For anyone who likes saltwater fishing, Destin is the place to be and October is the time to be here. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages, and it’s open every day from October 1 through October 31.
More than 30,000 anglers are expected to participate throughout the month as contestants in the tournament. They will be competing for prizes in numerous divisions that are so diverse that literally anyone and everyone has the opportunity to fish in the contest. Anglers can choose to fish in divisions categorized by type or size of boat, from charter boat to party boat to private boat to kayaks. Some divisions are organized based on types of fish, such as the Billfish Division, the Offshore Division, or the Inshore Division.
Those who don’t fish from boats can enter the Pier, Bridge, Jetty & Surf Division. Ladies can choose the Ladies Division, and there are even separate divisions for seniors and juniors.
Within nearly all of the divisions, first and second prizes are awarded for numerous species of fish. And just to make sure everyone is covered, there’s even an OddBall Division with prizes for the largest legal fish not in the Rodeo.
Even more numerous than the divisions are the number of prizes to be awarded. Nearly all of the divisions provide awards for multiple species of fish, with awards of $200 for first place and $100 for second. Many daily, weekly, and overall prizes are awarded. The largest awards are for the three largest wahoo caught, with prizes of $3,000 for the largest, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Altogether, over $100,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded over the course of the Rodeo.
Entry fees are very affordable. While a $25 fee is required for most anglers age 15 and over (entry is free for those fishing from boats registered in the Rodeo), those 14 and younger fishing from the pier, bridge, or jetty owe no fee.
Speaking of affordable, many of the main events are free and open to the public. Those are the weigh-ins that take place every day throughout October. These weigh-ins are exciting for both the anglers and the spectators. Viewers can also keep track of their favorite anglers and captains by means of the Rodeo Leaderboard.
October in Destin literally offers something for everyone. In addition to the Destin Fishing Rodeo, the Destin 5k Rodeo Run will also be held on October 8. Awards will be given for multiple categories of runners. Walkers, kids, and wheelchair participants - ALL are welcome! The Destin Seafood Festival will take place October 6-8. Admission is free. Don’t forget the beautiful scenery that is always there to enjoy!
At The Henderson, we will offer several special events in honor of the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Each Saturday in October, our culinary team will demonstrate how to properly filet a fish. Also, our Salamander Spa will offer complimentary NuFace Wonder Brow Add On treatments for those booking caviar facials.
Yes, October is a great time in Destin, “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village!” Call 855-845-4881 to book your room today!