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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

It’s a wrap for 2015

Dave Boudreau weighed in a 50.6-pound grouper for the last entry in the 67th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo – No. 905. His catch, which went  up on the scales at 7:19 p.m., took over first place in the Extended Voyage Division in the grouper category. He was fishing with Capt. Mike Eller on the Lady Em.      

Photo finish

Rodeo photographer John Brashears weighed in a 10.4-pound Almaco Jack for a second place spot  on the leader board in the Extended Voyage Division. He  was fishing aboard the Lady Em with Capt. Mike Eller. Wishing him well is Miss Destin Alyssa Bettinger.

Birthday catch on final day

Paula Edmonds pulled in a 21.8-pound blackfin tuna on a her birthday for a spot  on the big board in the Extended Voyage Division. She was fishing with Capt. Mike Eller on the Lady Em. Wishing her well is Miss Destin Alyssa Bettinger.

Board changer on closing night

It was a big evening at the Rodeo. Vera Soong of Birmingham got on the board with this 23.8-pound  blackfin tuna she caught on the Destiny with Capt. Dennis Kendricks. Her catch finished in second place in the Party Boat Division.

Bug tuna

Kathy Eller landed a 23.8-pound blackfin tuna for a spot on the daily board. She was fishing with her husband Capt. Mike Eller on the Lady Em.

We’ve got another hammer

Drew Downey, of Tennessee, landed this 217.4-pound hammerhead shark to take over first place in the Charter Boat Division of the 67th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Downey was fishing aboard the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Ben O’Connor. “It’s way bigger than anything I’ve caught before,” Downey said, noting before the shark the biggest fish he’d caught was a 16-pound carp. “My left arm is killing me,” he said. It took him about an hour to land the prize winning shark.

Last fish of day

Craig Tatum of Fort Waltin Beach weighed in a 17.2-pound King mackerel for a spot on the leader board. He was fishing on the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox. Tatum’s catch was entry No. 763 and last of the day.