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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

Last fish in

Danny McGinnis of Anniston, Ala., weighed in the last fish of the 59th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo about 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night. Not only was his amberjack the last fish, No. 790, but it became a first when it tilted the scales at 76 pounds. He took over in the Amberjack Division, daily largest and weekly. He was fishing aboard the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes, who is known for bringing in the whoppers when it comes to Rodeo fishing.… Read More »

All Dressed Up …

The final day of the Rodeo brought out all kinds. Roman Centurions, devils, wet T-shirt contestants, a patient with his behind exposed and the rare pink spotted grouper all prowled the docks on this Halloween night. Rodeo officials with shark hats circled the harbor — a tip of the hat to the 844 pound shark that was seen ’round the world. Even Miss Destin Emily Kaltz got in the act donning a garbage can as the Trash Can Slam. At… Read More »

Somber Celebration

Tonight before the last night celebration at the Destin Fishing Rodeo drifts toward felonious behavior, Rodeo weighmaster Bruce Cheves will pay tribute to those lost in the past year. Long a Rodeo tradition, Cheves has assembled a list of names of those from Destin’s fishing community and from the community at large that have passed away in the past year. When he deems appropriate, Cheves will ask the crowd to be quiet and he will ring the bell once for… Read More »

Decked out

The crew down at the Rodeo is starting to get in the festive mood. Rodeo Chairman Tim Broom is already decked out and I’m sure others will be as the day progresses. The weather is great and the boats are out, which means they will be coming in with lots of fish. Don’t forget the scales close today at 7 p.m. for the last time for the 59th Rodeo. -Tina Harbuck

Trick or Treat?

Those attending the Rodeo’s last night tomorrow at AJ’s will probably be in for a little of both. The last night of the Rodeo is always a pretty festive occasion. Weighmaster Bruce Cheves, Rodeo chairman Tim Broom and others will likely be dressed up in their ghoulish best. Cheves will also be partaking in one of his favorite Halloween pastimes – fish gut art. The art happens when Cheves loads a cannon with fish guts and other equally nasty components… Read More »

King of the docks

The last shall be first. Such was the case for the crew aboard the Perfect Shot. Perfect Shot was the last boat in Monday evening, but it was worth the wait for the crowd gathered on the docks at AJ’s. Just minutes before 7 p.m. (close of scales), Capt. Brady Bowman and his crew backed in at the Rodeo scales with a whopper of a king mackerel. A couple of hours earlier, we had received word that Capt. Bowman had… Read More »

It’s all about tradition

When it comes to the Destin Fishing Rodeo, there is a lot of tradition — after all it’s an event that’s in its 59th year. One tradition that was started four years ago by Miss Destin Amanda Sumrall is gutting a fish. Day after day, fish come in and weighmaster Bruce Cheves has his hands full gutting the fish before they are hoisted onto the scales. Of course he has help from Richard Laedeke and Ann White. But four years… Read More »

No place to go

It’s almost the end and the count of fish weighed in at the Rodeo is at 726. It’s a bit breezy out, which means big waves — which means there’s no telling how many fish will be weighed today. However the sun is shining and the scales will be open until 7 p.m., so come on down to the docks behind AJ’s. You never know what might come in. Late last night we had one of those unusual catches come… Read More »

Charter children fish too

Sure the charter boats stay busy throughout the month of October with the Rodeo, but the captains still take time for their kids. On Saturday, Capt. Steve Lathi took his daughter Katrina Ann out fishing on the Lucky Lina – and luck was with them. The 13-year-old landed a 17.4-pound amberjack to get on the leaderboard. Yes, the children of charter boat captains have their own category in the Rodeo. And getting on the board is nothing new for Katrina… Read More »

First billfish

Twelve-year-old Cody Williams of Fort Walton Beach took a swim in the harbor this afternoon. Why, would you go swimming on a chilly afternoon, you might ask? Well it wasn’t because he wanted too. He did it out of tradition. Young Williams landed his first-ever billfish while fishing with Capt. Mark Walker on the Bounty Hunter. And tradition at the docks calls for first-timers to get tossed in the water. The youngsters pulled in a 52-pound sailfish and found a… Read More »