Since 1948, the Destin Fishing Rodeo has welcomed saltwater anglers from near and far to head out onto the Destin Harbor for a fun day of competitive fishing. This Destin fishing tournament welcomes saltwater anglers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the popular month-long event during October. The Destin Fishing Rodeo celebrates Destin's unique location and lifestyle right on the Gulf of Mexico with abundant sunshine, water recreation, and fresh seafood.
There are awards for just about all types of fish, including Mackerel, Marlin, Shark, Tarpon, and Red Fish. Some anglers go for the big ones, and reel in fish that weigh in at over two hundred pounds or more, while other saltwater anglers try for smaller Gulf game. Throughout the Destin Fishing Rodeo, over $100,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to anglers for daily, weekly, weekend, and overall winning catches. There are lots of opportunities to win, and with no participation fee, saltwater anglers only need a partner with a registered Destin charter boat.
For participants and non-participants alike, the daily weigh-in events on the dock at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar are always exciting, and take place from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. It is always fun to see the fish, both small and large, that the anglers haul in each day.
Throughout October, there are several kids' activities and events, including a kids' fishing day, where aspiring saltwater anglers learn the tricks of the trade. During the Destin Fishing Rodeo, celebrate Halloween on the Destin Harbor, and decorate pumpkins while enjoying tasty Halloween treats. At the end of the month, to mark another great Destin Fishing Rodeo, the community gathers for a stunning fireworks show over the Destin Harbor.