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Atlantic Cod Sea Fishing Holidays

Atlantic Cod are the most sought after saltwater species in the world. Thousands upon thousands of people travel to Norway and Iceland to catch that  dream fish of a Cod over 50lb. Places such as Soroya, which is home to the world record rod and reel caught Cod at 104lb’s is by far the best place in the world for huge Cod. The shoals off this Island from February to April are huge and they come close to the Island making very good sport for all anglers

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Tour code: NOR040

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. On top of this, you will be joined by an extremely experienced shore angling guide who will assist you with everything you need.

   Season: February to April & September to November

From: £1,026 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR038

Enjoy fishing Sørøya on one of our fully hosted 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 hosts knowledge whilst catching some of Norway’s largest Skrei Cod.

   Season: March to April

From: £1,581 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR033

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.

  Category: Sea Fishing
   Season: March to October

From: £1,292 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR023

Our hosted sea fishing trips to Mefjord are a great way to experience the fishing Norway has to offer without the confusion of knowing where and when to fish. Our hosts have been fishing the Norwegian waters for many years now and will put you on fish each day. They will teach you the rigs that work, how to tie them and when to use them.

   Season: March to October

From: £1,493 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR025

Welcome to Vesterålen located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape Norway has to offer. Known locally as the 'Kingdom of the Whales' it is home to a huge population of different species of Whales. This stunning Island is north of the world famous Lofoten Islands and the Arctic circle and benefits from the same amazing fishing opportunities.

   Season: April to September

From: £1,312 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR007  

The Tourist boards in Norway have dubbed this part of the world “The Land of the big Fish”. It is home to the current 2013 world record rod and reel caught Cod at 104lb’s and for every large Cod caught there are numerous other 30 kilo Cod. It seems like every fish grow to their maximum sizes around this wonderful part of Northern Norway.

  Category: Sea Fishing
   Season: March to September

From: £1,529 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR009  

Another great escorted sea fishing holiday hosted by our own guides to “The Land of the big fish”. Home to the real monster Cod, but why do they call it “The Land of the big fish”? Well, it’s no surprise when the fishing is as good as this with Cod approaching the maximum size possible. It holds the current World record Cod at 104lb!

   Season: March to April

From: £1,648 per person including flights

Tour code: NOR024

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 specimens coming out of the waters at various times of the year but there are also a huge variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

   Season: March to October

Book this standard trip and receive 3 FREE extra Days

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Additional Information

Name: Atlantic Cod

Also known as: Cod, Tommy Cod, Codling.

Scientific Name: Gladus Morhua

Description: The Cod is an unmistakable fish. The colouration of a Cod is normally green to brown on its back with a distinct mottling leading down to a white belly. The top jaw overextends the lower jaw which comes with the Cods most distinct feature, a. single barbell. The lateral line of a cod is very distinct and runs from behind the gill plate all the way to the base of the tail.

Average Size: Very small Cod from around a few ounces can be caught by anglers using small hooks and baits but the big girls, which are around 40lbs, can be caught using larger baits/shads and hooks. The average size is around the 15lb mark when fishing abroad.

Where to Catch: The Atlantic Cod is very widespread species and is a favourite fish amongst sea anglers all over the world. These fish can be found around the UK shores at various times of the year with the English channel being particularly good. The cold seas in the North Sea are very good places to find Cod though with the seas off the Shetland Isles being the best place in the UK to find a big fish. For the ultimate Cod fishing though, anglers should travel overseas to countries such as Norway, Iceland and Greenland.

Fishing methods: There are many different methods to use when catching cod. From the shore, the best way to catch Cod is by ledgering using bait. Look for those times just after a storm where the sea bed has been stirred up then head out using big worm/shellfish baits on a Pennell rig and you should find some cod.

Out on the boats, the best way to catch the Cod is by fishing with shads. Head out to areas that are either known cod hotspots or look for plateaus rising up from the sea bed as Cod love to inhabit these areas. Once you find fish using the fish finder set up a drift and lower your shads down, depth marked braid is very good for this as you can fish at a very accurate depth and find the fish. Once at the depth you can work your shads by either lifting your rod slowly up and down or from side to side. This is a very good way to catch Cod as it taps into their predatory instinct and you will catch the bigger specimens by fishing this way.