Trip Reports

Jackpot winners and fish counts

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Sep 112017

Trip 23 Sep 8-11 Clearfly Comm. and Friends Jackpot Results!

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Well, the great bluefin bite resulted in a lopsided jackpot for our 17 anglers returning this morning from the 3-day Clearfly Communications limited load 3-day trip:

  1. (tie) Frank Fink, Point Loma – 48.4# bluefin
  2. (tie) Scott McPherson, El Segundo – 48.4# bluefin
  3. Frank Fink, Point Loma – 46.4# bluefin

Congratulations to the winners!

Sep 112017

Trip 23 Sep 8-11 Clearfly Comm. and Friends Sep 10 PM Report

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Howdy anglers,

Sunday afternoon wasn’t as good as we hoped for –   starting with the conditions: current wasn’t  there, and it was tough  fishing.  To go along with the slack current we had a torrential downpour of rain and lightning all around us.  Quite a show, just not the one we were looking for!

Headed in tonight to come back out on a 1.5 day tomorrow.

We’ll post this trip’s jackpot report Monday afternoon.

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

Sep 102017

Trip 23 Sep 8-11 Clearfly Comm. and Friends Sep 10 Midday Report

September 10th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Howdy anglers,

So far it’s been another fun day fishing for bluefin tuna!  Hoping for some more action this afternoon –   still the same riggings doing the trick: 30lb flouro flylined live bait with a # 2 Owner circle hook.  Here is Jodi Dodge with  her nice bluefin.

More later,

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

Sep 92017

Trip 23 Sep 8-11 Clearfly and Friends (3-day) Sep 9 PM Report

September 9th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Howdy anglers,

We had a GREAT day fishing for bluefin tuna and with great weather and biting fish,  we’re gonna do it again tomorrow.  Here is another nice fish caught by Steve Sawtell with one of our Accurate/Seeker Hook and Hand outfits. Check out our morning report tomorrow.

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

 
Sep 92017

Trip 23 Sep 8-11 Clearfly and Friends (3-day) Sep 9 Midday Report

September 9th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Howdy anglers, 

We have had some action today on bluefin tuna –  biggest up to 40 lbs.  The best method has been on flyline 30lb fluorocarbon and a 2/0 Owner circle hook.  Here’s a sample of the fish caught by Tim Dodge.  The weather is flat where we are – so we’ll hang out for a while.

Capt Aaron and the Searcher crew

Sep 62017

In the Galley with Chef Charley – Tuna Steaks with Red Onion Salsa

September 6th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Chef Charley Erichsen

 

Searcher Chef Charley Erichsen has been watching tuna come over the rail – and he’s been dreaming up some delicious recipes to get that tuna onto the plate! He recently sent in this flavorful recipe including a fresh red onion salsa. Don’t freeze those tuna steaks, enjoy them now, as if you were dining aboard Searcher!

SEARED TUNA STEAKS with CHARLEY’S RED ONION SALSA 

 

INGREDIENTS 

4 tuna steaks (6 to 7 oz) 

1 tsp of cumin seed that has been toasted and crushed 

1 good pinch of red pepper flakes 

Juice and zest of one lime (separated)

4 TB of good olive oil  

Salt and ground black pepper 

Fresh cilantro 

For the Salsa – 

1 med to small red onion, small diced 

7 oz of red or yellow cherry tomatoes, rough chopped  

1 avocado that has been pitted and diced small

2 kiwi fruits (peeled and diced)

1 red jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and diced small

0.5 oz freshly chopped cilantro  

6 fresh mint sprigs,leaves only, chopped  

1 to 2 tsp of Fish Sauce 

1 tsp of molasses 

 

Method: 

Wash the tuna steaks and then pat dry. Sprinkle with half of the cumin seed, pepper flake, lime zest, salt and pepper, drizzle half of the olive oil and let marinate for approximately 30 minutes.  

Make the salsa. Mix the onions, tomatoes, avocado, kiwi fruit, fresh red chili pepper, chopped cilantro and mint. Add in the reserved cumin seed, the rest of the lime zest and half of the lime juice. Season to taste with fish sauce and molasses. Allow flavors to combine for 15 to 20 minutes and then re season as necessary. 

On a pre heated grill or cast iron griddle, cook the tuna steaks 1 and a half to 2 minutes per side to achieve a rare steak. Remove from heat and serve garnished with the salsa and a fresh cilantro sprig.

Sep 42017

Trip 22 Sep 1-4 Labor Day Weekend Special (3-day) Jackpot Results!

September 4th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Congratulations to the winners of the jackpot for the 2017 Labor Day Weekend Special 3-day:

1. Joe Park – 165# bluefin

2. Robin Chang – 154# bluefin (not pictured)

3. Bill Couts – 147# bluefin

Sep 42017

Trip 22 Sep 1-4 Labor Day Special Sep 3 PM Report

September 4th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Hello all,

Timing is everything, and this trip we had exceptional timing on all three days we fished. Today we were super lucky to get in on a big fish bite. The bluefin tuna from today were from 85 pounds to 165 pounds. Everyone had a chance to pull on a fish of a lifetime. That doesn’t happen very often! 50-80 pound line with matching fluorocarbon and a circle hook with a live bait was the key today. Check Bill Couts from Murrieta and his 125 pound fish.
We are all tired and satisfied with a great day of fishing and a great dinner.
Back early in the morning (on Labor Day), we will have a good jackpot report for you.

Capt Art & Team Searcher

Sep 32017

Trip 22 Sep 1-4 Labor Day Special (3-day) Sep 2 PM Report

September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|

Hello all,

We were very lucky this morning to have a school of bluefin tuna stick with us and bite a little! Everyone had multiple opportunities to land a good size tuna. Yet the afternoon was slow with very little tuna seen in the area. We hope for a repeat of this morning tomorrow to end the trip. Mike Overley from La Quinta landed this bluefin tuna on 40 pound line and a live sardine. Way to go, Mike!

Team Searcher