Hot Reels Fishing Charter

Capt. Gary Altonen Fort Walton Beach, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured
Hot Reels Fishing Charter-Person
(11Reviews)
5 out of 5 stars

Hot Reels Fishing Charters stands out from all the other deep sea fishing charters in Destin by delivering you with only the best service and knowledge of the local waters. We know exactly where to go to put you right on the fish!

Captain Gary Altonen will be your fishing charter guide out on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida. Captain Gary’s passion for fishing started when he was a child fishing Lake Erie. He spent much of his free time learning saltwater fishing techniques while he was stationed in Myrtle Beach, SC serving this great country in the U.S. Air Force. When he retired from the Air Force, he purchased his first offshore boat and learned the ways of the trade. Fishing is not just something Capt. Gary enjoys; it is a lifestyle for him.

Destin fishing trips with Capt. Gary will begin in Fort Walton Beach an go on to explore the fishing grounds near Destin, Okaloosa Island, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Island, Navarre, Seaside, and many other wonderful locations along Florida’s Panhandle in the Gulf of Mexico.

You will be fishing aboard the amazing “Aly Rose”, a spacious 26’ Clearwater center console. She is fully rigged with everything you need for an enjoyable day on the water making her a perfect fit for deep sea fishing in Destin. 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.

We offer 4, 6, and 8-hour fishing charters that will provide you with rods, reels, tackle, lures, bait, and a fishing license, all included in the trip price. Capt. Gary uses a few different fishing techniques and would love to share his knowledge on bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, drift fishing, jigging, and trolling.

We will give you the option to target a variety of species, including Red Snapper, 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.

There is no better option for fishing charters in Destin than Hot Reels Fishing Charters! Join Captain Gary Altonen on a deep sea fishing trip in Florida that you will never forget!

833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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  Launch Location

Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA, Fort Walton Beach

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Trips start at $500

5 Trips

1-6 guests

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2018 27' Center Console

175 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Illegal Substances

Availability

TRIP DATE
NUMBER OF GUESTS

Select an Available Trip

private

FUN-N-SUN (4 HOUR MIN)

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Fun-N-Sun is a great getaway. This trip includes fun water activities in the bay to include: Crab Island, Destin Harbor Tour, Dolphin watching, snorkeling, and paddle boarding. We can even take you for a picnic to your own private island location on the Santa Rosa Sound. (you supply food and drinks) If you wish you can do a little fishing from the shoreline while you’re enjoying meal as well. We supply everything you need for fun in the sun. Feel free to bring beverages of your choice and food. We do supply bottled water. 

Includes:
digital photos,

Close details

private

GONE FISHIN’ (AM)

Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 6:00am to 10:00am (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This morning trip is great for parties with kids. You will be targeting whatever is biting, including Snapper, Grouper, and many more.

Includes:
digital photos,

Bottled water
Close details

private

GONE FISHIN’ (PM)

Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This morning trip is great for parties with kids. You will be targeting whatever is biting, including Snapper, Grouper, and many more.

Includes:
digital photos,

Bottled water
Close details

private

KEEPIN’ IT REEL

Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 6:00am to 12:00pm (6 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

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.

Includes:
digital photos,

Bottled water
Close details

private

RISE & SHINE (FULL DAY)

Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 6:00am to 2:00pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

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.

Includes:
digital photos,

Bottled water
Close details

Fish Species

Amberjack
Grouper
Mahi Mahi
Red Snapper
Spanish Mackerel
Triggerfish

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio

Navigation

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar

Boat Features

  • Cooler
  • Multimedia System

Facilities

  • Toilet

Boat Gear

  • First Mate
  • Livewell
  • Outriggers

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Illegal Substances

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Minimum Age

  • 8 years old

Fishing Location

  • Nearshore
  • Offshore
  • Reef
  • Wreck

About the Vessel

Captain

Capt. Gary Altonen

Boat Type

Center Console

Boat Length

27

Year Built

2018

Engine Manufacturer

Mercury

Number of Engines

2

Engine Horsepower

175 HP

Customer Reviews

Hot Reels Fishing Charter-Person
(11Reviews)
5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fishing experience.

    Created Michael Kitsch

    Captain Gary was great to work with. He stays very aware of the water conditions. It was pretty wavy today, but he never have up and kept us on the hunt for the bite. We found several types of fish. Red snapper, trigger fish, some cat fish and others. He was a wonderful guide and helped us learn how to deep sea fish. We would definitely go back again.

  • Tight Lines

    Created Jeremy Tiner

    Capt. Gary was fantastic and worked hard to put us on the fish. We caught our limit of snappers, both red and vermillion along with a ton of triggers. Oh, and we reeled in 2 sharks. Amazing day out on the water. Will book again the next time I'm in Destin. Thanks Capt. Gary

  • Wonderful Trip!

    Created Judy Hover

    We had a wonderful trip!! Caught lots of fish and had so much fun. Captain Gary was so helpful, Promised us a great time and he sure delivered. I would go out again if we are fortunate enough to get back to Fort Walton.

  • Never Disappoints

    Created Scot Harris

    I've been out with Gary before on many fishing trips and was never disappointed. Always gets the fish! Highly recommend.

  • A+++!!!

    Created Travis Fales

    Awesome Trip A++++!!! Deckhand Andrew was as cool as they get. Great time, great people. 10/10 recommend! Caught it all out there! Learned a lot from Captain Gary about the Area as well, Will be back asap

  • Amazing Time!

    Created Rick Brust

    We had an awesome trip! Down to earth crew, lots of fish caught, and an overall excellent experience! Honestly couldn’t have asked for anything to be better. We caught fish, had a good crew to hang out with and talk, amazing time!

  • So much fun!

    Created Heather Gatson

    Had a awesome first time deep sea fishing trip with Captain Gary. caught lots of fish and caught a Giant king mackerel. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to catch fish and have a great time!!!!

  • Great Trip Recommend to Everyone

    Created Zack Fowler

    The Fowler group thanks captain Gary and his first mate for a great day of snapper fishing. He put us on the snapper. They where prompt and on time to the dock. Boat was clean and fishing gear was top of the line. Thanks again be back next summer.

  • Looking forward to the next trip!

    Created Thomas Reilly

    Went out with Capt Gary Sunday (11 November 2019) and had a great time! My friend was visiting from Tucson, AZ and wanted to do a little fishing. We went out and caught over 30 fish! Looking forward to the next trip already!

  • Cant go wrong with this group!

    Created Tim Richey

    Captain Gary is my favorite neighbor and has put me on the fish every time he's taken me out,...very knowledgeable & professional,...highly recommend Hot Reels for your next deep sea excursion,...ya can't go wrong,...can you say FISH ON!!!!???

  • Great

    Created Steve Dale

    Captain Gary always puts us on fish. Great equipment and great boat. I have taken my sons out many times and it's always great.