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North Norway Tag & Release Project


Unbelievable fishing on the Lofoten Islands this week with several Halibut around 2 metres!!!


Check these stats out: 140, 144, 144, 148, 150, 150, 152, 186, 190, 196, 2 M, 2 M PLUS ………. well the list can be made even longer, but this is only a fraction of this week’s fish.

“Three halibut over 2mtrs in one day….. Only on the Lofoten Islands”

Last night it came up 2 PIECES OF 2 metres and one at 196, that is, three fish on the 2 meters in the same day. Earlier in the week also managed Peter land his dream fish at 190 centimetres


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Massive congratulations to Peter for his dream fish of 190cm


Also, our Norwegian partners strongly promote tag and release and this is working very well and we are now starting to give some important information back to the study. This project proves that Halibut can with stand being caught and handle with great care for a safe release as we noticed a Halibut the other day that had been caught before on the 10th July 2016 at 118cm then caught this week, so only a short time after wards, at 122cm proving that not only do they release well, but they go on to feed heavily.


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Notice the little tag at the top of the Halibut

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Yet another tagged and released fish


And there is more news on the tag and release, yet another tagged Halibut appeared. This time a fish caught back April and it was then measured at 130cm. In exactly 4 months this Halibut has grown 10cm and was now measured at 140cm. What a growth! Once again this fish was given its freedom.

“Sportquest Holidays in partnership with Nordic Sea Angling working hard for Catch & Release”

We at Sportquest Holidays would like to thank all the anglers that are helping this project and lets hope it continues for many more years and also thanks to Nordic Sea Angling for making all of this happen.


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One very happy angler on the Lofoten Islands

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Double tag & release


If you are interested in going to Norway to try your arm at some of the fishing that you keep hearing about then its as simple as calling us on 01603 407596 and we can put you in the right place at the right time. All you have to do is turn up to your nearest UK airport and we will take care of the rest.


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The very fast currents around the Lofoten Islands

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Thanks for reading this report and tight lines

Paul Stevens


  1. Terry

    I wish everyone would apply this. We have just got back from a place in Norway and we witnessed people taking everything they caught (I must add, not brits). I think the camp owners should be held a little responsible for what people are taking.

    Keep up the good work

    1. Paul Stevens Sportquest

      Hi Terry and we totally agree its about time that something is done about people taking what they want from the seas! I have seen fish filleted that didnt even look big enough for a fish finger. Education is the answer as if it carries on there will be no fishing left.

      Tight lines

  2. Mike

    Thats great to hear Sportquest. Dont suppose you know yet how far the Halibut will travel?

    1. Paul Stevens Sportquest

      Mike, the project is still in its early stages. We have caught one not that far from where it was caught 4 months ago. I would love to know where these fish actually go in the winter! As we believe that they drift off in to deeper water but until one is caught in the winter that has been tagged we will not know.

  3. Gary

    Hi Paul hope you are well? Will we be catching and releasing when we go next June? as was hoping to take a couple of small ones home?

    1. Paul Stevens Sportquest

      Hello Gary yes I am great thanks and already looking forward to our trip to the lofoten Islands in June. Have you seen all the reports we have been putting up?

      Yes Gary you can keep a couple, we have size limits of keepable fish. Nothing smaller than 80cm and nothing bigger than 125cm hope this is ok? We are fully aware people want to bring fish home for the family so we try our hardest to conserve what we have got by setting these sizes

  4. alan richards

    Hi Paul. got back from havoysund a few weeks ago and agree with Terry , we saw plaice being filleted that were see through. and halibut way over 125cm being chopped up. why does is seem like its only the brits that stick to the rules . and i must add that the standard of fish size has dropped from 2 years ago, sadly

    1. Paul Stevens Sportquest

      Hi Alan, great to hear from you. I totally agree with you and find it heart breaking to see fish like you mention being taken. Normally the guides are very good at Havoysund about the size of fish being taken.

      Perhaps they were not around or were not aware of what was being done. Such a shame

      When I was there in August I actually thought the size of Halibut was bigger, but from one week to the next I suppose can be very different.

      How did you guys get on with your drone?

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