Mefjord Sea Fishing Q&A Destination Spotlight
The Mefjord sea fishing is great for all abilities of anglers as there is fjord and open ocean fishing all within 10 minutes from the harbour. Early season sees a great run of the Skrei Cod and the potential of a world record is huge when sea fishing in Mefjord. Once the huge shoals of Skrei Cod drift out this gives way to all the other species, such as the super hard fighting Coalfish, the elusive and prehistoric looking Halibut, and one fish that isn’t targeted too often the Plaice. Onsite are some stunning cabins with their own restaurant and bar serving some great meals for you after you have been Mefjord sea fishing.
Where is the Lodge?
Mefjord Brygge is located on the Island of Senja, Norway’s largest Island. Located in the North of Norway Senja is a stunning Island capped by some huge mountains and stunning scenery. With it only being a short 1-hour transfer from the nearest airport Mefjord sea fishing is a great destination.
Where do they fish?
The great thing with sea fishing in Mefjord is that you have direct open ocean fishing as well as wind protected fjords in case the weather is against you.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
This depends on what species you are targeting when Mefjord sea fishing. The main Cod fishing grounds are directly in front of the fjord where the cabins are located, around a 15-minute drive. The Halibut grounds are as close as 5 minutes from the harbour, however, there are many different fjords around the Island of Senja for you to try.
What fish will I catch?
The sea fishing in Mefjord offers a huge variety of species from the Skrei Cod in March and April, then Coalfish from April to September and Halibut. Other smaller species can be found in this area and well worth targeting, fish such as the Scorpionfish, Plaice, Dabs and the lesser-caught Tadpole fish. Mefjord sea fishing really does offer lots of potentials to tick many species off your lists.
How many fish will I catch?
When you are targeting Cod the shoals are very large especially in the months of March and April. The catch rates will depend on how many you can handle catching. Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower as these are not shoal fish. You should expect to catch on an average day 2 to 3 Halibut per boat. When targeting the Coalfish, these swim round in huge shoals but will normally only feed for a short period so when they are feeding it will be one a drop.
How do they fish?
As the Mefjord sea fishing is all self-drive, the methods of fishing are down to the individuals. Lowering either a chrome pirk or small shad to the bottom with an up and down movement to excite the Cod normally will see you catching them. The same method is very productive for the Coalfish but instead of leaving the shad/pirk near the bottom, we advise you to hit the bottom then wind back to the surface and the Coalfish normally will take on the retrieve.
Halibut fishing is a waiting game and you can go a few hours without contacting anything then all of a sudden you will be in for a fight of your life. The main most productive method is to fish with a dead Coalfish on a Halibut anti-twist rig lowered to the bottom then wind up a few metres and keep it around 2 metres from the bottom and let the boat drift.
Do the guides speak English?
The hotel manager and staff all speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise when sea fishing Mefjord.
Who is best suited to this destination?
Mefjord sea fishing is great for all as the accommodation, restaurant/bar, boats and of course the fishing has been set up to ensure everyone has the best experience of the North of Norway.
What skill level is required?
This destination suits all abilities as you have nice weather, protected fjords and the option of fishing the open ocean depending on how confident you are with boat handling.
How physically demanding is this trip?
On whole, the destination is suitable for everyone but at low tide the gangway to the floating dock can be fairly steep. There is a small step to get in the boats but other than that the rest of the resort is suitable for all.
When is the best time to go?
If it is the largest of the Cod you are after then we recommend travelling in March and April, as the average weight is enormous. The Halibut and Coalfish fishing happen around the same time, which is May to September with the peak months being July and August for both Halibut and Coalfish.
How to get there?
The normal route is from the UK to Oslo then a second flight from Oslo to Bardufoss. This is where a representative from Mefjord Brygge will be waiting with a minibus and trailer to transfer you to the Cabins which takes around 1 hour.
What is the accommodation like?
At Mefjord Brygge we have three different styles of accommodation, the Northern Lights Apartments that are for larger groups of up to 8 people or groups of 4 who are looking at having single rooms. Then the standard 4 person cabins, which are the most popular with sea anglers and then the Houses which are a lot more traditional and are located a little further away from the boats.
What is the food like?
It is possible to have full board at this destination, which is a huge bonus at this destination. The breakfast is a continental style breakfast, lunch you will get a choice of sandwiches and snacks to take out fishing and then the evening meals. The evening meals are stunning and a huge selection is on offer from whale steaks to pizza. There really is something for everyone.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
Mefjord Brygge does offer the chance to hire fishing equipment that comes with rod, reel and braid. This is normally a 30–50 lb class rod with a large Shimano multiplier.
Is the internet and phone signal available?
The phone signal and Wi-Fi is very good all around the camp and it is free for customers to use. Just ask a member of the staff for the password when you arrive.
Are there other activities available?
Mefjord is the perfect destination for the most active of families with guided mountain walks (3 different difficulty levels), excellent cycle routes (maps and bikes provided at extra charge), snowshoe walking tours up some of Norways most stunning scenic routes, a Northern Lights safari, Sea Eagle safaris, Arctic boat Whale safaris and mountain skiing guided tours. If you would like a day off from these energetic activities we can arrange a guided tour to Tromso so you can spend the day looking round some lovely museums and do some shopping.
How much does it cost?
Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete Mefjord sea fishing package including all flights and transfers.
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 contact us or call our offices on 01603 407596.