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Trip 30 Oct 14-21, 2017 (7-day) Ultra Limited Load Jackpot Results!

Congratulations to the winners of the jackpot for Trip 30 7-day ultra-limited load to Guadalupe Island:
  1. Bruce Gothar - Hemet, CA - 124# yellowfin tuna
  2. Joe Tyler - Long Beach, CA - 123# yellowfin tuna
  3. Chris Mohs - Ventura, CA - 118# yellowfin tuna

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day) Oct 19 PM Report

Hello all, Plenty of opportunities today to catch a quality yellowfin tuna. We had fish around us from 9 am this morning until dark.  Our goal was to get everyone a nice yellowfin tuna and we achieved that goal at the very end of the day. Ken Jones was our last tuna virgin and he landed a 137 pound fish with the help of our great crew. Ken is pictured with his fish. We are headed back tonight and will arrive early on Saturday morning. Looking forward to giving the next group a chance at some of these fish. Team Searcher

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21(7-day) Oct 19 Midday Report

Hello all, We saw a sign of tuna earlier today, so we decided to focus our efforts on catching yellowfin for most of the day. We all realized that for some people, the opportunity to catch a fish of a lifetime outweighs a chance at catching a quality yellowtail. We have had fish around us all morning and we have had our chances. Here is "Uncle Andy" who is here as a replacement for our long time friend and client Walt Graham who couldn't make the trip. Walt and his son Pat have been customers for a long time. *Pat landed a nice fish 2 days ago and lost one today. More later, Capt Art & Team Searcher
 

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day) Oct 18 PM Report

Hello all, We had some chances at good size yellowfin tuna again this afternoon. There was a period where we had trouble getting a bite but the fish were still around. Here is Chris Mohs with a yellowfin tuna that weighed 80 pounds. We are spending the night again and trying once more tomorrow - our last day. We have had lots of rail time on this trip with 4 full days at the island. Lots of opportunities for quality fish! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day) Oct 18 Midday Report

Hello all, We focused on yellowtail again this morning.  We had some opportunities and landed a few. The ones we did land are nice sized fish! Here is Joe Tyler with Captain Aaron and his nice yellowtail caught on a dropper loop setup with 80 pound test.  We are headed back to the tuna area for this afternoon. Lunch was one of my favorites! Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with fresh tomato basil soup!!!! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day)Oct 17 PM Report

Hello all, A different day today with less current than yesterday. There was a really good sign of tuna around lunch time for about an hour and then the current decreased and the fish left. Dennis Rehkop from Texas landed his first tuna of the trip today. It was a yellowfin tuna, over 100 pounds. It was not his first opportunity with several yesterday and one other chance today. Hoping for more chances tomorrow. Capt Art & Team Searcher
 

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day) Oct 16 PM Report

Hello all,, We had good fishing this afternoon! Plenty of opportunity to catch a good size yellowfin tuna. We saw lots of fish and we hooked plenty! We had the usual losses that come with fishing big tuna with heavy line and tight drags. We took care of some passengers that hadn't landed a tuna so far annd everyone got to pull on multiple fish. Looking forward to tomorrow already. Here are fishing buddies JoeTyler and Dave Tang with their pair of fish over 100 pounds each. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day) Oct 16 Midday Report

Hello all, Trying for yellowtail this morning. There is an opportunity to catch a quality yellowtail in just about every place you stop here. Chris Mohs from Ventura and crewmember Mike landed this nice yellowtail on a flyline mackerel and 60 pound test line. Hoping for some action on yellowfin tuna this afternoon. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 30 Oct 14-21 (7-day) Oct 15 PM Report

Hello all, We arrived at Guadalupe Island this afternoon and had some nice action on yellowfin tuna. Fly line sardine on 80 pound line with 80 pound fluoro carbon and an Owner 4/0 circle hook was the preferred method. Almost everyone had a bite this afternoon. Here is Bruce Gothar with his 123 pound yellowfin tuna.  We are spending the night and trying here again tomorrow. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Jackpot Results

Congratulations to the winners of the jackpot for the 7-day ultra-limited load to Guadalupe Island:
  1. Chris Klein, Encinitas, CA - 149# yellowfin tuna
  2. Chris Klein, Encinitas, CA - 103# yellowfin tuna
  3. Chester Mordasini, San Clemente, CA - 43# yellowtail

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 13 Midday Report

Howdy anglers, we got lucky and found a kelp today that had some dorado on it! We also saw lots of kelps with no fish on them as well - anyways, we're calling it a trip and we're headed into Ensenada tonight to be back at our dock tomorrow(Saturday). Here is Ken Hoffman with one of the dorados from today.  Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 12 PM Report

Howdy anglers, The tuna were around and we had our chances with them -  it was still tough with the sharks and also due to tackle failures, but we had fun! Here is Chester Mordasini with his tuna from this afternoon. We're leaving tonight to look for some kelps for a couple of hours before we head into Ensenada to clear. See you all on Saturday morning, Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 12 Midday Report

Howdy anglers, The yellowtail we caught are nice-sized fish this morning. We're getting ready to switch over to tuna mode for the afternoon! Here's another nice yellow caught by Thom Carney. More later, Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 11 PM Report

Howdy anglers, The tuna were there and they put on a show for us this afternoon.  We started out not so well by losing some due to sharks and tackle failures. We did manage to get some tuna aboard: here is Mike Einstoss with his nice tuna from this afternoon.  We're gonna spend our last day here looking for more yellowtail and then finish off with some tuna before we head across back to the coast. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew
 

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 11 AM Report

Howdy anglers,   A little action for us on the yellowtail today: we had current and the fish were showing themselves but they didn't want to bite all that well. Here is Paul Schulz with a nice yellowtail caught on a dropperloop on 80lb test.  We're on the lookout for tuna this afternoon,  wish us luck! Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 10 PM Report

Oct 10, 2017 Howdy anglers, There was a sign of tuna this afternoon and once again, the sharks had their fill and others were lost due to pulled hooks, line breaks, etc. Anyways,  we landed a couple of the tuna this afternoon,  and here is a big one caught by Ken Yoshida. The scale said 205 lbs: nice fish! We're gonna try for some yellowtail tomorrow morning and again for some tuna in the afternoon.  Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew
 

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 10 Midday Report

Howdy anglers, slow morning here for us on the yellowtail. No current, but we did manage to get a few nice yellows: here's Ron Walters, with a nice one. Headed for tuna this afternoon.  Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 9 PM Report

Howdy anglers, There was a little bit of action for us today! We couldn't get the tuna to stay with us, but we did manage to catch a couple for the afternoon. Here is Chris Klein with his 103lb yellowfin. We're gonna try for some more yellows in the morning. The weather is flat calm.  Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 9 Midday Report

Howdy anglers, We've had a fun morning catching some very nice grade yellowtail and we're still getting a few more before we head out looking for the yellowfin tuna this afternoon! Here is Jeff Kealoha with a very nice yellowtail and Thom Carney showing us how to fish in a very comfy way. sstrip29-2017thomcchair More later,  Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew
 

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Trip 29 Oct 7-14 (7-day) Oct 8 Reports

Oct 8, 2017 Morning Report: Howdy anglers, no kelps this morning for us... the conditions are perfect, just need a kelp with some fish. The weather is nice, though -  and we're stoked about that.  More later, Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew   Evening Report: Howdy anglers, slow day for us all day: we saw a fair amount of very large kelps but they were all blank, unfortunately.  Headed to the island -  be there tomorrow in the morning. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew
 
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