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Trip #24 Ultra-limited load 6-day (Sep 29-Oct 5)

Good evening anglers, We had a bit of a rough ride last night, but it's all good because we got to our location and the fish started biting right away. We have some adverse conditions at the moment making the fishing difficult. Hooking the fish was not a problem. Landing them was another story.  We did manage a nice little sample of what this place has to offer.  Here is Ben with a beautiful 50lb yellowfin he caught as the sun went down.  We're going to hit it hard again in the morning Captain Mike and the Boys

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 23-7 day

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Trip #23 Seeker Rods 7-day (Sept 22-29)

Good evening anglers, We ended our trip on some slug yellowtail this afternoon and evening.  We only caught a handfull, but we had a little opportunity and lost the majority of the fish we hooked.  These yellowtail are big and mean, and the bottom is shallow and sharp, so most of our losses were due to rocks. Come prepared with 80-100lb to fish for these things, they are no joke! Here is Mark and I reaping the rewards of his rail time and proper tackle selection. This one was over 45lbs. Captain Mike and the boys

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Trip #23 Seeker Rods 7-day (Sept 22-29)

Good morning anglers, This morning we were on the fish again.  The 40-70lb yellowfin were biting.  This is our last morning fishing this area, we were stoked to have the fish biting again. We have tons of tuna now! We are going to relocate and look for some yellowtail.   Here's Kevin with the first fish of the morning. ~Captain Mike and the boys

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Trip #23 Seeker Rods 7-day (Sept 22-29)

Good morning anglers,

We are on the fish again today.  We have hooked 50-80lb yellowfin.  At about 7:45 this morning we had a massive school of yellowfin swim through us.  They were bitting early this morning.  We've had lots of casualties due to the larger grade of fish here and tax mans collecting his share as well. None of this has slowed the catching. The bite has backed off but were still hooking the big ones here.  Mostly sporadic bites  resulting in flurry style fishing making it for an exciting morning.(Flurry is where the bit comes out of no where, and a lot at the same time.)  Here is Ryan and Justin with Randy's 50+lber. It is Tackle Tip Thursday so here is a hot off the water tackle tip for you. Randy caught this yellowfin on 40lb and a fly lined sardine.  We have caught a couple yellowtail here while we were fishing for tuna.  Gotta get back out there we just hooked a few tuna.  The fish are biting out here we have a few spots left the rest of the year.  Pretty phenomenal fishing out here right now.

~Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #23 Seeker Rods 7-day (Sept 22-29)

Good evening anglers, We were able to scratch away at this beautiful grade of yellowfin tuna for most of our afternoon. We're all very happy with our catch for the day.  We hope to be on them again in the morning. Here is Leo T and Captain Armando with a 40lb class yellowfin caught on a fly-lined sardine on 40lb line. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #23 Seeker Rods 7-day (Sept 22-29)

Good morning anglers, We didn't quite have a repeat of yesterday morning--the fish didn't show up early this morning. So we moved down the road a little and found some quality 40-70lb yellowfin. We have been picking away at them all morning. All smiles and high fives here! Hers Kenny S. with a 70lb kite fish. It's the only kite fish we've hooked all day. Most of our fish the past few days have been on fly-lined sardines with the exception of a handful. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #23 Seeker Rods 7-day (Sept 22-29)

Good morning anglers, We arrived at Guadalupe Island yesterday afternoon and did not have much to report. We found a nice area of fish but only managed one for our afternoon. This morning is a whole different story. At first light we had 25-70lb yellowfin boiling around the boat and they bit right away. They have backed off a little but we're staying busy picking away at them. Here is Mark R. and crewman Justin with a 50lber he caught on a 4" sardine on 40lb test. Thank you to Seeker Rods for their sponsorship! Hopefully they keep biting, we will check back later. Captain Mike and the Boys Good evening anglers, Wow what a day! These beautiful 25-60lb yellowfin bit for us all day. We boated our last one at about 630pm and our first one at about 630am. They got picky at times but we kept at it, and made a very nice catch on them today.  Here's Richie L. and Captain Armando with a 45lber.  Richie was getting bit all day long. We'll be back at it again at first light. Captain Mike and the Boys  

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Trip #22 Herzog 2-day (Sept 20-22)

Good Evening We departed today on a 2 day charter.  We heard the local fishing had been good this morning so we were excited to get out there.  We immediately started seeing fish once we got in the zone.  We had a nice couple hour drift on 15-25lb yellowfin this afternoon. We capped off  the trip with a small sample of 40lb class bluefin right at dark.   Here is Ryan and Alfredo with their bluefin they caught on the sinker rig. ~Captain Mike and the boys

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Trip #22 Herzog 2-day (Sept 20-22)

2020 SCHEDULE IS UP! We hope you can find the perfect 2020 trip and get yourself booked early. We apologize for the web site errors when attempting to book on-line. We are getting those fixed. Please feel free to call or email for reservations for now.  From the Land Crew Good evening anglers, We managed to scratch up a handful more yellowfin this afternoon. The majority of the fish we found later in the day today were bluefin and we did manage a few bites, but lost them due to the light tackle fishing. Here is what a shot of what some of these large schools of bluefin look like on the fathometer.   Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #22 Herzog 2-day (Sept 20-22)

Good afternoon anglers, We started off this morning struggling to find something to stop on. Just before lunch time we found a nice school of 15-30lb yellowfin that bit a little bit. We have spent the last couple hours looking at non biting schools of bluefin. We're on the hunt for some more yellowfin now. Here is Rees with a 25lb yellowfin he caught on 20lb and a fly lined sardine. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #22 Herzog 2-day (Sept 20-22)

Good evening anglers: We departed today on a 2-day charter with great guys from Herzog Electric. We heard the local fishing had been good this morning so we were excited to get out there. We immediately started seeing fish once we got in the zone.  We had a nice couple hour drift on 15-25lb yellowfin this afternoon, capped off by a small sample of 40lb class bluefin right at dark.  Here is Ryan and Alfredo with their bluefin caught on the sinker rig. Captain Mike and the Boys

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Let’s Talk Hook Up

Captain Art will be on Let's Talk Hook Up Saturday September 21st from 7-9am. Listen Live on the Let’s Talk Hookup App or at 97.3FM the fan! These are the lines to call during the show, Ask your question on the air! 877-792-1090 or 858-457-1090. Fun and fish talk. Don't miss it. ⁣

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Trip #21 Herzog/Rexel 3-day (Sept 17-20)

Hello anglers, We have had good action on 15-25 pound yellowfin tuna this morning. Everyone has landed at least a couple of fish, though we've had been losses as well. We hope to keep this up for awhile. Here is Brent with a nice yellowfin caught on a live sardine and 30 pound line. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #21 Herzog/Rexel 3-day (Sept 17-20)

Hello anglers,  We started out yesterday in the yellowfin tuna area that we had success in last trip. We just had a sample for our efforts. This morning we started out landing some nice-size fish and close to everyone had a chance to land their first tuna. Here is Bert with his first tuna of the day with his old friend Ryan. The happy face says it all! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 20B-1.5 day

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Trip: 20B NEW! 1.5 day (Sept 15-17, 2019)

Hello anglers,
We stopped early this morning with a skipjack on the troll. After catching a few skipjack we landed our first yellowfin tuna it was a nice size fish about 25 pounds on a live sardine. We drifted for a while catching an occasional yellowfin and some more skipjack. Everyone had a chance to land a nice size yellowfin and those who didn't tagged a couple of skipjack that the crew took care to bleed and get in the fish hold quickly so it could be used for POKE!! (Our chef Dan has an excellent recipe.)  Here is Capt Art's son Matthew with a nice size yellowfin tuna. Hoping for more later.
~Captain Art and Team Searcher
Afternoon update: Hello anglers We had great action all day with mixed yellowfin tuna and skipjack. We ended the day with a good stop on yellowfin tuna. A live sardine with 25-30 pound and a 2/0 J-hook was the method of choice, although a few fish were caught on poppers and colt snipers. Here is Wilson F.with one of his yellowfin. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 20- 3day

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good evening anglers: We spent the rest of our day in search of anything that wanted to bite. We found a school of bluefin right at the end of the day that bit into the dark. Here are Tim and Ed with a pair of 40+ lb bluefin they landed in the dark.   We're heading back for a Sunday morning arrival at the dock. Back out on a 1.5 day trip Captain Mike and the Boys

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Trip #20 Penn Reels 3-day (Sept 12-15)

Good morning anglers, We are seeing lots of yellowfin this morning, mostly on its own bait making it hard to get a bite. We found a nice sonar school at around 730 this morning and have been drifting with it for 3 hours now scratching up some quality fish. Getting a bite has been tough, 20lb test is the key. Weather's great, hopefully they start biting a bit more.   Captain Mike and the Boys
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