Hosted Skrei Cod Week 1 Norway Report
Well what a week that was and I cant believe that it is over for the first set of anglers and I bet it went even quicker for them. Now with the second group fast approaching Havoysund, Kevin our guide took some time to write us a great report from the first weeks fishing for the Huge Skrei and by reading his words it looks like we have found a new Skrei fishing destination.
Also we have been sent a big thanks from Paul Williams and his gang which is in the report and if you would like to join us for 2018 or even 2019 Skrei season in one of the best places in North Norway then call us on 01603 407596
This time last year I was guiding in Norway for Sportquest Holidays at a camp called Soroya, that is famous for its monster cod. When we were there we landed some monster cod up to 74lb and the following week one angler landed a cod of 93lb!! The problem with Soroya is it’s so hard to get to, it involves a ferry crossing and at this time of year the ferry can be cancelled due to high winds. Last year on one of the weeks anglers only got to fish for 1 day out of 6, since then we have been looking for a new camp that is much easier to get to.
Havoysund is famous for its halibut fishing but no one has ever put the time and effort in for the monster cod at this time of year. It was time for a change, Havoysund is only 30 miles from Soroya and more sheltered than Soroya. When we arrived at Havoysund we where told the week before we got here the biggest cod landed was 66lb and there was plenty of them out there. The lads and my self could not wait till the next morning to get started.
On the morning of the first day the weather was perfect flat calm, light winds and as many big cod as you wanted to catch only 25 minutes away from the camp. At times there was that many cod under the boat your lure was hitting them on the back on the way down, most cod where 20lb to 38lb and the odd one to 54lb. At the end of the first day the lads looked like they had been in the gym for 8 hours.
The next day the weather was far from perfect and conditions where very challenging to say the least. We still managed cod to 30lb, small wolffish and the odd haddock. Most of the lads were still hurting from the day before so they only fished until midday. Then for the next two days the weather turned very bad with 50mph northwest winds and heavy snow. The lads didn’t mind having the weekend off to recover and checkout the band performing at the hotel next door.
The band turned out to be very good and all the lads let their hair down and had a great time.
On the 5th day the weather was perfect again and it was just the same as the first day cod, cod and more cod. On my boat the three I was guiding landed cod of 66lb, 51lb and 46lb all at the same time, that is just how good the cod fishing here is. The shoal we where fishing over was 70 meters high and over 800 meters long, if only we had fishing like this in the U.K.
On the final day we were told we could only fish until 1pm at the latest before the weather changed again. So the lads hit it for one more time and landed loads of cod to 38lb and a small halibut. What a first week it’s been even with two days off the lads have caught more cod then they have ever seen before and 7 out of the 8 lads all caught their personal best cod. Top angler goes to Robert Bamber from Manchester he landed cod of 66lb, 50lb and 45lb, well done Rob!!
As I am writing this, a boat has just arrived back at the harbour with a cod of 33kg that’s 73lb!!!
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I do believe Havoysund is going to be as good if not better than Soroya by the end of the monster cod season!!!
Thanks Kevin for this great report and we are sure that people around the world will love reading this and hopefully they will be seeing you in the future. Below are a few words from Paul Williams on his return from this excellent destination in North Norway:
“On our way home now from a very successful trip, fishing for cod in the mighty Barents sea, when the weather let us get out to sea the fishing was amazing with PB’s getting broken left, right and centre, especially Rob with his 66lb monster, big thanks to great bunch of lads making a truly memorable trip, and special thanks to Kevin Mckie who looked after us the whole week, great skipper, one of the best (not bad at cards either haha !!!!) great to see Ulf Hugsén again, keep safe on the Sea boys and until we meet again all the best, and last but not least a big thanks goes to the gang at sportquest holidays, thanks guys for a fantastic trip”
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