Destin’s Bridge Rubble is ace fishing hole

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 08:28 AM.

It's been 35 years ago since tons of rubble from the old Destin Bridge was dumped just south of the East Pass, but the fishing spot known today as the Bridge Rubble still produces fish.

"It always produces fish," said Capt. Tommy Browning of the Finest Kind.

"It produced a lot of fish and it was good fishing," Browning said of the early days of the reef that is located about 1 1/2 miles south southeast of the pass.

Amberjack, red snapper, grouper and triggerfish were just a few of the species Browning said they caught.

Even today, he said, they still troll over it and pull in some king mackerel and cobia.

Capt. Harold Staples, who moved here in 1973, a few years before the Bridge Rubble was dumped, said the reef always is full of fish.
Staples recalls that in the early days of the rubble, "it was so close to the pass, nobody was fishing it much to start."

However, Capt. Irby Windes, who has since passed away, started coming in from half day trips loaded down with big triggerfish.



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