If the door stays open, the Destin Fishing Rodeo will have triggerfish in the lineup of available species for a prize this year.
Triggerfish, which was closed all last year, was opened earlier this year from March to May. And now with another opening of triggerfish set to begin Aug. 1, the Destin Fishing Rodeo is looking to find a spot for them in the 70th annual fishing event.
“If they happen to still be available … still legal to catch in October we’re gong to put them on the daily board,” said Destin Rodeo Chairman John Brashears.
The triggerfish would be put on both daily boards for the big boats and the smaller boats. Winners of the daily prizes receive a Rodeo T-shirt.
The Rodeo board of directors was hesitant to put it on the overall leaderboard for the month.
“We’re not putting it on the big board because you can’t plan for it,” Brashears said. “They could have an emergency closure at any time.”
The last time the Destin Fishing Rodeo had triggerfish in the lineup of eligible species to weigh was in 2013.
Although they open up on Aug. 1, charter boat captains who are on the Rodeo board are doubtful that they will be available in October.
Roy Crabtree, regional administrator of NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, told The Log via email this week that he did not know how long the fishery would remain open.
“It will close once the catch limit is reached,” he said.