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Å, Lofoten Islands Fishing Report 20th July 2022

After last week which was really hard to beat, with both mass fishing and the size of the fish, a more difficult start for our guests. Larger waves and really strong currents make fishing much more difficult.

Fortunately, the long-term forecast looks very good, and there will only be better weather during the week. We went out with two Guide boats early in the morning, to make the most of the day. Although it was really high waves, it was fishable until the current turned and went into low tide. Something you always have to think about our destination Å, is that it can be dangerous to go out into the current when waves meet the current. Something we are very clear about at this camp.

When the waves go in one direction and the current in the other direction, it can become unfishable, or drivable by boat in the current. We went out while the water was rising with the boats to fish for Halibut. These large swells and strong currents meant that we had to place the drifts further away from our thinking places. The fishing was difficult. Not good conditions, but we only have rising water to fish during the day. We came in some contact with Halibut but they choose to spit out the baits as soon as they feel the bait and the boat goes up in a big swell. Just before the current is about to turn, Robin feels that something is on and chews on his bait. The line starts to stick out and the fight is on! After a bit of pushing from the rest of us in the boat, a nice food fish comes up to 87cm. After that, it was to thank the sea for the day and wait for rising water again.

Most of the boats were satisfied and we went back to the harbor.
Saturday is coming and the weather has turned for the better. Still lots of current in the water which means its harder to feel the bottom with the baits. Didrik who steers a boat during the day has really found the right one, and already after 5 minutes into drift it grabs one of the rods. Good start to the day! The fish comes in and is secured and measured at 155cm and a new personal best is set!

Some boats find spots where there are several Halibut and reports are starting to come in on the VHF. Many large fish between 100-150cm are heard on the radio. A very cool thing happened to Didrik during today’s fishing. Where they had a Halibut on the hook of 135cm, and when landing on the fish, they glimpse a brutally large halibut that accompanied the fish all the way up to the boat, and inspected their Halibut like a bait fish! Absolutely amazing what a great Halibut there is in these waters!

The day was rounded off with an evening trip for some boat teams with Coalfish fishing. The victories are only getting fatter and fatter now, and a bunch of 14-16kg came up during the night / evening. Sunday was a bit of a sleepy morning, to wait for rising water with better conditions in the current. The boats that were on site just at the turn of the tide got to take part in the chopping period. Then in the afternoon the Halibut stood completely still at the bottom and refused to get up to chop. A boat team gave up Halibut fishing and went out for Cod fishing instead. Which gave results after a bit of searching. Cod between 7-8kg chopped with a peak of 17kg.

Tuesday looked very promising, and most of the boat teams decided for an early evening to put all the gunpowder on tomorrow where the weather forecast promised almost complete silence out at sea with scorching sun!
Until. Tight Lines!

Marcus Pettersson, Alexander Lindgren, Oscar Berntson


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

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