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Fishing & Angling in Brittany

One sport, one hundred techniques
Colourful trawlers
Colourful trawlers
Brittany is truly the region for fishing. Fleets of trawlers with richly painted hulls, lively rivers running by lush green banks, charming fishermen's houses set in small fishing ports, stone bridges spanning blue flowing waters, ponds reflecting mill wheels - everything in Brittany's landscape of sea and river is an invitation to spend all the time in the world practising this sport at nature's pace.

The jagged Breton coastline stretching for 1700 km reveals a succession of hidden creeks, cliffs and long sandy beaches offering the varied pleasures of so many different angling opportunities beneath ever-changing skies. The very scenery changes too, transformed four times daily by the incoming and outgoing tide. Perhaps you might prefer exploring the rocks uncovered at low tide to reveal lots of surprises?

Brittany is a favourite haunt of fish arriving in great numbers at its shores. Fishing rod in hand, you can discover Brittany's best kept secrets and spend hours absorbed in this pastime. Its rivers, majestic and intimate in scale, crisscross the countryside and shelter more than 35 species of fish. It's up to you to tempt the salmon now returning to restock the freshest and liveliest of our rivers, the legendary carp hidden in lakes and the varieties of coarse fish lying in wait among water plants ready to put up a fight. The sport of sea or river angling is not just for the experienced. Don't be afraid to try your luck: there are numerous courses, accompanied sea angling trips and river fishing lessons available for beginners. As for accommodation, you're sure to find something to suit right by the water.

One sport, one hundred techniques!

Fishing & Angling in Brittany
Fishing & Angling in Brittany
Fish are plentiful in Brittany and there are many different ways to go about catching them. Shoreline methods involve spinning or surfcasting and the use of natural bait to attract sea bass, sea bream, turbot and sole to fishing lines cast into the waves. Out at sea accompanied by an expert, emotions run high on sporting trips to hunt sharks or tranquillity is the order of the day trolling for gurnard and sea bass.

Freshwater fishing draws on just as many techniques. Judge for yourself: trout and salmon are taken by worm and dead bait at the start of the season and by flies in summer; carp can sometimes be taken at night, but always require patience; pike, black bass and pike-perch fall on live bait just below the surface and on dead bait or even brightly coloured plastic lures provided you are skilful and discreet; whitefish strike at bait having been lured by ground-bait. In short, there's no shortage of opportunities to put your skills to the test! You can master such techniques or take a more modest approach and begin learning about them at courses organised throughout Brittany.

To find out where are the best lakes to fish in Brittany visit: Fishing France

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