This isn’t our first rodeo, it’s our 71strodeo, and we can’t wait for you to join us. For years, anglers from around the world have known that October means an entire month of exciting fishing and competitive action in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island. With 31 days of tournament action, it only takes one lucky catch to secure your spot as a daily winner, and maybe even a rodeo champion.
The 71stDestin Fishing Rodeo will see anglers from all over put their skills to the test as they fight for hours to reel in the biggest wahoo, king mackerel, blackfin tuna, grouper, and more. With winners recognized in several different divisions, the rodeo is open to anyone who loves to fish, including everyone from kids to seniors, men and women, charter and party boats, those who stay close to the shore, and the adventurous types taking extended voyages. Participation is free to any angler fishing aboard boats registered in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Weigh-ins will be held every night at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, were you’re invited to hangout, chat with other rodeo attendees, grab a bite, and see everyone’s catch of the day.
Whether you’re just bringing your lucky lure, or the whole family, there’s more than enough reasons to extend your stay to a few days, a couple of weeks, or all month long. Sure, fishing is what brings the thousands of participants to Destin each year for the rodeo. In fact, fishing is what built our community, and Destin is even known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” However, what started as a small commercial fishing village more than 150 years ago, has grown rapidly into one of the world’s premier beach destinations.
From lounging in the Florida sun on sugar-white, powder-soft sand, to splashing in the emerald-green waves found along the shore, our beautiful beaches are one of a kind. But, don’t stop at the beach. The Heartof Florida’s Emerald Coast is home to endless adventures. Explore sprawling nature preserves and parks perfect for bird watching or seeing some of our local wildlife up close. Get your heart racing with Jet Ski and boat rentals, or even rides at local, family-friendly amusement parks. Or slow things down a bit with relaxing paddleboard, kayak, and canoe excursionson the calm waters of the bay. And take the ultimate culinary adventure with Gulf-to-Table dining options serving fresh seafood caught a day or a few hours before reaching your plate. Plus, with all that fishing you’ll be doing, bring your own catch of the day to participating restaurants where an award-winning chef will turn it into an unforgettable meal.
However, one of the best activities you can enjoy in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island is relaxing in the perfect accommodation for you after a fun-filled day of fishing. Whether you’re traveling to the Destin Rodeo alone, with your friends, your family, or a large party, the variety of accommodation types on and off the beach fit any taste or budget. With private rentals offering many of the amenities of home, luxurious resorts directly on the beach, several hotel chains to host large groups, and even a romantic, adults-only bed and breakfast, anglers of all kinds are sure to find their home away from home in the Heartof Florida’s Emerald Coast.