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Trip #21 Herzog/Rexel 3-day (Sept 17-20)

Hello anglers, We have had good action on 15-25 pound yellowfin tuna this morning. Everyone has landed at least a couple of fish, though we've had been losses as well. We hope to keep this up for awhile. Here is Brent with a nice yellowfin caught on a live sardine and 30 pound line. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #21 Herzog/Rexel 3-day (Sept 17-20)

Hello anglers,  We started out yesterday in the yellowfin tuna area that we had success in last trip. We just had a sample for our efforts. This morning we started out landing some nice-size fish and close to everyone had a chance to land their first tuna. Here is Bert with his first tuna of the day with his old friend Ryan. The happy face says it all! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 20B-1.5 day

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Trip: 20B NEW! 1.5 day (Sept 15-17, 2019)

Hello anglers,
We stopped early this morning with a skipjack on the troll. After catching a few skipjack we landed our first yellowfin tuna it was a nice size fish about 25 pounds on a live sardine. We drifted for a while catching an occasional yellowfin and some more skipjack. Everyone had a chance to land a nice size yellowfin and those who didn't tagged a couple of skipjack that the crew took care to bleed and get in the fish hold quickly so it could be used for POKE!! (Our chef Dan has an excellent recipe.)  Here is Capt Art's son Matthew with a nice size yellowfin tuna. Hoping for more later.
~Captain Art and Team Searcher
Afternoon update: Hello anglers We had great action all day with mixed yellowfin tuna and skipjack. We ended the day with a good stop on yellowfin tuna. A live sardine with 25-30 pound and a 2/0 J-hook was the method of choice, although a few fish were caught on poppers and colt snipers. Here is Wilson F.with one of his yellowfin. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 20- 3day

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good evening anglers: We spent the rest of our day in search of anything that wanted to bite. We found a school of bluefin right at the end of the day that bit into the dark. Here are Tim and Ed with a pair of 40+ lb bluefin they landed in the dark.   We're heading back for a Sunday morning arrival at the dock. Back out on a 1.5 day trip Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good morning anglers, We are seeing lots of yellowfin this morning, mostly on its own bait making it hard to get a bite. We found a nice sonar school at around 730 this morning and have been drifting with it for 3 hours now scratching up some quality fish. Getting a bite has been tough, 20lb test is the key. Weather's great, hopefully they start biting a bit more.   Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good evening anglers, This afternoon we looked at a lot of large schools of yellowfin, but we had some trouble getting bites. Late in the day we managed a nice sample of quality fish. Here is Logan with a 20lb yellowfin he caught on a fly-lined bait on 20lb test. Logan fishes with his dad and uncle aboard Searcher. For more about fly-lining, click here: Fly-line outfit Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good morning anglers,
We started in a new area this morning.  The first thing we found was a very large school of mixed bluefin and yellowfin.  We hooked a few but only managed some off of the school.  Here is Steve Carson with a 35lb bluefin he landed on 15lb test.  Steve's Tackle Tip went over this set up. Reel in the tackle tip here. We are on the hunt for yellowfin this afternoon. Wish us luck! 
-Captain Mike and the boys

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good evening anglers, Today we departed on a 3 day trip sponsored by Penn Reels. Pro-staffer Steve Carson is here with all kinds of giveaways and loaner gear. (Check out Steve's recent tackle tip here: Your "must-have" outfit!) We started our day on a nice sonar school of yellowfin that didn't bite very well. We still managed a few, but then quickly moved on. We kept heading west where we found an area of bluefin and stopped on a nice sonar mark of 30-50lb bluefin These stuck with us until after dark and started biting the flat falls after the sun went down.  We got a nice sample and what a great way to start off our trip.  For tips on flat falls, click here: Capt Art discusses flat fall techniques Here is Mike B. with a 35lb bluefin he landed on 25lb test. Captain Mike and the Boys

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 19- 3day

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Pulsar 360 3-day Charter (Sept 6-9)

Good afternoon anglers, This morning we found a school of yellowfin that really wanted to bite. We had phenomenal fishing on these 15-25lb yellowfin. Everyone was able to catch their daily limit on our first stop of the day. Here's an action shot from our stop, everyone had one on. We're on the hunt for bluefin this afternoon. Captain Mike and the Boys   Good evening anglers, We went in the search of bluefin this afternoon after some phenomenal yellowfin fishing this morning. We located some multiple large schools late in the afternoon that would not bite or stick to the boat. At around 530pm we found one. Almost out of bait, this one was our last shot. This one stuck to the boat. They didnt bite right away but eventually we started hooking some 100lb class bluefin. Here is Peter and Coop with a pair of 100lbers that we gaffed after the sun went down. One on the kite and one on fly lined 50lb. Great way to end our trip. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Pulsar 360 3-day Charter (Sept 6-9)

Good evening anglers, We looked hard for the rest of our day and were finally rewarded with some biting yellowfin.They bit up until we couldn't see our lines any more. We'll be on the hunt for bluefin again in the morning. Here is a sample of our catch this evening. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Pulsar 360 3-day Charter (Sept 6-9)

Good morning anglers This morning we stopped on a very large school of bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna mixed at around 5am. As soon as the sun started to come up we started hooking a few. We drifted with them for about 4 or 5 hours and managed to land some quality yellowfin and trophy bluefin.  The sinker rig and the fly lined sardine were the most effective way to catch these fish this morning.  We are currrently on the move looking for more. Here is Mark W. with one of his bluefin from this morning. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Pulsar 360 Charter 3-day (Sep 6-9)

Good afternoon anglers, We departed on a 3-day trip charter today with 14 lucky anglers. We heard the fish were biting, so we were all pretty excited to leave the dock. About 4pm we found a very large school of bluefin tuna and they started biting almost right away. This 4-hour drift soon turned into a yellowfin bite and they bit even better. We are very pleased with our first afternoon of fishing.  Here is Jeanne S. with the first fish of the trip, a 35lb bluefin tuna! Captain Mike and the Boys

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 18- 3day

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Trip #18 Labor Day Special 3-day (Aug 30-Sep 2)

Good morning anglers, We had a tough morning of finding biting fish today.  We did manage to scratch up some 20lb class yellowfin and a few trophy bluefin.  Getting a bite this morning was tough. Most of our fish came off a fly-lined sardine on 20lb test. Nick B paid close attention in the tackle seminar and was rewarded with this 100lb class bluefin he caught on a sardine. He used 50lb test with a 6oz torpedo sinker attached with a rubber band. Captain Mike and the Boys Good afternoon anglers, Well it only took three days but we found a school in the 9th inning that wanted to play. It started with 15-25lb yellowfin which bit very well. That soon changed as the bluefin found us. We started hooking 30-90lb bluefin on our light tackle to begin with. After about an hour they started hitting the 50lb fly-lined baits and we started landing a few. Here is Teresa with one of two bluefin she caught on this stop.   Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #18 Labor Day Special 3-day (Aug 30-Sep 2)

Good afternoon anglers, This morning we have been in the search of yellowfin tuna, and are only finding the non-biting variety. We still managed to hook a handful. The tackle challenge is that 15lb test was the only way to get a bite, so the casualties were high. Bill B managed to boat a nice 25lb yellowfin tuna.Captain Mike and the Boys

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 17- 1.5day

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Trip #17 Turner’s Outdoorsman 1.5-day (August 28-30)

Hello anglers, We finished the day with great action on yellowfin tuna! Plenty of chances for everyone with three different methods used: Colt Snipers, a nose-hooked live sardine with a 6oz torpedo sinker above the florocarbon leader attached with a rubber band, and flyline sardine with 25-30 pound line and matching fluorocarbon. Here is Dave P and a nice bluefin landed on a Colt Sniper. For loads of tackle tips, click here: Searcher's Tackle Tips!  Captain Art and Team Searcher
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