October 01 - 31, 2023

Going to Destin Fishing Rodeo?

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Destin, Florida is known as the “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World,” so where better to try hooking a prize-worthy fish than at the Destin Fishing Rodeo? This event takes place throughout the whole of October and sees tens of thousands of anglers making their way to the Sunshine State. 

The Rodeo has many divisions, both for rookie anglers and experienced fishers. You can stalk the flats for Redfish, troll for King Mackerel, catch Speckled Trout from a pier, or fish the deep for White Marlin and Swordfish. There’s the opportunity to win anything from branded rods and reels to cash prizes.
Fishing in Destin is on fire all around the city during October, but the specific spots you’ll want to explore depend on the division you’re competing in. Destin Bay’s East Pass jetties are perfect for beginners looking to hook Redfish. The Gulf’s nearshore artificial reefs boast King Mackerel, Amberjacks, Mahi, Snapper, and Grouper, and DeSoto Canyon is a must-visit for those entering the Billfish division. 
The Rodeo is often the busiest time of the year for Destin’s charter captains, so we’d recommend booking your trip with them as early as possible. Many captains offer tournament-specific trips that can be catered to suit the division you want to compete in. Your fishing license will also be included on the trip. 

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Top Targeted Species in Destin

Red Snapper

King Mackerel (Kingfish)


Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Gag Grouper


Vermilion Snapper