Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters

FinnCo Charters provides a great experience fishing Catalina Island! Choose between touring the front side for a generally calmer experience or try the backside trips for a heightened adventure. 

Fish from a 30’ Proline walk around, that gets you to the island in a little over an hour, conditions permitting. Full electronics package onboard including a chartplotter, fish finder (sonar), and radar when conditions are not ideal. Bluetooth entertainment stereo system connects easily for you to listen on the water.

Loaded with 2 scoops of live fin bait, there’s plenty of bait to last all day. Some trips will have a bucket of frozen sardines for chum and frozen squid for bottom dwellers. Fish cleaning is typically not included due to the number of fish caught and the amount of time taken away from fishing. There’s also a large cooler with ice to care for the catch.

Captain Finn offers 2 Catalina trips, split between mid-week discounts and weekend/holiday rates. If you’re unsure about making the 30-mile offshore trip, get in touch with the captain and he’ll help you choose the right day and show you where to see the marine forecast on your fishing date.

The boat has tackle available for use and all their gear is loaded with braided line and fluorocarbon. The majority of reels are levelwind, bait casters which are perfect for fly lining for those sought after pelagic species. Bring your own rods or try the crew’s (limit two personal rods per customer unless pre-authorization). They hold 16 rods easily on board.

Sodas and water are included in the price. You may also bring your own drinks, but limited to one med soft cooler per angler (cans and plastic only). Don’t forget to purchase your fishing license.

Visit Catalina Island with FinnCo Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Catalina Back Side (4 Max)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $1,348
    Fish Catalina Island back side spots from the West End and/or East End. The crew will take you after island species, such as Yellowtail, Barracuda, Bonito, Calico, Halibut, and more. Tuna targeted occasionally. Bring your own rods or try the crew’s (limit two personal rods per customer unless pre-authorized). Light lunch, sodas, and water provided. Bring your own drinks in a medium soft cooler only.
  • Private trip
    Catalina Front Side (4 Max)
    In demand! Last booked: 22 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $1,199
    Catalina Front side will take you exploring spots from areas around Avalon and/or the Isthmus Harbor. Target Yellowtail, Barracuda, Bonito, Calico, Halibut, and Sheepshead. Tuna targeted occasionally. Bring your own rods or try the crew’s (limit two personal rods per customer unless pre-authorized). Light lunch, sodas, and water provided. Bring your own drinks in a medium soft cooler only.
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About the Captain

A. Finn
Huntington Beach, California, United States
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
7 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since June 2020
Captain Finn has years of fishing experience and he gets even better fisherman with each passing season. He welcomes both novice and avid anglers on his boat and loves to share his knowledge.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonito Bonito
California Sheephead California Sheephead
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Halibut Halibut
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Proline (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1998. Powered by 2 240HP Twin inboard engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

Huntington Beach Fishing Calendar

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Recent Fishing Reports

Backside Bite Update
Backside Bite Update
August 29, 2021
Conditions on the backside of Catalian have been good. A bit of wind in the afternoon, but we have managed it. Yellowtail are being caught once we get through the massive amount of bonito around the boat. Such large scools of bonito that hook ups are just taking seconds. Plenty of action near the shorline kelp to keep the action going. Bass, sheephead and barracuda have been in the mix. Floating kelp paddies off the island have not been producing for us, but we still try for those nice yellows and dorado. The recent trips have been great fun. Join us. Capt.

Customer Reviews

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10 hour front side catalina trip
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Catch intended fish
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Great trip.

VERIFIED   NEW  Catalina Front Side (4 Max) on September 7, 2021
Great trip. Captain had everything we needed and was willing to teach.  We hit way more spots than I thought we would looking...
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James B.
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10 hour front side catalina trip

VERIFIED   Catalina Front Side on August 10, 2021
Overall great experience first time ocean fishing trip captain was really great took his time to teach us about fishing and...
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Garden Grove, CA
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Full-Day Trip - Catalina Backside

VERIFIED   NEW  Catalina Back Side (4 Max) on August 28, 2021
Our party of four had a fun and fantastic trip. The captain and deckhand were always there to assist. It was like going fishing...
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Redondo Beach, CA
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   2021 Gift Certificate for Catalina on January 16, 2021
Captain Finn and Alex made it the perfect day for us. Comfortable, fast trip out and back - and even though it was winter fishing...
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Full day trip to backside Catalina

VERIFIED   Catalina Back Side on August 15, 2020
Captain Alan and his mate Alex were simply awesome. They came prepared with every thing we needed for our 9-hour trip to the...
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FAQs about Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters

Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,199 per group - Catalina Front Side (4 Max) (10 hours)
  • $1,348 per group - Catalina Back Side (4 Max) (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed (V berth and mid-berth bed)
  • Live Bait Well (2 scoop.bait tank, transom mackerel tank)
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures (Limited trolling lures)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (More than 10 fish may incur cleaning charge)
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch

Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Catalina Island)

Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • California Sheephead
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Halibut
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack