Strictly Catalina – FinnCo Charters Fishing Reports
Catalina Scouting Report - June
June 3, 2022
We ran the boat out to Catalina overnight on a sea trial for the new motors. All was running great. We found squid on the backside, but could not get them to float. We should have enough frozen squid for the season to fish the kelp and close to shore. Halibut have been biting close to shore. We did land a couple bigger ones in about 50' and just legals very close in 20'. The surface action on the East End wasn't wide open like the summertime usually is. Bunch of barracudas. No yellows or white sea bass for us.....yet. Good news is that we are good to go this season.
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.
August will be Great Again!!
July 28, 2021
Good fiahing happening now. Next month should be more of the same.
Great Day on a Busy Saturday
August 16, 2020
We had a great day on the backside with a great group of guys. A birthday trip for Dad that didn't disappoint. Thankfully, we were able to leave early off the dock to get ahead of the unusually high boat traffic. Got into the fish with the morning bite scoring 2 yellowtail, bonito, calico bass and a few barracuda. The wind picked up late morning and we picked up anchor to troll until the tide change. More bonito on the troll. We set up again further down the island and ran into the larger grade yellowtail again. Dad landed his monster. We lost 2 other on short bites. The wind got the better of us, so we headed home about 2:30. Messy, but manageable ride back to Huntington. Awesome!!
Good Fishing on the Backside
August 14, 2020
Took off Thursday am a bit early to beat the crowd at the bait barge. Lots of boats chasing tuna that showed up 6 miles behind Catalina. We looked and found they had moved too far West for us. We found yellowtail in a few spots. Hooked 4 and landed only 1. Some guys limited on calico bass. Trolling got us all the bonito we could handle. Double hookups on the troll all day. Mostly calm water all day. The wind did pick up around 12-1:00, but subsided after a few. A bit rough on the drive home.
Big Yellowtail, Snotty Conditions
August 9, 2020
Took off 5am Sunday on an small, open party trip on a hunch tuna were at Catalina backside. We took the long way out to the island checking usaul tuna areas on the way with no signs. Bummer! We set up in the morning on 3 decent spots for yellowtail. Hooked 5 and only landed one! Watch a sea lion take one 20ft under the boat. Nothing we could do. Still a great time. Wind started to kick up around 10:30. Moved to find fish still biting in the changing conditions. We tried a move the front side, but the sea lions problem multiplied around the boat. Trolling was the best choice which got us plenty of bonito in the weekend boat traffic. Rough trip home on a day with a great morning bite.
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 y...
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