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Rodeo Rap

See what is biting in the October fishing tournament.

AJ’s hooks 60th Rodeo

The Rodeo’s board of directors voted that AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar would, once again, be the host of the 2008 and 2009 Destin Fishing Rodeos. AJ’s and Legendary’s HarborWalk Marina both submitted bids in August to host the 60th Destin Fishing Rodeo next year and again in 2009. “Both bids were very competitive,” said Rodeo executive director Helen Donaldson. “But we just couldn’t discount everything that AJ’s has done for us in the past. We are looking forward to… Read More »

Rodeo by the numbers

8: The fish caught on the first day that held their top spots on the Rodeo leaderboard. 2: Fish cleaned by Miss Destin 2007, Emily Kaltz, a king mackerel and a dolphin. 700+: Number of rods and reels handed out to junior anglers during the month of October. Each angler under the age of 12 who weighs in a fish of at least a pound receives a certificate and a free rod and reel, courtesy of AJ’s Seafood and Oyster… Read More »

Home of next year’s Rodeo to be announced Friday

Choice for Rodeo ’08 down to two Two area businesses are vying to play host to the 60th edition of Destin’s longest-standing tradition. At the end of August, AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Marina turned in bids for the consideration of the Destin Fishing Rodeo’s Board of Directors. The board met in September to review the proposals and will meet once more before making their decision public on Nov. 9 at the Rodeo’s awards dinner. AJ’s Seafood and… Read More »

Party’s over

It was like the day after Christmas down on the docks this morning. All that remains of your excitement, anticipation and euphoria are a few scraps of wrapping paper and despite all your shiny, new stuff, a sinking feel of letdown. The leaderboard, empty bleachers and the bizarrely wide open space where the scale once swung is all that remains to remind us of what was just last night so much a part of everyday life in Destin. It’s the… Read More »

Last fish in

Danny McGinnis of Anniston, Ala., weighed in the last fish of the 59th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo about 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night. Not only was his amberjack the last fish, No. 790, but it became a first when it tilted the scales at 76 pounds. He took over in the Amberjack Division, daily largest and weekly. He was fishing aboard the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes, who is known for bringing in the whoppers when it comes to Rodeo fishing.… Read More »

All Dressed Up …

The final day of the Rodeo brought out all kinds. Roman Centurions, devils, wet T-shirt contestants, a patient with his behind exposed and the rare pink spotted grouper all prowled the docks on this Halloween night. Rodeo officials with shark hats circled the harbor — a tip of the hat to the 844 pound shark that was seen ’round the world. Even Miss Destin Emily Kaltz got in the act donning a garbage can as the Trash Can Slam. At… Read More »

Somber Celebration

Tonight before the last night celebration at the Destin Fishing Rodeo drifts toward felonious behavior, Rodeo weighmaster Bruce Cheves will pay tribute to those lost in the past year. Long a Rodeo tradition, Cheves has assembled a list of names of those from Destin’s fishing community and from the community at large that have passed away in the past year. When he deems appropriate, Cheves will ask the crowd to be quiet and he will ring the bell once for… Read More »

Decked out

The crew down at the Rodeo is starting to get in the festive mood. Rodeo Chairman Tim Broom is already decked out and I’m sure others will be as the day progresses. The weather is great and the boats are out, which means they will be coming in with lots of fish. Don’t forget the scales close today at 7 p.m. for the last time for the 59th Rodeo. -Tina Harbuck

Trick or Treat?

Those attending the Rodeo’s last night tomorrow at AJ’s will probably be in for a little of both. The last night of the Rodeo is always a pretty festive occasion. Weighmaster Bruce Cheves, Rodeo chairman Tim Broom and others will likely be dressed up in their ghoulish best. Cheves will also be partaking in one of his favorite Halloween pastimes – fish gut art. The art happens when Cheves loads a cannon with fish guts and other equally nasty components… Read More »

King of the docks

The last shall be first. Such was the case for the crew aboard the Perfect Shot. Perfect Shot was the last boat in Monday evening, but it was worth the wait for the crowd gathered on the docks at AJ’s. Just minutes before 7 p.m. (close of scales), Capt. Brady Bowman and his crew backed in at the Rodeo scales with a whopper of a king mackerel. A couple of hours earlier, we had received word that Capt. Bowman had… Read More »