Luckey Strike is fantastic! We booked a 4 hour tour (four of us in our party) and we had the boat to ourselves. Tad was our captain and has been fishing and diving around Maui for 30 years. He is very knowledgeable and knew the best spots to find the fish. Brian was the deckhand who helped us cast and hook our fish throughout the day. I will say that if you are looking to do all the baiting, casting, and hooking the fish then this is not the tour for you. Brian takes care of all that and you do the reeling. This was fine by us as for most of the fish we caught they almost got away except for Brian's skill and experience to entice them to retake the bait! It was a real rush and we enjoyed the battle of reeling 6 nice big fish in throughout the day.
Luckey Strike is the only charter on Maui that prefers to catch their own live bait prior to going after the big fish. They took us to catch some Mackerel which can be hit or miss but they don't waste too much time if they aren't biting. Lucky for us they were biting and we pulled in about 30 mackerel in 20 minutes. A very fun way to start the day - especially since the two women in our party did not want to fish much but this was simple and easy and they got to cast out and reel in some fish.
After that, Tad brought us to one of his favorite spots. They cast out a deep rigger to troll the bottom around 275 feet on light tackle and two more surface rods, heavier tackle. Within 5 minutes of casting out we had hooked a big Mahi. They sit you in the chair and set you up with the rod and you fight him all the way in. There is nothing cooler than seeing a fish jumping out of the water as you fight to reel it in!
All in all we ended up catching 3 mahi (15,12,10 lbs), an Amberjack (18 lbs), a big snapper (20 lbs), and a 35 pound Giant Trevally! We know we were super lucky but we also know we had an awesome captain and deckhand. They really knew what they were doing and where to go. Brian was super helpful, taught us about the tackle, the fish, and more. It was a great experience all the way around and we would recommend them to anyone!
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