Rodeo kick-off party

Tina Harbuck

AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar was rocking Friday night as captains and mates entered in the 71st annual Destin Fishing Rodeo turned out for the annual Captain's Meeting followed by the Reel Local Rodeo Kick-Off Party.

Captains who had not yet registered their boats got a chance to do so. There was also free food and beverages for captains and mates.

After the meeting indoors, the party moved outside where the Luke Langford Band entertained.

Fishing for the Rodeo began Tuesday with the scales opening at 10 a.m. on the docks behind AJ's.

The scales will be open daily throughout the month from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.