Bug Light: Popular Artificial Reef and Live Bait Spot Demolished

Captain Bouncer Smith catches a mackerel near Bug Light on December 15, 1997. Photo Courtesy: SUE COCKING / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

South Florida anglers got a shock this past weekend when they went to catch live bait at perhaps the most popular artificial reef in the region: Bug Light, a decommissioned navigational marker in Biscayne Bay off Cape Florida that has served as a haven for bait fish and roosting sea birds for decades, was gone.

“A sad, sad day,” Miami charterboat captain Terry Claus texted. “It affects the weekend fisherman as well as the charter boats that relied on the bait that congregated there. That was the best artificial reef we had out here and they just ripped it out and towed it off.”

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