Sign up for the 2019 Destin Fishing Rodeo

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Sign up for HERE for the 2019 Destin Fishing Rodeo NOW with Panhandle Fishing Charters. Reserve your boat today to fish in the ultimate fishing tournament for salt water anglers of all ages.

The Destin Fishing Rodeo began in May of 1948 to bring people to Destin. It worked! Destin shortly became known as a summer tourist destination and “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.  

The Rodeo founders, people such as Howard Marler, Jewel Melvin and Willie Marler, decided that moving the Rodeo to October would lengthen the tourist season another month. Today the Rodeo is held October 1- 31.

Destin Fishing Rodeo Registered Fishing Boats

  • Book your fishing trip now with one of our registered boats and your tournament entry is FREE.
  • Open Everyday – October 1st through October 31st

On behalf of our fishing fleet and local community, we welcome you to participate in the best fishing rodeo that you will ever experience. Year after year, our anglers return to catch the big one! Our fishing fleet and community work all year in preparation for your arrival.

For more information visit or call Panhandle Fishing Charters at 850.226.3127 …………EMAIL:

Destin Florida Boat Charters

 The Captains & Their Fleet

Destin Florida Bay Fishing Boat Charter

Captain Joey

Joey developed a passion for fishing at a young age, learning the ropes from his dad and “Gramps.” At just 15, Joey was hired as an independent mate, one of the youngest ever on a well-known fishing charter boat in the Destin Harbor. Then, Joey decided to obtain his 100 Ton Captain License at the age of 18.

In 2013, after being the captain of several other vessels, Joey decided to open his own charter fishing company, Panhandle Fishing Charters. Capt. Joey prides himself on safety, service, and customer satisfaction and looks forward to providing each customer with a memorable experience on the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay.

Capt. Joey has the following credentials to run a safe and smooth charter:

  • 100 Ton Captain License
  • USCG Certified
  • Maritime Consortium Drug Card
  • CPR Certified
Inshore Destin Fishing Charters

Captain Adam

Capt. Adam grew up in Indiana freshwater fishing as a kid. He moved to Destin in 2010 and began his adventure in saltwater fishing on a party boat in Destin. From there, he moved on to blue water fishing offshore on larger vessels. Between 2010 and 2014, he had done it all, so then he decided to obtain his Captain’s License. He worked with other inshore companies between 2014 and 2017 and ultimately decided to join Panhandle Fishing Charters. Capt. Adam has been with the business for two years and is a huge part of what makes our company successful. He specializes in light tackle gulf fishing and bow fishing. He’s been bow fishing for 15 years and can teach the beginners how to successfully bow fish. Capt. Adam truly enjoys being on the water and you can tell by the smile he has on his face the entirety of the trip!

Capt. Adam has the following credentials to run a safe and smooth charter:

  • 100 Ton Captain License
  • USCG Certified
  • Maritime Consortium Drug Card
  • CPR Certified
Night Fishing Bow fishing charters

20′ Custom Carolina Skiff

This boat allows for plenty of room for friends and family during your bow fishing or fishing excursion.

Our Skiff is one of only two in the area that provides nighttime bow fishing! Take advantage of this unique opportunity and book a charter now!

2013 Skeeter SX240

Our 2013 Skeeter SX240 is the boat that helped start Panhandle Fishing Charters. This boat is used for our Kids, Gulf, and Bay Fishing Trips. Additionally, it can be used for Daytime Bow Fishing.

The SX240 is powerful for the open water, yet agile enough to navigate shallow inlets. It boasts plenty of space for family, friends, and all the gear for a one-of-a-kind Destin Fishing Charter experience!



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