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 26’ 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/fish finder 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
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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 12:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    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
Okaloosa Island, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
48 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)
Jack (Almaco) Jack (Almaco)
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 2018. Powered by 2 175HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
26 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
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

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4.97
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Aubree F.
California, KY
 5.00
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   December 5, 2019
Captain and his Deckhand were amazing! We went on our honeymoon. He took the extra effort and took us out to watch the sunrise...
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Curt W.
Fort Walton Beach, FL
 5.00
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6-Hour Trip

VERIFIED   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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Eddie B.
Muse, OK
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Half day trip w/ capt. Gary and Andrew

VERIFIED   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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Anya W.
Baton Rouge, LA
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Capt Gary and Murf

VERIFIED   July 4, 2019
Despite some unfortunate luck with his boat, Capt Gary was still able to get my dad and I out on the water in another boat...
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Jason A.
Navarre, Florida
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VERIFIED   July 30, 2019
Started off by catching some Bonita for bait that were hitting the top of the water. Then headed to a spot where we caught...
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