It’s that time of year again.  The beaches are less crowded, the wait at restaurants is shorter, and the Destin Fishing Rodeo is back!  Fall is the one of the best times of year to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm water of the Gulf of Mexico.  When October arrives, head to Destin. Join locals for all the excitement, weigh-ins, and fresh seafood of the annual fishing rodeo.

Every day in October, eager fishermen sail into the Gulf to reel in the big one.  And every night the docks in front of AJ’s are packed with spectators. Crews unload their bounty, weigh fish, and update scoreboards. Of course, there is plenty of friendly competition to see who is topping the leaderboard in each category.

Now, the real excitement happens every Saturday with the shark weigh-ins. If you want a good seat, be sure to get to “Shark Saturdays” early. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Gulf’s most infamous predator is on display. During these events, there is standing room only by the floating docks.

Even though crews come from all around the country to compete in the Fishing Rodeo, it’s the perfect activity for the whole family. Not to mention, the harbor has food, fun, and of course, fish.

When you’re not at the weigh-ins or on the white sand beaches, listen to live music.  Enjoy football on the big screen or explore the shops of HarborWalk Village. Of course, if you want to try your luck in the world’s luckiest fishing village, you can find a captain for a day on the Gulf.  

Don’t wait for next year to experience the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Make your way to the world’s luckiest fishing village this fall! Book your Destin vacation rental today.