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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

Daily does it

Anna Laura Howard got on the daily board with this 11-pounder caught on the Home Grown. Standing from left are Kellar Meeks, Anna Laura, and Capt. Preston Muller.

Junior catch

Gabe Eastep just weighed in a 8.2 pound king mackerel caught aboard the Huntress with Captain Mike Graef. Gabe, 7, of Illinois like all young anglers won a free rod and reel and certification of his catch.

Kids are always winners

Austin Brady, 8, shows off his 7-pound king mackerel he caught. His catch was good for a certificate and free rod and reel. All children are winners when it comes to Rodeo Fishing. Wishing him well is Miss Destin Sydney Curry. –TINA HARBUCK

Big Mac Classic leader

Bethanie Pearman of Freeport just weighed in a 15.4-pound king mackerel caught on the Reel Chill. Her catch is currently the daily leader in the Big Mac Classic. If her catch holds through the day – the Reel Chill could be taking home $100. –TINA HARBUCK 

Wahoo on the wahoo

Matt McGill, center, hauled in a 41.8 pound wahoo while fishing aboard the Wahoo on his birthday. “It was fighting hard,” McGill said.  He said the fish ran and then jumped right at the last. He said it took him about 15 to 20 minutes to get it to the boat. –TINA HARBUCK

Charter boat king

Chris Ferrell of Georgia hauled in a  32.6- pound king mackerel while fishing with Capt. Scott Robson on the Phoenix.  His catch is leading in the charter boat division.

Big King

Young William Sexton weighed in a 37.6-pound King Mackerel for spot on the leaderboard in the under-25 division-he was fishing with his dad – William on the  SS Mullet.

First Fish

Jeannie Volpe of  Alabama pulled in a 3.2-pound Spanish mackerel for the first fish of the 68th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. She was fishing with Capt. Steven Pixley on the Big Deal. — Tina Harbuck

Been there … done that … got the T-shirt

One of my many favorite things about the Destin Fishing Rodeo are the T-shirts. The rodeo has several different designs – traditional – shark and more. Come on down and check them out. You can find the merchandise trailer near AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar along Destin harbor. — Tina Harbuck

It’s Rodeo Eve

It’s just a matter of time before the first fish is weighed in at the 68th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. The scales open at 10 a.m. Saturday morning on the docks behind AJ’s  Seafood and Oyster  Bar. Come on down and enjoy the afternoon … listen to the weigh master  Bruce Cheves tell his tales and watch the fish roll in. –Tina Harbuck