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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

The end

The last boat has backed in and the last fish has been weighed. Rodeo Executive Director Helen Donaldson finished up her 15th year as director of the rodeo. She came down to the rodeo barge and thanked everybody for coming out and making it another memorable rodeo. Don’t forget the rodeo awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at AJ’s. See you there. – Tina Harbuck

Last fish

The last boat of the 64th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo was the Cari Lynd. They had three fish that made it on the board – a 35.4-pound wahoo caught by Jeff Locke; a 15.6-pound red grouper reeled in by John Whitting; and a 16.4-pound red grouper pulled in by Robert Sconier. -Tina Harbuck

Who’s behind that mask?

The crew aboard the Lady Em with Capt. Mike Eller have done it again. Year after year they come in on the final night of the rodeo dressed in a different theme. Last year it was Vikings – this year it was Super Heros and such. They came tossing beads and entertaining the crowd. I saw Batman and Batwowman, Captain America, Superman and Superwoman. There was also a Joker and Spiderman. They did have a few fish to weigh but… Read More »

My what big teeth you have

This has been the year of strange fish at the rodeo. Just a few minutes ago, the Backlash came in with a “cubera snapper” reeled in by Kim Morgan of Texas. The snapper looked a lot like a red snapper with a black tint to it. And it had ferocious looking teeth. Anyhow Bruce did a courtesy weigh on the fish and it tilted the scales at 55.2-pounds. Capt. Jason Mikel of Backlash said that is the third one he’s… Read More »

Jaws Junior

Your Rodeo awwwwww moment came this weekend on Shark Saturday when Miss Destin Callie Kaltz weighed in 3-year-old Conner Konecci, of Gulf Breeze, who was dressed up as a shark for AJ’s kids Halloween contest.

Just call me Bruce

Will the real Bruce step forward. Brian McGee who works at AJ’s came down dressed as “Bruce” the weighmaster. Brian even had the raspy voice down as well as Bruce’s sayings “Bring me a fish I’ll make you famous.”

Nautica knows how

Anglers fishing aboard the Miss Nautica with Capt. Randy Hanshaw just got on the board with a couple of dailies. Lachlyne Eastman weighed in a 17-pound amberjack for the largest caught by a lady today. And 14-year-old Bailey Briscoe brought in a 17.4-pound amberjack for a junior daily. Boats are still out, the sun is beaming down and there’s plenty of room in the bleachers – come on down. -Tina Harbuck

Madam chairman

Rodeo chairman Ann White is already getting into the Halloween spirit of things. I’m anticipating more costumes as the day goes. Come on down to the rodeo docks behind AJ’s and join in the fun. -Tina Harbuck