Captain Russ Merrihew grew up across the road from Lake Erie. He loved fishing and owned a boat as soon as he was old enough. He proudly served his country as a marine in Vietnam and as the years went by, his passion for fishing and boating continued.
In 1983, he decided it was time to turn his passion into a business. That year, he obtained his captain’s license and Reel Affair Charters was launched with a refurbished wooden cruiser. Over the years there have been several boats, each one bigger and better to accommodate a business that was rapidly growing primarily from word of mouth, something the captain is very proud of.
With the opportunity to expand the business, Captain Russ upgraded his license to enable him to charter larger groups. Along with that came the need for yet a bigger boat. So in 2003, Reel Deal became the primary vessel for Reel Affair Charters.
The Reel Deal is a 36′ fiberglass boat custom built in Florida, then transported by truck to Ohio. With a beam width of 14′, it provides generous space for a variety of types and sizes of charters; family outings, corporate trips or groups of friends. The deep sides are an added plus, especially if children are included. In accordance with coast guard regulations, it carries all the appropriate safety equipment including a 12 person life raft.
It is the goal of Captain Russ and Reel Affair Charters to provide a safe and comfortable experience for all who come aboard. We look forward to taking you fishing on Lake Erie!