The Atlantic Wolffish, also known as the ‘Devil Fish’ or ‘Atlantic Catfish’, is a marine fish native to the North Atlantic Ocean. They primarily stationary fish, rarely moving from their rocky homes on the ocean floor. They like deep, cold water and live in depths from 20m to 500m in temperatures between −1 to 11 °C. Remarkably the Wolfish have a natural antifreeze that they produce to keep their blood moving fluidly in their icy habitat.
They are unique in appearance and a distinguishing feature, from which it gets its common name, is its extensive teeth structure. Its lower and upper jaws contain four to six fang-like, strong, conical teeth used to crush crustaceans and other food items. It’s a little known fact that the Wolffish are an essential factor in controlling Green Crab and Sea Urchin populations, which can become disruptive if left unchecked.
Although not usually a species that sea fishing anglers travel to target alone, they’re a welcome change to the larger species like Cod and Halibut and a superb species to catch on balanced tackle. Whenever anyone catches a Wolffish, other anglers usually gather round to catch a glimpse of this prehistoric monster of the deep. As a species, they don’t grow to epic proportions, and fish between 3lb to 10lb are average. However, larger specimens get landed every year, and the current record is a monster, measuring over 1.5m long and weighing in at almost 40 lb.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Wolffish Fishing.
We were exceptionally proud to be involved with the Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing Christmas Special to Norway in 2022. Being the first time the programme had ventured outside the UK, it took a tremendous amount of work to produce the itinerary and cater for the thirteen-strong production team, but it was a fantastic couple of weeks away. If you enjoyed the programme, here is more information on Paul and Bob's trip and the itinerary it followed.
If you are looking for a family fishing holiday then Mefjord is the destination for you. Not only is this an anglers paradise with super-sized specimen Cod, Halibut and Coalfish coming out of the waters at various times of the year but there are also a huge variety of activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained.
Ever fancied going to Norway to do battle with some of the hard fighting fish that this part of the world is known for and struggled to get your friends to join, well now is your chance to come on your own and fish with like minded anglers. The waters around Lofoten Islands are a magnet to the mighty Halibut plus all the usual species.
A great fully guided trip to Havoysund Norway. Truly an outstanding place in Norway with it being the most northerly part of Norway you can get to, you will agree with us that the fishing is World class. It is mainly known for the outstanding Halibut fishing on offer and is ideal for single anglers wanting to experience Norway.
We are extremely delighted to be able to offer you a guided fishing trip to Å in Norway which is on the stunning Islands of Lofoten. This trip is guided by a Nordic Sea Angling Guide, that will be with you every step of the way helping you to get the most out of your sea fishing holiday.
Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays, this lovely little nest of cabins in Sandbakken, northern Norway are set on the edge of a stunning fjord that offers anglers the chance to do battle with some of Norway’s largest species. Sandbakken is renowned as a fantastic mixed fishery and produces good numbers of Cod, Coalfish and Halibut.
Saltstraumen Brygge in Bodø offers some of the best sea fishing in Norway. From the world-famous Strait with its huge tide and shallow water which attracts many Halibut to feed to its deeper water marks famous for holding huge shoals of Cod and Coalfish. Plaice fishing is also very good due to the sheer amount of shallow bays.
If you have been looking for a fish packed holiday set amongst some stunning surroundings then look no further than the Lofoten Islands, dubbed as one of Norway's fishing jewels. The area around the camp is famous for large Halibut and Cod and one only needs to travel a short distance to find some of the best, most productive fishing grounds.
Welcome to Vesterålen located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes the country has to offer. Known locally as the 'Kingdom of the Whales' it is home to a huge population of different species of Whales, as well as abundant numbers of Cod, Coalfish, Halibut and numerous other saltwater species.
They say the most remote fishing is the best! Well, they are not wrong. Havoysund is the most northerly part of Norway you can reach and is the go-to place for and sea anglers. The sea around Havoysund is teeming with Norway’s prime species, put this with an outstanding camp and guides and you have the best fishing in Norway.
This spectacular sea fishing destination is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and includes everything you need for an action-packed weeks fishing. Å on the Lofoten Islands is famed for its giant Cod and Halibut fishing, as well as a range of other backup species like Coalfish, Plaice and Wolffish.
Boat fishing is not for everyone and with that in mind, we have worked hard to bring you something different. This exclusive shore fishing destination will give you the opportunity to catch one of the many sizeable Halibut which frequent these waters well within casting distance, as well as a wide range of other species that Norway is famous for.
Welcome to Torsvåg, this stunning location in Norway, offers sea anglers the best of both worlds. First, its location is minutes away from the fish-filled open ocean, where you will find some excellent banks that rise from the sea bed offering the perfect grounds to target Halibut. Second, this part of Norway is known worldwide for being the 'Halibut Capital'
Aa-gård fishing camp is situated in Lavangen, in Troms og Finnmark county, in northern Norway. Thanks to the protection from the surrounding mountains and topography, the destination is almost one hundred percent' weatherproof' - whatever the weather, it's possible to fish nearly every day of the year.
Rognsund, located in Rognsundet in the southwestern part of Seiland, is Norway's eighth most significant island and the second-largest in Finnmark, behind only Sørøya. A beautiful island destination, the sheltered waters are home to abundant numbers of Cod, Halibut, Wolffish, Ling, Redfish, and some of the very best fishing spots get found within a stone's throw of the camp.
Mikkelvik Brygge is protected by the large islands of Rebbenesøya and its smaller neighbour Hersoya. As a result, the coastal waters close to the camp are generally calm, whatever the weather and very few fishing days get lost throughout the season. It's famed for its Skrei Cod fishing, as well as its fantastic Halibut and Plaice fishing.
Enjoy fishing Sørøya on one of our luxury fully guided trips each year with no single angler supplements to pay. Big Fish Adventures on Sørøya is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and each year we book prime weeks targeting the Skrei Cod. Benefit from our host's knowledge whilst catching some of Norway’s largest Skrei Cod.
Everybody in the sea fishing world has heard of Sørøya in northern Norway and how it is home to the world record rod and reel caught Cod at 104LB, well we are extremely pleased to be able to offer, you the angler, the chance of fishing for these might Skrei Cod fishing in Sørøya northern Norway.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 84%
"An excellent trip, the weather was abnormally cold which seems to have reduced fish numbers. We still caught loads of cod to 15llbs. a 15lb Wolf fish and managed to loose two Halibut. The coal fish were all small and less abundant. On the wildlife front we saw Fish Eagles , Porpoises and Raindeer. The accommodation was very good and the people were lovely. A trip to remember."
"Our group enjoyed a very memorable trip with excellent accommodation and a great guide called Marcus who could not have been more helpful and actually joined us for a couple of evening meals. He gave us great information and tips on where to fish. Your own service has also been outstanding and we all agree that we will be returning to Norway with Sportquest at some point in the future."
"Saltstraumen... what a place! The fishing was absolutely fantastic! Me and my group had a great week and landed loads of fish with an absolute mixture of species, from Cod, Coalfish, Halibut, Wolffish and Plaice."