Our top choice for 4-6 hr Maui sport fishing trips
This beautiful 38 ft. Mediterranean sportfisher features A/C cabin, fly bridge, color fish finder, Garmin chart plotter and custom live bait well. She is owner operated and meticulously maintained.
Light Tackle Fishing Charters
From fall to early summer, the Reel Luckey out of Maui’s Lahaina harbor offers lighter tackle sport fishing, using predominantly live bait and and lures when necessary. These fishing trips run from 4-6 hours, and are operated closer to shore, making this our top recommend 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, trevally (papio), Hawaiian salmon, snapper, amberjacks, sharks and every so often, smaller species of billfish.
During the summer, the Reel Luckey switches to more traditional offshore trolling, however lighter tackle options still exist and will be included if feasible. Contact me for more information
Inshore Lighter Tackle Fishing Charters
|Charter Length||Privates Only|
Rates as of 12/21/17. Does not include 4.16% state GET, 3% harbor fee, or gratuity.
Trip Type: Private fishing charters
Capacity: up to 6
Minimum age: 8 yrs
Harbor: Lahaina Harbor
Check-in Time: 0415 – 0515 hrs
Reel Luckey Reviews
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!
Thank you for putting out such a great website with detailed info on each charter company/boat. You really helped me zero in on the charter experience I wanted to have, and we definitely had it!
A great trip that we'll never forget!
We had an excellent 4 hour trip last Friday on the Reel Lucky Strike! The crew was amazing and went above and beyond. We had my elderly father on board and he was given all the assistance he needed and even though his mobility was limited, he was able to reel in 2 nice Mahi (we caught a total of 15 fish!). A great trip that we'll never forget! Thanks for the recommendation!
What a great experience. Captain Tad, and Garrett were really great with us. Explaining things, answering questions.
While not everyone caught a fish, we did land two really nice Amberjack.
I would highly recommend Reel Luckey.
Groom and groomsmen had a fantastic time catching fish and watching whales. Skipper Tad and Deckhand Garrett made the trip a very memorable time. Although not everyone caught fish, the conditions couldn't have been better. We did bring home enough grey snapper for three days of some unreal grilled fish tacos. Would highly recommend this boat and crew. Thanks so much guys!
Family's Dream Day in Maui
For our first deep sea fishing trip with our boys (ages 13 and 11), we couldn't have been happier with our choice with Reel Luckey! Both our boys were able to catch the bait fish that led into some wonderful fishing. We caught an uku, a great trevally, and an ono. My boys each got to reel in a monster fish and that made this Dad's dreams come true. I couldn't have asked for a better boat, crew, and day on the water with my family. The day was made even better when we got to cook it up for dinner.
Best Day Fishing Ever!!
Had a fantastic day fishing on the Reel Luckey over Memorial weekend!! Chartered the boat with the whole family and everybody caught fish!, including my 8 -year-old grandson. We caught wahoo, tuna, amberjack, rainbow runner, and mackerel. So fun!!! Lili promptly returned my call and helped to book with Lucky Strike Charters and the Captain and First Mate worked hard to get us a catch. The boat is a very nice ride as well. HIGHLY recommended!
Very successful day
Tad is very good at what he does. My brother and I (and our wives, who don't fish) had a very succesful day. We could not have asked for better. We caught one large giant Trevally and a good number of gray snapper (10-20# range) using live bait. It sure beat trolling all day and probably not catching much! The snapper was delicious. Better than Opakapaka, IMO. Brian was the deckhand and was terrific. Great personality and very good at his job. The day was one of the best I have had in 40 years of salt water fishing! Thank you for turning us on to them.
John E Watson
Best Day Fishing
We booked through FishMaui.com. We were contacted by Cindy and confirmed a private charter for 6 hours. We caught a giant Trevally of about 40# before it even got light. After we fought our live bait, which was fun in itself, we fished for several hours and caught about 15 grey Snapper (Uku). These guys were the best outfit you could ask for, both captain and deckhand (Tad and Brian). We have fished saltwater for 40+ years and this would rank as one of the best days we've ever had. The fillets were cooked up and were one of the best fish I have ever eaten. WAY better than Opakapaka.
Thanks Tad and Cindy. We will repeat.
Skilled and passionate captain and crew
Captain Tad was superbly skilled and clearly knew all the spots. His downrigger style of fishing produced every one of our 5 hookups that day. The boathand Brian was very knowledgeable and personable and had the lines in the water. He clearly had a passion for fishing himself and guided shore fishing trips when he wasn\\\'t on the Reel Luckey.
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Sunrises, whales and fish
I wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know what a great time we had on the Reel Luckey. We caught some great fish (65lb barracuda, red and gray snapper) as well as saw a couple whales and a wonderful sunrise.
The crew did a great job and really enjoyed the morning and experience. I recommend taking this trip to anyone who wants to catch fish and not spend much time getting to where the good fishing is!