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Fishing Rodeo Kicks off with a Big Catch

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

When it comes to Destin recreation , there seem to be endless options in the area. We are two days into the Destin Fishing Rodeo and there has already been excitement. On opening day, the first shark was caught and it was no baby. A Destin charter boat brought in the beast and it weighed in at 188 lbs, 6 feet long. This naturally brought a crowd to the docks to check out the catch. We are hearing a lot about this rodeo but what is it all about? The Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place the entire...
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The Catch of Summer

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

The month of June means only one thing to anglers in Destin and surrounding areas....The Blue Marlin Classic. What better way to reel one in knowing a cash prize is on the 'line'? The bigger the bite the bigger the pot waiting for you back at the dock! Ranked 5th Richest Tournament in the world by Marlin Magazine,  The Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin offers a huge pay-off for categories such as: Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Tuna, and Wahoo. The three that weigh the heaviest of each category...
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Sandestin's Big Catch

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Gulf Coast’s season for Blue Marlin is here! The perfect time for anglers from all over to gear up and head to the Panhandle for the catch of the year! Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in beautiful Destin, Florida is in on the action once again with their Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic June 20-24. Ranked among the top 10 Big Money Tournaments in the world, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic invites all captains and their crew to spend four days in the Gulf of Mexico ...
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Destin Fishing Rodeo Continues its Beloved History in 2011

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

October 1st 2011 will kick off another Fishing Rodeo in Destin, FL. 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...
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Destin Fishing Rodeo Welcomes All Kinds

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It’s “Game On” for the Destin Fishing Rodeo. “I think there’s a competition going on for that first fish,” Rodeo executive director Helen Donaldson said Tuesday morning. In the last couple of weeks, “There has been some people talking smack about catching the first fish,” she said. Today at 10 a.m. when the scales open for the 60th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo folks will get a chance to see who can produce. The angler who brings in the first fish will win a trophy sponsored by MeLasers. Donaldson...
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Destin Captains Are Happy to Keep Their Snapper Season

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008

A most unusual sight could be seen Thursday afternoon in Panama City Beach — fishermen giving state regulators a standing ovation. Such was the scene at the end of a nine-hour meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Board of Commissioners Thursday at the Bay Point Marriott. Regulators discussed whether the state would follow the lead of the federal government and clamp down on red snapper in its waters. The FWC board heard hours of public testimony from area elected...
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Snapper Showdown

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2008

Shawn Phillips has nine reasons to oppose a shorter season and lower bag limit of red snapper in Florida’s waters. Phillips, the wife of Destin charter boat Capt. Stan Phillips, is the mother of nine and fears for her family and other Destin charter boat families as the industry faces tightened restrictions. On Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet in Panama City. Among the items up for a vote will be a recommendation from...
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AJ's to Host 60th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Destin Fishing Rodeo isn’t changing its October address. 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...
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Emily Kaltz to reign over 2007 Destin Fishing Rodeo

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Emily Kaltz, a 16-year-old junior at Fort Walton Beach High School, was crowned Miss Destin 2007 Saturday night at the Miss Destin Pageant. Standing with her eight fellow contestants on stage in front of an audience of more than 200, Kaltz was all smiles and tearyeyed as master of ceremonies Christian Garman announced her as the judges’ choice. Kaltz, daughter of Mark and Susan Kaltz of Destin, was presented with a Miss Destin 2007 sash, a sparkling tiara and a bouquet of roses. “I’m shocked....
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Shark Tourney Best of All Ideas

Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007

The fate of the Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament could be decided as soon as next month. Dr. Timothy Holcomb, president of the Destin History and Fishing Museum’s board of directors, said when the board meets on March 13, the topic of the hotly contested shark tournament is bound to come up. Members of the museum board met Tuesday with South Walton businessman and conservationist M.C. Davis and representatives from the regional and national offices of the Humane Society of the United States...
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Shark Tournament Uncertain

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A shark tournament in Destin in 2007 is not a done deal and the director of the event’s sponsor said its future is “uncertain.” On Tuesday, South Walton businessman and conservationist M.C. Davis, representatives of the regional and national offices of the Humane Society of the United States met with members of the Destin History and Fishing Museum’s board to discuss the future of the tournament. John Grandy, senior vice president of the Humane Society, said the meeting at the museum was aimed...
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Destin Fishing Rodeo

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The 58th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is in the books -- and looks to have been a major success. Helen Donaldson, executive director of the Rodeo, said the month-long event, which closed for the year Tuesday night, drew crowds that solidified the Rodeo as a community mainstay, despite a couple days of nasty weather. “Finally this year has proved what I’ve been saying for a couple of years now and that is that the Rodeo is a spectator sport,” she said. “Despite three or four bad weather days, we...
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