Capt. Todd Allen of Big John to fish one last Rodeo


After five decades of fishing, Capt. Todd Allen, whose roots run deep in the fishing village of Destin, will be fishing one last Destin Fishing Rodeo in October before putting the Big John up for sale.

Allen, 61, has been fishing out of Destin as long as he can remember.

As a matter of fact, when asked when he started fishing, his quick reply was when he was born.

Allen said he was about six months old when he went with his mother Dale Maltezo Allen on his grandfather’s boat, the Capt. Nick, a 63-foot wood boat.

Allen’s grandfather was Capt. Nick Maltezo, one of the early fishermen of Destin, who moored his boat in the same slip where Allen now has the Big John, on Destin harbor at 306 Harbor Boulevard just east of the Boathouse Oyster Bar.

The Maltezo family were shipbuilders who came to the United States from Greece in the late 1800s and later settled in Destin.

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