Trip Reports

Jackpot winners and fish counts

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Trip 3 – 3-day (7/4-7)

Day 1:
Happy 4th of July to all! We hope you are having a wonderful time with your families. We departed this morning and started fishing this afternoon. We managed to catch a few yellowfin tuna, yellowtail and a bluefin. We have seen a lot of fish but they are not biting too well yet.
Here is Captain Mike and Bobby B. with his nice bluefin he caught using a flat falls.
Wish us luck for tomorrow.~Capt. Shawn and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 2 – 1.5-day

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Trip 2 – 1.5-day Trip (Jun 28-30)

Hello anglers: We have been working hard to get a bluefin tuna school to bite all day today and we haven't had much success. We see a lot of tuna around us, and even have tuna boiling on our chum, but not biting the baits on our hooks. We have a sample aboard and catching those is a lot of fun, but we wish every single angler had a tuna. Here is crewman Justin and Steve E. with a nice bluefin tuna from one of our many stops. Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip report- PFMC Charter (June 26)

Hello anglers,
We started our 1.5 day trip last night  we found a big school of tuna in the dark. We had a few people start out with flat fall lures . We hooked our first fish and it was a 75 pound bluefin tuna. We had 7 hook ups and we landed 3 bluefin all about 75 pounds. Here is Kirk G. with a 74.8 pound bluefin. After daylight we had a few fish stay around but did not bite. We changed things up and tried for yellowtail in kelp paddies until lunch time with very little success. We landed 4 yellowtail in the 12 pound range. We are back in the tuna zone hoping for some action this afternoon. ~Captain Art and Team Searcher

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JACKPOT WINNER Trip 1- Accurate

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Trip 1-Accurate (June 22)

Hello anglers, We saw a tremendous amount of tuna today and it was an impressive sight. We stopped multiple times and had opportunities to catch bluefin tuna up to 85 pounds. We drifted for 4 hours in a school of fish and had several chances. We ended up with 14 bluefin and three yellowfin for our efforts. Looking forward to returning to the area on Wednesday. Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 1 – Accurate (June 21)

Hello anglers, We had some action on 8-15# yellowtail for the morning, and then the fish stopped biting in the afternoon. We continued to see yellowtail on kelp paddies but they didn't want to cooperate. We travelled out to the bluefin zone and saw multiple schools. We hooked a couple big ones, but lost both. We are spending the night and hoping for a good day of tuna fishing tomorrow.  Check this past "Tackle Tip Thursday" on big fish reels by Gary Gillingham: Accurate Reels for big tuna Here is Vern W. with a nice yellowtail that Capt Mike Todter hooked and handed to him using one of the boat's loaner gear thanks to Accurate Fishing Products.  Wish us luck with some tuna tomorrow! Capt Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 1- Accurate

Day 1 (Part 2):Hello anglers,

This morning we decided to changed things up this and concentrated on yellowtail. (kelp paddies.) We have had some action on 8-15# yellowtail and a chance at some bluefin tuna as well. Here is a photo of Gary G. from AccurateProducts with a bluefin tuna he landed on a knife lure trying for yellowtail. (The fish pictured with Gary, weighed 144#'s ) Great job Gary!

More to come, Stay hooked here!

~Captain Art and Team Searcher

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Trip 1 – Accurate

Day 1:

Hello anglers,

We departed on our first trip of the 2019 season today. Thanks to Everingham Brothers Bait Company for a tremendous load of bait. 

We briefed everyone on safety items and then talked about rigging for this afternoon’s fishing for bluefin tuna. We recommended fly-line sardines with fluorocarbon and a 2/0 circle hook, a flat fall lure with 150 pound leaders and finally a live bait outfit with a 6 oz sinker.

We arrived in the zone and started seeing fish immediately. We several spots of fish all afternoon but couldn’t get any response. There were no boils or bites until the final stop of the day. We hooked four bluefin and landed three in the 50-pound range. Here is Bernard C. his bluefin landed on a flat fall lure.

We have beautiful calm seas and are looking forward to tomorrow.

Capt Art and Team Searcher

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It’s the Searcher’s Birthday Giveaway

It’s time for Searcher’s birthday month giveaway! and We are giving you the presents. The present/ prize is a FREE shirt, like the ones pictured. (You have a choice of burgundy, navy, or ash.) All you have to do is answer the following question. ⁣(Please no phone calls email only.) ⁣ Q: Besides fishing and whale trips. What other trips has/do the Searcher offer? ⁣ ⁣ We will pick one winner on Friday 5/24! (The Searcher’s actual Birthday.) Good luck and Best Fishes!⁣

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Tackle Tip live Recap

Tackle Tip Live was a success and so much fun. Great turnout and even better questions. Tons of giveaways. Big congrats to all the winners and The Grand Prize winner Chris B. who won a gift certificate for $250 for a Searcher Trip.     We are looking forward to the next one. Thank you so much to Sunny and Turner's Outdoorsman in El Cajon! Don't miss the next one. Stay hooked here for all the updates.  

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Tackle Tip LIVE! with Capt Art

Calling all San Diego anglers! Turner's Outdoorsman in El Cajon is hosting Team Searcher for a Tackle Tip LIVE on Yo-Yo fishing! Drop by the new store on Wed, April 24 at 6 p.m. Capt Art will have all the details for successful yo-yo fishing, plus we'll have raffle prizes, giveaways and fun! As with all oour tackle shop talks, the grand prize will be a $250 gift certificate for a Searcher Sportfishing trip in 2019. Join us! Shop stays open until 8 p.m. to shop for all you need. Address: 841 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020 Phone: 619-444-3700

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Guadalupe Island

Searcher has received permission to fish in the Biosphere Reserve of Guadalupe Island this season. So if you're booked on a 6-day or longer, it's one of the possible destinations. It's an exciting prospect and adds another option for our trips! Our captains will monitor the fishing and weather conditions and will determine the destination of your trip, based on the best fishing and catching opportunities. C'mon tuna and yellowtail--we're ready for you! (NOTE: in order to fish Guadalupe Island, we must pass along additional costs for customs and immigration charges incurred in Ensenada and San Diego. We'll publish those costs soon and notify all booked anglers in advance.)

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Capt Shawn at Long Beach show Fri-Sun!

Stop by and talk fishing with Capt Shawn Trowbridge. And you might want to chat him up about fishing Guadalupe Island, since we have received our permit to fish the island for 2019! (fishing and weather dependent, always Captain's choice)

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Ocean to Galley (Portuguese Tuna Salad)

Looking for a way to prepare all your Searcher-caught fish or a use for your canned tuna you made with Dave's Jarred tuna? How about giving Tommy's Portuguese Tuna Salad a try? 

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Tommy says you can use Catalina Offshore products Catalina's Choice solid packed tuna or your own jarred tuna or even steamed tuna. They all taste great. Tommy's Portuguese Tuna Salad can be an appetizer with crackers and vegetables or an amazing tuna melt. It is all your choice and all delicious and worth a try.


  • 6 oz  can of Catalina'a choice Soild Pack Tuna in Olive Oil (don't drain)  or your own, you can also use steamed tuna as well. 
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • In a bowl mix together tuna, vinegar, onion, bell pepper, capers and garlic and onion powders. Season with salt and pepper and additional olive oil to taste. Serve with crackers or vegetables, or use for sandwich filling. to make the BEST tuna melt ever, use a high quality sourdough and sliced Swiss or sharp white cheddar! Store salad in airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week.
    • Adapted from Tommy's original recipe which uses fresh steamed tuna. [caption id="attachment_12818" align="alignnone" width="337"] Full recipe card[/caption]
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