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Trip 17 Jerome’s Charter Aug 21-23 (1.5-day) Tuesday AM report

Hello anglers: We've had a lot of fun on deck today with some of Jerome's finest sales staff on board--many of them novice anglers! We found a kelp paddie in the tuna and dorado zone, and found lots of action for the group. We took a quick group photo after we stopped fishing to get the fish cold in the refrigerated saltwater fish hold. trip17ladies Way to go, Jerome's lady anglers! We're hoping to find the kelp for a second stop. Team Searcher

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Trip 16 Capt Potatohead Memorial Aug 18-21(3-day) Jackpot Results!

Congratulations to the winners of the trip 16 (3-day) jackpot:
  1. John "Snuggles" Aguirre - 17.0# yellowfin tuna
  2. Rob "Mittens" Aguirre - 14.2# dorado
  3. Bob "Coco" Bayus - 13.6# yellowtail
Another memorable Capt Potatohead trip for the history books!

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Trip 16 Capt Potatohead Memorial Aug 18-21 (3-day) Aug 20 PM report

Hello anglers: We are headed home after a successful Captain Potatohead Memorial trip. Dick Uranga would have been pleased with the outcome. The trip is definately not the same without him -- we all try to have fun at other people's expense, but no one did that better than Dickie. There were some highlights from today that would have made him proud. Capt Aaron helped Terry O cast without having his thumb on the spool which resulted in a nice backlash. Terry got the backlash out and hooked a nice-size dorado at one of the kelp paddie stops. Capt Aaron and Terry, aka "Fang" are pictured with the final result. Another highlight was Derek T. making poke for everyone,. There will be a photo of that later as well. Nice job, "Sugar Bear"! This trip's Sportsman's Award goes to Dean "Piglet" Benavidez. Dean has been coming on this trip many years and has always been a pleasure to be with at the rail. He released lots of small fish today to help out the future! Way to go, Piglet! He will receive a $660 credit towards next year's trip and that amount will be added to the total proceeds for donation to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, all in Dick Uranga's name. Team Searcher

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Trip 16 Capt Potatohead Memorial Aug 18-21 (3-day) Aug 20 AM report

Hello anglers: We were lucky again this morning to find another kelp paddie. Everyone had a chance to land a small yellowfin tuna and some dorado came on deck too. Here's a group photo of happy people and fish. More later, we're still fishing! Team Searcher

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Trip 16 Capt Potatohead Memorial Aug 18-21 (3-day) Aug 19 PM report

Hello anglers: We landed a few more dorado and yellowfin tuna this afternoon. We have high hopes of finding another kelp paddie tomorrow in warm clean water. We had lots of fun today with some of the usual antics that Dickie would have enjoyed himself. Check the group photo of dorado (and a Creature from the Black Lagoon at the rail- is that "Twinkle" we see?)! Team Searcher

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Trip 16 Capt Potatohead Memorial Aug 18-21 (3-day) Aug 19 AM report

Hello anglers, We had a little action this morning on a kelp paddie and caught some mixed-size yellowfin tuna, dorado and yellowtail. We hope to find another kelp paddie in this area of warm water. There was a good school of tuna also with that kelp, but it didn't bite very well. Maybe later. John A. (AKA "Snuggles") is posing with his nice-size yellowfin tuna. We're having lots of fun on deck during the slow times with Terry and the guys carrying on in the "Potatohead" way. (We think we see a pink wig and a possible shower cap sighting in the background of the photo...!)

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Trip 16 Capt Potatohead Memorial Aug 18-21 (3-day) Aug 18 PM report

Hello anglers, We departed today on our Captain Potatohead (Dick Uranga) Memorial trip. This will be the fifth year of remembering Dick and his legacy with fun, fishing and friends, and donating to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fund in his honor. We made a quick stop at the Coronado Islands this afternoon to try for yellowtail and bluefin tuna. We landed a few yellows and lost a bluefin to a sea lion. The conditions were great and there is a sign of fish there. Pictured is Bob B. AKA "Coco" with a nice yellowtail. Headed south for some yellowfin tuna tomorrow. Team Searcher trip16nearingrodeel Dave N AKA "Kitty" won the first raffle of the trip and won one of Dick's rods (re-wrapped by long-time friend Terry O- though his new name is "Fang") and a Shimano Torium reel. Dave put it to good use and caught a nice calico bass that he released! Dick is smiling about this one.

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Trip 15 Ultra-limited load Aug 13-18 (5-day) jackpot results!

Congratulations to the winners from the trip 15 jackpot!
  1. Bo Piekarski, 17.2# yellowfin tuna
  2. Tania Warner, 17.0# yellowfin tuna
  3. Tania Warner, 16.8# yellowfin tuna

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Trip 15 Aug 13-18 Ultra-Limited Load Aug 17 PM Report

Howdy anglers: This morning we tried for some bluefin tuna and we managed to hook a nice fish, but it shortly came off. We have had a strike on the kite but still haven't landed a fish. Hoping for some action this afternoon. Wish us luck with these big fish! Capt Aaron and Searcher crew Howdy anglers: This afternoon was full of heartbreak for us! We saw lots of bluefin today and we managed to hook up with a dandy, but the line broke 4 feet from the boat. We're headed in to turn around for 3-day trip tomorrow. Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 15 Aug 13-18 Ultra-Limited Load Aug 15 PM Report

Monday, Aug 15, 2017  Howdy anglers,  We had just a little action on yellowtails today:  they were around, but not interested in what we had to offer.  On the other hand, we did get to get in on some "good as it gets" calico bass fishing for a couple of hours trying to hook a yellowtail.  We're gonna head offshore tomorrow in search of some yellowtail and dorado. Here's a pic of Bo and Jim on deck, enjoying the weather. It's really nice to have such a small group of nice people aboard. More later, Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 15 Ultra-Limited Load Aug 13-18 (5-day)Aug 15 AM Report

Howdy anglers, Slow morning here, we've been looking for yellows - the conditions are great but there is a lack of fish, so we're gonna try several spots to find something to catch. Ben thinks we're gonna get on something good soon. More later, Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

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Trip 15 Ultra Limited Load Aug 13-18 (5-day) Aug 14 PM Report

Howdy anglers, We had a fantastic day on the water today fishing for yellowfin tuna.  This afternoon we had some really good action - they were also biting all sorts of artificial lures, as seen in the picture with Ben Uy with a Hook and Hand Program Accurate reel and  Seeker rod, using a 100gram Colt Sniper.  We have great weather and we're gonna try for some yellowtail tomorrow for the day.  More tomorrow, Capt Aaron and Team Searcher 

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Trip 15 Aug 13-18 Ultra-limited Load (5-day) Aug 14 mid-day report

Howdy anglers,  Great day on the ocean today: we have had some great schools of hungry yellowfin tuna and the ocean is flat as well. Here is a sample of some of our fish caught by father/ daughter team John and Tania Warner.  The best method today was on live bait using a 2/0 hook on 30lb test.  Hoping for some more action this afternoon. More later, Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

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Trip 14 Aug 8-13 Accurate (5-day) Jackpot Results!

Congratulations to the jackpot winners for the Accurate 5-day trip:
  1. Jeff Nagel - 27.4# yellowtail
  2. Jeff Nagel - 25.6# yellowtail
  3. Dale Bunting - 22.6# yellowtail

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Trip 14 Aug 8-13 Accurate (5-day) Aug 12 PM Report

Hello all, We gave it our all today, we were driving around before daylight to find the temperature edge so when it was daylight we would hopefully be in the right spot. We had a stop on yellowfin tuna first thing and then a lull for a few hours. We saw fish that wouldn't bite. A few fish associated with common dolphin again but only a few. We had some action around lunch time for a few fish and then another lull in the afternoon with a few fish late in the day.  We had hoped for a lot more fish but it just wasn't in the cards for us this trip. Steve Lenker from San Pedro landed this yellowfin tuna today. Thanks again to Accurate products for all the goodies this trip. Gary Gillingham is always a pleasure to have on board. Back tomorrow morning, Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 14 Aug 8-13 Accurate (5-day) Aug 12 Report

Hello anglers: We are in the yellowfin tuna zone today with high hopes for some well-deserved action. We have paid our dues with the weather and the fishing so far this trip. Today it is calm and we signs of yellowfin tuna. Mike W. caught this good-size tuna from a stop this morning. He is a Searcher first-timer, but has lots of long-range experience. Team Searcher

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Trip 14 Aug 8-13 Accurate (5-day) Aug 11 Report

Hello anglers, We traveled north all night and this morning to get back up to the tuna zone. The weather has improved so we're happy about that, but we don't have much good fishing news. We located a herd of common dolphin that had a school of yellowfin tuna associated with it. We are seeing fish and signs of fish, but they aren't hungry for what we have today. We will continue to work hard and hopefully it will pay off tomorrow. Team Searcher

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Trip 14 Aug 8-13 Accurate (5-day) Aug 10 AM Report

Hello all, Shortly after arriving in the yellowtail zone, Ben Van Camp from Riverside landed this good size yellowtail. We are hoping for more like it this afternoon. The weather is calm and sunny -  which is a good thing compared to the weather and tough conditions we had yesterday.  More later, Team Searcher

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Trip 14 Aug 8-13 Accurate (5-day) Aug 9 PM Report

Hello all, We left yesterday on our annual 5-day trip with Accurate Fishing Products and pro-staffer Gary Gillingham. Thanks again to Accurate for all the great support! We are really pleased with the load of sardines we received at the bait receivers! Lots of familiar faces on this trip, it is great to see all of our old friends again. We were also able to have a little pre-trip dockside raffle with prizes generously provided by Doug Kern of Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop. Check out the photo - Who wouldn't be this happy to win a flat-fall? We started in the yellowfin tuna zone early this morning. The fishing was great there yesterday. We hoped for a repeat, but unfortunately it didn't happen.  We caught a few for a sample, but not nearly what we had hoped for. We are headed south to the yellowtail zone and will arrive there tomorrow mid-morning. We hope for a repeat of last trip. More tomorrow, Team Searcher

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Trip 13 Aug 3-8 Braid (5-day) Jackpot Results!

Congratulations to the winners of the 5-day Braid trip jackpot!
  1. Bobby Bunce - 30# yelllowtail
  2. Brian Miyazaki - 28.6# yellowtail
  3. Jeremy Bart - 28.4# yellowtail
Many thanks to Dennis Braid for another fantastic trip! trip13braidYFT
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