destin-fishingHave you ever challenged yourself in a fishing tournament. Well, this is your year to do so. Destin, Florida is known for it’s fishing and its fishing contests. Any good fisherman would appreciate the challenge and fun in catching “the big one” and winning a prize and recognition for fishing skills. Why not come to Destin and try your luck and skill at winning in one of the exciting fishing tournaments in 2015? Here’s some useful information on the big tournaments open to you this year.


The Destin Fishing Rodeo, established in 1948, is the fishing tournament for saltwater anglers that has no real equal. It’s for all ages and is open every day from October 1 to October 31. This rodeo is free for any angler fishing aboard one of the registered boats in the rodeo. Weigh-ins are every day on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, and fishing runs from from 10 AM until 7 PM. Both private and charter boats are welcome. Also, fishing on the bridge jetty is free for fishers 14 years and under. There is a $25 fee for anglers 15 and over. There is plenty of competition since over 30,000 people compete throughout October for over $100,000 in cash and prizes, and there are daily, weekly and overall prizes, as well as Junior, Teen, Ladies and Senior Divisions. And remember that every game fish is recognized for awards during the Destin Fishing Rodeo. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing inshore for King Mackerel, offshore for Marlin or Sailfish, or going into the deep sea for Red Snapper and Grouper. Everyone is in the running for great prizes! Any child who catches a fish in the Rodeo that weighs 1 lb. or over will get a rod and reel along with a certificate! The tournament is located on Destin Harbor, 1/4 mile East of the Destin Bridge at 103 Stahlman Ave., Highway 98, Destin, Florida. All the fishing awards are sponsored by local businesses or through entry fees and merchandise sales. There are weigh-ins every day on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 AM to 7 PM, so bring the entire family to watch the Big Fish get weighed! All weigh-ins are free and are open to the general public.


The Destin Cobia Tournament runs from March through April 30 and is located at Harborwalk Marina in Destin. The Destin Cobia Tournament begins with the first cobia is caught and weighed by a boat officially entered and the tournament ends on April 30 at 8 PM. The Destin Cobia Tournament is presented by HarborWalk Marina near the Emerald Grande at Sandestin Resort and is a month long competition that attracts anglers from all over northwest Florida. It gives anglers an exciting fishing challenge and an excellent shot at reward and prizes. The heaviest fish win a cash prize, and free photos are made with the winning catch. There are also fun events and great live music in the Village at Baytowne Wharf, where the tournament is located.


The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin Baytowne Marina is fishing the northwest Florida Gulf Coast’s major marlin tournament. This competition gives angling teams a shot at winning major cash, while also enjoying the luxury experience at Sandestin Resort. And check out the Hog’s Breath Annual Cobia Shootout on April 3 through April 4. So take your pick and start fishing!