Pink Rubber Boots Fishing Rodeo at Sandestin®

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Laurie Hobbs
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
(850) 267-8261

Annual Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeo Series
to be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Marina

Destin, Fla – Pink rubber boots and sequined tank tops aren’t exactly what you would expect to see at a typical fishing tournament, but there isn’t much about the Fishin’ Chix that is typical. The Pensacola-based women’s fishing group will cast its reels from the Baytowne Marina on Sept. 20 for the annual Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeo Series; the docks at Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort might never be the same.

The Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeo Series, sponsored by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, is one of three Fishin’ Chix tournaments along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. The fishing festivities begin with the Captain’s Meeting on Thursday along with a special fishing seminar presented by pros from the Chevy Florida Fishing Report, group activities from fashion shows to beauty seminars on Friday and the fishing tournament on Saturday. No experience … no problem—the tournament attracts women at all skill levels, ages four to 72.

Claudia Espenscheid, chief executive officer and founder of the Fishin’ Chix, considers Sandestin a natural choice for the Destin tournament. “Sandestin has been my favorite place to visit for 20 years,” said Espenscheid, “but I always think of the Gulf (side). There are so many amazing things on the bay (side) with the marina and the Village. It’s just the perfect venue for the tournament.”

According to Espenscheid, at least half of the women in the tournament have never fished. “Everything is about fun,” she said. “This is a high-end, turnkey adventure.”

So what about those pink rubber boots? Espenscheid said it’s part of the fun of the Fishin’ Chix experience. “Our motto is to inspire and fashionably attire adventuresome women,” she shared. “The tournament is a weekend of fun, camaraderie, sisterhood and enjoying the outdoors.”

From its Pensacola roots, Fishin’ Chix has become a national phenomenon with more than 800 members throughout 16 states. The organization’s Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeos are not only a great way for women to come together on and off the water, but also to help support Covenant Hospice’s children’s programs and Guy Harvey’s Ocean Foundation.                                                                  

To get hooked on the Fishin’ Chix and The Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeo Series, register online at, or for more information call 850/916-4444.

Participants can make it a girls’ getaway weekend and take advantage of fall rates at Sandestin starting from just $119/day at The Bayside Inn or $139/day in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Book your fishing stay today by calling the reservations department at 800/470-7389, or book online at

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort ( offers the most complete resort experience in North America.    Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages.  It is located in Northwest Florida, between Pensacola and Panama City.  A member of Beaches of South Walton, a 26-mile stretch of world-famous sugar-white sands, Sandestin invites guests to enter its world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. The resort boasts more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues.  Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management (, a world leader in operating and managing destination resorts.