The Reef Reeler

Growing up hearing my father tell of his childhood adventures growing near Miami and spending time on the family boats always stirred interest to one day enjoy those same experiences, well maybe not all of them. I’ve been on some recreational boats with friends but never in brackish or salt water. Since my wife grew up enjoying her father’s fishing boat in the Delmarva region, she never baulked at the idea of obtaining our own family boat. After a few years of saving and debating, we ended up with this 1999 Angler 204WA. What hooked me with this boat is the large fishing aft area. It literally has more open space than most of the 22′ – 23′ walkarounds I looked at. Yes, it’s not a Grady nor a Parker (dream boat)… but for a first time owner, I felt comfortable with the size, it had all the necessary items I was looking for and it is all fiberglass and composite.

For those interested since there aren’t a lot of specs on the web for these Anglers, here is what I’ve found:

  • In mid-1999, Angler switched to new molds and went all composite of the transom and stingers. The hulls are foam filled but there is space to run wiring.
  • Length: 20’4″
  • Beam:
  • Dead Rise:
  • Max HP: 185

I went with a walkaround so that my wife and daughter has a place to get out of the sun and rest on those long days out. It also offers a dry storage area and a quick place even to sleep when visiting a new marina.

Over the winter, we will be outfitting a new Evinrude E-Tec 150hp G2 motor, adding a dual battery setup, installing new bilge pumps and wash down pump and installing an AM/FM/XM radio. Currently, the Reef Reeler is equipped with a VHF Radio w/ GPS and a Lowrance Elite 5 Fish Finder/Chart Plotter/Depth.

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