Hot Reels Fishing Charter, LLC

Hot Reels Fishing Charter’s primary goal is to put you and your party on fish. Target a variety of species, including Red, Vermillion, and Mangrove Snapper, Amberjack, Triggerfish and several species of Grouper. During certain times of the year, you can get into some Mahi Mahi, Cobia, and Wahoo as well. It’s Destin after all!

You will be fishing aboard the “Aly Rose”, a spacious 25’ Clearwater center console. She is fully rigged with everything you need for an enjoyable day on the water. The Aly Rose comes powered by twin Mercury Verado 175 hp supercharged engines. From the state of the art SIMRAD GPS/fishfinder and 4G RADAR to the wireless Minn-Kota trolling motor, an on-board toilet, and ample seating for comfort, the crew aims to make your trip a memorable experience of a lifetime.

Captain Gary Altonen has over 30 years of fishing experience and has been running his own boat in the Destin area for just under a decade. Plain and simple, he knows where the fish are and is skilled in the techniques used to catch them.

All trips come with top quality matching fishing gear from Shimano, Daiwa, Penn, UglyStik, and Okuma. Bait is also included in the price along with bottled water. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks with you.

Capt. Gary will do all he can to ensure your trip meets or exceeds your expectations. When you go out with Hot Reels Fishing Charter the fish are on fire.

Good Times & Tight Lines.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Rise & Shine
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    This trip can be customized to meet your specific needs. Spend your day fishing nearshore or head further out. Target various types of Grouper, Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Almaco Jack, and many more. Available Weekends and Holidays only.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Keepin' It Reel
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    Add a few more hours and explore more spots. Try trolling, bottom fishing, drift fishing, and other fishing techniques. Target Grouper, Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Triggerfish, Jacks, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Gone Fishin' (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This morning trip is great for parties with kids. You will be targeting whatever is biting, including Snapper, Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Gone Fishin' (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This afternoon trip is great for anyone who is not an early bird. You will be using a variety of fishing techniques and methods to target Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Triggerfish, and many other species.
  • Private trip
    Fun In The Sun
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Snorkeling, paddleboarding, dolphin watching, crab island and a little fishing if you want. The day belongs to you so you get to choose. There is a 4hr minimum for this trip. Additional time can be discussed at you option.
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About the Captain

Gary Altonen
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
49 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2017
This whole fishing thing started when I was a youngster growing up in Northern Ohio. My father would take me fishing off the local jetties and break walls on Lake Erie. Fast forward to my days in the US Air Force when I was stationed in Myrtle Beach, SC. I spent much of my free time learning to salt water fish, be it from the beach, a pier or one of the local charter boats. Fishing was in my blood now. I eventually received an assignment to Eglin AFB, FL where I spent as much time as possible fishing. From bridges to piers, beaches to kayaks, private boats to charters, all I wanted to do was fish. When I retired from the Air Force I purchased my first offshore boat and learned the ways of the trade. Fishing is not just something I enjoy, it is a life style for me. I don't fish to live, I live to fish. Good Times & Tight Lines my friends.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

Grouper (Scamp) Grouper (Scamp)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Lane) Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Clearwater (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by 2 175HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.97
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Terry O.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Gary

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Gone Fishin' (PM) on May 12, 2020
We were a group of four with several novice fishermen.  Captain Gary made sure that we were all comfortable with the fishing...
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Curt W.
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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6-Hour Trip

VERIFIED   !! OFF-SEASON Special !! 6hr on December 31, 2019
Seas were rough and it took some extra time to get to the area where the fish were.  But, Captain Gary put us on some...
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Luis V.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Gone Fishin' (AM) on March 7, 2020
We had an amazing trip with Captain Gary!  He put us on the fishing early and often and we even caught a prized Black...
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Kristine P.
DeWitt, IA
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Half day trip with captain Gary

VERIFIED   !! OFF-SEASON Special !! 4 hour on January 23, 2020
I purchased this fishing experience for my parents and their friends as a Christmas gift. They absolutely loved it! Captain...
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Eddie B.
Muse, OK
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Half day trip w/ capt. Gary and Andrew

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Gone Fishin' (AM) on August 6, 2019
Boat and equipment was clean and in great shape.  Captain Gary and Deckhand Andrew took great care of us, quickly adapted...
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