Brittany Bassett – BD Fishing Chick
BD is happy to introduce our next Fishing Chick, Brittany Bassett. She tells her story of how she came to love fishing and hunting so much.
BD:Where do you live?
Brittany Bassett:I was born and raised in Wildomar, California.
BD:What is your occupation?
Brittany Bassett:I work at Stater Bros. Market, a grocery store found only in Southern California.
BD:What are your other hobbies?
Brittany Bassett:I just got into hunting this past year so I’ve been focusing on that. I really enjoy snorkeling, hiking, and pretty much anything outdoors.
BD:Who or what got you into fishing?
Brittany Bassett:When I was younger, my family would camp at our local lake or go to the river almost every weekend during the summer. I’m pretty sure I remember my mom telling me they bought me a fishing pole to keep me occupied since my older sibling didn’t always want me tagging along. So I sat on docks and shorelines catching carp and little bluegill.
BD:How long have you been fishing?
Brittany Bassett:Once I got into high school, I focused more on sports, so the camping trips and the fishing pretty much stopped. But around 2010, I started dating a guy who’s family went on trout fishing trips to the Sierras and I was reminded how much I loved to fish.
BD:What types of fishing have you done and where?
Brittany Bassett:I’ve gone fishing for rainbow trout up in the Sierras, deep-sea fishing for bluefin tuna, yellowtail and calicos from San Diego to San Clemente Island, and the Coronado Islands in Mexico. I’ve fished the canals of Calexico and Parker, AZ for smallmouth bass. But mostly fish local for largemouth bass.
BD:What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Brittany Bassett:Largemouth bass fishing will always have my heart, whether I’m on a boat, my float tube, or fishing from shore, it’s always my go-to.
BD:What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Brittany Bassett:For many years now I’ve wanted to travel to the Amazon for peacock bass fishing.
BD:What part of fishing do you like the most?
Brittany Bassett:Well every part of it. Deciding what lure is best for the moment, making that perfect cast knowing there could be the biggest fish of your dreams sitting there waiting to eat it. The hookset is a feeling that is hard to describe and listening to that drag screaming gives me chills. The feeling of landing the fish gives me the greatest feeling of independence and accomplishment.
BD:List some of your proudest moments in fishing, i.e.…catch highlights, tournaments, etc.…
Brittany Bassett:There’s quite a few that have stuck with me. I won’t forget enduring a 4 hour, rough-as-all-hell boat ride on a 21-foot Boston Whaler to go catch my first 130-pound bluefin tuna. I will never forget that experience. Then there was the time I was fishing one of my first SBS tournaments and hooked and landed my first legal halibut. But what takes the cake is when I caught my current personal best, 9lb 12oz largemouth bass. No one was around because it was the middle of the night and I was ecstatic and shaking uncontrollably.
BD:What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Brittany Bassett:A few other aspects of me would be that I am the only person in my family that hunts and fishes. And they are all supportive of me doing so, I’m sure it’s because they love the fresh fish and meat. That’s ok though,
I love it enough for all of us.