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Coalfshing Fishing

Fishing Å Norway Q&A

Å on the Lofoten Islands is fast becoming the go-to place for Halibut and Coalfish. Each year see’s Halibut approaching the world record and it will not be long before this destination holds the Norwegian record Halibut. To date the biggest rod and reel caught Halibut from Å was 256cm and estimated to be over 500lb!

The Coalfish fishing is also world-class, there is an area called the stream, it is where two currents meet and the fishing there for Coalfish is the best you will find in the whole of Norway. The Stream holds some very large Coalfish and you can expect to catch Coalfish over 40lb. 

Where is the destination?

Å is located at the very bottom of the Lofoten islands in North Norway with its location only being a short boat ride to the open ocean, it is the perfect spot to reach some of the best grounds in the whole of Norway. On one side of the Lofoten islands you have sheltered fjords and on the other side is the open ocean, which is where all the best fishing grounds can be found.

Where do they fish?

There is a large area 20 minutes from the cabins called the Moskenesströmmen. It’s an area where two currents collide which creates huge boils as the tide clash making for some excellent fishing. When the two tides meet all the baitfish in the area get sucked into this and then thrown around and in turn, the Coalfish go crazy by smashing all the bait as it is disorientated. This incredible spectacle lasts for around an hour and you can experience some of the best fishing you will ever get. The main Halibut grounds are located on the edges of the stream as the Halibut hunt for any leftover baitfish being thrown from the currents meeting.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

If you planning on fishing the mainstream then it will take approx. 20 – 40 minutes depending on where in the stream you want to fish. If you want to target the Cod you will have to go around the bottom of the island and then head up the Northside. This journey will take longer to reach and can be anything from 50 – 80 minutes to reach the main Cod grounds where big shoals can be found.

What fish will I catch?

The main species will be the Halibut and Coalfish, both can be caught in the same area and with a constant run of bait, the Coalfish are always obliging to feed. There are some very good Plaice grounds in the many bays that cut into the Island. The Cod grounds are on the north side of the island and they hold some big Cod and of course, you never know when you are going to get a bite from the Wolfish.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are Halibut fishing you should set yourself a target of a Halibut a day. It is very similar to big game hunting and Halibut do not swim in shoals so one very large Halibut would normally be on its own and have its own little area. However, on the perfect days, you could catch any amount of Halibut and double-figure amounts of Halibut have been caught in one day.

If you chose to fish the Coalfish then the answer would be, how many can you cope with catching? There are lots of big Coalfish there and normally you will only get a rest when you put the rod down as your back is aching. This is the same with the Cod, the shoals are very large and when they are feeding you should be catching regularly.

How do they fish?

When the day is spent Halibut fishing there are several main methods, the first is fishing with bait attached to a piece of terminal tackle called a Halibut Anti Twist lead. This along with the bait of your choice is then lowered to the bottom and then reeled up a couple of metres from the bottom. It is important to keep in touch with the bottom either by watching the fish finder or lowering it to the bottom every 5 minutes then wind up a couple of metres.

The same technique is applied to shad fishing but without the need for the Halibut anti-twist lead. You need to be a little more active with the shad and give the shad some life by sweeping your rod backwards and forwards (not up and down). The bite can be very subtle so concentration is needed for this style

Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak perfect English along with lots of other languages.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is a little more demanding than most of the other destinations in Norway as most of the fishing is taking place in and around the stream and boat handling whilst fishing is sometimes difficult. It does normally only take a couple of days getting used to it but make sure that you concentrate at all times as it very easy to get the boat in a spin and everyone onboard will get into a tangle. There are lots of other areas to fish around Å on the Lofoten Islands so if this area is too much for you then drop out of the stream and fish different marks.

What skill level is required?

The fishing is just like anywhere else in Norway and as long as you have a little bit of sea fishing knowledge then the rest will come naturally. If you find yourself struggling we do have guides on hand to help in any way you need them. We do also try to ensure you get at least one days worth of free guiding during your stay and the other days you are more than welcome to follow our guide

How physically demanding is this trip?

This depends on where you are fishing, if you choose to spend the majority of your time fishing the stream then it is fairly demanding on your leg muscles as the water is very choppy and keeping your balance is very necessary. All the other marks are fairly straightforward and as long as you can stand in a boat you will be fine.

When is the best time to go?

The season at Å is from April to October with the early season dates being better for the Cod and then once June comes the stream tends to start to fill with lots of big Coalfish. Once June turns to July and the Mackerel turn up the Halibut are not far behind them. Once the Mackerel turn up the Halibut and Coalfish go crazy and the mainstream fishes very well. We recommend looking at weeks where the moon is half so the tides are too big.

How will I get there?

Depending on whereabouts you are travelling from in the UK, we would normally fly people to Oslo with SAS then from Oslo to Bodo. We will have a transfer vehicle waiting to take you to the ferry terminal where you will board the fast ferry to Moskenese which is around about 5 minutes from the destination. Once you have enjoyed your mini cruise and docked there will be yet another vehicle waiting to transfer you and your luggage to your cabin.

What is the accommodation like?

The cabins at Å are kept in a traditional Norwegian way. These cabins have been standing there for many years and use to be used by Norwegian fishermen who use to fish the waters from rowing boats. There is evidence of this in the stylish décor in all the cabins. In the cabins there is a fully working modern oven with 2 hot plates, a large fridge and the entire normal cutlery range is available in each cabin.

What is the food like?

At Å there is a very nice restaurant available 7 days a week during the summer months. Also attached to the restaurant is a nice lively bar serving lovely wine and beer. The food at the restaurant is very modern and you will find something that meets everyone’s taste.

Does the hotel provide fishing tackle?

You can hire all your rods and reels and they are top of the range equipment. Most rods are Westin boat coupled with Shimano Talica reels. These need to be pre-booked to ensure that they are reserved. You can also hire top quality flotation suits but again we would recommend hiring these in advance. At most of our destinations in Norway, there is an onsite tackle shop selling everything you will need at very good prices.

Is internet and phone signal available?

In most of the cabins you will get free Wi-Fi and is very fast, but if you are in the outer cabins then it may be a little slower. If you need the Wi-Fi just walk down to the bar area where it is very quick. Phone signal around the whole of Norway is excellent and there are not many areas where you will not full bars and also 3G or 4G

Are there other activities available?

Yes, there is a local museum only a few minutes walk from the cabins. This museum shows local artefacts from the olden fishing days and local fish factories. You can also organise a couple of hours on the rib boat that will take you out on the stream at high speeds. The area you are staying in is stunning and the guides will advise you on some walking nature trails and of course, there is the restaurant that serves lovely food.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab on our tour page.

We also offer hosted trips to Å each year, which are ideal for single anglers.


  1. Geoff See

    The only point I would make is on the floatation suits for hire, they are far from waterproof. The first day myself and another guy hired them it rained all day and we were literally soaked to the skin even our pants were wringing wet.
    Apparently the suits are put in a washing machine every week and I presume this destroys their waterproofing.
    We were found newer suits on the subsequent days and these were marginally better.
    That said it’s still a good trip to make, just take your own suit.

    1. Paul Stevens Sportquest

      Hi Geoff, it is the only problem with hiring equipment when travelling. We do try our hardest to ensure that all equipment people are hiring is of the best quality but when flotation suits are worn all the time like the hire ones and then washed each week with NO waterproofing then they are not going to be great. I am sorry if the suits let you down

  2. Mike Mogilnicki

    I had the same experience with the suits on at least three occasions. One has to hope that they are better at keeping you afloat, if necessary, than they are at keeping you dry.
    Having said that, as fishermen, if we worried too much about getting wet, we would never fish again!
    Bringing one with you is not really an option as with one of those in your case there would be room for almost nothing else.

    1. Paul Stevens Sportquest

      Hi Mike, as with all hire equipment across the world, it is very hard for us to ensure the upkeep of the equipment. I have mentioned to them before about waterproofing them when they wash them but guess they still do not do this. They are top of the range suits but I guess when they are being used everyday of the season and washed once a week then they will not last for ever. The company do replace all suits each year at a huge cost. I little tip I did see one of my customers do is to bring their own flotation suit but vacuum pack it in your suit case this way it takes up little space, then you know that you are going to stay nice and dry

  3. Mike Mogilnicki

    Hi Paul, As you know, I have been on about seven of your trips, enjoyed some fantastic fishing and have a couple more booked already. Virtually the only gripe I have is about the suits, and you are right, nothing lasts forever, especially given the work and constant washing they are subjected to. The other, more important point, as I mentioned previously, is, how will this deterioration affect their ability to keep you afloat? We must hope that we never have to find out.
    When you mentioned that they replace them at “huge cost” each year, you almost had me in tears.
    The fact is, given the hire charges, they could replace them mid-season without having to put their hands in their pockets. Putting them into a waterproofing wash is the very least they could do. I have great sympathy for anyone hiring one in the last couple of weeks of the season. He might as well be wearing blotting paper.

  4. Paul Adams

    A little tip to overcome the problem of hiring suits. Before you go on you trip to Norway, visit Outdoor World and buy their two piece hiking waterproof suits, they are thin and very waterproof but not warm. Put this suit on before you put on your floatation suit and you will stay both warm and dry all day long. I leant mine out to a couple of people in A last year and it worked a treat. Suit cost twenty quid and I bought it for Costa Rica, I took it to Norway for shopping trips for food, discovered this little tip when another angler got wet on the first day.
    Beauty is they pack up into the pocket and weigh nothing, slipped into your hand luggage , you won’t know it’s there

  5. Paul Adams

    Taking you own suit is an option if you go to Argo and buy their vac bags. Place your flotation suit into the bag, plug in the hoover and suck out the air. When you think you have got it all out, sit on the bag and keep sucking with the Hoover. Mine suit shrinks down to about two inches thick and it goes in my hand luggage

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