Giant Halibut Fishing Havoysund Q&A
Havoysund is an outstanding place in Norway with it being the most northerly part of Norway you can get to. These trips are known for the outstanding Halibut fishing on offer and are ideal for single anglers wanting to experience Norway. The advantages of going on the group trip are having our guides with you fishing every single day.
Where is the destination?
Havoysund is the administrative centre of the Måsøy Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The village is located on the small island of Havøya but is connected to the mainland by the Havøysund Bridge. The 150-acre village has a population of 976.
Where do they fish?
The great advantage of Havoysund is that you have many sheltered fjords and open ocean fishing all very close to the cabins. If the wind is strong then you can simply find a very sheltered bay/fjord where you will still find big Halibut and Cod along with many other species. The best fishing grounds are normally found out in the ocean or close to mountains that protrude from the ocean floor. However, if you do not fancy fishing the open ocean there are hundreds of sheltered bays and long open fjords to try and temp one of Norway’s monster fishes.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
The open ocean either way out of the harbour is around 40 minutes boat road, this is where you will find the first drop-offs where huge shoals of Cod are located. Some of the best Halibut grounds are around 30 minutes to a 1-hour boat drive away. However, there are always very large Halibut caught 5 minutes from the cabins. The further away spots tend to be known holding areas for Halibut big and small and are always worth a long journey. Some of the areas you will hear the guides talking about are south of Soroya.
What fish will I catch?
The main species to target at Havoysund will be the Halibut, it is one of the best places for large Halibut as the pressure on these fish is very low so the stocks of Halibut just keep getting better and bigger. There are also the normal species to target. However, if you are after big Coalfish then this may not be the destination for you. In the early part of the season, March an April, the Skrei Cod pack themselves around this Island but for the rest of the year, the Cod fishing is average for Norway standards.
How many fish will I catch?
This depends on the species you wish to target. For example, if you visited Havoysund wanting to purely concentrate on the Halibut then you should expect to catch between 15–20 Halibut for the week. This may sound low but when you consider that some of these fish can be in excess of 200lb then it is more appealing. The Cod fishing is very good and once the shoals are located you should expect constant action all day and the same with the Coalfish. However, the Coalfish shoals at Havoysund are not full of big ones but the average size to expect will be around 10lb.
How do they fish?
The main style of fishing will be from self-drive boats using a combination of pirks, rubber shads and bait. The exact method will depend on the species you are trying to target. There is also very good shore fishing around Havoysund.
Do the guides speak English?
All our guides speak perfect English along with many other languages.
Who is best suited to this destination?
The great advantage with Havoysund is that there are always 2 full-time guides on hand to help the most or less experienced anglers. They will even jump on your boat for a day guiding you and showing you all the hot spots. They are always on hand to help out with any questions about fishing marks and are always keen to help out as much as they can to ensure you have a great experience.
What skill level is required?
There is no skill level required for the fishing as the guides will help you with everything. A little knowledge of boat handling would be an advantage but not necessary.
How physically demanding is this trip?
The boats are located a minute walk away from the cabins down a fairly steep bridge on to the dock. The rest of the holiday is certainly not physically demanding.
When to go?
The start of the season March/April sees a huge influx of the Skrei Cod, these are around for about 6 weeks then move back to the Barents Sea. Once the temperature starts to rise in April/May the Coalfish start to move in and along with these will come the Halibut. The Halibut will then stay around until late October. The best 2 months for the Halibut are August and September.
How to get there?
There are several airports in the UK which we can book your flights from. The main airport is London Gatwick but we can use Manchester and Edinburgh. We then fly you to Oslo where you will have an overnight stay in a hotel as the internal flight does not line up with the UK’s international flights. The hotel is a short 5-minute shuttle bus ride from the airport. The next day there is a small flight from Oslo to Alta. Once you have arrived at Alta there will be coach waiting to take you the final part of your journey. This coach ride will take around 2.5 hours through some very scenic scenery.
What is the accommodation like?
Havoysund fishing camp is fully kitted out for the angler. The cabins themselves are spacious with fully equipped kitchens with all the mod cons. Also, downstairs there is a living area with sofas and a table with chairs for eating around. Each cabin has a wall mounted wide screen TV. Downstairs is the main bathroom with a walk-in shower, sink and toilet. Most of the cabins have underfloor heating in the bathrooms.
Upstairs you will find two twin bedrooms with single beds, these rooms are compact but practical. There is clean bedding when you arrive along with a face flannel and a towel and these can be replaced at the reception in the hotel.
The other great advantage of Havoysund is that there is a hotel joined on to the cabin complex and is where you will eat breakfast each day of your holiday. There is a very nice restaurant/bar with a pool table in the hotel.
What is the food like?
The breakfast in the hotel is a continental style breakfast providing food such as cheeses, cold meats, bread, cereals, toast, boiled eggs, yoghurt, jams, pickled herrings and fresh tea and coffee. This breakfast is on a help yourself basis. If you choose to eat in the restaurant of an evening (not included) then they serve things such as burger and chips, steak, pizza, fresh fish and rack of ribs and a few different vegetarian meals are also available.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
You can hire top of the range fishing equipment at the time of booking your holiday. They supply Westin boat fishing rods and a variety of top-end multipliers. There are also a small number of lighter rods for Plaice fishing. Onsite there is a fully stocked tackle shop that supplies everything you will need for your entire weeks fishing. The prices on the tackle are very similar to UK prices and normally have everything in stock.
Is internet and phone signal available?
There is WiFi available all around the cabins and hotel free of charge plus the telephone signal is very good whilst out fishing and you will often be able to pick up some type of internet connection whilst out at sea.
Are there other activities available?
This holiday is mainly aimed at the amazing fishing on offer and as this destination is so remote there are not that many other activities to be done apart from walks and the amazing wildlife.
How much does it cost?
Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab on our Giant Halibut Havoysund Q&A page.
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.