09/14/2011 // Destin, FL, US // GulfLink // Joe Scurto
October 1st 2011 will kick off another Fishing Rodeo in Destin Florida. Since 1948 anglers and excitement seekers eagerly anticipate this momentous annual event. Over $200,000 will be awarded to the best catches of the approximately 30,000 entrants — numbers higher than any previous year. Spectators, too will number in the thousands enjoying the Seafood Festival that coincides with the Rodeo.
The Destin Fishing Rodeo truly enjoys a lively and beloved history. The first few Rodeos included some memorable prizes – a brand new kitchen to the King Mackerel winner and a lot in Destin valued at $500 – a price that evokes a laugh from realtors and landowners today! Apart from the prizes changing to include stocks, vacations and cash the Rodeo rules have expanded as well. The 1948 Rulebook recognized 15 eligible species and a few divisions and now it’s grown to 33 species and 29 divisions. Such expansion has created a platform for anglers of all ages and skill levels to experience the thrill of participating in this amazing tournament.
All of Destin enjoys this event and local businesses go out of their way to impress visiting fisherman and their families with their best seafood and entertainment. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of volunteers look forward to daily weigh — ins with a cold beer in hand. Many times it’s only possible to see the big shark or tuna catches from a balcony overlooking the docks or by watching the evening news.
There is no charge for entering the competition but private boats 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 either- a tradition that has made this event so popular and well-received for over half a century. There are also plenty of local accommodations to choose from.
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