Like its baby sister, the Seabass Eight “Bay of Morlaix II” 9’0’#8 is one of my favorites as it is absolutely perfect for my guide business fishing for European sea bass. After my boat has been adapted for the sport, I have found the ultimate weapon for my students (of various levels) to tangle with our sea bass. No matter what size, 2, 4, 6 lbs, fun will be had if all things come together and the tackle works like a charm in the hands of the angler without fatigue, rod and line in perfect harmony. Since the tug is the drug, you will be able to feel the bite as well as any headshake and surge for the depths your opponent will use to free himself of the hook, connected! This will be true with every species you’ll be chasing: coalfish, bonefish, smaller jacks, pike, black bass, the list does not end here. The Seabass Special “Bay of Morlaix II” 9’0”#8 comes with two identical tips.
This is the all-round model of the Brittany Fly Fishing saltwater rod series. I use it all the time from early to late season and most often paired with a Striper Intermediate line in pretty much every standard fishing situation I can find here in my guiding territory, on open water as well among structure when you have to pull the fish out of any obstacle. It is also a perfect rod for sunk line work when it comes to swim a size 2/0 Clouser into 15 to 30 feet of water with fast sinking lines of the likes of 300-grain striper lines. The rod doubles as a great pike rod with regular hand long flies and for any saltwater species up to 20 lbs (permit, baby tarpon, mutton snapper, snook, jacks,) as well as coldwater species like stripers, bluefish, false albacore,). It’s obvious that it should be matched with a performance reel with an excellent drag system that can withstand all the rigors of the marine environment.
The rod builder’s note
“An 8-weight as good as they come. The blanks are on the more powerful side of the spectrum and will take any abuse you throw at them if you don’t do anything stupid! It’s probably the last bonefish rod you will ever need as it can cast a variety of lines, to discreetly present sparse blind Charlies to Bahamian tailers or a heavy Raspberry bomb to a cruising Keys giant.”