Reel Work Sportfishing Charters

301 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale FL, United States

Fort Lauderdale has some of the greatest sport fishing in the world. Our South Florida climate allows for year round deep sea fishing in the nutrient rich waters of the Gulf Stream which passes just a few miles from our shore. With such great fishing conditions so close, we can have you deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale waters in less than 30 minutes after departure. Depending on the time of year and conditions, there are different species to fish to target. From bait fish to big game fish like Sailfish, Dolphin, Swordfish and Marlin to reef fish like Grouper and Snapper, the Reel Work Sportfishing team knows where to find the fish and how to put them in the boat.

The Reel Work is Captained by Wally Shaw. Captain Wally is a Fort Lauderdale native who has been fishing its waters his entire life. He has over 20 years of professional sportfishing and tournament experience in South Florida and the Bahamas.

Your charter fishing boat is the Reel Work, a 45 ft customized Hatteras Sportfish with a tuna tower, roomy salon with a comfortable couch and clean bathrooms. The Reel Work is fully air conditioned for your comfort on our hot south Florida days. She is equipped with the latest electronics to help Captain Wally put you on the fish and all Coast Guard required safety equipment to ensure your Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing charter is both enjoyable and safe. Sunscreen, bottled water, and fishing licenses are included in the price of your fishing charter. We also provide coolers with ice. Just bring whatever you would like to eat and drink. We even have a stereo that accommodates most iPods.

Whether you are a seasoned angler or have never been fishing before, Captain Wally and the crew of the Reel Work look forward to making the fishing adventure of a lifetime happen for you!

Fort Lauderdale has some of the greatest sport fishing in the world. Our South Florida climate allows for year round deep sea fishing in the nutrient rich waters of the Gulf Stream which passes just a few miles from our shore. With such great fishing

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  • US$ 1500 private charter
  • US$ 1200 private charter
  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1000 private charter
  • 6 hour Fishing Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 775 private charter
  • Half Day Trip - Afternoon
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 550 private charter
  • Half Day Trip - Morning
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 550 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Barracuda (Great)
  Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  King Mackerel (Kingfish)

  Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  Shark (Bull)
  Shark (Hammerhead)

  Tuna (Blackfin)
  Tuna (Skipjack)

Boat Specs

Hatteras Sportfish (Convertible) originally built in 1974. Powered by 2 450HP Detroit 8V71TI engines.

45 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Kite Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
American Express

About the Captain

Wally Shaw
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Member since January 2015
I have been fishing Fort Lauderdale waters my entire life. I have over 20 years of professional sportfishing and tournament experience in South Florida and the Bahamas.
Response time: 6 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Nothing like spending a whole day fishing and not catching anything, not even bites. The crew didnt seem to work to hard to change up tactics, or recomend other types of species to catch.
Then get chastised for using the web site instead of calling direct, because the captain didn’t get the booking fee.

Fished April 4, 2018
Wally Shaw (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 6, 2018

Let me start by saying none of us like going out and not catching anything. We are always talking to each other on the VHF and cell phones about what’s biting. We started this trip catching live bait to have so that if we came across any Mahi Mahi while we were offshore we have the bait for them. There was already a boat catching them. I called him on the phone and he said he was almost done. We waited for him to finish and moved in to where he was. It cut down the time it takes to chum them up on our own. Got the bait then went to the reef where we started trolling. Talking to the other boats that were already trolling and it wasn’t very productive. Did that for a little bit before heading offshore. There was scattered seaweed with some larger clumps that we worked as we got further out. Went out 10+ miles looking for Mahi but no luck. Heard a few boats shark fishing get bites. Decided to head back in there to give it a shot. The whole time I am listening and talking to the other boats about what’s going on with them. Ran back in from offshore and set up shark fishing. Did that for about an hour and got a bite. Unfortunately the fish fell off a few minutes later. Talked to a couple of boats that were bottom fishing around the wrecks without much luck. Decided to keep trying for another shark until it was time to head back. That’s pretty much how the trip went.
Booking fees and commission have been a part of this business since long before I got involved in it. I don’t know any boat that doesn’t mind paying them. We get trips from websites, hotels, other boats, friends, and anywhere else we can get them from. Usually when we get clients from other places we give them a card and say “next time you want to go out just call us directly” so we can have repeat customers. I’ve had people call back other boats that gave us trips and sign up again thinking they would be with us only to find out they aren’t.
This is the first time I’ve responded to a review. We don’t have many reviews to begin with. It’s not something I’ve really pushed with my clients but feedback is appreciated.

Captain Wally

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The crew was definitely pleasant enough but I feel that my son and I did not necessarily get our monies worth.  The first hour was spent fishing to get live bait that I feel should have been there and ready to go plus the travel time in and out.  In the end we only got 2 hours of fishing out of the 4 I paid for.

First mate did most of the work and in the end we only caught one Mackerel and 4 bait fish. 

Glad of my time with my son (on leave from the Army) but disappointed in the experience.

Alice F.

Fished December 28, 2017
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These guys tried their darndest to get our small kids into a variety of fish.  Weather and fish were not the most cooperative, but everyone got to tangle with kings, cudas, and other smaller stuff.  A FOR EFFORT guys!  Thanks!

Fished October 26, 2017
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