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Trip #26 (7-day) Oct 20-27 (Day 6) sponsored by Accurate

Good afternoon anglers: Today we are fishing the coastline for yellowtail and have found a few. Best catching results have been an both yoyo jigs and a fly-lined bait. Patrick K and crewman Ryan are showing off a nice one caught on a 6x jr blue and white. Find out what lures are working: YELLOWTAIL LURES And how about a Searcher-style recipe for this wonderful fish? It's all about the marinade! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #26 (7-day) Oct 20-27 (Day 3) sponsored by Accurate

Good afternoon anglers, This morning we awoke to very pleasant seas and calm winds which was delightful for all who were on board. We had a exceptional bite on premium yellowfin tuna ranging from 25 to 45 lbs. We are going to have a quick bite for lunch and start looking for wahoo. Wish us luck, here is Rod C. and Crewman Hector with a nice yellowfin tuna.

~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher.

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Trip #26 (7-day) Oct 20-27 (Day 2) sponsored by Accurate Part II

Good evening Anglers,
This afternoon consisted of a fantastic sunset bite on quality yellowfin tuna, with fish ranging from 18 to 45 lbs. The best way to get a bite was on a fly lined sardine. We also caught a few fish on flat falls right at dark. All and all it was a fabulous day on the water. We will be staying in the same place for tomorrow, wish us luck. Here is a shot of Dominick V. with his quality yellowfin. ~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher.

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Trip #26 (7-day) Oct 20-27 (Day 2) sponsored by Accurate

Good afternoon anglers:
Today we've had a good day of fishing on wahoo, yellowfin tuna and a few dorado, all while on the anchor. The best method of catching fish
today has been with 40 lb mono and fluorocarbon and a 3/0 Owner hook. We have also been getting fish with skip lures, poppers, and wahoo bombs. 
We haven’t been able to do much trolling for wahoo since the wind is up, but we’re looking forward to it tomorrow as the wind is supposed to die down. Wish us luck!
Here is Harlan M. and Captain Mike with a beautiful 60lb wahoo caught on a fly-lined sardine. 
~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #26 (7-day) Oct 20-27 (Day 1) sponsored by Accurate

Good evening Anglers,
Today, we had great action on wahoo, yellowfin and yellowtail. we will be staying in the same area for tomorrow. Pictured is Lance L. and crewman Hector with a nice yellowfin tuna caught on a chartreuse and white fall flat this afternoon. Wish us luck for tomorrow. ~Captain Shawn and team Searcher.

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Trip #26 (7-day) Oct 20-27 (Day 1) sponsored by Accurate

Good afternoon anglers, We arrived at our destination at around 11:00 am and have been welcomed with a nice little wahoo surprise. We are presently catching the wahoos on bombs and trolling lures. Click here for all thing wahoo. Here is a picture of crewman Ryan and Sean S. with his nice wahoo caught on a wahoo bomb. ~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #25 (7-day) Oct 13-20 (Day 5)

Hello anglers, We started our fishing day on the coast for yellowtail without much success. So we travelled offshore to look for kelp patties and dorado. We found warm blue water and plenty of large kelp paddies. Not many had fish associated with them. But we managed to find a few that had a few good-size dorado on them. I think everyone got to keep a nice-size dorado today, including Anne L.  Check out the recommended surface irons here! We are headed home tonight and arriving back to the dock on Saturday morning. Here is Anne Lahue and crewman Ryan with a beautiful dorado from one of the kelp patties this afternoon. Chef Dan shared his Sesame Chili Marinade recipe for fresh Searcher-caught fish. Angler tried and tested! Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #25 (7-day) Oct 13-20 (Day 4)

Hello anglers, Yesterday we accomplished our goal of getting everyone a wahoo. Today we are trying to get everyone a second wahoo! We're also enjoying great tuna fishing again this morning. Everyone has enough yellowfin tuna! We are now concentrating on yellowtail in between trolling sessions for wahoo. Here is Dennis from Texas with a nice wahoo. Need a recipe for your wahoo? Here's one from Searcher Chef Geri Sue. Captain Art and Team Searcher
Afternoon update: We had some action on yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and a rare white sea bass this afternoon. We had variety this trip for sure! Everyone had multiple chances at wahoo today with trolling, live bait and artificial lures all working well. (Check out recommended surface lures here!) Mike E landed the white sea bass and he took a minute to pose with Capt Shawn for a photo. We are headed up to the coast to try for more yellowtail tomorrow morning, and then maybe offshore to look for dorado. The weather has been great during the day and breezy at night. The forecast looks good for travelling tonight. Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #25 (7-day) Oct 13-20 (Day 3)

Hello all,

We focused our fishing efforts on wahoo this morning with success. Almost everyone has landed a wahoo. Trolling with live sardines have been the best method for wahoo to today. We also have had some very hungry yellowfin tuna that are biting the big Marauder lures as well. We hope to reach our goal of getting everyone a wahoo today and so far it is looking like we might exceed that goal. Here is a group shot from one of some of the action from this morning. Stay hooked more to come.

~Capt. Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #25 (7-day) Oct 13-20 (Day 2)

Hello anglers, We arrived at our fishing spot just before lunchtime today. We trolled around for awhile hoping for a wahoo with no success. But we saw good sign of 12-20 pound yellowfin tuna in a few different areas. We caught a few while drifting, so we got the anchor down and had excellent fishing. All methods worked: live sardines, artificial lures, flat falls, wahoo bombs, and yo-yo lures. The fish were biting everything! We also landed a couple of wahoo. Here is Mike E. with a 40 pound fish. We are spending the night and hoping for the same sort of action on tuna and a few more wahoo tomorrow. Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #25 (7-day) Oct 13-20 (Day 1)

Hello anglers, [caption id="attachment_12327" align="alignleft" width="300"] With only 12 anglers aboard, there's plenty of room for passengers to prep tackle and for captains to offer assistance![/caption] We are travelling today and are headed to the Ridge. We will arrive tomorrow before lunch. We had a seminar this morning to get everyone up to speed on with tackle. We have the rest of today to rig up and get ready for tomorrow. The weather is great with light winds and no swell. Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #24 (7-day) Oct 6-13 (Trip wrap-up)

Good afternoon anglers: Today we woke up to a little breeze from the northwest. But we were still able to find a nice kelp paddy and catch some nice dorado to wrap the trip up. We are headed home and will be back out for 7 days tomorrow. Wish us luck and until then, tight lines! Here's crewman Hector and Ken Y with his dorado. Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #24 (7-day) Oct 6-13 (Day 6)

Good evening anglers: This afternoon we did find the magical kelp paddy and had very good dorado and tuna fishing. Tuna were on the small side so most were released, but the dorado were nice size. We all had a lot of fun fishing, but the best part of the day was calm seas! All methods of lures and bait were working. Here is a nice shot of Captain Mike and Ron W. with a dorado. Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #24 (7-day) Oct 6-13 (Day 5)

Good evening anglers:

Today we fished along the coast for yellowtail. Most of them were caught on fly-lined sardines, and a few were caught on a surface iron. We are heading offshore to look for tuna and dorado, so wish us luck. 

Tommy T. and his yellowtail.

~ Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #24 (7-day) Oct 6-13 (Day 5)

Good evening anglers: Today we set out to find some tuna with not much luck. So we changed gears late in the afternoon and fished for yellowtail. We had had very good fishing on midsize fish. The fish were biting dropper loops and yo yo iron very well. Good times were had by all. It’s beautiful weather— calm seas and sunny skies. We’re  heading to a new area tomorrow so wish us luck! Here’s Joe T with a nice yellowtail.
~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #24 (7-day) Oct 6-13 (Day 4)

Midday report: Good afternoon anglers,  Tuna fishing has been a bit slow today, so we are fishing for wahoo with some good results for are anglers. Heading out to look for tuna wish us luck.  Here is Dave T. with a nice wahoo he caught on a raider lure ~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher   Morning Report: Hello anglers, We had a good pick on the wahoo! Catching them on wahoo bombs, raider lures and on live bait.  It was a very exciting day! We are enjoying calm seas and light winds. Pictured in the photo are a couple of anglers with some of the wahoo we have caught so far. We are going to stay in same area for now.  Wish us luck. ~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #24 (7-day) Oct 6-13 (Day 3)

Good morning anglers! We spent most of the morning traveling to our destination on the Ridge. We were welcomed by a nice wahoo! Now it's time to look around for some yellowfin. Wish us luck! Here's Tommy T. with his wahoo caught on a nomad trolling lure. More tonight, Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #23 Sept 30-Oct 6

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Trip #23 (6-day) Sep 30-Oct 6 (Day 4)

Hello anglers, We've had some action on small tuna and better size dorado so far today. We are releasing the small tuna and keeping the dorado. However the small tuna are biting and are lots of fun on light tackle! Tanner S brought some unconventional tackle with him this trip. He used spinning gear for yellowtail yesterday and did very well. Today he broke out a hand-line similar to what kids might have used back in the day-- a coffee can with line wrapped around the outside so they can cast their bait or lure out. Tanner landed a dorado on his version of this outfit with a live sardine. We are all having a lot of fun this trip! Capt Art and Team Searcher Evening update: We had plenty of action with small yellowfin tuna and dorado associated with kelp paddies. We released the majority of the smaller fish so they can continue to grow. But it was fun catching them on light tackle with poppers, lures and live bait. We are also continuing to enjoy great weather with light winds and partly sunny skies. We are headed northwest for our last day close to San Diego with hopes for some better size yellowfin tuna. [caption id="attachment_12240" align="alignleft" width="198"] Yellowtail sashimi and skipjack poke[/caption] Today was a seafood day in the galley. We had yellowfin tuna melts for lunch, yellowtail sashimi and skipjack poke for afternoon snack and pasta alfredo with scallops for dinner. Delicious! Capt Art and Team Searcher
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