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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

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.

Pier king

Local angler Dalton Morrison weighed in a 19-pound king mackerel in the Pier Bridge Jetty and Surf Division for a first place finish. He was fishing on the Navarre Pier.

Junior juggle

Not 30 minutes after the Special K came in with a Junior blackfin tuna – the Huntress came in with an even bigger one. Paul Vandamme, 8, of Destin weighed in a 20.8-pound blackfin to take over second in the Junior Division.    

A Special Junior catch

Kye Callahan, 11, of Indiana shows off his 18.6-pound blackfin tuna that took over second place on the leader board in the Junior Division of the 67th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. The young man was fishing aboard the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe. Wishing him well is Miss Destin Alyssa Bettinger. In addition to getting on the board, he also won a free rod and reel and certificate of his catch.    

Rodeo T-shirts reel in customers

The fish are not the only draw at the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Year after year, folks come back time and time again to check out the latest in Rodeo wear. The T-shirts, come in all sizes, sporting various designs and have been flying out the window of the merchandise trailer. “Sales have been brisk. We’re already out of some sizes and colors. But there is still plenty to be had” said Rodeo Executive Director Helen Donaldson. Pictured here, Diane Davis,… Read More »