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

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 01:00 PM.

But when it's rodeo time, the captains go after the biggest and best in hopes of landing a spot on the leaderboard.

"In the last several years we've never had less than a 1,000 fish or more weighed in — oil spill and all," Cheves said

"Everything is going to be open this year," Cheves said. "Amberjack, grouper, triggerfish … we're going to start out with all of it."

So with all the fish seasons open and eligible for entry, all systems are go.

As of noon Thursday more than 70 charter boats had been registered along with about 60 private. However, Donaldson expects more in the next couple of days running up to the start of the Rodeo on Tuesday.

"We're up and running and really excited," Donaldson said.

Prizes range from $200 tackle gift cards to Rodeo trophies. Anglers will get four chances to take home $250 for the largest shark weighed in on Shark Saturday's.

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