Trip Reports

Jackpot winners and fish counts

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Trip 27 (7 day) Sep 25-Oct 2 The Ridge

Hello anglers: We started our day with a beautiful sunrise and a calm ocean. At our first stop at The RIdge, we got into some wahoo fishing which we had been preparing for. It was exciting when we first arrived with multiple hook-ups. As usual with wahoo fishing there were some losses, but we had lots of chances to land these prized fish. John Waggoner from Louisville, Kentucky is pictured with a nice troll fish.trip27waggoner We also landed a few nice-size dorado and some small yellowfin tuna for sushi later in the trip. Team Searcher

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Trip 27 (7 day) Sep 25-Oct 2 Rolling to The RIdge

Good morning anglers: Yesterday was a great day! We turned the boat around in record time, which meant that a great job was done by everyone on our team to get it done so fast. We arrived at 5:30 am and left the dock just after 8:30 a.m.. We have a great load of bait and we cleared Point Loma at 10 am. We are headed for The Ridge with high hopes of arriving before lunch on Tuesday. Yesterday we watched football while travelling south and it was a great day for a nap. We ended the day with a dinner of beef bourguignon, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, fresh bread and a really special dessert in honor of Capt Ryan's 30th birthday coming up soon. Ryan's mother, Vicky, is a top-notch baker and we had her famous banana cream pie to top off that delicious dinner. Nice job, Vicky! Today we will give a seminar and go over all the options for rigging. After that everyone will have the rest of the day to play with all that tackle purchased prior to the trip, and enjoy a movie afternoon, complete with gourmet popcorn and Red Vines. Who needs the movie theater, when you can be aboard Searcher, heading to the fishing grounds?! The weather is calm and sunny, it is going to be a hot one today. We are so grateful for good weather whenever we get it. More later, Team Searcher p.s. Read up on WAHOO techniques on our Ask a Captain feature. [caption id="attachment_8703" align="alignnone" width="379"]trip27maurauderstrolling Crewman Ben is setting up the maurauders for trolling gear.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8702" align="alignnone" width="355"]trip27wireleaders Capt Aaron and crewman Roman (borrowed from the Polaris Supreme) are rigging wire leaders and lures for wahoo![/caption] [caption id="attachment_8701" align="alignnone" width="354"]trip27prep A fishing vacation involves preparation![/caption]  

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Trip 26 (5 day) Sep 20-25 Ultra-limited load

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Ted O'miela, Oceanside, CA -- 39/2# bluefin tuna (right)
  2. Ernest Ringgold, McKinney, TX -- 28.8# yellowfin tuna
  3. Ted O'miela, Oceanside, CA -- 28.6# yellowfin tunatrip26ben

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Trip 26 (5 day) Sep 20-25 Ultra-limited load

Hello anglers: After a slow start to our day with more yellowfin tuna that didn't want to bite, we changed things up and the second half of the day was much better! We found a school of yellowfin tuna that wanted to bite. Everyone had multiple chances at landing a good-size yellowfin tuna. Lots of fun and action! Capt Aaron had a great afternoon fishing with our "Hook and Hand" outfits from Accurate Products and Seeker rods. He used 25 pound mono, 25 pound flourocarbon and an Owner mutu circle hook (size 2).ownerlogo He was able to keep everyone busy by hooking and handing fish. Great job Capt Aaron and a big thank you to Accurate Products! He is pictured with Devon Provance and her nice yellowfin tuna. [caption id="attachment_8668" align="alignright" width="355"]trip27aarondevon Capt Aaron and Devon P, who is on this trip with her dad and brother, a real fishing family![/caption] Hoping to repeat our day tomorrow. Team Searcher

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Trip 26 (5 day) Sep 20-26 Ultra-limited load

Hello anglers: We have spent most of the morning drifting with yellowfin tuna around the boat. The challenge has been to get them to bite! We're trying 20-25 pound test line with flourocarbon and a #2 hook. Lots of fish have been hooked by the crew and handed off to the passengers. The encouraging sign is thatrip26jerekt there's plenty of fish around, just not too many landed. Jereck Provance from Murrieta got this tuna landed! Team Searcher       Yesterday day's end report Hello anglers, We spent the day at San Clemente island. We saw some tuna in a couple of different areas. We landed a few yellowtail on live sardines. We are moving east to try for yellowfin tuna. Wish us luck and biting fish! Team Searcher

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Trip 26 (5 day) Sep 20-25 Ultra-limited load

Hello anglers: We stated our trip close to home yesterday and managed to land a few 30-pound yellowfin tuna. With only 14 anglers aboard, we were able to give everyone the attention to gear and bait, and anything else they needed! Due to the weather forecast and a tropical depression in our southern path, we travelled west. We are at San Clemente Island today where we see a sign of the nice-ize bluefin here. One angler landed a 50 pounder this morning! The current changed up, and so the fish we are seeing isn't biting. We're hoping for a change with the current later today. In the meantime we switched gears to try for some yellowtail. We have landed a few, and Dan Carrier from Irvine is pictured with crewman Ben Hart and a good size yellowtail. (Sorry, we had a transmission error with the photo!) More later, Team Searcher

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Trip 25 (6 day) Sep 14-20, 2016 Penn sponsored Jackpot winners!

Congratulations to our jackpot winners:
  1. Steve Goldblatt, San Diego, CA -- 34.2# wahoo
  2. Brian Virost, Westerville, OH -- 31.8# wahoo
  3. Lloyd Ethridge, Santa Fe Springs, CA -- 30.8# wahoo [caption id="attachment_8655" align="alignleft" width="347"]trip25lloyd Lloyd and his wahoo![/caption]

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Trip 25 (6 day) Sep 14-20 Penn Open with Steve Carson

Hello anglers: We travelled north to the coast to try for yellowtail this afternoon. Unfortunately we had bad timing--the current went slack as soon as we arrived at our first stop. We saw plenty of yellowtail, it just wouldn't bite for everyone. trip 25ronbrianYT However Team Ohio (Ron Shultz and Brian Virost) had some luck. Each of them landed a good size yellowtail.         The highlight of the day was the galley! Dan and Charley put out a spread of fresh yellowfin tuna sashimi and California rolls for this afternoon's snack. Then we had fresh wahoo with a butter lemon sauce for dinner. Great job, chefs!trip25sushi Team Searcher

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Trip 25 (6 day) Sep 14-20 Penn Open with Steve Carson

Hello anglers, What a great day on The Ridge today! We had excellent yellowfin tuna and wahoo fishing, with a few yellowtail, dorado and a pargo too. We had action for most of the day, starting with yellowtail before daylight, wahoo before lunch and then a great tuna bite for the afternoon! We finished off the day trying to get everyone a wahoo and we came close. Click here for some wahoo fishing tips: Getting prepared for wahoo! The weather was good, with light winds and sunny skies. It was a classic "Ridge" day with variety and lots of action. [caption id="attachment_8637" align="alignleft" width="336"]Tomas and Kurt pose with wahoo from The Ridge. Tomas and Kurt pose with wahoo from The Ridge.[/caption] We are headed north tonight with hopes of some fishing time tomorrow afternoon on the coast. Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 25 (6 day) Penn Open with Steve Carson

Hello anglers, We finally made  it to The Ridge! There were so many sharks at our first stop here, that we couldn't really land any yellowfin tuna. So we decided to travel another 30 miles to the south where the reports were good and the sharks weren't as numerous. We arrived late in the afternoon and had steady action on 12 to 30 pound yellowfin tuna. Everyone had a good chance to land a fish and we had a great time! We are spending the night so we have some time to try it all again tomorrow. [caption id="attachment_8634" align="alignnone" width="225"]trip25artrazo Long-time Searcher customer Art Razo is pictured with a nice yellowfin tuna.[/caption] Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 25 (6 day) Penn Open with Steve Carson

Hello anglers: Anglers were busy today rigging up their gear, with lots of anticipation for tomorrow.  Everyone is getting wire leaders ready for a chance at a wahoo in the next  two days. The crew had an assembly line set up to make live bait leaders for everyone to use for a wahoo. Read all about wahoo fishing in our "Ask A Captain" article titled Wide World of Wahoo. [caption id="attachment_8629" align="aligncenter" width="359"]trip 25travelPG Ron Schulz and friends enjoy dinner with a view! Chef Charley's lasagne, Chef Dan's fresh bread, and veggies from Rick DeVore's ranch! And perhaps a certain Michigan IPA is on tap at this table too?[/caption] Steve Carson had some more giveaways after dinner to keep anglers entertained with new gear. Everyone went to bed early to rest up for the next two days.stevecarson copy We plan to arrive to the fishing grounds mid-morning tomorrow. Team Searcher

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Trip 24 (1.5 day) Sep 12-14, 2016 Jackpot winner

Congratulations to Joe Tyler of Long Beach, CA for his 39# yellowfin tuna, winner of the jackpot!  

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Trip 24 (1.5 day) Sep 12-14 Mid-day report

Howdy anglers: We had a great stop this morning and caught some yellowfin tuna. They average about 25 pounds. The weather is great and we're hoping to catch some more this afternoon. Searcher friend, Ray Diaz, shows off his nice yellowfin in our photo posted here. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew Afternoon update: Less action this afternoon, though we found a really nice school that stayed with the boat and bit a little. We're headed home to come back out on a 6-day. The weather is amazing all day.

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Trip 23 (3 day) Sep 9-12 Jackpot Winners

Congratulations to the jackpot winners:
  1. Curtis Stewart, Desert Hot Springs, CA -- 70# yellowfin tuna (right)
  2. Ken Wright, Napa, CA -- 25# yellowfin tuna (left)
  3. Tony Cruz, San Diego, CA -- 22# yellowtail (center)

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Trip 23 (3 day) Sep 9-12

Howdy anglers: We gave it every effort to put yellowfin tuna aboard yesterday and they wouldn't bite anything we had to offer. There's plenty of fish around, so we haven't given up hope. Wish us luck! Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

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Trip 22 (3 day) Sep 2-5 Labor Day Special Jackpot Winners

Congratulations to our jackpot winners:
  1. Hwan Kim, Montrose, CA -- 88# bluefin tuna
  2. James Kim, W Rolling Hills, CA -- 87.4# bluefin tuna
  3. Eric Bartz, Bakersfield, CA -- 87# bluefin tunatrip22withsearcher

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Trip 22 (3 day) Sep 2-5 Labor Day

Hello anglers, We've had steady action on 70-90 pound bluefin tuna this afternoon. We are landing some of them, but we also have lost quite a few. Our folks are a bit tired from pulling on these big fish yesterday, and so that has been a factor. But we've all had multiple chances to land one of these quality fish. Pretty exciting! Mike Uyeki from Los Angeles is pictured with Capt Ryan and Chef Dan with one of the tuna he landed this trip.trip22uyeki Team Searcher

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Trip 22 (3 day) Sep 2-5 Labor Day Special, Day 1 report

Hello anglers, We had a slow start to our day, but at lunchtime things started to happen. Afternoons have been the best time of day for some reason. We have landed some nice-size bluefin tuna with high hopes of more fish throughout the rest of today. James Kim from W Rolling Hills, CA is pictured with one of his 3 bluefin tuna he landed today. His method, which is obviously successfull, is to use 40-pound mono and flourocarbon, and a 1/0 circle hook with a live sardine.trip22kim Charley and Dan served up some pork carnitas for lunch. They were awesome! Charley put the meat in the oven at 3:45 a.m. so it was really tender. More later, Team Searcher Hello anglers, We had a great afternoon with lots of chances to land a 70-90 pound bluefin tuna! Just about everyone on board landed at least one tuna and our goal to make sure everyone gets a quality fish. Matt Forbes from La Jolla, CA is pictured with a nice bluefin tuna. Matt is a good friend of one of our favorite people, Tim Turis. Thanks Tim for the referral!trip22forbes It's time for Thanksgiving in September at dinner! Charley's traditional turkey dinner with chorizo stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, salad and fresh bread. With brownies and ice cream for dessert. Nice job, Charley and Dan. Hoping to repeat our fishing day again tomorrow. Team Searcher

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Trip 21 (1.5 day) Aug 31-Sep 2 Turner’s Outdoorsman Jackpot Winner!

Congratulations to Greg Popson, Alta Loma, CA for his 86.8# bluefin tuna!trip21popsonondeck

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Trip 21 (1.5 day) Aug 31-Sep 2 Turner’s Outdoorsman Open

Hello anglers: Well, our slow morning turned around a little bit! After lunch, we started hooking and landing a few good-grade bluefin tuna. These fish are 60-90 pounds. Here is Don Gaskill from Dublin, CA with his bluefin tuna! Capt Ryan and Chef Dan lent hand.trip21dongaskill Anglers are making good use of all the swag donated by Turner's Outdoorsman and enjoying the company of pro-staffers Lori Sachau and Jason Rasmussen More later, Team Searcher Day's end update: Hello all, We had a memorable afternoon today with good action on 60-90 pound bluefin tuna..Everyone had a great opportunity to land a quality tuna. Live sardine was the hot method, with 40 pound mono and flourocarbon, and a small circle hook. Check out Lori Sachau from Turners Outdoorsman in San Marcos and her nice bluefin tuna!trip21lori (Nice ladies boots, too--thank you Xtratuf!)Thanks to Turners for all the angler swag today and the support throughout this season. Team Searcher
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