We are now back up and running again on Å for the 2022 season.
We got our first guests for the season on Saturday 12th March, a group of Norwegians here for the Cod fishing. Sunday morning began with very good weather, sun, and a wind of about 3-5 m / s, absolutely fantastic. Daniel and I, who are in place as guides during this season, decided to take a boat out and try our fishing luck this day.
At 07:00 am we drove three boats out together to find fish. We started Sunday with slightly more difficult fishing, where all the boats had a hard time finding the larger shoals of Cod. After a while of searching the intended fishing area, we were finally able to find some concentrations of fish. This in turn, resulted in several nice triple hookups of Cod around 6-12 kg, which in our opinion, is the most optimal food size. After the end of the day, we were able to state that food fish between 5-10 kg were landed and then processed at the reindeer house and then taken home from the trip. During the fishing, a bunch of better fish were also landed with peaks of around 18 kg and 21 kg, respectively. With the result of the weather and the fishing in hand, we can sum up a really nice day during the first trip of the year.
On Sunday afternoon, it was time for a Swedish group to arrive at the Camp on Å, and with that, we made sure that everything was in order for the next two days. Monday morning again presented some wonderful weather with sun and very little wind, me and Daniel leave the harbour with our Swedish guests in their respective boats; our guests from Norway hooked up, so we drove out to a sea in convoy.
The day started off really hard to get the fish to bite on our jigs. However, we managed to get some Cod a little sporadically in the morning. A small cloud cover came in in the afternoon, and the fish became much more active. We managed in all boats to catch some fine Cod weighing between 6-12kg.
The satisfied guests returned to the port in the afternoon, and boxes were refilled in our freezer. The day ended with a visit to our restaurant on Å, a fantastic dinner in the evening where everyone could relax without thinking about what to cook for food and who to take the dishes, clearly a really nice and easy way to end a great day on the water.
Tuesday morning was the last day for our Swedish group. They started as before at 07´00, ready to drive out. Once out at sea, it did not take long before we found a larger shoal of fish, and before we knew it, we were all playing a fish. After a couple of quick fish, they stopped nibbling and for large parts of the day, the fishing was really difficult for all the boats in the area. We made the best of the situation and enjoyed the nice weather and fished on the fish we could find. This resulted in a lot of nice bonus fish in the form of Haddock, which also holds the highest class as food fish.
In the afternoon, we drove back to the starting point to see if we could find fish in the area again. Once in place, we again found a nice shoal of Cod and this time, the fishing lasted for a slightly longer period and many nice fish with good size fish were landed, fish between 8-12 kg and one that we weighed in port to 14.5 kg.
Next week offers a lot of tough weather, but we are charged and ready for every little wind gap!
// Daniel Freland & Alexander Lindgren
If you, like many others, have ever dreamt about fishing the prolific waters of Å on the Lofoten Islands and would like to know more information on how you can join us, you can contact our sea fishing specialist, Paul Stevens, on 01603 407596 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.