures as well. Hoping for  a few more during the day in the same area.

Capt Art and Team Searcher

Frequent customer, Darel, and a nice bluefin tuna

Hello anglers,

We had some great opportunities for quality yellowfin tuna this afternoon on 30-50# fish caught on flyline sardines. Great weather to go along with great fishing.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Father and son with yellowfin

NEW! Parking Update

June 15th, 2022|Capt Art's Blog, News|

Note from Team Searcher:

There are two different owners of the lots surrounding our landing which can lead to confusion. We suggest you park in an ACE parking lot and pre-pay for your parking at an ACE parking lot pay station (or use app). The ACE fee is $12/day.  Most of their spots are numbered. Then look for the ACE parking logo on the pay station nearest your spot.

if you park in the non-ACE lot, make sure to pay at their pay station (no ACE logo on them). They have different pricing and their spots are labelled “Paid Parking.” Those lots do not have a business name OR phone number to contact them if you have a dispute.

Examples of ACE parking spots, pay stations, and signs:


Sportfishing Parking Press Release (Received via Fisherman’s Landing)

The Port of San Diego has been working with San Diego Sportfishing and other neighboring businesses to address parking policy, add more parking spaces, and streamline the time it takes to exit the parking lot.


This pay process will reduce the number of vehicles that are left for long periods or abandoned in our lots.  This alone will create more opportunity for sportfishing customers.


Payment may now be made via pay machines or the online app, using credit card or cash.  Pay stations are in use everywhere now and offer a variety of ways to pay.  In the past, credit cards were not accepted in the sportfishing lot.  Now they will be, creating a benefit to the fishermen.  Pay stations will be conveniently located in all parking areas and the app will provide a fast and simple way to pay.  One difference is that payment will be made in advance instead paying when you leave.  Also, there will no longer be a need for a pay booth in the lot, allowing for a much quicker way to exit the lot.

The Ace parking app. can be downloaded from the app store at any time and works like any other app where you simply follow the prompts.  If an angler is not comfortable using apps, the machines may be used to make payment.

The San Diego Sportfishing Landings are confident that this new process will result in more available parking spaces, more payment options, and more streamlined egress from the lot.

For more information, please contact any of the three San Diego Sportfishing Landing.


July 14th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, News|

Please check it now to make sure it’s valid through the dates of your fishing trip!

It can take several weeks, or longer due to high demand (like during summer travel), even with expediting to renew a passport and they are currently required for all our fishing trips. Our policy states that deposits are non-refundable if you haven’t renewed your passport in time.

Passport books or the passport card are valid for use on fishing trips.

(The actual passport is required, not a copy or an expired one. And birth certificates and Enhanced Driver’s Licenses are not substitutes.)

Pro Tip: Renew early so that future renewal dates do NOT coincide with fishing season. Waiting for a renewal while your trip approaches is no fun! And you must send in your current passport with the renewal application so you won’t have it to use.

Tackle Talk LIVE at Turners Outdoorsman in Norwalk (and Facebook)

June 22nd, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, News|

We will be going LIVE and talking tackle (bluefin tackle, what else?!) on June 29 at 5 p.m. at Turner’s Outdoorsman in Norwalk!
Want to join in person and shop after the talk? Call for an RSVP to the store (562) 929-4056.
If you can’t be at the Norwalk store, tune in to Searcher Sportfishing’s Facebook page. We will be posting the video here the next day.

Valentine gift ideas!

February 11th, 2021|Capt Art's Blog, Did You Know?, News|

Do you have an angler that is hard to shop for? Are you unsure of what to get an angler on your list? Do you have an angler in need of extra love? We have just the gifts or gift packages for any angler on your list.

Searcher Bucks

Searcher Bucks can be uses like cash for anything at Searcher. Examples: merchandise (hats, shirts, hoodies), trip fees, beverage tabs, and tackle.  Or we have gift certificates to redeem for any trip. Great options for you and any angler on your love list. Come shop with us. Fill your valentine’s heart and freezer with the help of Searcher!

Looking for last minute gift ideas?

December 19th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Did You Know?, News|

Happy Searcher Saturday!  Looking for last minute gift ideas? We have merchandise for all the anglers on your list. We also have gift cards and Searcher bucks. Check out the video below for full details and to hook all the items. Happy Holidays!

Justin gave some great tackle ideas on our last Tackle Tip Thursday. Getting any angler on your list a fishing license is a great idea! Check out the video below for full details and to hook all the items.

Searcher in Dry Dock

December 12th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Did You Know?, News|

It’s time for annual inspections, upgrades, repairs and TLC! We are finishing up our annual dry dock at Al Larson Boat Shop. Everything is going great! Getting annual inspections handled, painting the hull, and checking that all systems are GO! We passed our Coast Guard inspection with flying colors and are taking care of all preventative maintenance. We’ll be ready for fishing season!

Many thanks to the team at Al Larson Boat Shop and Team Searcher for taking care of her.

(Check out the video of Searcher entering the weighs and getting lifted out of the water!)

Searcher Saturday

December 5th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, Did You Know?, News|

Happy Searcher Saturday! Here are two happy lady anglers with nice tunas.

Did you also see that nice Searcher shirt? Yes, that’s right! We have Searcher shirts for the lady angler on your gift list or ladies in your life. The shirts are cut for ladies and are v-neck which our land crew loves. Get your Searcher Swag today. Ladies shirts sell for just $10!

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