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Atlantic Halibut Sea Fishing Holidays

Halibut are Norway and Iceland’s biggest saltwater fish and can reach huge sizes and are classed as the world’s biggest flatfish. Usually found in deep water, often these Halibut move close to the shores of both Norway and Iceland, where sport fisherman will use many different techniques to target them.

Shore Fishing Lofoten Islands | North Norway

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... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Sea Fishing
   Season: February to April & September to November

Halibut & Coalfish Fishing | Å | Northern Norway

This spectacular sea fishing destination is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and includes everything you need for an action-packed weeks fishing. Subject to availability you will receive a full day guided fishing free of charge. On top of this, there is a fully stocked tackle shop on site so you can turn up with no end tackle and be rest assured that you can purchase everything you need for a full weeks fishing at very good prices... Read more

  Category: Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September

Hosted Giant Halibut Fishing | Havoysund | North Norway

A great fully hosted trip to the World famous Havoysund. 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... Read more

  Category: Hosted Fishing, Sea Fishing, Hosted Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September

Halibut & Cod Fishing | Vesterålen | North Norway

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... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September

Hosted Sea Fishing | Vesterålen | North Norway

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer you yet another fantastic opportunity to fish this part of the world as a single angler or small group and would like to welcome you to Vesterålen. Located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape Norway has to offer. This destination is an excellent area for a mixed species trip... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Sea Fishing, Hosted Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September
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Additional Information

Name: Atlantic Halibut

Scientific name: Hippoglossus stenolepis

Descriptions: Starting life as a round fish, these Jurassic looking creatures of the deep soon evolve into a flatfish. The eyes migrate around their head at around 6 months old where they then start living life as a flatfish. Being a mottled brown on top with a white underbelly these fish are perfectly adapted to living life on the seabed as this camouflage aids them in their life as an ambush predator.

Average Size: Halibut vary in size, the smaller specimens are only a couple of pounds whereas the larger monsters reach over 500lbs. The average size of the fish you are likely to catch is around  50lbs.

Where to catch: The Halibut is a flatfish that lives in the cold waters of the North Sea, inhabiting the waters around Greenland, Iceland and Norway. The odd specimen has also been found in the waters around the UK by commercial and recreational anglers. These fish love a flat bottom to lay in wait for their prey to pass over their heads where they will then rise up and engulf the food in one mouthful. Destinations like Mefjord, Havoysund, Saltstraumen and the Lofoten Islands are all very good places to target Halibut.

Boat fishing: When fishing for Halibut from the boat there are 2 main methods used to snare these beasts. I would suggest when on the boat, once you have set your drift up, that you fish a couple of rods from the back of the boat using dead-baits and a Halibut anti-twist lead. This can be fished either straight down or off a Halibut anti-twist float. The advantage of using floats is that you can fish well away from the back of the boat at the desired depth making for a much more precise bait presentation.

I have seen fish caught as much as 10 metres from off the bottom so do not be afraid to fish that far up. Whilst doing this I would suggest having a couple of anglers at the front of the boat using shads to attract the Halibut and get them in the vicinity of the baits. Quite often you will have a couple of pulldowns on the shads before it goes quiet then one of the dead bait rods will scream off at a rate of knots.

Shore fishing: Fishing for big fish such as Halibut from the shore is becoming much more of a popular style to fish abroad. The first thing you need to do is to look for an area with a sandy bottom, areas where the sea bed drops away or the tide runs hard through a narrowing in the land. These are all prime Halibut areas to fish and you will find these fish are always willing to hit a bait. The tackle needed for these fish has to be up to the job with large capacity reels loaded with strong line or braid a big necessity. Heavy ground rods are must-have, light continental style rods will not cut the mustard, you need a rod that will be able to withstand the crashing runs these Halibut make.

For baits, I would suggest using an oily fish bait such as Herring, Bluey or Mackerel as these will release the scent into the water creating a slick that will entice fish in from further away. Rig wise for Halibut, I would suggest Using Pulley pennells with a strong rig body of 150lb plus. The snood needs to be of the same strength to avoid the Halibut biting through the line. A strong hook in sizes of either 6/0-8/0 is needed to ensure the fish stays hooked and doesn’t bend the hook out.

Before every cast ensure that every part of your tackle is still in top condition. These fish will find any weaknesses in your set-up and expose them in a savage way, one minute you will have the fish of a lifetime tearing off through the water and in a blink of an eye, it will be gone. If this was down to human error (poor knots, blunt hooks, nicks in the line) you will be kicking yourself for a very long time.

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