Bass fishing in Brittany

Bass fishing in Brittany

Bar de Etel

Etel at low water
Etel at low water
Etel at high water, on a very high tide, this area can not be stood on as waves are riding over it.
Etel at high water, on a very high tide, this area can not be stood on as waves are riding over it.
small turbot caught at etel just 25 meters away from sea wall
small turbot caught at etel just 25 meters away from sea wall
3 small bass, the smaller fish were only kept because they would have died swallowing the hook.
3 small bass, the smaller fish were only kept because they would have died swallowing the hook.

Bass fishing in Brittany

 Just 40 min away from the Brittany holiday cottage is my favorite fishing venue at the 'Bar de Etel'. It was a bright sunny day and high tide was at 3pm so I decided to have a crack at the Bass, catching 4 in total of which one was a keeper.

I arrived a little later than I would have liked at 12 pm and started fishing with 2 rods using 3 rag worms crammed on an Aberdeen no 1 long shank hook. I like to keep the rig very simple and use a 1m hook length tied to a swivel, then the main line is attached to the swivel with a free running lead on a clip swivel and 2 rubber beads to protect the swivel knot from the weight.

I cast one rod out into the current at the mouth of the estuary while the other was cast straight out at around 100-110 meters to be in the main current.

I caught 3 small Bass which to be honest the bites were hard to see with the strong tidal run and with weed on the line were not noticed until they broke the water. Then around 10/15 min before high tide I received my best bite, nice and direct and struck into a noticeable fish, what a difference and joy it is to actually feel a fish kick and after a few minutes I landed a 1 1/2 Bass. Of the 4 fish - 3 including the bigger were caught on the rod cast out into the middle of the estuary 110m into the main current.

After high tide the actioned stopped and with just one box of worms left I went down to 1 rod and cast out as far as I could and let the tide take out all my line on the reel, I thought I had 2 bites with each try but what seemed ages to retrieve all the line in all I caught was a great deal of weed.

The Bass run all year but the bigger Bass are around between September and January.

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