The Destin Fishing Rodeo began in May of 1948 to bring people to Destin. It worked! Destin shortly became known as a summer tourist destination and “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for salt water anglers of all ages.
The Rodeo founders, people such as Howard Marler, Jewel Melvin and Willie Marler, decided that moving the Rodeo to October would lengthen the tourist season another month. Today the Rodeo is held Oct. 1- 31.
Weigh-ins are everyday on the docks at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 am until 7 pm. Everyone is invited! Share in the fun and excitement as anglers show off their winning catch of the day. When a shark or a big grouper or tuna is on the scale, the crowd reaches “standing-room-only” status.
Want to participate? Find out more here.