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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: www.fredhall.com.

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

Howdy anglers: We had some action this morning on a couple of wahoo, but they aren't very hungry. We've seen some, but they are not interested in what we have to offer. We had some action on yellowfin tuna though! Going for more this afternoon. [caption id="attachment_8886" align="alignleft" width="338"]trip31adden Long-time Searcher friend, Allen A, got a nice yellowfin tuna today. Capt Ben was at the gaff.[/caption] Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew Day's end report: Howdy anglers, We had a few more tuna this afternoon and a couple more wahoo. Steve Lenker is pictured  with one of the wahoo. The weather has come down and we're moving down to a area with promising reports. Many thanks to Gary Gillingham and all his support through Accurate Fishing Products and Seeker Rods. Lots of gear and fun for anglers to try out! Capt Aaron and the Searcher crewtrip31lenker

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Trip 31 (7 day) Oct 22-29 The Ridge

Howdy anglers: We arrived to The Ridge about lunchtime and didn't waste any time getting on the fish. We had great action on yellowfin tuna this afternoon. We saw wahoo some swimming around but didn't capture any today. We are hoping for more action tomorrow. The weather is great and the forecast looks favorable too. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 30 (7 day) Oct 15-22 Ultra Limited Load–Jackpot winners

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Trip 30 (7 day) Oct 15-22 The Ridge

Howdy anglers: We've had another great morning! We caught some nice wahoo and a few exotics like pargo, grouper and a couple of dorado. The wind is backing off and it's getting to be a sunny nice day. [caption id="attachment_8860" align="alignnone" width="364"]trip30grahams Jeremiah and Pat Graham with their morning wahoo![/caption] We're moving now so we can finish the day trying for some tuna before heading north tonight. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew Howdy anglers, We've had another great day of fishing for wahoo and tuna. We had some more good action on tuna and a few more wahoo. We're headed up to try for some yellowtail on the coast tomorrow. The weather is nice too! Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew  

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Trip 30 (7 day) Oct 15-22 The Ridge

Howdy anglers, We had a great morning here had some really good tuna fishing! There was some wahoo mixed in as well. The  grade of tuna is 12-40 lbs, a few really nice tuna. The wahoo were biting live bait and lures. The wahoo bombs have seemed to be a little more effective on the wahoo over others. We're moving down the line a little to try another spot this afternoon.trip 30bloodydeck Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew Howdy anglers, We've had a great afternoon fishing for wahoo. We're gonna stay here and try it again in the morning for our last day down here before moving north. Here is Jeff K with a nice wahoo assist by Capt Jed.  TRIP30KEALOHA We're also hoping for some nighttime action. We have already caught four pargo, so tonight might be fun. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 30 (7 day) Oct 15-22 The Ridge

Howdy anglers: We're having a great morning here at The Ridge so far! Everyone has a wahoo to start their trip off. A couple tuna have been caught too, but we haven't really been targeting them yet. [caption id="attachment_8847" align="aligncenter" width="422"]trip30davidtang Happy Wahoo BIrthday, David Tang![/caption] Wish us luck this afternoon! Capt Aaron and Searcher crew howdy anglers, We've had a fantastic day here on The Ridge catching wahoo and tuna all afternoon! We had a good school of yellowfin tuna (12-33 pounds) that were very eager. We're staying the night right here, hoping for a night bite and to repeat the day all over. On another note Jeremiah Graham caught his first wahoo on his grandfather's lugnut lure! Cheers to you, Walt! [caption id="attachment_8851" align="aligncenter" width="363"]trip30victor Victor M with a few of the tuna caught today![/caption] Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 30 (7 day) Oct 15-22 The Ridge

Howdy anglers: Today was a travel day today since we are headed towards The Ridge. We will be arriving mid-morning on Monday, so we needed the prep time today. The weather is OK, we have a little breeze this afternoon, but we're making good speed. I went back to my roots today. My first job, over 19 years ago, was making pretzels. Chef Charley made some pretzel dough and I went to work for the afternoon snack!trip30pretzels Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 (6 day) Oct 8-14 Jackpot winners

Congratulations to our jackpot winners!
  1. Thom Carney, Ventura, CA -- 54.8# wahoo (middle)
  2. John Lindsey Newport Beach, CA -- 48.6# wahoo (left)
  3. Paul Schultz, Simi Valley, CA -- 42.2# wahoo (right)

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Trip 29 (6 day) Ultra-limited load to The Ridge

Hello anglers: We travelled all day today, with only a little time to fish due to weather. We really enjoyed the good weather the rest of the day! Movies and baseball were entertainment for some, others enjoyed the ocean ride home. We are ready to go back to "The Ridge" next trip. Team Searcher

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Trip 29 (6 day) Oct 8-14 The Ridge

Hello anglers, We finished our day yesterday with some action! We caught yellowfin tuna up to 20 pounds, with the majority of the fish averaging 15 pounds. Live sardines were the bait of choice, with 30-40 pound line and a 2/0 J-hook. The tuna fishing was a lot of fun and a great way to finish an awesome day. [caption id="attachment_8812" align="aligncenter" width="640"]trip 29thom Thom C doing battle with a yellowfin tuna![/caption] We are headed north tonight to the coast. Team Searcher

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Trip 29 (6 day) Oct 8-14 The Ridge

Good morning anglers! We have had phenomenal wahoo fishing this morning! Everyone has had multiple chances to land a good-size wahoo. John L caught on right at sunrise. Capt Art has been hooking and handing back in the stern with some success. Kim D from Elk Grove, CA is posing with crewman Ben Hart and one of the wahoo she landed today.trip29kimben This one is on one of our "Hook and Hand" outfits--a 50-pound Accurate 2-speed reels and a Seeker rod. The outfit worked great! Thank you to Accurate and Seeker! Team Searcher   Good afternoon anglers, We've had great wahoo fishing again today so far. Most of the fish are landed using live bait and a wire leader. There've been a few yellowfin tuna caught as well. Team Searcher

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Trip 29 (6 day) Oct 8-14 The Ridge

Hello anglers: We had a great start to the day with calm seas and sunny skies. We arrived on The Ridge at 9 am and started trolling for wahoo. We landed a few and lost a few, typical for wahoo fishing. There is also a sign of yellowfin tuna here. Click here for some wahoo info! This morning's photo shows two of our Searcher family passengers: Thom C and Paul S from Ventura. Both of their fish were landed on wahoo "bombs."trip29thompaul Nine out of the 14 passengers on board have a wahoo and some have their first wahoo ever! Hoping for more this afternoon. Team Searcher Hello anglers, We had a great day of fishing with everyone landing at least one wahoo! That was our goal for this trip and we did on day 1. Everyone is smiling tonight! We also had some action on yellowfin tuna up to 20 pounds. [caption id="attachment_8803" align="alignnone" width="531"]TRIP 29kimwahoo Long-time Searcher family member, Kim D , is pictured with one of her wahoo today.[/caption] Most fish today were landed using live bait and a wire leader with 40-50 pound test line and a tight drag. Looking forward to tomorrow with the sign of fish we saw this afternoon. Team Searcher
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