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Trip Reports2020-02-15T19:28:51-08:00
Jul 42020

Trip #2 July 2-5 (3 day) July 4th Special!

July 4th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We had some very good action on the yellowtail again this morning. We have not seen a whole lot of this yellowfin, however. We are almost 150 miles from home so we are working that way, hoping to get another shot at the bluefin this afternoon.

Captain Mike and the boys,

Nanette S. caught this yellowtail on a flylined sardine

Happy 4th of July!

This afternoon we scratched up some more yellowtail. We found some schools of bluefin late, but couldn’t get any to bite. We didn’t get to spend much time in the bluefin zone this afternoon.

Looking forward to getting back out on the next trip.

Captain Mike and the boys

Long-time friends Alec and Davey with a pair of quality kelp yellowtail

Jul 32020

Trip #2 July 2-5 (3 day) July 4th Special!

July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We have had some action here on yellowtail and yellowfin tuna this morning.  We started chasing around schools of yellowfin tuna marked by terns and shearwaters. By mid-morning they started to disappear, so we started kelping our way up towards the bluefin grounds.  We have had some steady action here this morning. 

~Captain Mike and the boys

Here is Jack and Captain Armando with a yellowfin tuna he caught on a flylined sardine.

Good evening anglers,

We scratched away at the yellowtail on kelps all day. We were able to stay busy all day working our way up to this bluefin zone. We finally got up here late in the day and got ourselves a couple shots. We managed to land just a few. We are going back down to the yellowfin zone right now to try again in the morning.

Captain Mike and the boys

Captain Ryan and angler Lou with his 30lb class bluefin landed after biting a fly-lined sardine

Jul 22020

Trip #2 July 2-5 (3 day) July 4th Special!

July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good evening anglers,

We departed on our annual 4th of July Special 3-day trip this morning with a nice load of bait. We worked south most of the day. We did not see a whole lot close to home this afternoon, however we did have a few shots at catching a yellowtail on kelps. We will be traveling south all night.

Captain Mike and the boys

Rory and Captain Ryan and the first yellowtail of the trip!

Jun 292020

Trip #1 Jun 26-29 (3 day) Accurate Fishing Products

June 29th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We had excellent yellowtail fishing today with limits for the group. Using a live bait, a yo-yo lure or a surface iron worked well. All the fish were associated with kelp paddies. We saw some more bluefin tuna that wouldn’t bite, but we did mange to land seven 30-40 pounders out of one stop on a large school that stuck with us for a couple of hours. You needed 25 pound with fluorocarbon and a #2 hook to get a bite.

Brush up on surface iron fishing techniques here: Tackle Tip: Surface Irons

Many thanks to Jack Nilsen and Accurate Fishing Products for their excellent sponsorships of this trip and many others. It’s  fun crew to fish with, too!

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Ed H and crewman Justin with a bluefin. Nice shirt, Ed! Team Accurate Fishing Products!

Jun 272020

Trip #1 Jun 26-29 (3 day) Accurate Fishing Products

June 27th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We headed south last night to a zone where yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tuna were reported. We have had some action on yellowtail associated with kelp paddies. There’s tuna on the kelps too. We have seen plenty of bluefin tuna, but we are having trouble getting them to bite. Maybe this afternoon!

Capt Art and Team Searcher

Ryan B. and a nice yellowtail caught on a live sardine

Hello anglers,

Great action this afternoon! We saw several spots of tuna up on the surface and a kelp paddie with yellowtail. Best tackle tip for today: flyline a live sardine with 25 – 30 pound line and a #2 hook. At the end of the day the tuna decided to bite a little. The school was mixed yellowfin and bluefin tuna and had 20-40 pound fish.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Greg R with a nice bluefin

Jun 272020

Trip #1 Jun 26-29 (3 day) Accurate Fishing

June 27th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Hello anglers,

We departed on one of our Accurate Fishing Products sponsored trip with Jack Nilsen. We are grateful to Jack and his company for providing us with rods and reels for our clients to use.
We tried the local bluefin tuna zone with not much luck. But by the end of the day, we saw and caught a few yellowfin tuna and a bluefin tuna. The average weight of the fish was 20 pounds. Surface lures and live bait were the best methods to catch these fish.

The weather is great and we have high hopes for tomorrow. We’ll be heading further south.

Captain Art and Team Searcher

Jack Nilsen of Accurate Fishing had some fun getting this yellowfin tuna to bite a live sardine.

Jun 242020

1.5 day Trip (June 23-25)

June 24th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We got a shot at the size large bluefin this morning.  We landed two: a 130# and a 140#.  Here’s Cole and Greg with their trophies.

We are seeing lots of fish around right now.  We stopped on an enormous school a few minutes ago and they’re jumping around the boat. not getting any bites though.  We’re hoping they start to bite this afternoon.  

Many thanks to Aftco for the awesome face coverings–perfect for anglers!

~Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

We had some action chasing around small boilers of yellowfin tuna this afternoon. We could not get on a school of bluefin until after dark. Then we stopped on a jumbo school of big ones around 930pm. We’re just gettin gout of our stop here at 11:30 p.m. We went 6 for 13.  The smallest one was around 70lbs and the biggest one we landed was 130+lbs. Only one fish was under 100 pounds. We hooked some much bigger ones that escaped. We hooked all our fish on the flat falls and sinker-rig mackeral. The ones we landed all came in on either 80lb or 100lb test. Here’s the first 5 trophies that came over the rail.

Click here for some info on “sinker rig” fishing! Time for some sleep.

Captain Mike and the boys

 

 

Jun 212020

Father’s Day morning report

June 21st, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We spent our morning scratching away at 8-15lb yellowtail this morning on kelps. We have had a few opportunities at some nice grade dorado as well, but have yet to boat one.

Here is Dong with his first ever yellowtail!

We have been looking at bluefin tuna all morning as well. They seem to be in a funky mood however, and have yet to respond to the bait. We currently have a school sitting under us but they are not biting. It seems like they may be starting to move up in the water column, so we’re hoping for a big afternoon. Plenty of time left to fish. We will check back later.

Captain Mike and the boys

 

 

 

 

 

Good evening anglers,

The bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna did not want to cooperate today. They stayed down all day. We did see a couple nice schools but they did not cooperate. We were able to scratch up some more yellowtail this afternoon, including Keith’s jackpot pending one seen here which looks to be about 18lbs.

Captain Mike and the boys

Jun 192020

1.5 day Trip (June 18-20)

June 19th, 2020|Categories: Capt Art's Blog, Trip Reports|

Good morning anglers,

We are having a fun morning here, scratching away at  bluefin, yellowfin and dorado, and it’s pretty fun fishing right now. It is finesse fishing, using 25lb and small hooks. We are currently in a bluefin stop with a couple on deck and a couple hanging. We’re hoping we can plunk away on them here.

Here is Sheri with a dorado she caught flylining a sardine this morning. Nice work!

Captain Mike and the boys

Good evening anglers,

Our plunker drift from lunchtime turned into quite a stop. We drifted until we had our limit of 25-40lb bluefin. The go-to set up was a 25lb set up with a #1 or #2 hook. If you fished the right tackle and used a little finesse, it was game on. We did catch a few more yellowfin in the mix as well. All and all, we had a great trip, all smiles and high fives here. Here’s Captain Armando and Kevin with a 30lb bluefin he caught on a fly lined sardine.

Captain Mike and the boys