Our top choice for 4-5 hr Maui sport fishing trips
This beautiful 38 ft. Mediterranean sportfisher features A/C cabin, flybridge, color fishfinder, Garmin chart plotter, and custom live baitwell. She is owner-operated and meticulously maintained.
Light Tackle Fishing Charters
From September through June, Reel Luckey out of Maui’s Lahaina harbor offers lighter tackle sportfishing, using predominantly live bait and lures when necessary. These fishing trips run from 4-5 hours and are operated closer to shore, making this our top recommendation for families with kids aged 8 and up, teens, and those who want to land decent-sized Maui gamefish, but don’t want to stay out 8 hours doing it!
Reel Luckey frequently lands mahi-mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo), barracuda, ulua (GT), trevally (papio), Hawaiian salmon, snapper, amberjacks, and every so often, shark. Fishing with live bait requires an early start. Our baitfish bite in the dark, as do a number of the target species you’ll have a chance at catching! Your check-in time will be around 4:00 am.
Reel Luckey is not available July or August.
Inshore Lighter Tackle Fishing Charter Rates
4 HOURS: $1,075.00 ($1,274.82 including tax and fees)
Inclusive price reflects an $80 fuel surcharge, 4.16% GET, 3% harbor fee, and 3% credit card processing fee.
5 HOURS: $1,275.00 ($1,517.65 including tax & fees)
Inclusive price reflects a $100.00 fuel surcharge, 4.16% GET, 3% harbor fee, and 3% credit card processing fee.
Trip Type: Private fishing charters
Capacity: maximum 5 guests
Minimum age: 8 yrs
Location: Slip #51, Lahaina Harbor
Departure Time: 0400 – 0430 hrs
Covid Policy: Proof of Vaccination required.
Reel Luckey Reviews
Spot On Experience
Private, five person morning fishing trip with our girls and son in law. Captain Tad and Deckhand Garrett were phenomenal. Super personal with a clean, well organized boat. Everything was explained to us first thing for safety and amenities…then an itinerary of what we were fishing for and the techniques utilized. It was like clock work, bottom fish in the dark, bait fish at daylight, mix in a bunch of snappers and then the grand finale of two mahi-mahi. We are a family of outdoor driven activities and have experienced a lot of good times, but this one ranks right up there. Hats off to Captain Tad with his 50 years experience and his fun loving antics….Deckhand Garrett was experienced, accommodating, and very thorough explaining techniques and what to be prepared for. He and Tad worked seamlessly together. It feels good to have a great experience like this nowadays with genuine good people.
Thank you again for a super good time!
Just wanted to send you a note about the amazing experience we had on our fishing trip aboard the Reel Luckey. Captain Tad and Garret greeted us warmly and since we had calm water took us across from Lahaina between Molokai and Lanai to fish. They are wonderful guides and were as excited as we were while fishing.
Enjoyed an amazing sunrise and immediately caught fish on our first drop. Between us we caught eight large fish (Snapper, Trevalley, Ulua and Amberjacks), over 20 baitfish mackerals and even had a shark on for a while. Could not have asked for a better experience !!
Fantastic Five Hour Trip
This is our second trip to Maui and our second fishing charter. We will definitely be back and plan to book again with Captain Tad and Garret.
The trip was smooth, and while the fishing season is cooling off, both of my teenage daughters landed fish. We also saw a number of whales while we were out. They were thrilled.
Tad and Garret we’re friendly, professional and knowledgable. The Reel Luckey was clean and comfortable.
Mahalo and see you next time.
Worth Every Penny
This was an unforgettable day that we will cherish forever! We are family of six with four kids ages 19, 17, 14, and 11. We began in the early morning and started catching fish right away. All of my kids caught incredible fish. Tad and Garrett were so nice, helpful, and interesting to talk to. My 11 year old really bonded with Garrett and ran back down the pier to get a selfie with him and Tad at the end of the trip. It is even at his urging that I do this 5 star review. It was so cool catching fish while spotting whales in the background. The memory of this outing is on the list of highlights of my life. Thank you Tad and Garrett!
Wonderful Family Trip
Captain Tad and deckhand Garrett pulled out all the stops and put us on some great fishing, so much that their giant Yeti cooler was full before the sun came up--and before most of the other fishing boats had left the harbor. We caught 4 snappers and 4 trevally, would have been five but a ten foot tiger shark had a different plan right at the boat. Garrett who works at a fish market as well prepared the fillets and it was a thing of beauty! We took home about 40 pounds of filets-fed our family for a week! They really knew how to take care of us and especially my elderly father in law. We drove within 50 feet of the boat and dropped him off and they did a great job putting him in a great spot so he could catch fish and not have to move much. Any future trips to Maui will include fishing with Captain Tad on the Lucky Strike! You will catch fish with him (46 years of experience).
Tad and Garrett were amazing. They gave us a really amazing experience for our first charter. Caught a shark, tune and ono. We will definitely use them again next time we visit Maui.
Amazing fishing guides
Tad and Garrett are truly amazing fishing guides. They genuinely took on an interest in helping us (which included an 8-year-old and 14-year-old) learn the ropes and they were both very patient. You can’t fake that type of interest in people, they love what they do, and it shows. My wife was nervous of the idea of ocean fishing, but the guys kept the boat within sight of the shoreline all morning, they communicated how and what we were going to do…5 stars from us for sure.
We caught two GT’s and a few other types of fish, and spent all morning watching whales breach. Book it, you will not regret it.
I've been on a lot of charters and the Reel Lucky is one of the best. Capt Tad and Garrett are professional and provide an Awesome experience. A lot of fishing, not a lot of boat riding. My 15 yr old daughter and 13 yr old sons caught an amberjack, 2 grey snapper, a blue trevally, a barracuda, and an island jack as well as the bait we used. We got to see several whales too. If you can get a trip with this crew, book it. Don't hesitate.
Lots of fish!
Tad & Garret brought us out on the Reel Luckey fishing boat. Not only were we really lucky catching Tuna, Amberjack, Giant Travoly, and Mahi Mani’s....these guys were truly awesome! I would highly recommend them for anyone.
I wanted to give you some feedback on the charter we booked with Captain Tad & the Reel Luckey on October 13, 2017. We had an absolutely fantastic outing!! Tad & Garret could not have been more accommodating, more helpful, or more knowledgable. My 2 daughters, ages 15 and 14, joined me for this trip. Both of these girls are accomplished anglers, having fished with me since they were very young and both have tournament experience. Yet, they each caught their personal best (largest) fish of their lives on this trip! We landed 3 amberjack in the 25-30 lb range and one gray snapper. The rest of the Lahaina fishing fleet landed only one fish that morning. Captain Tad and Garrett use tactics and tackle that give them (and their clients) a distinct advantage over other boats. When we return to Maui we will definitely book this trip again!
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