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Jackpot winners and fish counts

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Trip 1 (3 day) Jun 22-25 Jackpot Winners

Trip 1 Jackpot Results : Congratulations to the winners!
  1. Paul Everts 16.2# yellowtail
  2. Aaron Lasley 14# yellowtail
  3. Jake Brookman 12# yellowtail
Also pictured: Accurate pro staffer Gary Gillingham with his catch, a  34# BFT!

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Trip 1 (3-day) June 24 report

Hello anglers, We fished San Clemente again today. Very slow fishing for us. We tried yesterday's hot spot and unfortunately the fish didn't bite. We fished for rockfish for a while to get some table fare for everyone and then we spent the last few hours in the spot where we had a few yellowtail the day before. We saw some fish and landed a few. Jake Brookman landed this yellowtail using one of our Accurate/Seeker Hook and Hand outfits. 30 pound Izorline with a Owner live bait hook and a live sardine. Capt Aaron Remy gets the assist on this fish. sstrip1-2017hnhjakesq Jake also won the raffle grand prize of an Accurate reel and a Seeker rod! Thanks to Accurate products and Seeker Rods for their support. Our anglers benefit from these valuable partnerships. Heading in for an early arrival June 25. Keep posted for Jackpot report. Team Searcher

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Trip 1 (3 day) June 23 Afternoon Report

Hello anglers, After 10 am today fishing was pretty slow, and although we tried various spots, the conditions weren't conducive for yellowtail. We tried for some rockfish and they didn't want to bite either. We finished the day back in the morning spot where we had seen good signs of yellowtail. We saw a few fish and landed a couple. Dave from Murietta landed this yellowtail in the afternoon. We did all enjoy Chef Charley's famous BBQ rib dinner with all the fixins'--potato salad, cornbread, mac and cheese -- yum! Hoping for better fishing results tomorrow. Check back for a report. Team Searcher

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Trip 1: Jun 22 and 23

June 22: To start off our first trip of 2017, we loaded good-looking sardines. The weather forecast looks good too. We headed out to the tuna grounds for the afternoon and saw a few fish. They weren't biting, except one made a mistake and Gary Gillingham, pro-staffer for Accurate Products hooked and landed a 35-pound bluefin tuna on a knife lure. He used the butterfly method with an Accurate rod and reel. R2 and Gary are pictured with the fish in the bow. June 23: We traveled overnight to San Clemente island so we would have a chance to anchor and fish. We have seen and caught a few yellowtail this morning. Roger Brookman landed a yellowtail hooked by Capt Art on one of our Accurate/Seeker "Hook and Hand" outfits. Many thanks or the rod and reel combos from Jack Nielson and Rick Hult. We have put them to good use.2017trip1YTroger Aaron Lasley from Simi Valley (below with Capt Ryan) landed a yellowtail too. Aaron is here thanks to his family for a Father's Day gift. Team Searcher 2017trip1YTlasley

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SONAR 2017: Reel In A Friend and WIN BIG!

Anglers! Did you know you could win big fishing with your friends? Our SONAR program rewards current anglers for spreading the word about the fun of multi-day saltwater sportfishing with Searcher! Invite your friends and family who are new to Searcher Sportfishing on a 3-day trip or longer, and we’ll reward you with a free gift if they book the trip with you. Gifts include Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop gift cards, Owner Hooks, Fishermans Processing gift certificates, Izorline products, fishing clothes, Braid Products and other tackle. [caption id="attachment_9304" align="alignright" width="225"]Pappas Jim won a PENN Fathom reel (FTH15LD2) and a conventional 7 to 8-foot rod, rated for 15-40 pound mono.[/caption] pappasEven better, you'll be entered for the grand prize of a FREE 3-day trip and a rod/reel combo at the end of the fishing season! Last year, our winner Jim Pappas brought his son along and won!  Get all the details on the SONAR page.

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Give the gift of “rail time” for Father’s Day

The perfect gift: a Searcher Sportfishing gift certificate for your favorite dad, uncle, son, or friend! Click here to make the purchase and we'll send you a certificate so he can get what he really wants this Father's Day. Any amount, any occasion, it's all about getting your favorite person out fishing.

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Searcher Is Headed to the Channel Island Fishing Club

Team Searcher is head back out on the road. We'll be visiting with the Channel Island Fishing Club! WHEN: Tuesday June 13th @ 6pm WHERE: Social Tap Ventura 1105 S. Seaward Ave Ventura, CA 93001 Join Captain Art and Team Searcher to get the scoop on best gear choices for 1.5 to 7 day trips -- “must-haves” for tuna fishing offshore, planning for big yellows at Guadalupe Island, and wahoo or yellowfin tuna at Alijos Rocks or the Ridge.   A $250 gift certificate for a 2017 Searcher fishing trip and raffle prizes will be given away to lucky winners at the event. Don’t miss out!

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“Where’s Bootz?” – 2017 – Round 1- Birthday Edition

Bootz had us all guessing during the off-season last year - because he was off travelling and sending us photos with the challenge to figure out his whereabouts!Check this out: Where's Bootz Recap Some of our lucky Searcher friends were able to correctly deduce his location to win awesome prizes! Well, our rascally official Searcher spokesperson is at it AGAIN!
We recently received this early birthday card for our beloved Searcher, which was launched May 24, 1970!
Bootz clearly has fishing on his mind as he wishes a Happy Birthday to his "best girl" Searcher. (Who is a beautiful 47 years young!)

Can YOU figure out the answer to the question:

"Where's Bootz?"


Send in your guess via email, with “Where’s Bootz?” in the subject line to

Correct guesses submitted will be entered into a monthly drawing for a special prize from the Searcher office!

This month’s drawing will be held May 31, 2017.

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Road Trip Report: Day 3

Road Trip Day 3 found us stopping by the Seeker Rods facility for a production tour of the USA-made rods and blanks. We met owner Rick Hult and his team as they were building rods in-house. We appreciate the quality and detail that goes into each rod built there. [caption id="attachment_9237" align="alignright" width="275"]seekerrickart Rick Hult shows Capt Art the precision process for building a Seeker rod.[/caption] Our anglers benefit from this high-quality work when they use Searcher Sportfishing loaner gear and "Hook and Hand" outfits, thanks to Accurate Reels and Seeker Rods! Thank you, Rick and Team Seeker!   [caption id="attachment_9234" align="alignleft" width="289"]seekerbenjose Crewman Ben shows his appreciation to rod-builder Jose for his new rod![/caption] seekerprocessseekerrodwrap

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Road Trip Report: Day 2

Turners small logo The second day of our 2017 Gold Coast Road Trip was fantastic! We started the day with a visit to Eric’s Tackle in Ventura. Eric caught us up to speed with local conditions and fishing reports. We are returning to the area to do a seminar for Eric’s new fishing club: Channel Islands Fishing Club hyuns tackle in oxnardon Tuesday Jun 13, check out our Facebook page for more details. We also stopped by to see our friends at Hyun’s Tackle in Oxnard. The owners are busy with gear repairs and building new outfits for anglers. 20170510_191532In the evening we spent time with anglers gathered at Turners Outdoorsman in Oxnard. The store manager, Mike Armenta, offers seminars in a new and comfortable space at the store. Capt Art and crewman Ben suggested outfits for multi-day trips, and demonstrated knots and connections so everyone is prepared for their tuna trips this season! There were lots of questions for our team and we appreciated the time spent with our Oxnard friends. As usual, we offered up some raffle prizes (and so did Mike A.!), with the grand prize of a $250 gift certificate for a Searcher Sportfishing trip in 2017 going to Mike R.                          20170510_185811(0)

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Gold Coast Road Trip 2017: Day 1

Team Searcher's 2017 road trip up to the Gold Coast is underway!

Our first stop was at The Longfin tackle shop in Orange, CA. We met Eric and his crew, and talked about current fishing conditions and what customers were purchasing for their tackle boxes this season.20170509_121303

Visiting with the Gold Coast Lady Anglers

IMG_4039 Capt. Art and Crewman Ben offered tackle tips and gear advice for multi-day trips at GCLA’s May meeting. They also demonstrated several knots and connections to use for fishing success. We had a blast playing games and raffling off some amazing prizes! Our top raffle prize, a $250 gift certificate for a Searcher Sportfishing trip in 2017, went to Susan D.! She is going to join the Lady Angler Searcher Special 3-day tuna trip. A special thank you to our hosts, Sophia and Kevin, and all the club members for including Team Searcher!                          IMG_4043     20170509_210855

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Catch Capt. Art Taylor on “Let’s Talk Hookup” This Saturday, May 6

DID YOU MISS THE SHOW? You can still listen to Capt Art , all the fishing updates and news from Searcher Sportfishing by clicking these archive recordings: Let's Talk Hookup 8-9 a.m. Captain Art Taylor from the Searcher Get your fishing report and tackle questions ready, and tune in this Saturday, May 6 from 7-9 a.m. on AM 1090 to listen to “Southern California’s Fishing Voice!” Captain Art will be the guest to help field your questions and offer up the latest fishing reports. Live stream the show or listen to the podcast later! All the details are here: Let’s Talk Hook-up radio show

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Early signs of fish! Get booked!

Hello anglers! The early signs of local bluefin tuna are very interesting! If you are thinking about going on a short trip to get tuned up for the season, we have some trips in June and July for you. The bluefin are in the 20-40# range at this time, and the season is just getting started. Some tips for getting ready:
  • Rig up for live-bait fishing and select outfits in the 20- to 40-pound line class.
  • Stock up with Owner live-bait hooks (Which ones? Click here: Capt Art discusses Owner Hooks)  
  • Load up on Izorline braided line and flourocarbon leader material
  • Attend one of our tackle seminars: May 2 at Oceanside Senior Anglers, May 10 at Turner's Outdoorsman in Oxnard.
We've got a pre-season checklist with advice from the experts here: GET READY TO FISH! If you need to borrow rods and reels, join our Accurate-sponsored 3-day trip. Jack and Gary from Accurate will bring extra gear AND a rod-reel combo to giveaway! Or our 4-day Izorline trip with Norm will get you fish for the July 4th BBQ and some free line fill-ups! We could be in for some good fishing early so don't miss out on the action. Book a spot now! Team SearcherIzorline Logo Small  Accurate Small Logo

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We’re Hooked on Owner!

Team Searcher is proud to partner with: Owner Hooks!

The Owner brand is an industry standard which is known for their innovation in hook designs and signature sharp(!) and cutting points (key for live bait presentation)  We will have Owner hooks available for purchase aboard Searcher throughout the season, and some lucky SONAR winners will receive Owner hooks as their thank you gift for bringing aboard a new angler! We'll keep you posted with Owner hook success stories as the season progresses! Bootz says,"There isn't any one "magic" hook size or style.  The savvy angler will carry an assortment of sizes and styles so that they can respond to varying fishing conditions!" Captain Art discusses hook selection in the following video:

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Get your CCA membership at the Del Mar show

Check out the awesome package available at the Fred Hall Show in Del Mar ONLY! Stop by the CCA booth outside the show to take advantage of this offer. On Saturday (March 25), you can buy your membership from Capt Art!th For just $50, you'll receive:
  • Annual Coastal Conservation Association Membership ($30 value) which supports conservation and enhancement of marine resources and coastal environments.
  • Single day entry into the show ($17 value).
  • Searcher Sportfishing raffle ticket for a free spot on a 1.5 day fishing trip ($495 value). Winner will be drawn after the show on March 26. and you need not be present to win.
  • Goodie bag containing coupons for show special offers, literature, stickers, and a Searcher Sportfishing frig magnet!

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Long Beach show begins Wednesday (3/1)!

Stop by the Searcher Sportfishing booth in the 600 aisle, pick up a new refrigerator magnet, and book your 2017 trip! Schedule here: Let's Fish in 2017. Capt Ryan Stahl and long-ranger Dave Bell will be in the booth to talk fishing and tackle. Wednesday through Sunday. Show details here:

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Searcher in Dry Dock!

[caption id="attachment_8940" align="alignright" width="266"]on blocks aaron R2 Hauled out on Dec 12.[/caption] The crew brought Searcher to Al Larson Boat Yard in San Pedro on Sunday night for an early Monday morning arrival for the haul-out on December 12, 2016. Capt Art reports that the boat's hull looks good and the work list has begun! Coast Guard inspection of the hull takes place on Wednesday, December 14. Here are just a few items that Art, Aaron, Ryan Stahl, Dan and R2 are getting ready for the USCG inspection: intake screens for saltwater pumps, engine cooling system, all thru-hull valves removed for inspection, all bilges pumped dry, and the life rafts are removed for annual inspection. In addition the hull is power-washed below the waterline and the sonar dome is cleaned. [caption id="attachment_8952" align="alignnone" width="233"]IMG_1103 Freshly painted bow on Dec 20.[/caption] Stay tuned for more dry-dock news as the week progresses! "December, 2016 Projects/Upgrades"

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker Rods Jackpot winners!

1. Steve Lenker, San Pedro, CA -- 51# wahoo (winner of Accurate reel) 2. Aaron James, Redondo Beach, CA -- 43.6# wahoo (winner of Seeker rod) 3. Mike Townes, Lodi, CA -- 43.4# yellowfin tuna (winner of Seeker rod) Many thanks to Gary Gillingham (on right), pro-staffer for Accurate Fishing Products and Seeker Rods!

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker

Howdy anglers, For our last day of fishing for the 2016 season, we had just a little action catching a few yellowtail on our way home. The weather is good and we're happy to have a nice ride home. [caption id="attachment_7182" align="alignright" width="393"]SONAR john melton and capt art John Melton getting the good news at the Long Beach show from Capt Art. He won SONAR and received that new rod/reel combo AND a free 3-day trip![/caption] John Melton was our lucky SONAR winner for 2015 and he used his free 3-day trip credit towards this 7-day trip to The Ridge with sponsors Accurate Fishing Products and Seeker Rods! How do you get into the raffle for a free 3-day trip and a rod/reel combo?Bring a friend fishing in 2017 and win! Details here: SONAR program for Searcher Sportfishing. Check our schedule and get yourself and a friend booked! Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew p.s. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the boat, fishing, and promotions from Team Searcher!

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge with Accurate and Seeker

Howdy anglers: We enjoyed another day of steady action on tuna with wahoo mixed in. We finished our last day down around The Ridge, and are moving up to the beach to try for some yellowtail. The weather has improved and the forecast shows it getting even better. Ron Bryan hooked many wahoo, and managed to land this one with the help of Capt Ryan Stahl. And many thanks to sponsor Seeker Fishing Rods!SEEKER_logo-300x100 Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew
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