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, the 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, trevally (papio), Hawaiian salmon, snapper, amberjacks, sharks, and every so often, smaller species of billfish.
Reel Luckey is not available July or August.
Inshore Lighter Tackle Fishing Charters
|Charter Length||Privates Only|
Does not include 4.16% state GET, 3% harbor fee, or 10-20% gratuity.
Trip Type: Private fishing charters
Capacity: maximum 5 guests
Minimum age: 8 yrs
Harbor: Lahaina Harbor
Departure Time: 0400 – 0430 hrs
Reel Luckey Reviews
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!
Mahi on the fly, ono on the down low.
Out at 0500 .... oh my god it\'s early ....
Morning after the luau .... oh my god it\'s early...
Filled the live well with mackerel and started fishing.
The drag on my fly reel was pooched but Brian was able to come up with a washer that fitted the bill and at least I was going to get a shot with the fly rod. Deb hooked up on the fly rod first but it was not for long... strike 1. Tad put us into fish again and we boated 4 Wahoo..... yahoo !!!
Finally on third try with fly rod I hooked up with a nice Mahi Mahi which we managed to land.
We had a fabulous trip with Tad and Brian on the Reel Lucky. Will recommend them to anyone who wants to fish out of Lahaina anytime and when I return I will be sure to book a trip on Reel Lucky again.
Response: From Captain Tad:
Fly rods aren\'t used that often here. but Jim brought his own and really wanted to give it a shot, so we rigged him up with one of the opelu and he used that. We had the down-rigger set at the same time. It was just the two of them out there with Brian and I, and Jim\'s wife only wanted to watch, so when the downrigger went off Jim handed the fly rod off to her while he fought the fish. Then the fly rod went off too. The look on Deb\'s face when that 40lb ono hit was something to behold! We had two instances of double hookups that day so Jim was kept pretty busy.
Great day with Reel Luckey
We had a great trip fishing on the Reel Luckey with Brian and Geoff. We caught some Mahi Mahi and some Yellow Fin on light tackle, had a great encounter with huge school of Dolphin and enjoyed some beautiful weather. My three kids really loved the experience and we all got to eat two meals' worth of some delicious fillets! Thank you for setting us up on this excellent trip!!