Record Rodeo in the making at AJ's: Fishing finale on tap with fireworks and costumed fun


Check out this 27.2-pound wahoo caught Oct. 22 by 12-year-old Case Rhodes of Tennessee on the Swoop II. His catch was the largest of the day by a junior.

Tina Harbuck
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 16:31 PM.

With every fish that is weighed and written up, a record is being set in the 65th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo on the docks behind AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar.

"We are making history every time we do a weigh in," said Tracy McCraw, AJ's director of marketing. "Why not be a part of that history and be here when the last fish comes in."

The scales are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the docks behind AJ's. As of close on Day 25 of the Rodeo, more than 1,350 fish had been weighed in, 150-plus more than the record of 1,182 fish entries set in 2008.

"Not only have we had a number record of fish, record number of T-shirts sold, we've had a record number of volunteers," said Helen Donaldson, executive director of the Rodeo. "We have been so busy we've had to call in extra volunteers on the busy nights" to man the judges table as well as the merchandise trailer.

Alan Laird, owner of AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar was not surprised one bit by this rodeo for the record book.

"There is only one thing better to me than setting records," Alan said with a grin and a slight pause, "that's breaking them! It's these moments that I live for!"

And you'll not want to miss the final hours or the last five days of the month-long event.

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