When it comes to fishing at the Destin Fishing Rodeo, for most it’s about getting on the big overall leaderboard. But sometimes it’s just as good to get on the daily leaderboard.
On Monday we had some catches that made both boards.
John Watson of Tennessee came in with a 44.6-pound king mackerel caught aboard the 100 Proof with Capt. Allen Staples. Not only was it the largest king of the day, but it is now second place on the overall board in the charter boat division.
Landon Easterly, also of Tennessee, came in with a 5.2-pound mingo to take first on the daily board and first place on the big board. He was fishing with Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress.
Mindy Simmerley of Arkansas hauled in a 39.2-pound wahoo to take second place on the overall board in the ladies division for wahoo. Her catch was also the largest by a lady for the day, thus she made the daily board as well. She was fishing with Capt. Brady Bowman on the Bow’d Up.
However, the largest wahoo of the day and making the daily board was a 44.8-pounder pulled in by Tom Miller of Wisconsin while fishing with Capt. Jim Westbrook on the New Florida Girl’s American Spirit. Capt. Westbrook was hoping to make the big board with the wahoo in the party boat division. They missed it by just a pound. Miller’s catch is still good for a rodeo T-shirt.
Capt. Scott Whitehurst aboard the On The Bite and his angler from Ohio weighed in a 30.6-pound barracuda for a second place spot on the big board on Monday.
Earlier in the day, Kermit Miller weighed in a 4.6-pound sheepshead for a spot on the leaderboard in the Pier, Bridge, Jetty and Surf Division. Miller said he caught the sheepshead in the bay near Valparaiso on a fiddler crab. His catch was also good for a daily.
About 5:30 p.m., Dustin Service of Navarre came walking up with a cooler bag of fish. He weighed in a 25.4-pound king mackerel and a 4.8-pound Spanish mackerel that he caught aboard his kayak – tagged Kaddy Yak. His Spanish was big enough to get on the big board in the kayak division.
One of the last fish of the day was a 5.8-pound redfish pulled in by Kevin Sitzer of Tennessee, who was also fishing aboard a kayak, named Tigers Blood. He also made the big board in the kayak division.
You just never know what’s going to hit the docks at the rodeo, but it’s a daily kind of thing. You have to be there or you’ll miss it. Don’t forget the scales are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.
See you at the docks.