Trip Reports

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

Good afternoon anglers: Today we are paddy hopping with some good success on dorado and yellowfin. We are having a great time with great weather. Here's Shawn T. Jr with Kento I. from Hawaii and a nice dorado, thought Kento probably calls it a "Mahi-mahi!" Captain Shawn and Team Searcher Good evening anglers: We had a great day of dorado and yellowfin tuna fishing. Most of are fish were caught on fly-lined baits,poppers, and colt snipers. We will be moving tonight to better our chances at some tuna fishing. Wish us luck! Here is a real nice dorado that Robert J. caught. Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #20 Sept 18-20

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Trip #20 (1.5 day trip) Sept 18-20, 2018

Good afternoon Anglers:
Today, we are fishing the offshore tuna grounds with our Turner's Outdoorsman  sponsored trip. (Who brought lots of great prizes for our anglers.) We are catching yellowfin tuna. Weather good and we are having a great time. Heres Bob Fletcher and Susie M. with a healthy yellowfin. ~Captain Shawn and Team Searcher
 
Good evening anglers: Today we had good, steady action on school-size yellowfin tuna on the local grounds.We want to give a big thanks to Lori and Sunny from Turners Outdoorsman for all the great giveaways!
Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #19 Sept 11-18

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day, The Ridge

Good afternoon anglers: This morning we had good yellowtail fishing for 18-25lb fish. Our most successful method was using 40-50lb line and a fly-lined bait. In addition, surface irons (7x Salas, Tady 45, both green and white, and blue and white) were useful. Today's fishing wraps up our 7 day Penn Fishing University trip. We want to give a big thanks to Steve Carson and Penn Reels for all the great giveaways. Capt Shawn and Team Searcher [caption id="attachment_11905" align="alignnone" width="300"] Eddie M and a yellowtail for today[/caption]

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day, The Ridge

Good afternoon anglers: [caption id="attachment_11901" align="alignleft" width="229"] Dave B. with a morning YFT[/caption] Yellowfin tuna fishing remained steady this morning and we had a lot of action with 15-35 lb fish. This afternoon we will be targeting wahoo. Wish us luck! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher Good evening anglers: [caption id="attachment_11902" align="alignright" width="211"] Rick V. with an afternoon wahoo[/caption] This afternoon we set out to catch some wahoo and we did just that! All the fish were caught on the troll but we had some very happy anglers at the end of the day! We will be heading up tonight to try our hand at yellowtail. Wish us luck! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day, The Ridge

Afternoon report: So far today we have had some very good yellowfin tuna fishing with fish averaging15-40 lbs. The best way to get a bite has been on sardines, fly-lined or small jigs. Here's Kurt P. with a yellowfin. Captain Shawn and team Searcher Good evening anglers: Today ended up being a fantastic day on the water with biting fish and good weather! Yellowfin, dorado, and yellowtail were on the menu. Ourbest action was early in the day and the Flat Falls, Colt Snipers, and 6x juniors were the successful lures, or fly-ined sardines with 40 lb and a 3/0 hook. We will spend the night here and try are luck tomorrow. Stefan M got this quality yellowfin today! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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Trip #19 Penn University (Sept 11- 18) 7 day

Good evening anglers: Today we had some scratch fishing on wahoo, yellowfin, and yellowtail. The most effective methods for wahoo were trolling Marauders. For yellowtail and tuna it was a flyline sardine, with a Salas 6x jr or raider jig. Our weather was a little choppy today with 16-20 knots of breeze. We are gonna stay where we are and give it another try tomorrow, Wish us luck! Captain Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNERS Trip #18 Sept 7-10

Congrats to jackpot winners! 1. Biggest fish: Ed Knot (198# BFT) 2. Biggest yellowtail: Bob H (33#) 3. Most fish: Ed K

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Trip #18 (3-day trip) Sep 7-10, Private Charter, day 3

Hello anglers, We finished our 3-day trip with 13 anglers with awesome fishing for bluefin tuna. I think we landed the biggest bluefin tuna ever on Searcher! Tim S had an assist from Capt Mike and landed a 235 pound bluefin tuna tonight. There were several chances at landing large bluefin for the entire group. Ed K from Nebraska landed a 196 pound and a 110 pound fish. There were other fish in the 50 -90 pound range too!. This was a great finish to our trip. Capt Art and Team 

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Trip #18 (3-day trip) Sep 7-10, Private Charter, day 2

Hello all, We moved to a zone with yellowtail and small bluefin tuna last night, and we have had some action this morning. Everyone has had a chance at landing a fish today. We plan to stay at this location until after lunch and then return to the big bluefin zone for a few hours before heading home. Here's a photo of father and son Bob and Cooper with a yellowtail and a bluefin tuna. Nice when families can fish together! Hoping for a few more fish landed before leaving after lunch. Capt Art and Team Searcher
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