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No country in the world can offer sea fishing in the same class as Northern Norway. The combinations of the Gulf Stream and Arctic Ocean together with Norway's strict commercial fishing policy have actually created an increase in the big coastal cod and halibut populations! With strict commercial limits Norway leads the way in fisheries management. The coastal cod stocks have shown an increase in recent years. See more.
Big Cod - In spring/early summer big shads produce due to the bigger cod being lazy. As the water warms in the summer the big Cod take the pirks with zest. Drifting over underwater reefs and structures, you can often drift for 30 - 90 minutes at a time find the bait fish and you will find the Cod. You can fish in 30m to 200m deep.
Big Coalfish - Coalfish patrol the mid and upper levels. During the daylight hours of night time in the north they drive the baitfish shoals to the surface. The method is to drop your pirk down into the bait fish and make a fast retrieve, the big coalies smash into the pirk with aggression so a lightly set drag is essential. Use smaller hooks than you would for Cod and pirks generally in the 200g - 250g size. Red/Black and Silver are good colours.
Halibut - They can strike at any time, when winding up small Cod and Coalies or when pirking near the sea bed. If targeting them use a coalie dead bait or a large shad. There are lots of known halibut areas and 200 kilo fish have been landed, with fish exceeding 400 kilos for comercial fisherman. If you hook into something huge that stripes your spool, its usually a monster halibut.
Do not be tempted to fish with heavy 50lb class outfits. This is unnecessary and you will loose fish, as invariably they are far to stiff to use with non strtch braid and tend to rip hooks out. Always ensure all lures are rigged with very strong split rings and swivels, and if targeting big Cod, Coalfish, Ling or Halibut be sure to upgrade your trebles to 10/0 & 12/0's. Slim line Jigs are becoming increasingly effective when fitted with either trebles or assist hooks. Finally makes sure your knots are 100% reliable, especially leader to braid knots, always ensure that the reel clutch is correctly set, otherwise youwill loose fish. 4 piece travel rods are the best rods to use in Norway, which are not only much more conveniant for travel, they reduce your baggage weight.
Chrome, Silver/Green and Silver/Blue are the most effective colours in northern waters. Shads, pirks and jigs all work well.
Very strong swivels and split rings are critical, a number of large fish are lost each season to poor gear. Halibut to 400 pound plus have landed on rod and line. Cod have been caught to 126lb commercially.
Norway Fishing Locations
The number one sea angling destination in Norway. The catch rates here just get better and better. Huge cod potential in March/April. From May to September the fishing gets better and better as the fjord warms and more food/baitfish move in attracting vast numbers of predators. There's always fish around, early on they shoal up more tightly but as summer progresses the fishing gets better as more fish shoals move in and are more evenly distributed. Here you fish relatively sheltered waters, targeting underwater features around 40 to 70 metres in depth. It's boat drift fishing, covering quite a bit of ground each drift. Big cod are in abundance with doubles and twenties common. 30's and 40's are caught most weeks and there's the chance of much bigger cod. The Halibut fishing is exceptional, usually producing bigger numbers from August onwards but in 2008 the halibut turned up in numbers in April! Lots of species, great fishing reasonably close to the lodge and a great setup with all the facilities of a smalltown close by.
The town has 2 supermarkets, cafes, restaurant and 2 bars. Tackle shop and shops for all your needs. All surrounding a scenic harbour.
In September the big coalfish are around and the halibut and cod fishing is still very good. High summer is May to August with daylight hours at their longest, 24 hours of daylight with the potential to fish right around the clock. The fishing in the daylight hours of nightime is usually the best, a unique experience. The sea generally flattens right out and fish feed on the shallower marks.
Excellent fishing for cod, coalfish, halibut, haddock close to the cottages. Spring time you catch big cod to 40 pounds and big wolffish to 20 pounds plus. Big coalfish 20 to 30 pounders in July through to September. Summer cod fishing is brilliant May to September. Halibut is best July to September. Stunning scenery, great fishing, away from the crowds. Boats, come with echo sounders and GPS. 18 foot aluminium with 30hp outboards.
About 2 hours from Tromsø in the Lyngen Fjord near the junction with the Rotsund Fjord. Beautiful views of the Lyngen Alps, quiet location and great fishing.
Reasonably sheltered fishing for cod, halibut, haddock and coalfish. Your hosts at Lyngen Havfiske will offer advice on what and where to catch and they keep a yearly 'big fish' log. Skippered fishing is available on Lyngen Havfiske's own boat (8 hour trips - max 4 anglers) and for 2009 a larger boat (6 to 10 anglers) will be available for day trips (or even longer trips with full board facilities on the boat).
The nearest shop is 1km away and can be reached on foot or by using your boat. There is a cafe 100m from the cabins which sells a variety of snack meals. A communal barbecue area is available to guests. There is an excellent fish gutting and cleaning facility on site.
Alongside the Nordlenangen fjord in the North West of the Lyngen Peninsula overlooked by the impressive Lyngen Alps. Lyngen Havfiske is 90km from Tromso.
Flight to Tromso then private transfer or car hire by road and short ferry crossing (total transfer time approx. 90 minutes).
This is an excellent area for cod, halibut, coalfish etc. Charter boat fishing with a local guide is available. Especially recommended is guided spring fishing in February and March when the really big migrating cod and large halibut are around. It is possible to book these trips for shorter durations with 4 nights accommodation and 3 days guided fishing. It is possible to hire rods and reels and there is a well equipped tackle shop on site.
The nearest shop is 18km away and Lauklines have a car available for hire for shopping trips (approx. £30 for 3 hours) or taxis can be booked (approx. £60). There are no restaurants or bars at Lauklines but meals can be organised for small groups (pay locally).
Lauklines is situated by the waters edge in Kattfjord on the island of Kvaloya (Whale Island), amid picturesque coastal and mountain scenery and only 35km from Tromsø.
By private transfers or self-drive car hire. The island of Kvaloya is connected to the mainland by road bridges so ferry transfers are not required. The private transfers take under an hour and include a short stop for shopping. Taxi/transfers can be arranged for additional shopping trips at a modest fee.
Sheltered fishing in Solberfjorden for Cod, Halibut, Coalfish, Redfish and Wolf fishetc. Recent catches have included several cod over 45lb with one at 57lb. Skippered fishing can be aranged. Rod and reels available for hire.
The nearest shops are located in the nearby town of Sorreisa and it is possible to hire the camp minibus to do your shpooing. Alternatively, you can give your hosts a shopping list and they will fetch the goods for you. There is a sauna, solarium and outside hot tub.
Situatedin the troms area of northern Norway overlooking Reisfjorder only a 30 minute drive from Bardufoss Airport.
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Sea Fishing Norway
Norway offers sea fishing holiday in a class of its own - simply world class!
If sea fishing is running through your veins - Norway has it all. Stunning scenery, generally sheltered sea fishing, a huge choice of species and a chance to beat your personal best big cod, big halibut, coalfish or wolfish as well as many other species.
Anglers World holidays have spent years researching coastal sea fishing in Norway. To experience huge catches of quality fish this is the place to visit, the sea fishing simply gets better the further north you go.
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The combination of the gulf stream and the Arctic ocean, together with Norway's strict commercial sea fishing policy has resulted in an increase of big coastal cod and halibut populations.
Our clients frequently report 30 40 50lb cod each season and 60 to 70lb cod are caught occasionally. Haddock can also weigh into double figures, huge halibut exceeding 300lb are also reported in these waters, usually in late summer into early autumn. Big coalfish also arrive inshore from Trondheim to Tromso areas in late summer these can exceed 30lb
In Norway you can catch all year round, March to October is the best time if you like long hours of daylight and warmer weather. Choose late May to mid September if you can cope with cold weather 0 to –8C. March and April can produce some monster cod though not as prolific in numbers. The bigger halibut tend to show in September/October. Specimen coalfish to 30lbs usually show July to September. Take a medium class spinning rod with fixed spool reel loaded with 30lb braid and a selection of lures for sea trout salmon and coalfish.
To get the best out of your sea fishing trip to Norway it is essential to use a boat, self use or skippered. You don’t have to travel far, most marks around 30 to 70 metres deep produce great sea fishing action. We find 300 - 400 gramme pirks and 10 ounce shads ideal for cod and halibut. Green and blue chrome popular colours. Large shads are effective for cod and halibut in colder water conditions. Casting 150 gramme to 200 gramme pirks account for quality coalfish. 50lb braid with a 70lb mono leader to 20lb class rods is the correct tackle here.
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Sea Fishing Norway Destinations & Accommodation
SKJERVOY (via Tromso) is our No.1 destination for your sea fishing adventure in Norway. Fantastic catch rates, a huge choice of species and great facilities. Skjervoy is a unique sea fishing centre in Norway, suitable for families and partners. The friendly town is located nearby, only a 10 minute walk or a short trip across the large sheltered harbour. The town has two bars, restaurants, cafes, two supermarkets, tackle shops and gift shops. See Skjervoy fiskcamp page for details.
Skjervoy offers huge holiday discounts in March/April and September with excellent sea fishing. 7 night 6 days fishing trip from £345pp 4 travelling with cottage and arvor boat. Flights to Norway and transfers are extra. CALL 01246 221717 TO CHECK AVAILABILITY
SKJERVOY April 2013 large apartment and 2 arvor boats 7 nights only £415 pp flights transfers not included. Based on 6 anglers in a group. CALL 01246 221717 TO CHECK AVAILABILITY
LAUKLINES (via Tromso) is an excellent north Norway sea fishing centre in the sheltered Kattfjord just over half an hour from Tromso. Ideally situated for short transfer times and boasts great sea fishing for big cod, halibut, coalfish, haddock and wolfish. Prime fishing waters are a short trip out in comfortable and well equipped boats. There are 6 traditional cottages overlooking the dock and fjord, each offering self catering accommodation with 1 to 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, lounge. All linen and electricity included. See Lauklines fiskecamp page for details.
SPAKENES (via Tromso) is a small fishing centre overlooking the Lyngen alps. excellent sea fishing for big cod, coalfish, haddock and halibut. Standard boats with 40hp outboards or arvor boats available. 3 cottages beside the fjord 2 have 2 bedrooms - perfect for 2 to 4 persons. One cottage has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 6. All are well furnished for a self catering sea fishing holiday and share a summerhouse. See Spakenes fiskcamp page for details.
MALANGEN BRYGGER is an excellent sheltered sea fishing location just 65 kms south of Tromso. Accommodation comprises 2 storey houses each with 3 bedrooms close to the waters edge. See Malangen-Brygger page for details.
LYNGEN HAVFISKE & TURSENTER is located in the sheltered Nordlenangen fjord. Excellent accommodation in 7 well furnished cottages right on the water. Each has 3 bedrooms and caters well for up to 6 anglers. See Lyngentur page for details.
ARNOY KVÆNANGEN FJORD Lauksletta House is a delightful country house overlooking a sheltered fjord on the stunning island of Arnoy. Adjoining the main house a comfortably furnished apartment offering complete self catering for up to 4 persons. Lauksletta House is the main base for private groups (ideal for groups of 6 to 8 anglers) for skippered sea fishing on the Troms Explorer. See Arnoy Kvænangen Fjord page for details.
With such abundance and sizes that other locations can only dream about, we are confident your sea fishing Norway adventure will be one to remember.
Self boat use regulations
Anglers under 30 years of age operating a boat over 21 feet long and/or with an engine capacity of 50hp must have a certificate or participate in a local induction course upon arrival. Life jackets supplied. During spring and autumn floatation suits are advised. Safety: fish in pairs and take your mobile telephone with lodge emergency numbers.
SEA TROUT fishing along the coast can be excellent in spring and early summer. Trondheim, Alta and Tromso are your gateway points.
Can change by the day.. Winters are cold, often dry with occasional heavy snowfall. Spring is generally cold, crisp and bright. Summer comes almost overnight in mid May and stays until September. The warmest months are June, July and August where in the far north of Norway, above the Arctic Circle the sun never sets. Temperatures in summer can range from 8 to 28 degrees celcius. In winter below zero temperatures are often recorded.
Visit www.yr.no. for up to date weather information.
In spring, thermals are essential; dress as warm as you can. In summer, wear layered clothing so you can remove some as the temperature rises. A warm jacket is advised when travelling on the water.
Self-use boats are best from April to September. Sea fishing in mid Norway is best from mid June to early October as the big cod shoals progressively move south in spring/early summer. Fishing in lste March and early October can be very good but is more weather dependant.
In Northern Norway the potentially offers almost year round fishing due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. However occasional winter storms can occur so the safest season for self use boats is mid April to late September. We target the huge Barents sea cod in March/April aboard the superb Havcruise, then the coastal cod, halibut, wolfish fish right into September. September through to early October is when we concentrate on big halibut (fish over 400lbs have been caught on rod and line and halibut over 600lbs caught commercially), big cod and big coalfish. The wolfish move back into the fjord areas at this time too. Salmon fishing is from June until late August in the river systems.
Flights with SAS and Norwegian are reliable and good value. All flights are via Oslo. It's generally a good days travel from your UK airport to your accommodation. You get 6 good days fishing in a weeks holiday. You can fly direct from Gatwick to Trondheim. Tromso and Alta are via Oslo. Flights depart from most major UK airports but the better connections are usually from Gatwick and Heathrow.
Most fishing centres provide the option of private road transfers from the nearest airport. You may choose self drive car rental or take the public transfers either by fast ferry or bus depending on your chosen location. We can advise on the best option depending on your flight arrival time.
Passports are required for all holidays. Non full British passport holders should check for any visa requirements. If you are hiring a car you must have a valid driving licence and a credit card.
Never drink and drive and always observe the strict speed restrictions. Driving in Norway is easy on uncrowded and quiet roads that are well signposted. Some roads and tunnels have toll fees. Short ferry trips that save on drive time are good value. Have Norwegian Kroner to pay any fees. As with most of Europe you drive on the right! Always heed local weather advice and make a note of emergency telephone numbers in your mobile phone. Always fish within mobile call range. Even without a signal it is always possible to dial the Norwegian emergency services 211 from your mobile.
Most areas have a small tackle store and garages/supermarkets generally sell pirks etc. Some fishing centres have a small tackle shop with the essentials.
Simply visit our website at www.anglers-world.co.uk and click on Travel Insurance. For further details see Terms and Conditions section. Clients should never travel without suitable travel insurance.
Catch And Release
We do take smaller cod, haddock and halibut for the table, but we release all big fish, they are the breeding stock of the future and are not the best eating. Tip… Catch and fillet your fish but leave overnight in the fridge to allow the fillets to relax, it tastes much better. You will catch a lot of fish, we advocate a catch and release system. Norwegian authorities allow 15 kilos of fillets per angler to be exported, but you should check the UK Government website of DEFRA for latest import rules. www.defra.org Most salmon fisheries encourage catch and release where practical.
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Coalfish patrol the mid and upper levels. During the daylight hours of night-time in the north they drive the baitfish shoals to the surface.
The method is to drop your pirk down into the bait-fish and make a fast retrieve, the big coalies smash into the pirk with aggression so a lightly set drag is essential. Use smaller hooks than for cod and generally pirks in the 200 to 250 gram size. Red/black and silver are good colours.
Targeting Big Cod
In spring/early summer big shads produce well as the bigger cod are lazy. As the water warms in summer the big cod take pirks with zest. Drift over underwater reefs and structure, often you drift for 30 to 90 minutes at a time. Find the bait and you find the cod, sometimes you may be fishing 30 to 80 metres over 200 metres of depth. For more information on cod fishing in Norway click here.
They can strike at any time, when winding up small cod and coalies, when pirking for cod or coalfish on the bottom and in mid depth. If you target them, use a coalie deadbait or large shad.
There are lots of known halibut areas and 100 kilo fish have been landed, with fish exceeding 300 kilos for commercial fishermen. If you hook into something huge that strips your spool, it's usually a monster halibut. It happens! Lots of good exciting halibut in the 8 - 60 lb class. Strong terminal tackle is essential.
The Midnight Sun
In the north of Norway, where you are well inside the Arctic Circle, the sun never dips below the horizon from late May to the end of July. Three months of daylight 24 hours a day. Temperatures rise quickly and summers up here can be much warmer than the UK. The fishing in these northerly latitudes is often better in the daylight night. Plankton rises to the surface attracting vast balls of baitfish and the bigger predators follow. Any breeze usually dies away at night and the midnight sun offers a unique fishing experience. You really can cram the fishing hours in during this time.
Scenery And WildlifeNorway has some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, excellent light values and abundant wildlife. You may see moose, reindeer herds roaming in the north, fish eagles, golden eagles and sea otter. Dolphins and whales can come close to your boat on occasions. Orcas (killer whales) have been sighted close to the harbour at Skjervoy during late summer. If you have an interest in photography, this is the perfect destination