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Herzog Electric Charter (2-day) July 14

Dear anglers: We are fishing offshore today and making our way around some kelp paddies. We've caught some nice yellowtail and dorado, but are still looking for that magical kelp! We have all afternoon wish us luck. Photo shows father-son: Ryan and Nolan Herzog. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher Afternoon update: We finished up this evening with some yellowfin tuna, and it was a real nice way to finish the trip! We want to say "thank you" to the Herzog Electric group. And tight lines to all. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher.  

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Herzog Charter (3 day) July 12

Hello Anglers, Finished our charter trip with a bang! Reeled in some nice yellowfin this evening. We want to send a big thank the Herzog and Rexel groups for a pleasurable 3 days on the water. We look forward to seeing you next year. Heres a shot of Tom Bartell with his yellowfin. Extra tackle tip for today 25# line and a small hook preferably a 2/O. Always good to have on hand. Best fishes anglers.  

~Capt. Shawn T. and Team Searcher.

 

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Herzog Charter (3 day) July 11

Mid-day report: We are having some good tuna fishing so far today, with yellowfin and bluefin both! Here's Rees P. with a nice bluefin. Tackle tip for today was to use a Colt sniper and 30 pound test line. Wish us good luck for the afternoon bite. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher End of day report: Good day of tuna fishing for the Herzog group! We had limits of fun weather is great. Most of are fish today were caught on a fly-lined bait and 30lb line. We also caught quite a few on small lures called "snipers." We are looking to fish the same area tomorrow, wish us luck. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher

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Herzog Electric charter (3-day) July 10

Hello anglers: We left on our 3-day charter with friends from Herzog Electric this morning. We had some good bluefin tuna fishing this afternoon! The most successful anglers were using 30# fluorocarbon and a 3/0 hook.We're going to stay where we are and try it again tomorrow. Wish us continued tuna luck. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher

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Jackpot winners Trip #3 (July 5-8)

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Trip #3 (3-day) Seeker Rods-July 7

Hello anglers: We're fishing for yellowtail this morning and having a great time! Check out this nice one caught by Amir M. who joined family and friends on this Seeker-sponsored 3-day trip. Capt Mike Todter gets the assist. Heading offshore for tuna this afternoon. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #3 (3-day): July 6

Hello anglers: We fished for yellowfin tuna today and even caught a few! There are alot of fish out here, and now we need to figure out what will make them bite. Searcher regular, Ken R., shows off his yellowfin tuna proudly! We have our fingers crossed for the chance to catch a few more of these beauties. Wish us luck! Capt Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip 3 Day 1 & 2 (7/5- 7/6)

Hello Anglers,Top of the morning to you! We have seen a lot of action yesterday and more action this morning with yellowtail. The weather is great, and we are all having fun times with Seeker aboard. Lots of rods to try. This afternoon we headed offshore for some tuna action. Hoping this Friday will be filled with tuna. Capt. Shawn and the Searcher crew

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Tackle Tip Thursday

Capt. Art talks tackle and must have lures for your tackle box. Click here for the full video.

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Jackpot winners Trip 1(June 21-24)

Congratulations to our Jackpot winner of Trip 1! 1st Place- James Kim (14.8 Yellowtail) 2nd Place- Ezio Petrella (Yellowtail) 3rd Place- Ryan Gantz (Yellowtail)

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Trip 1: Jun 21, 22 (day 1 & 2)

Hello anglers, We left on our first trip of the 2018 season on a trip sponsored by Accurate Fishing Products. We travelled to Coronado Islands to try for yellowtail. There's plenty of activity here, and now we're working on what they are hungry for! We got a sample this afternoon, and plan to stay for another day. Afternoon update: We had lots of action today with yellowtail. The best method for landing a yellowtail has been a flyline with sardine on 25 pound line and a 2/0 hook. A few fish were caught on artificial lures as well. The weather is great with sunny skies this afternoon and calm seas. Here is the Gantz family with a sample of the yellowtail caught this morning. Craig is a long time Searcher angler. He brought his son and daughter with him on this trip for a full family experience.  Lots of fun was had by all today. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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New member of Team Searcher!

Have you heard?

Shawn Trowbridge is joining Team Searcher and will be operating fishing trips along with Captains Art and Aaron! We are thrilled to add such an experienced and well-liked skipper to our team. Many anglers know his name since he's operated a variety of other San Diego-based sportboats, and owned and operated his own boat out of Seaforth Landing. Shawn is celebrating his 30th year of maintaining a US Coast Guard license with his first issue in 1988. In his career, Shawn has fished from southeast Alaska to Puerto Vallarta and all the fishing spots in between!         Shawn currently resides in Idaho and loves the outdoors--can you tell? Fishing, snow sports, hunting are just a few of his favorite activities, especially when in the company of his family. Join us in welcoming Shawn to Team Searcher and look for him on your next trip!

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Get your CCA membership at the Del Mar show

Check out the awesome package available at the Fred Hall Show (March 22-25) in Del Mar! Stop by the CCA booth outside the show to take advantage of this offer. CLICK HERE: Searcher CCA Cal FredHall Poster 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 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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Bluefin seminar for angler’s club!

It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning, talking to anglers about BLUEFIN! Capt Art and anglers from Silver Gate Yacht Club shared stories about catching and how to improve catch success with kites, Yummee flyers, working with wind, and surveyor's tape! Get the scoop on kite fishing before the season begins! Click here: KITE FISHING! [caption id="attachment_10972" align="alignleft" width="163"] Bluefin think these are YUMMEE![/caption] [caption id="attachment_10966" align="alignright" width="234"] Displaying the kite.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10970" align="aligncenter" width="260"] Surveyor's tape on your line for visibility.[/caption]  

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Announcing our 2017 SONAR winner!

IMG_5240Jeremy Moore of Eastvale, CA brought his son Jacob fishing in August, 2017. That qualified Jeremy for our SONAR promotion, as he brought a "New Angler" to Searcher Sportfishing. His name was added to the year-long raffle, and in December, Capt Art pulled Jeremy's name and he WON! As we do every year, the grand prize winner received a rod/reel combo and a free 3-day trip aboard Searcher! Jeremy is booked for his free trip in 2018, and now has a beautiful new rod/reel combo to bring along. Check out all the SONAR details here: SONAR. Bring a friend and win! We are grateful to Penn for the rod (PENN Carnage II series model #CARBWII3080C70) and reel (Fathom FTH15LD2) .This combo came highly recommended by Penn pro-staffer, Steve Carson.
The perfect match for the Fathom FTH15LD2 is the PENN Carnage II series rod. It fishes 30-pound line perfectly, it makes hooking a "football" tuna fun, but can still land a 60-pound bluefin. stevecarson copy

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Searcher in dry dock!

[caption id="attachment_10875" align="alignleft" width="254"]props 12:17 Props were tuned to their original specs.[/caption] It's time again for our annual dry dock period of maintenance and inspections. Searcher is in San Pedro at Al Larson Boat Shop. Team Searcher is working with the capable crew at the boat yard to get our girl ship-shape for her 48th year of operation! [caption id="attachment_10872" align="alignnone" width="264"]hull bare wood 12:17 Searcher's hull (in the bow) with 47-year-old bare wood, ready for repainting.[/caption] starboard hull bare wood 12:17

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Trip 34 Nov 11-17 (6-day) Accurate/Seeker Jackpot Results!

Congratulations to the winners of the Accurate/Seeker "Season Closer" 6-day Guadalupe Special:
  1. Dale Bunting - Cambria, CA - 131# yellowfin tuna
  2. Andy Ratsky - Calabasas, CA - 128# yellowfin tuna
  3. Gary Wheeler - Apache Junction, AZ - 128# yellowfin tuna

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Trip 34 Nov 11-17 Accurate/Seeker (6-day) Guadalupe Special Nov 15 PM Report

Hello all, Our final day of fishing for 2017 was a success! Everyone had plenty of opportunity to hook a quality yellowfin tuna today as well as a quality yellowtail. The weather finally let up and it was a great day of fishing in good weather. Here is Andy Ratsky from Calabasas with one of the four good size tuna he landed this trip, Andy used a loaner outfit from Gary G. from Accurate Fishing Products with a Seeker rod. He also was kind enough to hand off other fish he hooked today to 2 people that hadn't landed a tuna yet. Thanks to Andy for his generosity. Travelling tomorrow and arriving in San Diego on Friday. Team Searcher

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Trip 34 Nov 11-17 Accurate/Seeker (6-day) Guadalupe Special Nov 15 Midday Report

Hello all, We have had a great morning fishing for tuna and yellowtail. Steady action on fish over 100 pounds with a few 25-40 pound tuna mixed in and some nice size yellowtail 25-35 pounds. All the fish were hooked on flyline live sardines and 80 pound test and a 4/0 Owner circle hook.  Here's Teresa Reynoso with her 91 pound tuna that she landed with just a little help from Capt Art around the anchor line. Capt Ryan helped Teresa hold the fish up for this photo. Hoping for more action this afternoon. We are very close  to reaching our goal of everyone landing a big tuna. Team Searcher

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Trip 34 Nov 11-17 Accurate/Seeker (6-day) Guadalupe Special Nov 14 Report

Hello all, Another windy, windy day. It was very hard to fish, but we managed to land a few good grade fish: we caught a few in the morning, with a lull until late in the day. We are slowly but surely getting everyone onboard a quality tuna. We are hoping that the wind backs off tomorrow and we can land a few more. Here is Elbie Bartolome from San Diego with the 116-pound tuna he hooked. The crew helped finish this fish off with multiple trips under the anchor line. Glad we were able to help get this fish on deck. More tomorrow, Capt Art & Team Searcher
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