What’s for dinner on Searcher?

August 26th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, News|

After a long day of fishing (and catching), anglers enjoy meals made by our Chefs Dan and Mike! Fresh ingredients (including from the sea), boat-baked bread and desserts, and a healthy touch create perfect meals for your fishing vacation with us.

What to do with all your bluefin caught aboard Searcher?

A fresh and delicious seared tuna salad!

An updated classic–Surf and Turf with a Chimichurri sauce!

What to Do in Encinitas After A Fishing Trip

July 14th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, News|

Hello anglers! Here’s a suggestion from friends at Cardiff Vacations about extending your time off after a fishing trip with Searcher Sportfishing.

Maybe consider staying in the beautiful beach town of Encinitas! With a plethora of fun-filled activities Encinitas is your best bet for a great time with the family or friends.

Encinitas Beaches

Stretching from South Carlsbad State Beach in the North all the way to Torrey Pines State Beach, the beaches in Encinitas are perfect for all sorts of fun activities like: surfing, swimming, beachcombing and more.

Take your kids out when the tide is low and have some fun in the tide pools. Places like Swami’s or Cardiff State Beach are just two examples of spots where you can explore the tide pools and or maybe take surfing lessons from the many surfing schools in the area. If you are already an experienced or novice surfer there is no better place on Earth to catch a wave.

Kid Friendly Activities

There are many beautiful activities to do with kids in Encinitas after a fishing trip. If you didn’t bring them on board for your fishing trip, now is the time to spend some mellow quality time pier fishing. You can take them out to Oceanside Pier which is arguably the best spot in Northern County San Diego to go fishing. It stretches almost 2000 feet into the Pacific Ocean.

Take your family for a trip to the San Diego Botanic Garden and stroll through the 37 acres of rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, and tropical rainforest. The garden exhibits California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden.

San Dieguito County Park is a 125-acre park located on the border between Del Mar and Solana Beach. This place is locally popular for barbecues, weddings, and other group gatherings. Other facilities include a basketball court, hiking trails, a gazebo, and a playground.

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center has a boardwalk pathway to follow through a lagoon, filled with educational material to read. Serene and not very crowded, this is a great learning experience for the kiddos. 

About the author: Julio Sanchez is a fishing fan and the owner of Cardiff Vacations, a group of luxury vacation rentals located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

Let’s Go Fishing!

June 7th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, News|

The time we’ll all been waiting for has arrived! We got the green light for re-opening and our fishing operations will begin this week, just in time to get offshore for some tuna and yellowtail fishing. Thank you for your patience while we waited until we had something to report, and now we suggest that all passengers review these two documents so you can see how we plan to keep you safe with us aboard Searcher. Some things will feel different, but the fishing, crew and our vessel will feel just like you remember.

Procedures for Passenger Safety

Passenger Information on Covid-19 (signature required at check-in)

We have scheduled some open-party trips through Fishermans Landing here:  Fishermans Landing trips on Searcher

For these trips, the landing does all the booking, check-in, and their payment and post-Covid procedures apply.

We will reach out to all anglers booked for our 2020 season just as soon as we can. Land crew are still working remotely. Thank you for your patience!

Happy 50th Anniversary, Searcher!

May 24th, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, News|

Happy 50th Anniversary, Searcher!
It has been 50 years on the water. Filled with smiles and fish. How many fish have hit the deck in 5 decades? We don’t know, but there’s so much more to celebrate.
  • All the smiles on faces.
  • Excitement, challenges, and sporting fun.
  • Skills put to the test.
  • Family and friends moments shared.
  • Respect gained for ocean’s creatures.
  • Careers made and teamwork in action.  

To celebrate 50 years of fishing we put together a video of some of our favorite memories and angler submissions. We are so grateful for each and every angler that comes aboard. You are all members or our Searcher family. All the years and all the memories are what keeps us going. We love fishing and we love sharing our passion with you. Here is many more years on the water. Happy Birthday Searcher! Searcher pride, respect for the platform, and dedication to the craft passed down from first owners, Bill and Ingrid Poole. We are so happy to be her caretakers now at the beautiful age of 50. Step on board and you are part of the Searcher family!


Congratulations Ryan!

May 2nd, 2020|Capt Art's Blog, News|

🎉Congratulations🎉 to our crewman Ryan Lindahn is now Captain Ryan!

Ryan received his 100-ton US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s License recently and we are super proud. ⚓He worked hard and achieved his goal of pursuing his career on the ocean.🌊

Captain Ryan will be joining our other captains: Art, Kenny, Mike and Armando in all the same great customer service on deck, but stepping up to more captain duties as well!

🎉Congratulations🎉 Captain Ryan!

Safety reassurances from Team Searcher

September 20th, 2019|Capt Art's Blog, News|

The passenger-carrying vessel community sustained a devastating loss this month when a fire on the dive boat Conception resulted in a tragic loss of lives—a horrific event for passengers, families and the entire boating community. Investigations are on-going and we stand ready to learn what we can from this tragedy.

For the present we want to reassure Searcher Sportfishing passengers that our rigorous safety standards are in place as usual. Be assured that our captain will review all safety precautions aboard Searcher during the presentation upon departure including:

  • identifying our trained crew as your point of contact
  • demonstrating all boat and below-decks exits in the event of an emergency
  • describing fire-fighting procedures
  • identifying location of all smoke detectors
  • reviewing of all state-of-the-art safety equipment.


All such announcements and demonstrations are required by US Coast Guard, as are regular drills and inspections of all mechanical and safety items. As a SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) vessel, Searcher is held to a rigorous level of safety requirements (including for fire detection, protection and extinction), including life-saving and life-preserving equipment due to the fact we are permitted to operate international departures.

We know concern is at an all-time high and plan to ensure everyone stays safe while traveling with us. Please contact our office if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your trust!

The Fred Hall show is only 2 days away!!

March 5th, 2019|Capt Art's Blog, News|

Searcher Sportfishing have donated a 1.5 Day trip to our 2019 to Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) Premium Target Raffle at The Fred Hall Shows. Capt. Art gives a brief run down of the raffle and the prize we donated. There are tons of great prizes and all the proceeds go to a great cause. Come by the CCA CAL booth and pick up a Raffle ticket. Also come by and say hi to us at the Fred hall show. (March 6- 10th)

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