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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June 24
History at High Noon
Noon–12:45 pm
Helen Donaldson, executive director of the Destin Fishing Rodeo talks about the popular annual fishing tournament. The event attracts over 30,000 anglers annually throughout the month of October.

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

September 25th (Thursday)
Meet Miss Destin

6:00 pm
Inn on Destin Harbor

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

2 - 4 pm
No registration fee, open to elementary school-aged children

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 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 and crafts, the wagon parade, and more.

September 30th (Tuesday)
Captain and Mate's Meeting

4:00 pm
Sponsored by Bud Light

Boats may register and pick up 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

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

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 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 8:00 – 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

Every Saturday in October is Shark Saturday. Hang "Em High" is the slogan of this year's Shark Saturday! Book your shark hunt today! 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 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 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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