Rodeo Know How

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What to Expect: Anglers fish aboard boats registered in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. And you can watch for FREE, by gathering around the scale on the historic Destin Harbor docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar in Destin from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during the entire month. You’ll get to see a broad spectrum of fish being weighed in—from Sharks to Amberjacks, Grouper to King Mackerel, Tunas to Marlin, the Rodeo has it all. According to the Destin Rodeo website, “virtually every gamefish is recognized with awards during the Rodeo.” Rodeo anglers are competing for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, awarded for both daily and overall catches.

To Participate: You can register your charter boat or private boat up to 24 hours prior to weighing in a fish. Or, there is no entry fee for an angler fishing on a registered vessel (private or charter); just book your fishing trip with one of the registered boats and your tournament entry is FREE. Shore fishermen can participate by simply bringing their catch to the scales. You can also fish by kayak, paddle board, pier, bridge, jetty, shoreline and surf – whichever you prefer! Even your children can join in the fun! Each child who enters a fish in the Destin Rodeo that weighs 1 lb. or more will receive a rod and reel, along with a participation certificate.