Trip Reports

Jackpot winners and fish counts

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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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Trip #23 (6-day) Sep 30-Oct 6 (Day 3)

Hello all, Good fishing for yellowtail this morning. The fish are 12 to 20 pounds with a few stand outs that are 25 pounds. Tackle tip for you is, live sardine on 40 pound line and a 4/0 Owner hook was the method of choice today. A few fish were landed on yo-yo lures, scrambled egg (Tady), chartreuse and white (flat fall) were the good colors. Here is Tanner S.of Bay City Brewery with a nice yellowtail. The weather is awesome, sunny skies and light winds.
Evening update: Our great fishing continued until 2 pm today. Everyone caught what they needed for yellowtail. It was one of our best days this year with good-size fish and great weather. Even the crew got in the action! I hooked and handed several fish and Captains Kenny and Mike had some fun doing the same.Towards the end of the bite Ryan landed a fish after hooking a few. Even Chef Roger had a few bites. Here is Ryan and Mike with a nice yellowtail.
~Captain Art and Team Searcher

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

Hello anglers, We started our day with a sample of yellowfin tuna in the 10-15 pound range, caught with live sardines. But the skipjack and bonito took over and made it hard to land a tuna. We went offshore looking for tuna on kelp paddies. Unfortunately we didn't find the right kelp despite finding several paddies.We are hopeful about tomorrow! The weather is great with light winds and just a residual swell left over from the storm. We are headed further south on the coast to try for yellowtail. Here is a picture of the great ocean we have. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #22 Sept 23- 30 Seeker

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Trip #22 (7-day) Sep 23-30, sponsored by Seeker Rods (Day 7)

Hello anglers,
We moved north to try for yellowtail on the coast last night. We had good action this morning on yellowtail 15-25 pounds. Almost all the fish were landed using live sardines with 40 pound line and a 3/0 J hook.  Everyone had a good time with steady action and great weather. Sunny skies and light winds. We are finishing our trip today and will be traveling north and arriving early on Sunday morning. Here is Fred B from Ventura with a nice yellowtail. Fred is the Seeker rep on this trip and did a great job passing on all his knowledge about saltwater fishing and Seeker rods. Thanks to Seeker for all the great swag on this trip and their support this season.
~Capt. Art and Team Searcher
 

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Trip #22 (7-day) Sep 23-30, sponsored by Seeker Rods (Day 5)

Hello anglers, We have had steady action this morning with lots of skipjack, small yellowtail and small tuna. But we also have been landing some mixed-grade yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds. Most of the fish are caught on live sardines. The weather is tremendous today with clear skies and light winds. David Thiessen is posing with  his jackpot contender. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #22 (7-day) Sep 23-30, sponsored by Seeker Rods (Day 4)

Hello anglers,

We started our day early by catching a few tuna before daylight and the action continued until after breakfast. The best success with hooking one of these tuna was to fly-line a live sardine. There were a few caught on flat fall lures as well. We’re hoping for more action later this morning.

Here is Biff and Barb M. with their good-size yellowfin tuna.

Afternoon update: We had steady action today with lots of skipjack, small tuna and yellowtail released. But everyone had an opportunity to land a nice yellowfin tuna today. All methods were worth trying: live bait as well artificial lures of various sorts. Here is Alberto A with a quality yellowtail. We are staying the night with hopes of more chances at yellowfin tuna up to 40 pounds.

~Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #22 (7-day) Sep 23-30, sponsored by Seeker Rods (Day 3)

Hello anglers, We arrived at the fishing grounds just after lunch today. There wasn't much action to start, but we were patient. And as the day went on we had some action on yellowtail, and then right at sunset we had action on yellowfin tuna. The yellowtail were caught on yo-yo lures and dropper loop set-ups with a live bait. The yellowfin tuna were caught on live sardines. Everyone had a good time and we are looking forward to tomorrow. Here is Capt Shawn with our friend Ace and his vintage bamboo rod and reel, and a yellowtail he landed this afternoon. Many thanks to Seeker Fishing Rods for their sponsorship! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #22 (7-day) Sep 23-30, sponsored by Seeker Rods (Day 2)

Hello all,

Today was seminar day! (Tackle tips and it was not even Thursday. Lucky anglers!) We went over all the terminal tackle options from A to Z. Then we talked about what to do to avoid tangles. It's always interesting to discuss connections: braid to fluorocarbon, or braid to mono and then fluorocarbon. It turns out everyone has their favorite method! I like to use a topshot of mono which acts as a shock absorber since it has some stretch to it.

Check out our link on Tackle Suggestions page for more on connections: TACKLE SUGGESTIONS

The rest of the morning has been spent rigging our gear and preparing for fishing by tomorrow. We are enjoying the good weather and traveling. The bait still looks happy and healthy.

~Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip #21 (2.5 day trip) Sept 20-23, 2018 Private Charter, day 2

Good evening anglers: We had a slow day on yellowfin tuna fishing, but those we caught were nice ones. It was a good trip and we have lots of happy anglers. Congratulations to Tim C. for his jackpot-winning 29.4# yellowfin tuna! Capt Shawn and Team Searcher
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