Rodeo ready: All systems go for 65th Destin Fishing Rodeo


Miss Destin 2013, Caroline Oswalt, holds one of the buckets given to participants during the Captain’s & Mates Rules Meeting, which was held at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar. The 65th Destin Fishing Rodeo begins Oct. 1 with daily weigh-ins at AJ’s.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 01:00 PM.

The barge is in place and the leaderboard is up, all that is needed is a fish on the scales and the words from weighmaster Bruce Cheves — "time is."

The 65th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is set to roll on the docks behind AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar with the scales opening up at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"I'd love for that first fish to be a big old snapper," said Rodeo Executive Director Helen Donaldson.

For the first time, since 2010 the red snapper will be an eligible species for the rodeo.

With a recent ruling from the National Marine Fisheries Services, federal permitted boats will be able to land red snapper Oct. 1-14 in federal waters and recreational vessels will be able to catch red snapper in state waters, out to 9 miles, through Oct. 21.

"I'm looking for the first and second place snapper to be in the 30s," said weighmaster Bruce Cheves.

Earlier in the summer, red snapper weighing 20-pounds or better hit the docks during the shortened season.

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