An Enduring Fishing Tradition

The Destin Fishing Rodeo




sean murphy

When the Destin Fishing Rodeo was young, onlookers at the weigh-in used Brownie Starmite cameras to capture images of a big kingfish hanging from the scales. Today, a far different device, which would have been thought impossible when the Rodeo was first staged in 1948, prevails. Once, people thought populations of Gulf fishes inexhaustible, you know, like passenger pigeons, but now they are governed by many fluid regulations. But the Rodeo is more remarkable for what has not changed. 

It remains a delightful reflection of our fascination with the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf-farers and the special species who live there, some red fish, some blue, others of many other hues. 

 

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