Our Captains

Nearly 100 Years of Combined Lake Michigan Experience

sturgeon bay kids and ladies
You can look far and wide across the Great Lakes and not find a team of captains with as many years of Lake Michigan chartering experience. That’s important for many reasons.

First, you’re putting your safety and security and that of your guests in their hands.  The Reel Action Captains have seen the big water at its best and its worst.  When conditions are iffy, they’ll tell you straight up what’s going on.  They’ll monitor the weather minute by minute with state-of-the-science gear.  If it can be done safely, they’ll take you out if you want to go, but
also warn you when it’s going to be rough.

Second, you’re investing your hard earned money and, perhaps, vacation time with the Reel Action team.  They are working men and know how precious that is.  Every day they are on the water, they are putting heart and soul into finding you fish and helping you enjoy success. Ask around Sturgeon Bay and you’re going to here, “if anybody’s catching fish, it will be Reel Action.” This experienced team is just that good!

Finally, when you’re fishing with Reel Action charters, you’re really fishing with all of their captains. The team works together on the radio and on the cell phones alerting each other to what’s working, what’s not and where they are finding the fish. Such collaboration dramatically boosts the entire Reel Action fleet’s success. That means your success. While many operators are working full-time jobs, the Reel Action Team is fishing!  Every day all summer long…  they put the fish to bed each night and wake them up every morning.

Giant King Salmon
Owner/Captain Scott Gutschow and up-and-comer Greta Gutschow.

Our Lake Michigan Chartering Experience Revealed

Reel Action Captain/Owner Scott Gutschow grew up fishing in Sturgeon Bay. He is a third generation salmon fisherman with maximum Lake Michigan chartering experience. His grandpa (Fritz) started fishing Chinook Salmon when they were introduced in the 1960s, and his father and uncle continued the tradition taking Scott fishing since 1976. Scott’s aunt was one of the first female charter captains on Lake Michigan, and his uncle Randy was one of the first fisherman to catch kings in Wisconsin!

Captain Scott has nearly 4,000 trips to the famed Sturgeon Bay bank which is one of the most consistent salmon and trout fisheries on all of the Great Lakes.

To this day, Reel Action Charters remains mostly a family operation.  Besides Captain Scott, primary Reel Action captains are his uncle Captain Randy Hemb and his brother Captain Jeff Gutschow.  These days, you’ll sometimes find Captain Scott’s 9-year-old daughter Greta on board learning the ropes to someday carry on the Gutschow family tradition.

Captain Randy Hemb has fished Lake Michigan for more than 50 years himself — since before the salmon were stocked in the Lake in the 1960s.  He has fished out of nearly every port on Lake Michigan and  many ports on the other Great Lakes. He’s been an active tournament fisherman on Lake Michigan for about the last 12 years.

If you judge fishing success by the numbers, then take a look at these tournament records!

In 2014 Reel Action won the Sturgeon Bay Kid’s and Ladies tournament last year, Captain Scott’s daughter caught the biggest walleye in the Green Bay AYA  (angler /youth angler) tournament.

In 2013 Reel Action was Sturgeon Bay Offshore Challenge 333 Champions and  won the Algoma Challenge the last two years they ran that event by running 20 miles home to fish the Bank Reef.

Captain Scott also runs countless  seminars, events as a Prostaffer for Lund, Mercury, SIMRAD, Lowrance, Jiffy and more.


Captain Randy Hemb has serious Lake Michigan chartering experience.
Captain (Uncle) Randy Hemb has been an avid tournament angler for more than a decade!

Captain Randy has been an avid tournament angler for more than a decade!

  1. 2014 Frankfort Benzie Frenzy 333 Championship
  2. 2013 Manistee Monster Ladies
  3. 2012 Manistee Monster Ladies
  4. 2011 Sturgeon Bay Ladies Offshore Challenge







Great catch!
Captain (Brother) Jeff Gutschow (r) with a satisfied angler.

Captain Jeff hits the tournaments hard, too. His record is impressive!

  1. 2014 Frankfort Benzie Frenzy – 2nd place – professional division
  2. 2013 Ladies Champion – Frankfort Benzie Frenzy
  3. 2012 Frankfort Benzie Frenzy – 1st place professional division
  4. 2012 Frankfort Benzie Frenzy – 2nd place 333 division
  5. 2011 Frankfort Benzie Frenzy – 3rd place professional division
  6. 2008 Frankfort Benzie Frenzy 6th place professional division
  7. 2007 Sturgeon Bay Offshore Challenge 2nd place 333 division

If you’re interested in sharing in the latest successes of Reel Action anglers and our fishing teams, be sure to check out our Facebook page often. It’s updated nearly every day of the season!