Our Fleet

Our Fleet

Reel Action Sportfishing Charters’ Fleet – The Best Fleet of Fishing Boats on the Great Lakes

The Reel Action Sportfishing Charters’ Fleet – Spectacular, purpose-built fishing boats fishing Lake Michigan and Green Bay from the port of Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin

Reel Action Sportfishing Charter’s fleet never compromises—period. These are the finest, most well-appointed fishing vessels to be found on the Great Lakes. We’ve built this fleet to ensure the complete safety, success, and enjoyment of our customers. Aboard any boat in the Reel Action fleet, you’ll never second-guess whether you’re fishing with the best.

All our Lake Michigan boats are rigged with the latest safety and navigation systems and state-of-the-science fishing technology including the finest electronics available. Reel Action boats feature Simrad/Lowrance pro staff rigs including Simrad autopilots, chart plotters, broadband radar, and broadband sonar. Not only do these electronics put you on the fish, they keep you safe with complete weather analysis. Every Reel Action vessel is annually and rigorously inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Reel Action’s motto in selecting and equipping boats for its fleet is “go big, go for the best, or don’t go at all.”


“The New” 48-foot Viking – Unreel Action Overall Length: 48’7″ Beam: 16′ Draft: 4’7″ Displacement: 45,5000 lbs.Pride and joy of the Reel Action Sportfishing Charters' Fleet

Completely rebuilt for the 2023 season, when you step aboard the Unreel Action, you are entering the exact equivalent of a brand new, $3 million 48-foot Viking yacht. This boat was designed for deep-sea fishing on the brutally unpredictable North Atlantic Ocean and yet delivers a level of comfort and luxury unmatched by any other charter service on Lake Michigan.

Captains Scott, Jeff, and Dan have nearly 100 years of combined experience in boatbuilding, engineering, and maintenance. By meticulously conducting the rebuild themselves—from bow to stern—they literally know every inch of the Unreel Action inside and out.

Reel Action Charter’s rebuild of the engine room alone was a massive investment. It included engines, transmissions, generator, and electronics—even reconstruction of bulkheads which had to be demolished to move the engines into place. Every single choice including the electronic controls, Volvo flat screens, and even a new steering wheel was made to duplicate what you’ll find on a brand new Viking.

Fast forward two years; the results of the investment, the hard work, and the choices made are proving themselves for Unreel Action anglers on every single run. Keeping the best of the original and adding the best of the new, has resulted in a boat that maintains its legendary fishability and success while offering the comfort, reliability, cleanliness, environmental-friendliness, and efficiency of the newest mechanical and technological systems.

Repeat customers immediately notice the new Unreel Action is faster, smoother, more efficient, and better handling. The 2-stage marine exhaust system with the twin Tier 3 Volvo 670 horsepower engines makes her whisper quiet. The 16 kilowatt generator runs so silently, most customers never even know its on to power satellite TV, three HVAC systems, refrigeration, freezers, and two hot water heaters providing hot and cold potable water.

But what’s most important to anglers? Fishability, of course. As renowned as the original Unreel Action was for her fishability, the rebuild is even better.

Electronic troll provides the capability of dialing in the perfect fish-catching speed of the day based on propellor revolutions! All new electronics make navigation almost too easy. And Captain Scott, keeps the new, top secret fish-finding sonar systems under lock and key!

As it has always been, the Unreel Action is a roomy, stable platform for any group of anglers, even in rough seas. Quite simply, it the BIGGEST, BEST, and BADDEST fish-catching machine chartering on Lake Michigan. While her appointments certainly place this boat in the “yacht” category, it’s built and equipped to catch fish! If you’re only satisfied with the BEST of the BEST, the Reel Action Charter’s Unreel Action is your undeniable choice.


Workhorse of the Reel Action Sportfishing Charters' fleet—40-foot Luhrs Tournament "Time Flies"40-foot Luhrs Tournament – Time Flies – All new from a winter 2019 refit including interior, air, heat, and electronics. Plus Time Flies is equipped with all new Shimano tackle.

This big water battlewagon is the pride of Captain Scott Gutschow’s Reel Action fleet. Its new penny shine is the result of a full winter of work by the Reel Action crew. It’s basically a new boat, after all the hours of attention she received.

You won’t find a safer, more comfortable, more mobile, or more versatile fishing machine anywhere on the great lakes. It’s packed with electronics to keep you safe and keep you on the fish. 


Economy with all the quality for small groups—Reel Action Sportfishing Charters' fleet 26-foot Grady White26-foot Grady-White – Reel & Relief –

Fully rebuilt during the winter of 2013-14, Reel Action’s Grady-White is set up for speed, mobility, economy, comfort and – most importantly – catching fish. On saltwater, Grady White’s reputation for designing and building serious fish-catching machines is unsurpassed, and Reel Action brings that same performance to the waters surrounding Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Grady-White boats are products of a unique combination of North Carolina’s saltwater heritage, a culture of long-term private ownership, a dedication to safety, and a keen knowledge of sport fishing. This boat is better rigged with the latest navigational and fish-catching technology than 90 percent of the Great Lakes charter boats twice its size. Reel Action’s Grady-White gets you to the fish so fast, they don’t know what hit them!