Destin Fishing Rodeo

Sponsored by Emerald Coast Tourist Development Council

2014 Program Book

October 1st - 31st, Destin Fishing Rodeo


Come join the fun....weigh-ins are FREE and open to the public everyday on the docks at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 am until 7 p.m.

Bring the sure to see our "Just For Kids" activities.
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September 2014

September 25th (Thursday)
Meet Miss Destin

6 pm
Inn on the Destin Harbor

Inn on Destin Harbor will host an Introduction party for Miss Kira Moraca, Miss Destin 2014. Captains, Crew, Anglers and volunteers are invited to this Destin Tradition.

September 26th – 28th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Ronald McDonald House BIG MAC Classic

Friday, September 26th
Registration, Captain's Rules Meeting and Dinner 4–9 pm
Registration 6:30 pm
Captain’s Meeting and Buffet 7–9 pm
Saturday, September 27th
Fishing all day, Weigh-Ins 3–7 pm at AJ's
Sunday, September 28th
Fishing all day, Weigh-Ins 12–5 pm, Awards Immediately Following

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE IN Pensacola. For more information contact Mike Wright at 850.259.6819 or visit

September 27th (Saturday)
Big Mac Classic Cane Pole Classic

Free for kids 8 and under. Cane Poles and Bait Provided
Registration 8 am
Fishing 10–11:30 am
Lunch/Awards at Noon

You can't help but smile when you see the excitement and pride on the face of each young angler as they show off their catch! It's hard to tell who's having more fun, parent or child! Lunch/Awards at Noon, on the docks behind AJs.

September 27th (Saturday)
Destin Fishing Rodeo Kid’s Kick-Off and Wagon Boat Parade

2 pm
The 66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo Kid’s Kick-Off at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar. Celebrate the Destin Fishing Rodeo by kicking it off with the Kids Wagon parade. A free family-friendly event on the Destin harbor Saturday, September 27th from 2-4 pm at AJ's. Decorate your wagon to look like a sailing sloop, charter boat, pirate ship or bathtub!!! Whatever your boat designer kid dreams up! Join AJ's and the Destin Fishing Rodeo as they bring you fun activities including face painting, arts & crafts, the wagon parade, and more. There is no registration fee, and is open for elementary school-aged children.

September 30th (Tuesday)
Captain and Mate's Meeting (September 30th)
Sponsored by Bud Light

4 pm
Boats may register and pickup captains packages at the event. Rules changes will be announced and discussed at this very important meeting. Weigh-In numbers will be assigned and angler entry forms will be disbursed.

September 30th (Tuesday)
Captain’s Calcutta Deadline

$100 fee
If Captain's want to participate in the Captain's Calcutta for 2014 the $100 fee must be paid prior to weighing any fish.

September 30th (Tuesday)
Rock the Dock Kick Off Party

6 pm
AJ's will host the 66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo Rock the Dock Party. Tobacco Rd. Band Sponsored by Bud Light.

October 2014

October 1st - 31st
66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

10 am - 7 pm
Come join us at the 66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Weigh-Ins are everyday behind AJ's.

October 5 (Sunday)
Destin 5K Rodeo Run - Run For Your Life

Clement Taylor Park - 8 am
Starts at the picturesque Clement Taylor Park on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. This run meanders through historic Destin neighborhoods and ends back at the park. Contact for more information or register online at
Destin 5K Rodeo Run (PDF)

October 18th (Saturday)
Rootin Tootin Rodeo Round-Up

9–11 am
Registration 8-8:45 am
Limited to 150 anglers, ages 12 and under
Free of charge, courtesy of the Gulf Seafood and Promotion grant
Bring your child 12 and under to the Okaloosa Island Pier for a fun-filled morning of fishing on the pier. Registration for the round-up is in person from 8– 8:45 am with fishing from and ends with lunch on the dock. The event for 2014 is strictly limited to 150 anglers and this year courtesy of the Gulf Seafood and Promotion grant is free of charge; includes pier fee for the angler and his/her parents, a tee-shirt, bait, a rod and reel to keep and lunch.

October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th (Saturdays)
Shark Saturdays

Hang Em High is the slogan of this year's Shark Saturday. Book your shark hunt today! Every Saturday in October is Shark Saturday. We anticipate seeing some monsters brought in. The largest shark every Saturday wins a cash prize. Come join the fun!

October 20th (Monday)
Kids FallFest

1-3 pm
Celebrate autumn on the Destin Harbor with the Kids FallFest, a free family-friendly event. Join AJ's and The Destin Fishing Rodeo as they bring you fun activities including face painting, arts and crafts, and pumpkin decorating. For more details please visit

October 31st (Friday)
Halloween on the Harbor!

Wear your costume and join Rodeo Captains, Anglers, Rodeo Judges, Miss Destin and staff to be a part of the largest Halloween Party in Destin. Don't miss a minute of this fun night at the Rodeo that ends with a Bang as AJ’s sponsors the Rodeo/Halloween Fireworks Finale!

November 2014

November 6th (Thursday)
66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo Awards

5:30 pm
The lucky anglers, captains, and mates will be given their prizes in a festive, fun, casual gathering downstairs at AJ's!

January 2015

January 29, 2015 (Thursday)
Annual Rodeo Membership Meeting

The meeting is open to all members of the Rodeo. Dress is casual and hors d’ oeuvres are free. AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar. This is a Members Only event. Membership fees must be paid prior to the meeting. Membership info.

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