FISH FLASH: Seven still in the running from Day One

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

With less than a week to go, there are still seven fish in the running from Day One in the 67th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo that wraps up Saturday.

The fourth fish entry of the rodeo, and still holding, was a 6.6-pound redfish caught by Pete Strategos aboard Destin Bay Charters with Capt. Brandon Wright. His catch is in second place in the Inshore Division.

Dustin Service of Navarre came in on Day One with a 5.2-pound Spanish mackerel caught aboard the Caddy Yak. His catch is largest Spanish in the Non-Motorized Vessel Division.

In the Reef Division, Matt Thistle of Hot Springs, Ark., is still on the board from Day One with a 26.6-pound cobia caught on the Swoop II with Capt. Matt Wheeler.

Heather Frye of North Carolina pulled in a 14.4-pound barrel fish while fishing aboard the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes for a spot on the board in the Reef Division and is still holding.

In the Party Boat Division, Ronald McCoy of Panama City reeled in a 16.2-pound Almaco Jack on Day One while fishing on the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox and it’s still in first place.

Glen Teagen of Kentucky came in on first day of the Rodeo woth a 12.6-pound black snapper that is still sitting in first place on the leader board in the Charter Boat Division. He was fishing with Capt. Jason Hallmark on the Vengeance

The biggest fish caught on Day One and still at the top was a 51.8-pound wahoo caught on the Big John with Capt. Todd Allen. John Martin of Crestview was the angler who reeled in the whopper.

As for Sunday, there were a few game changers on the big leader board as weighmaster Bruce Cheves likes to call it.

John Wasko of Destin pulled in a 2.8-pound sheepshead while fishing aboard The Boat for a first place spot in the Inshore Division.

Julie Ritter of Forth Worth, Texas came in with a 24.2-pound blackfin tuna for a second place spot on the board in the Ladies Division. She was fishing with Capt. Brady Bowman on the Bow’d Up.

Hunter Weems of Fayetteville, Ga., came in with a 25.8-pound blackfin tuna for second place on the big board. He was fishing aboard the Lady Em with Capt. Mike Eller.

Felix Alejandro of Georgia pulled in an 8.6-pound scamp while fishing on the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox for a first in the Party Boat Division.

Rob Carraco of Miramar Beach came in with a 15.4-pound bonito for a first place spot in the Offshore Division. He was fishing with Capt. Jason Hallmark on the Vengenace. Carraco also had a 37.6-pound grouper for a second place spot in the Charter Boat Division.

With four fishing days left in the Rodeo, anything can happen.

See you at the scales.