2014 Destin Fishing Rodeo Kicks OFF
Established in 1948, The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages.
All anglers headed out this morning to begin the month long competition. Celebrating their 66th year, The Destin Fishing Rodeo is held annually October 1st through October 31st and is FREE and open to the public.
Last night was the Captain’s Party — an open and family friendly event¬†in Destin, FL¬†with live music from Tobacco Rd Band and BBQ compliments of Bass Pro Shop! It was a lively night at the newly renovated TIKI Village at the docks of AJ’s Seafood and Oyster House. The weigh-in’s take on new mega-life this year as it will be be displayed LIVE on AJ’s new Jumbotron, a 20 by 10 foot gigantic screen where you can also watch NFL and College Football Games.¬†
Capt. Allen Staples says; “Come to the weigh-ins at AJ’s in October. Whether you’re weighing in your monster catch or just having some drinks and watching someone else weigh-in theirs, I promise you’ll have a great time!”
Captain Staples is Rodeo Chairman and a third generation charter boat captain and a true local, born and raised in Destin, FL. ¬†
With more than 35,000 anglers from all over the United States competing in more than 100 categories, the leaderboard changes almost daily and there are prizes given daily with the various categories grand prizes given to the overall winners at the Rodeo Awards Ceremony November 6th.
Anglers will have a chance to weigh in mackerel to mako’s, amberjack to grouper, tuna to triggerfish and even redfish to speckled trout to name a few. The king mackerel division always sees big contenders hit the docks as well as the wahoo category. Last year, a big king mackerel was even brought to the scales aboard a paddleboard. We’ve added a shark category to the charter boat divisions so there will be lots to see at the dock.
The good thing about this Rodeo, it’s free to all anglers fishing on a registered boat. Destin has the largest fishing fleet in the state of Florida and is said to be the billfishing capital of the northern Gulf. The Destin Charter Boat Association currently has more than 90 boats listed, and even more in the harbor just waiting to be chartered for this month long event. And according to the Official Rodeo Guide, The Rodeo is also for anglers fishing aboard private boats, paddleboards, kayaks, off the jetties or pier, or even just standing in the surf.¬†
iLoveDestin’s Facebook will be running a month long promotion through the length of the Rodeo for DeniseLovesDestin.com and the Charter Boat Phoenix. They will be be giving away a 6 passenger Charter Fishing Trip aboard The Phoenix along with a Stay from Coastal Dreaming and other goodies from DeniseLovesDestin.com! Launch for this give-away will be October 6th, so stay tuned for more details plus weigh-ins from the Charter Boat Phoenix!¬†
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