Bridge Night

Recently, I learned that October 20th is National Bridge Day. Fortunately, this is recognition of the potential fish structure and not the dull couple’s card game. A bridge is not just a means to get to a fishing location; if it spans water, a bridge may actually BE the destination.

Keith Sutton, author of The Crappie Handbook, notes that bridges make great crappie structures, especially the concrete piers when the water is cool. “The piers warm up on sunny days, and crappies are attracted to this warmth.”

Captain Clay Eavenson of frequents bridges near Tampa, Florida. “Our bridges act very much like giant artificial reefs. They attract huge amounts of baitfish which in turn attract the game fish.”

When pressed for what kinds of saltwater fish, Capt. Clay shared that species such as tarpon and Spanish mackerel may migrate near during warmer months but, “gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and several species of shark hang around pretty much year round.”

And Bassmaster Elite Pro Aaron Martens has had great success by seeking bridges in tournaments. He shared several of his strategies for bass with Field & Stream.

Any bridge that has part of the structure in the water not only serves as substrate for microorganisms and cover for small fish, but often provides water access for the angler both for fishing a deep channel and/or landing fish. Be sure to check for any bridge rules and regulations. And please be courteous and share the bridges as anglers, pedestrians, and boaters may be in close quarters.

When it comes to fishing a bridge, deal me in.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.