Brittany Bassett (@Brittany BASSett on Instagram) prefers to fish alone. It’s nothing personal. However, in her experience as a woman who fishes, there always seems to be someone who wants to watch what she’s doing or offer advice. Or judge.
But Bassett doesn’t need your help. She knows exactly what she’s doing, can handle it just fine. And frankly, enjoys the solitude.
“I love the peace and quiet. I get into my own world and don’t worry about what other people are thinking,” she says.
The Southern California (Wildomar) native enjoys getting out on the water after work to relax and shake off the stress of the day. Although she started fishing as a young girl, she “got away from it” and didn’t rediscover the joy of reeling again until 2010, when Bassett got hooked on bass fishing.
Fortunate to have some top-notch fisheries in her area — like Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore — Bassett now spends as much time as she can chasing crappies, channel cats and of course, largemouth bass.
Bassett’s passion for bass angling has even taken her to the coast, near San Diego, where she can target inshore salt/brackish species like spotted, (barred) sand, and calico (kelp) bass.
Bassett has even taken her inland bass boat out onto the bays for saltwater fishing tournaments. While she enjoyed the competition and felt good about her performance, she realized that her vessel was not the most seaworthy once the chop reached a certain height.
“I may need to go out in a different kind of boat next time I’m on the bay,” she says.
She enjoyed the tournament and the competition and hopes to do another one, but Bassett is nervous about being relegated to the back seat.
“I know that if I want to fish tournaments, it’s what I have to do, though,” she says. “I just have to do it.”
Given the confident reeler that she is, we have no doubt she will.
Something that helps Basset feel more confident is the equipment she uses.
“I use a Daiwa baitcaster, and it’s never failed me,” she says. “I use the same gear in both freshwater and saltwater, and it performs equally well in both, so I don’t have to even think about switching.”
Whether she’s chasing largemouth in Canyon Lake or calico bass off San Diego, Bassett likes to use an underspin bait on 25-lb. test line. Sometimes she’ll use a rattletrap, if conditions dictate, or if she’s not getting a reaction bite, Bassett may switch to a jig.
But if she could only pick one bait out of her tackle box, she’d fish her underspin from Coolbaits Lure Co.
However, she caught her biggest bass so far — a 9 pound, 12 ounce hog on Canyon Lake — on a “slow-rolling rattle trap.”
It was the night of a super moon.
“I was all by myself, and I when I saw how big it was, there was no else around. It’s too bad there was no one there to share it with, but it was still an incredible moment,” she says.
And then next day, she was out fishing again.
“For me, fishing is about the challenge,” she says. “I’m addicted to it. I may catch the biggest fish I’ve ever caught, but I’m going to go out the next day and try and do better.”
And the fish had better look out for Bassett.
Follow Brittany Bassett’s outdoor adventures on her YouTube channel.