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 frozen sardines for chum and/or 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 frontside and backside of the island. 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 level-wind, 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
    10 Hour Trip – Catalina Front Side
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    US $1,375
    Catalina's 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 is targeted occasionally. Bring your own rods or try the crew’s (limit to two personal rods per customer unless pre-authorized). Snacks, sodas, and water provided. Bring your own drinks in a medium soft cooler only. Gratuity is always appreciated, thank you.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Yellowtail Amberjack
    Yellowtail Amberjack
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Tuna (Yellowfin)
    Yellowfin Tuna
    Halibut
    Halibut
    Bonito
    Bonito
    California Sheephead
    California Sheephead
    Calico Bass
    Calico Bass
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Catalina Back Side
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    US $1,450
    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).Snacks, sodas, and water provided. Bring your own drinks in a medium soft cooler only. Gratuity is always appreciated, thank you.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Yellowtail Amberjack
    Yellowtail Amberjack
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Tuna (Yellowfin)
    Yellowfin Tuna
    Halibut
    Halibut
    Bonito
    Bonito
    California Sheephead
    California Sheephead
    Calico Bass
    Calico Bass
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Dad caught the best calico
Hooked up with huge Bonito but seal got to him.
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Bill G.
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Great experience!

VERIFIED   NEW  10 Hour Trip – Catalina Front Side on June 22, 2024
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Catalina 5 Pack on July 24, 2023
Had an awesome day with captain Finn! Great boat and great gear, there was no lack of fish being caught cannot wait to go again...
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Saulius K.
Palm Desert, CA
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VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Catalina Front Side on August 26, 2023
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Raya C.
Mission Viejo, CA
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If you don't book Captain A's Charter, you are missing out!

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Catalina Front Side on October 16, 2021
That’s right! I said it! If you are looking for a Captain who really cares about the experience they give you, then there...
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Sunny W.
Monrovia, California
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VERIFIED   Catalina 5 Pack on July 15, 2023
Captain A made sure we got the species we wanted and reached the limit. We had a fun day. Other friends saw our pictures and...
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FAQs about Strictly Catalina Fishing

Strictly Catalina Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $1,375 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Catalina Front Side (10 hours)
  • US $1,450 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Catalina Back Side (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Strictly Catalina Fishing, 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
  • Radar

Trips booked with Strictly Catalina Fishing 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 Fishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Catalina Island)

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

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

Meet the Captain

A. Finn
Newport Beach, California, United States
8 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
15 Customer reviews
Response time 3 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.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

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
Catalina Island

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
V berth and mid-berth bed
Live Bait Well
2 scoop.bait tank, transom mackerel tank
Multimedia System

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Limited trolling lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
More than 10 fish may incur cleaning charge
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Older children 12+
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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