The Destin Fishing Rodeo

In May of 1948, “The World’s Luckiest Little Fishing Village” began an annual event to bring visitors from around the country to the emerald green waters of the gulf coast. What started as a small, local event has grown into one of the most competitive fishing tournaments in the country.


The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a must-do experience for anglers of all ages. Every October, fishing enthusiasts cruise the salt water on private and chartered boats, aiming to bring in huge tuna, grouper and even shark. Land the biggest fish in any of several categories and become eligible for over $100,000 in cash and prizes!

All Aboard for the Rodeo!

With 29 divisions including, Junior, Teen Ladies and Senior – there’s a place for every competitor. Prizes are awarded for over 30 species of fish, so no matter what you reel in, you could win! Rodeo rules are adjusted as state and federal fishing regulations change, so please be aware of all current regulations.

Know the Ropes

Both private and charter boats must register to enter the Rodeo at least 24 hours prior to weighing a fish. There is no entry fee for anglers on registered vessels. Shore fishermen can participate by just bringing their catch to the scale. can match you up with the perfect charter boat for you and your crew. A great adventure awaits with an experienced local captain to guide you to the best fishing spots the gulf coast has to offer. Remember – entry to the Destin Fishing Rodeo is free with a registered charter boat.  


Destin Fishing Rodeo has weigh-ins at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar in the Destin Harbor from 10am – 7pm daily during the month of October. You must declare your intended division at the time of your fish weigh-in. Excluding bonus prizes and jackpot awards, anglers cannot win multiple awards for a single fish.


Bring the whole family to see the all the amazing fish brought in by talented anglers from around the world. It’s a good idea to arrive early whenever a large weigh-in is possible – and that could be any day in October!


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