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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

Tuna time

First came the Twilight, then came Daybreak. Both Capt. Robert Hill on the Twilight and Capt. Eric Thrasher on the Daybreak came in after 5 p.m. from extended voyages and a boat load of fish. Capt. Hill and his crew brought in 10 yellowfin tuna with two getting on the leaderboard in first and second places. Greg McCabe hauled in a 96.2-pound yellowfin for first and Temple Estopiinal had second with a 76.2-pounder. But only for a few minutes. When… Read More »

Slow go at the Rodeo

It’s a bit overcast with a slight swell in the Gulf — and not many boats out today. However, there has been two boats come in with catches for dailies. Kathy Gault pulled in a 15.4-pound king mackerel on the King Triton for a daily. At 2:17 p.m. the Suzie Q backed in with a triggerfish that made it onto the daily board. Kyle McCarthy of New York weighed in a 2.2-pound triggerfish. From the way it looks right now,… Read More »

After the rain is gone

When the rain stopped Tuesday, the fish started coming in. A little after 2 p.m., the Lock-On with Capt. John King came in from an extended voyage with a couple of scamp that made the leaderboard. Believe it or not, both scamp weighed 5.8 pounds each. So they took over first and second place on the board. Not long after, the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef backed in with a couple of fish that made it on the board for… Read More »

Anglers fight ‘like hell’ to bring in big sharks

“It was like hell for a little while,” David Griffen said of his battle with a bull shark. The first shark of the second to the last Shark Saturday was lugged onto the docks at about 2 p.m. It weighed in at 96.6 pounds. The shark was “pissed off” when they got him to the boat, and the Hinesville, Ga., angler said his arms were aching after the fight. But the thrill of it all has Griffen hooked on shark… Read More »

Feds make Jack hit the road

The final amberjack of the 2009 season rolled in at 3:20 p.m. Friday after a blustery day that left three anglers hospitalized. In a surprise move that irked fishermen across the Gulf Coast, the feds closed the season at midnight Friday. Here’s what Destin anglers and captains think about the Fed’s action. And here’s what we think. The final ’jack of the 61st Destin fishing Rodeo weighed in at 16.8 pounds and was caught by David Fisher of Bellfonte, Penn.… Read More »

Rain, rain go away …

With the rain falling and the Gulf churning, not much happening at the Rodeo docks. As of about 1 p.m., only one fish had been brought to the scales — a 6.2-pound king mackerel that had been caught off the pier. The catch brings the count of fish entries to 643. I’m told that there is at least one boat still out — Capt. Mike Eller on the Lady Em. Also I understand that the Tropical Winds will be pulling… Read More »

What’s left?

T-shirt sales have been incredible at the Destin Fishing Rodeo. And word is, they are already out of a lot of sizes. As a matter of fact, I know the particular color I want in a long-sleeved shirt is already gone. So if you’re looking to get a Rodeo T-shirt don’t wait much longer. There will be no more reordering of the shirts. As for fishing news today – it was Rough on the Gulf. Capt. Jim Green of the… Read More »

Catch and release

Once again it’s been proven – You just never know what’s going to take the bait. All you can do is drop it down and wait. For the folks aboard the First Shot, they were fishing on the bay side looking for something to enter in the Rodeo. “We caught something in the bay, that’s even hard to catch in the Gulf,” said Capt. Mike Dates of the First Shot. They brought in what they first thought might be a… Read More »

Pulling the trigger

The sun is out and it’s a beautiful day — at least at the Rodeo docks. I understand, however, it’s a little choppy out on the Gulf of Mexico. So not many boats have brought in fish thus far to day. Weighmaster Bruce Cheves said he has weighed about four – a king mackerel, barracuda, trout and a triggerfish. Gordie Pepper of Ohio was the angler on the triggerfish. He caught a 5-pounder while fishing on the Silver King with… Read More »

Waaaho instead of weeeho

This year’s Rodeo has seen a number of wahoo brought to the scales. And as Capt. Mike Graef of the Huntress put it “they’ve been waaaho’s not weeeho’s.” In other words, they have been pretty good size – nothing wee about them. As a matter of fact, the top two on the board right now is a 59.2 and a 58.2-pounder. And a 71.8-pounder is leading in the Extended Voyage category. Monday afternoon, Capt. Graef and his crew brought in… Read More »