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6 Jul 2023
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The annual Destin Fishing Rodeo stands as a testament to the history and angling culture of "The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village". With its roots dating back several decades, this annual event has become a cherished tradition for both locals and visitors alike every October!
Originating in 1948, the Destin Fishing Rodeo began as a small-scale fishing tournament organized by a group of local fishermen. Over the years, it became increasingly popular, so the event evolved into a month-long extravaganza that attracts participants from far and wide!
The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a celebration of fishing, camaraderie, and tradition of the Gulf of Mexico. Held from October 1st to October 31st each year, this event showcases a wide range of fishing categories, ensuring that anglers of all ages and skill levels can participate. From inshore and offshore fishing to divisions dedicated to specific species, there is something for everyone. The anglers compete for prizes, and trophies for who reels in the biggest catch in various categories, such as King Mackerel, Redfish, Snapper, and many more. Younger participants can engage in kid-friendly activities and competitions too, so this is fun for all!
This annual event is also alongside The Destin Seafood Festival, which takes place the first weekend of October to kick off the rodeo! The Seafood Festival offers live music, local food vendors, art, and so much more for visitors to enjoy! Spectators can witness the excitement unfold at the daily weigh-ins at AJ's on the Harbor, where the day's catches are measured and ranked in the contests! See below for festival schedule:
Friday October 6 | 4pm-10pm
Saturday October 7 | 10am-10pm
Sunday October 8 | 10am-6pm
The annual Destin Fishing Rodeo embodies the spirit of The Emerald Coast with its rich history, diverse fishing categories, and exciting atmosphere, the event brings together anglers from all walks of life to celebrate their shared love for the sport!
Beyond the thrill of the competition, the rodeo offers an unforgettable experience that allows participants and spectators alike to create lasting memories and form connections with fellow fishing enthusiasts. So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a curious observer, the Destin Fishing Rodeo is an event not to be missed!