Sørøya Sea Fishing Q&A
Sørøya sea fishing is world famous for its Skrei Cod rod and reel caught world record of 104lb. Each year there are Cod caught reaching this incredible weight and it will not be long before it is beaten. Sørøya is not only famous for the huge Skrei Cod but it’s also a brilliant summer destination for people who want to target the Halibut. The Halibut reach super sizes of in excess of 400lb.
Where is the Lodge?
The cabins are located on an Island called Sørøya, which is in the very north of Norway. It is a small rocky island with the highest point only being 659 metres above sea level. The coastline is very jagged and has numerous fjords that cut into the island from the open ocean.
Where do they fish?
The cabins are far North, next to the Barents Sea, with the fishing grounds right outside the window. The proximity to the Gulf Stream gives us ice-free ports, and despite the harsh climate, deep-sea angling conditions are usually good. You have many fjords to fish and with the cabins being located at the end of a fjord, this gives fishing in rough conditions a much better chance.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
The Skrei fishing grounds can be found as close as 15 minutes and up to 45 minutes from the harbour. Some of the closest Halibut grounds are only a couple of minutes away but better areas are around 40 minutes away.
What fish will I catch?
The main draw to Sørøya sea fishing is the huge run of Skrei Cod. These grow to huge sizes and a 50lb Cod caught here is not seen as a big fish. Another species that you will be targeting is the super large Flatfish, the Halibut. These can grow well over 400 lb. You will be able to target the Coalfish but it’s not renowned for the really big ones. The Plaice fishing is also very good along with Wolfish and the fairly rare Grey spotted Wolfish.
How many fish will I catch?
If you decide to travel to Sørøya when the Skrei Cod run is happening, March and April. Normal times of the year you can expect to catch around 20 Cod a day. The Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower but remember you are targeting trophy fish and these tend to spend the majority of their time alone.
How do they fish?
The main way of fishing in Norway is by drift fishing using either lures, baits or pirks. You can also troll at a very low speed for the Halibut and Coalfish.
Do the guides speak English?
All our guides in Norway speak many different languages including fluent English.
Who is best suited to this destination?
For the Skrei season (March/April) you will need to be fairly fit as the days tend to be long and the weather is normally cold. The summer season is suitable for all levels of fitness and age
What skill level is required?
There is no skill level required for fishing in Norway. General knowledge of boat fishing would be helpful but not necessary as most of our Norway destinations have guides onsite to help you get the most out of your holiday.
How physically demanding is this trip?
On the whole, you do not have to be physically fit for this holiday but you need to be able to stand and fish from a boat all day. It is a very short walk to the boats.
When is the best time to go?
The main Skrei season runs from March to April but please be aware that it is likely you will lose fishing time due to bad weather. If you want to target the Halibut then May until October.
How will I get there?
The best route to get to Sørøya is via London Heathrow with SAS. This route will cut out the need to overnight in Oslo, we will be able to get you there in one day. If it is from other UK airports you will need to speak to a member of our staff for further details.
What is the accommodation like?
At this destination, we have two different styles of accommodation. The one we have based the itinerary on is the standard 4 person self-catering cabins. These are very roomy, have their own kitchens with all mod cons plus two twin bedrooms with single beds. There is an upgrade available if you would like to stay in the hotel. This is a full board option. These rooms in the hotel are spacious and come with 2 single beds.
What is the food like?
The food in the hotel and restaurant is very fresh. It is cooked from locally sourced produce. The food shops locally have all the same goods in them as you would find in any UK supermarket.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
Big Fish Adventures offer complete hire fishing packages and you can hire flotation suits.
Is internet and phone signal available?
The phone signal all over Norway is very good, even in the remotest of areas. The Wi-Fi is available around the camp and is good for emails, social media and making video chats.
Are there other activities available?
The Island of Sørøya is fairly remote so the only other activities on offer is walking and visiting the local pub.
How much does it cost?
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.