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

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

Another chance for some big bucks is in the AJ's AJ Bonus Award. The angler hauling in the largest amberjack of the tournament takes home $3,000. Second place is $2,000 and third $1,000.

And the children are always big winners. Each child who enters a fish will receive a free rod and reel as well a certificate recording the species and weight of the fish they caught.

The Rodeo has expanded on the ground at AJ's with the merchandise trailer and Rodeo office getting upgrades. The rodeo HQ now sports a big deck out back. In front of the merchandise trailer is a touch tank where folks will be able to get an up-close look at fish.

"We've got lots of stuff going on in the plaza," Donaldson said.

The scales will be open daily on the docks behind AJ's from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through October.

"I'm ready; let's go," Cheves said.

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