PADDLE-POWERED RODEO RECORD: Angler describes how sailfish took him wakeboarding (PHOTOS)

Tina Harbuck
“He towed me hard,” said the 34-year-old Moss. “It took off and jumped about 10 times.”

With the sun going down on Day 10 of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, Lance Moss of Niceville wowed the crowd when he came paddling up on a 12-foot paddleboard, straddling a 65.8-pound sailfish that was bungee cord strapped to the board.


The sailfish that measured 68-inches long took him about 3 hours to land.

“He towed me hard,” said the 34-year-old Moss. “It took off and jumped about 10 times.”

Moss said he hooked the sailfish just inside the sea buoy and that it pulled him about 6 miles offshore. He caught the sailfish on a Mitchell spinning rod and reel, loaded with 30-pound test using a live LY.

“I was wake boarding behind it,” Moss said.

Prior to hooking the sailfish that took over the top spot in the BOTE Paddleboard Division, Moss was chumming up shark.

At one point he said he had about 10 sharks around him and had even caught a couple of small ones.

But then the sailfish took the bait and Moss, who was on his fourth day to ever fish on a paddleboard, was off to the races.

As the sailfish was hoisted up from the paddleboard and onto the deck, then drug to the scales, folks armed with phones were snapping photos left and right as weighmaster Bruce Cheves announced this was the first-ever sailfish caught on a paddleboard to be weighed in at the rodeo.

The scales at the Destin Fishing Rodeo are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. throughout the month of October on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.