71st Destin Fishing Rodeo

It’s the most wonderful time of year for the fisherman in Destin, Florida. October 1st – October 31st is the 71st Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo fishing tournament. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is Destin’s longest-running tradition and a heck of a lot of fun!

The rodeo was started in May of 1948 as a way to attract tourists to the Emerald Coast….any visitors to Destin in May can tell you that it worked! Eventually, the fishing tournament was pushed to October to lengthen the “season” and continues to be one of the local’s favorite times of the year.

All ages are welcome to participate in the Destin Fishing Rodeo as anglers/ spectators. All kids that weigh-in are given a free fishing rod!

The fishing tournament has various divisions for age, lady anglers, boat size, pier fishing, and even paddleboard angling! Daily through October, anglers weigh in their catch (only fish in season and legal to bring in) between 10 am and 7 pm at the rodeo, located on the Destin Harbor at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar. Even if you are into fishing, check it out – the crowds are lively and the scales are exciting!

Get your name on the leaderboard! Come fishing with Pelican Adventures in Destin and you’re automatically entered into the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Book your trip now through October 31st and you are in, let’s get you a WIN! Prizes range from a t-shirt to fishing gear and gift certificates and all children participating recieve a FREE fishing rod!

Pelican Adventures offers all types of fishing and all of our fishing vessels are registered boats in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Join us for a private charter starting at 4 hours (up to 3 days) and a shared group charter as well as on our multi-passenger party boat. Call (850) 650-3825 for more information or book online here.

Good luck to all of the rodeo participants and see you at the weigh-ins!