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Jackpot winners and fish counts

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Trip #20 (1.5 day trip) Sept 18-20, 2018

Good afternoon Anglers:
Today, we are fishing the offshore tuna grounds with our Turner's Outdoorsman  sponsored trip. (Who brought lots of great prizes for our anglers.) We are catching yellowfin tuna. Weather good and we are having a great time. Heres Bob Fletcher and Susie M. with a healthy yellowfin. ~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher
 
Good evening anglers: Today we had good, steady action on school-size yellowfin tuna on the local grounds.We want to give a big thanks to Lori and Sunny from Turners Outdoorsman for all the great giveaways!
Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #19 Sept 11-18

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Ocean to Galley: Marinated Seared Ahi

Looking for a way to prepare all your Searcher-caught yellowfin tuna? How about chef Geri Sue's creamy Italian marinade with a nice sear on the fish? Marinade (makes 12 servings): 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup cider vinegar 2 tbsp diced onion 2 tbsp diced garlic 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp ground mustard 2 tbsp Italian herbs   Mix 1 egg with the oil and other ingredients. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Marinate fish fillets for 1/2 hour. Sear: Cook marinated fish on a medium high grill for just a minute or two on each side. Fish should remain pink in the middle. Enjoy! And send us photos of your creation! [caption id="attachment_11946" align="aligncenter" width="235"] Here is a photo from Angler Dave B. Off the boat in the morning and on the table for dinner, doesn’t get any better.[/caption]

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day, The Ridge

Good afternoon anglers: This morning we had good yellowtail fishing for 18-25lb fish. Our most successful method was using 40-50lb line and a fly-lined bait. In addition, surface irons (7x Salas, Tady 45, both green and white, and blue and white) were useful. Today's fishing wraps up our 7 day Penn Fishing University trip. We want to give a big thanks to Steve Carson and Penn Reels for all the great giveaways. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher [caption id="attachment_11905" align="alignnone" width="300"] Eddie M and a yellowtail for today[/caption]

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day, The Ridge

Good afternoon anglers: [caption id="attachment_11901" align="alignleft" width="229"] Dave B. with a morning YFT[/caption] Yellowfin tuna fishing remained steady this morning and we had a lot of action with 15-35 lb fish. This afternoon we will be targeting wahoo. Wish us luck! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher Good evening anglers: [caption id="attachment_11902" align="alignright" width="211"] Rick V. with an afternoon wahoo[/caption] This afternoon we set out to catch some wahoo and we did just that! All the fish were caught on the troll but we had some very happy anglers at the end of the day! We will be heading up tonight to try our hand at yellowtail. Wish us luck! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day, The Ridge

Afternoon report: So far today we have had some very good yellowfin tuna fishing with fish averaging15-40 lbs. The best way to get a bite has been on sardines, fly-lined or small jigs. Here's Kurt P. with a yellowfin. Captain Shawn and team Searcher Good evening anglers: Today ended up being a fantastic day on the water with biting fish and good weather! Yellowfin, dorado, and yellowtail were on the menu. Ourbest action was early in the day and the Flat Falls, Colt Snipers, and 6x juniors were the successful lures, or fly-ined sardines with 40 lb and a 3/0 hook. We will spend the night here and try are luck tomorrow. Stefan M got this quality yellowfin today! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day

Good evening anglers: Today we had some scratch fishing on wahoo, yellowfin, and yellowtail. The most effective methods for wahoo were trolling Marauders. For yellowtail and tuna it was a flyline sardine, with a Salas 6x jr or raider jig. Our weather was a little choppy today with 16-20 knots of breeze. We are gonna stay where we are and give it another try tomorrow, Wish us luck! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #18 Sept 7-10

Congrats to jackpot winners! 1. Biggest fish: Ed Knot (198# BFT) 2. Biggest yellowtail: Bob H (33#) 3. Most fish: Ed K

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Trip #18 (3-day trip) Sep 7-10, Private Charter, day 3

Hello anglers, We finished our 3-day trip with 13 anglers with awesome fishing for bluefin tuna. I think we landed the biggest bluefin tuna ever on Searcher! Tim S had an assist from Capt Mike and landed a 235 pound bluefin tuna tonight. There were several chances at landing large bluefin for the entire group. Ed K from Nebraska landed a 196 pound and a 110 pound fish. There were other fish in the 50 -90 pound range too!. This was a great finish to our trip. Capt Art and Team 

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Trip #18 (3-day trip) Sep 7-10, Private Charter, day 2

Hello all, We moved to a zone with yellowtail and small bluefin tuna last night, and we have had some action this morning. Everyone has had a chance at landing a fish today. We plan to stay at this location until after lunch and then return to the big bluefin zone for a few hours before heading home. Here's a photo of father and son Bob and Cooper with a yellowtail and a bluefin tuna. Nice when families can fish together! Hoping for a few more fish landed before leaving after lunch. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #18 (3-day trip) Sep 7-10, Private Charter, day 1

Hello anglers, We have 13 anglers aboard from all over the country here to participate in a company fishing outing. We headed west to San Clemente Island so the group could have a chance at a bluefin tuna. They have been watching the reports and wanted to try. We arrived at 9 pm and got started right away with a couple of 40-50 pound fish. We fished until 1:30 am and we landed 10 bluefin up to 210 pounds . Mark W. landed the 210 pound fish with an assist from the crew. Robert B. landed a 188 pound tuna with an assist from the crew as well. Here is Capt Art and Mark with his fish of a life time. More later, Capt Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip #17 Aug 31- Sept 3

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Trip #17 (3-day trip) Aug 31-Sep 3, Labor Day Special day 3 day’s end

Good evening anglers: We are wrapping up this 3-day trip and had some very good fishing all the way around, including some nice dorado. Here is Bill B and Captain Mike with a beautiful one. 'Til next fishing trip, tight lines! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #17 (3-day trip) Aug 31-Sep 3, Labor Day Special day 3 mid-day

Good afternoon anglers: This morning we found the magic kelp paddy are having a great time catching yellowfin, skipjack and dorado! Good times to be had by all aboard. Here's a photo of father/son team Jerry and Jesse B with some school-size yellowfin tuna. Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #17 (3-day trip) Aug 31-Sep 3, Labor Day Special day 2

Hello anglers: We are finishing up our fishing time in the bluefin tuna region and had some personal bests today. Here's Andrew R. and his 218# fish and Lance D. 205# fish. We've caught fish on both flat falls (Click for more info on these lures) and yummy flyers. (Click here for our Tackle Tip video on use of the yummy!) We are going to move on and try our hand at some yellowfin tuna tomorrow. Wish us luck. Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #17 (3-day trip) Aug 31-Sep 3, Labor Day Special day 1

Hello anglers: We're on a 3-day trip this weekend and decided to try for bluefin with the extra time. Our efforts are paying off with some beautiful big fish.The tuna caught this morning were on "flat falls" (250 gram, sardine pattern), 80lb test with 150 lb leaders, and dropping down 150 to 200 feet. (Read all about flat fall lures and how they work here: FLAT FALL SPECIAL) Here's Anthony C with his 207# bluefin. Captains Mike and Shawn were there with the assist. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip #16 Aug 29-31

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Trip #16 (1.5 day trip) Aug 29-31, 2018, day’s end

Good evening anglers: Today we fished for yellowtail and had good success on 8-15 lb fish. Most of our yellowtail came on 30 lb line, a fly-lined sardine and a yo-yo iron. A 6x junior "blue and white" was working well. Big thanks to Turners Outdoorsman for all the great giveaways. Here is Danielle G with one of her nice fish. Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #16 Turner’s Outdoorsman sponsored 1.5 day trip is headed offshore!

Jason R and Beto S from Turners Outdoorsman in San Diego loaded up their sponsored trip with a boatload of giveaways and prizes for our anglers. Good luck and have fun!

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip #15 Aug 27-29

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