5/30 3-Day Searcher Report

KennyQuacker

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Jun 13, 2013
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I thought I'd pass along, I went out on my first multi-day trip Friday, 5/27 thru 5/30 after my 1st BFT. I haven't been on much more than ~30lb YFT many years ago, so very limited practical experience.

On Friday, the Searcher took us out ~ 30mi off Ensenada, really windy, producing 3ft mixed-up chop, which really tossed the boat around. We fished all day and all night, and most were catching a couple of ~30lb BFT. I was set up and fishing the same sinker rigs and jigs as most everyone else and I was still getting blanked. Later on Saturday, the skipper headed back North and ended us ~ 15mi off of Rosarito with the Fleet. The bite started producing bigger 50+ BFT and some fish over 150# - 180# started coming over the rail. Pretty exciting to see that.

Finally at noon on Sunday, I got bit on my 2-speed Avet HX Raptor (100# braid, 80# mono and #80 flouro leader), fishing a sinker rig. I lost almost 300 yards of line right off the bat. Finally, I started gaining line back, then a seal showed up. He chased my fish under the boat and my mono line was rubbing on the hull. I handed-off my rod and both deck hands managed to get the fish turned away from the boat. After a sprint lap around the the boat and 2 gaffs later, I had a #160lb BFT on the deck. Thank God! ......what a gift. I continued fishing the rest of Sunday, with no more bites and hit the sack for Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Overall the Searcher did really well filling the hold with solid fish. 2022 Fishing.jpg
 
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dhntr48

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Love it , your story makes me feel like I was there . I have been on a few trips , I had a blast but never got any , I'm a optimist so my day is ahead .
 

DMAX

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MY COUSIN JOE USE TO RUN THE SEARCHER WITH ART YEARS AGO HE WOULD INVITE ME ON LONG RANGE TRIPS BUT WITH A YOUNG FAMILY HAD TO PASS. NICE GOING ON THE BF
 

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