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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

Big finish (with RESULTS and PHOTOS)

WOW –¬† what a finish to the 63rd annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. We had new fish to go up on the leaderboard today from a 19-pound king mackerel caught on a kayak, to a senior who was “feeling lucky” and took over the blackfin category in the senior division, and a guy with a 66.2-pound amberjack on a private boat. We had people dressed in their Halloween attire. Miss Destin Peyton LoCicero dressed as a “Queen Mackerel” made a grand… Read More »

Clocked in

Weighmaster Bruce Cheves has said for years, that if you bring it down he will weigh it. Over the years, Cheves has weighed all sorts of fish, buckets of fish, babies in carriers, people and even a rattle snake. Earlier this evening he got the chance to weigh his third gator during the rodeo. But tonight he got the chance to hoist the unbelievable. Capt. Craig Mann and the crew aboard the Mary Lou came backing in with something covered… Read More »

We’ve got gator

Charlie Mullins and Ellis Woods have done it again. About 5:30 this evening the two guys came hauling up – there second gator this month – to the rodeo scales. They couldn’t have picked a better time. The bleachers were full and the crowd went nuts. They hoisted the gator on the scales and weighmaster Bruce Cheves announced the weight at 257.6. They hurried took some pictures as the Mother Lode backed in with a load of fish. The gator… Read More »

Fish coming in

Jason Zabelski of Fort Walton Beach walked down with an 8.8-pound bonito for the first official fish entry of the day. His fish is 1,054 entry. The next to go up on the board were three fish caught on the No Doubt with Capt. Buddy Godwin. Brian Le, 11, weighed in a 17.4-pound amberjack and a 2-pound triggerfish, while his father, Dung Le, weighed in a 6.2-pound red grouper. The sun is starting to warm things up – so come… Read More »

Redfish and rough seas

Before lunch the Inshore Angler with Capt. Josh Nelson came pulling in at the rodeo scales with a couple of redfish to weigh. They weighed in a 6.6 and a 6.4 pound redfish, but neither were big enough to get on the baord. Capt. Nelson said they headed over towards Shalimar this morning to get bait then came back towards Destin to fish. “It was 4-feet in the bay,” Capt. Nelson said. “It was pumping … it was serious,” he… Read More »

Windy Shark Saturday

It was a windy day down at the rodeo, but that didn’t stop people from heading down for the month’s last Shark Saturday. Longtime Destin residents Greg O’Dell and his wife, Debbie, have been in the stands about 6 times this month with their three yorkies. “If I go back and look my old T-shirts, I’d say I’ve been coming to the rodeo since the ’70s,” Greg told The Log. “It’s fun.” While he mostly just watches the fishing action… Read More »

Sun setting on the Rodeo

One of the great things about the Rodeo is that the finale when the scales close and the big fish come in collides wit the beauty of the setting sun. This video from Jason Parkhurst shows an Oct. 25 time lapse of the sun setting behind the charter boat fleet docked in the Destin harbor.¬†CLICK HERE.  

Friday fish tales and rodeo cuisine

There weren’t many fish hanging around at the rodeo Friday afternoon, but plenty of rodeo-goers were in the bleachers waiting for some angler action. “There was probably a 1,000 pounds of tuna down here last night,” weighmaster Bruce Cheves told the crowd. Despite a lull in the action today, Cheves took advantage of the downtime to entertain people with some his famous stories. Twenty years ago, “the only ones hanging around were people on boats,” he said. “Then one day… Read More »

Mingo madness

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a person get so excited over a small fish. Well it really wasn’t that small for the type of fish it was – but either way, C.W. Towers was one excited man when weighmaster Bruce Cheves weighed in his mingo at 4.4-pounds. His mighty mingo took over the top spot in the party boat division for mingo. He was fishing with Capt. Cliff Cox on the Sweet Jody. Anyhow when Bruce called… Read More »