Dawn Patrol Charters

Dawn Patrol Charters invites you to explore offshore, back bay, and inshore Gulf fishing in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” For Captain JT and his team, everything swimming around Destin is fair game. Join the crew for a fun and productive day with your family and friends.

Whether it’s a trip to the Choctawhatchee Bay for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, and Pompano, or an excursion to the prolific Gulf waters for the likes of Grouper, Amberjack, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Cobia, and Tarpon, Dawn Patrol Charters has it all.

Bay fishing is a great year-round opportunity to enjoy live bait and light tackle action. There are plenty of grass flats, jetties, bridges, pocks, points, and drop-offs to be explored. Plus, you may also catch Ladyfish, Bluefish, Black Snapper, and many more!

If you’re after a trip to the Gulf, then just let your captain know. You will be bottom fishing for various species of Snapper and Grouper, as well as Amberjack, Flounder, Triggerfish, and who knows what else. Or go trolling for Wahoo, Mahi Mahi-Mahi, Cobia, Bonito, Spanish and King Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle. These trips can be organized anytime from April until November.

Dawn Patrol will take you out aboard a 22’ Cape Horn center console. This spacious boat can accommodate up to six anglers. It comes powered by a single 250 HP Yamaha 4-stroke and can cruise at a top speed of 35 knots. The boat features a dual helm and a Cobia Tower - key features of any sight fishing trip.

The vessel is outfitted with top-notch navigational and fish finding electronics to save your time while searching for fish. As well as that, there is a 30-gallon live well loaded with all kinds of bait to make your hooks irresistible. Depending on which trip you chose, you will use cigar minnows, herrings, redefines, and speedos.

All trips come with the licenses, bait, fly fishing equipment, and quality spinning rods and reels mainly by Penn International.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (5 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,400
    price breakdown
    $1,400
    Depending on your personal preferences and what's biting, you will be able to stay in the bay or head further out. Fish for Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Flounder, Bonito, Snapper, Grouper, and even Sailfish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (5 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,050
    price breakdown
    $1,050
    This trip can be customized to meet your specific needs. Just tell your captain what you want to target! Go for Red Snapper (when in season), troll for King Mackerel, target Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and who knows what else?
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Extended (5 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $875
    price breakdown
    $875
    If you want more time on the water, this is your trip. You will be tailored to your specific needs and wishes. Fish in the Bay or in the Gulf for whatever is biting. The trip is all-inclusive, you only need to bring something to eat and drink and your desire to catch fish!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (5 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to check as many productive spots as possible, be it in the bay or in the Gulf. Target Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, King Mackerel, various species of Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip - Kids Fun (5 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    This is a fun trip that is all about the kids targeting species that bite frequently, such as Black Snapper, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, Croakers, Catfish and sometimes the late summer Redfish. These types of fish keep the kids busy having fun catching. The trip is primarily catch and release but it's possible to harvest some fish if they're in season. Please, have in mind that this trip is for 5 people maximum.
  • Private trip
    1 Hr Beginners and Kids Trip 5 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $290
    price breakdown
    $290
    This trip is catch and release only! It provides a lot of action for beginners and kids. You will be fishing in the Destin harbor meaning your actual fishing time will be 1 hour. You'll be targeting species such as Bluefish, Pinfish, Catfish, Jack Crevalle, and Ladyfish.
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About the Captain

John Tenore
Destin, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
98 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since June 2015
Captain John “JT” Tenore was born and raised in North Carolina. JT was first introduced to fishing by his father and was fishing along the coastline at a very early age. In the 1980’s, JT moved to Destin and started fishing the local piers. And the rest is history!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Thresher) Shark (Thresher)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 1994. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.88
out of 5 stars from 98 reviews
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Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
91%
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VERIFIED   August 6, 2020
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Emily B.
New Orleans, LA
 5.00
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Captain Phillip is AWESOME

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (5 MAX) on June 26, 2020
This trip was amazing. We booked a half day trip and started the day off fishing for our bait fish (bc the bait guy ran out),...
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Tom T.
Charleston, WV
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3 hour trip with Captain Phillip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip - Kids Fun (5 MAX) on July 30, 2020
Absolutely outstanding trip.  Beats deep sea fishing off Oahu.  Captain Phillip was an absolute professional and...
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Mike P.
Springfield, TN
 5.00
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3 Hour Kid’s Trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip - Kids Fun (5 MAX) on October 6, 2020
My family and I had a great time with Captain JT.  We did the 3 hour trip and this guy knows what he’s doing and where...
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Will R.
United States
 5.00
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Half Day with Captain Phillip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (5 MAX) on July 1, 2020
We arrived to the dock a little early as Phillip was getting the boat ready to go.  We left the dock on time and went...
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