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Tackle Ideas Norway Fishing Report

Tackle Ideas Norway Fishing Report

Norway Fishing Report, with my up and coming trip to Norway I was thinking, what I take for granted some others may get very confused so I thought it may be worth letting you know what I take to Norway to tackle some of these huge fish:

So you have booked your fishing holiday and now the hard bit starts, what tackle and rods and reels to take.

The information in this Norway Fishing Report is my personal opinion and one that I try to advise others on, but take from it what you like and feel free to buy what your budget allows, just make sure that you firstly:

  1. Work out what you want to target
  2. What sort of depth you will be fishing
  3. Whether you want to fish with pirks, shads or bait
  4. What other tackle you may need

Being Sportquest Holidays Norway Guide I see many people turn up to Norway with every single item that was made for fishing in Norway and this really doesn’t have to be the case and if you follow the above rules then you will save your self some hard earned cash. Tackle can be a minefield and what ever you do, do not walk in to or call a tackle shop and say ‘I am going to Norway, what do I need?’ as believe me you will come out with some weird and wonderful gear!

It is easy to get carried away with taking everything I call it “Just in case tackle” and if you sit down and slim everything down you will find the tackle lists for Norway isn’t as expensive as you think

I will try and put together in this Norway Fishing Report a small list of things I take that hopefully will help you with a few ideas


I use a 20 – 30lb class rod, Daiwa do a great rod called Daiwa Kenzaki Braid Special> these are around £100 and I have found them to be very reliable

If you are on a budget then Shakespeare do a great little rod, the Agility Exp Boat rod. These rods are around £59.99 and the same as the Daiwa ones above, are also very reliable

Norway fishing report on what tackle to take with you to Norway

Shakespeare Agility Exp Boat rod around £59.99

Boat fishing rod offered in Norway fishing report

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid Special around £100


I use a Daiwa Saltist Lever Drag Twin Speed Reel, these are expensive but I need something that will last a lifetime as I fish in Norway a few times a year. The price of the reel is around £300 but like I said you may well not find a better reel

Again if you are on a budget then try looking at the Shimano TR 200g these are built very well and will cope with many different situations Norway may throw at you. These can be purchased at around £60

Diana boat fishing reel featured in our Norway fishing report

Daiwa Saltist Lever Drag Twin Speed Reel around £300

Norway fishing report on the best reel to take

Shimano TR 200g around £60


I always use Power Pro braid in around 60lb unless i need marked braid for fishing certain depths then i use Daiwa Tournament Accu Depth in an 80lb strain


This is the tricky bit; so many people will have so many other ideas but like I said above this is just my personal list for Fishing:


Silver Chrome Pirks, I always take 4 or 5 of these in 300g – 400g. When you buy these please remember to remove the hooks and replace with the below mentioned hooks. I also replace the split rings

Silver chrome pirk used in Norway fishing report to catch cod

Shads: I find this again a personal thing and I am just trying to give you some ideas

Savage Cutbait Herring lures in the below patterns are my personal favourites:

Herring Red Fish

Deceiving 3d Burbot

Natural Herring

I always use the heavier ones I think they are around 460g. These shads come with a spare body

The best lures to use in Norway fishing report


In this Norway Fishing Report I always spend a fair bit of money on these and buy the best I can find. The best I have found are Owner Stinger 66 Trebles in various sizes. I take one pack of 2/0 and one pack of 4/0 they last forever and stay razor sharp

Owner fishing hooks in Norway fishing report are the best


I only ever use around 1 metre of leader and connect this via a swivel. Some people do not like this but I have found it to be very reliable and easy to change. The best I have used is Berkley Trilene Big Game Fluorocarbon in 80lb clear, this lasts me ages

Fluorocarbon leader in Norway fishing report is simply unbreakable

Split rings:

Split rings are very important and need to be good quality. I have been using recently rings from Surecatch, they are stainless Steel and are more than man enough to cope with the job. I use the 170lb ones, at only £2 for 10 these are great value

A split ring used to hold everything together Norway fishing report

Flatfish Rigs (Plaice):

This again is a personal thing, the amount I use these types of rigs I tend to buy them ready tied as they are very cheap to buy if you do not have all the components.

For bait for the above rigs, I always use prawns and these can be purchased from either the fish factories at the camp or the supermarkets at very good prices. I have tried all sorts of bait for Plaice in Norway and always return to using prawns

Norway fishing report on the best rigs for Plaice

Personally I do not do very much bait fishing for bigger fish, there is no reason for this as I know it works but I personally find artificial lures work for me just as well. Hopefully you have found some useful information with in this Norway Fishing Report that you can use when looking at purchasing your tackle. If there is anything you are a little unsure on then please feel free to call me on 01603 407596 and I can see if I can help

Also i will follow this blog up with a clothing list required and hopefully that will help a lot of people

Until I return from Norway, tight lines

All the best


Blog Comments

  • John Agnew

    Great info here Paul, I’d probably be the one turning up with everything but the kitchen sink…just in case 😉

    I’ll use this info and save some money in the process. I’m glad you mentioned the “Savage Cutbait Herring lures” in the 460g as I just ordered some of these but was having second thoughts and wondered if they might be too big. You put my mind at rest.

    How about assist hooks? Easy to make? Just buy? Size of hook for these?

    • Paul Stevens

      Morning John

      It is a bit of a minefield and something that confused me when i first went to Norway. I thought i needed everything just in case….. Now the more timers i go the less i take with me

      Those savage lures are great, i have fished these in competition against some one using bait and the actually hook up ratio with lures i personally think is so much better. The guys using bait had more takes but in turn lost more than i did and i think its because the Halibut almost holds bait in its mouth like a pike and then runs with it and eventually if left long enough will then turn the bait to swallow it, but with a shad you are in direct contact with it and you know when anything so much as looks at it…

      I always recommend people using a stinger treble as Halibut can be very delicate sometimes and can just nip the tail. So i make sure my stinger is set right in the tail

      I personally like attaching my stinger treble with split rings and swivels. i just have 100% confidence in this and have landed some very big Halibut this way

      For the stinger hook for Halibut i like a size 2/0 Owner treble

      Some people prefer to use pirks for everything and don’t get me wrong they are probably the best all round thing to use in Norway but if you are after something a bit bigger and do not mind sitting it our for something bigger then always use big Shads!

      Hope this has helped John

      • John Agnew

        Yes that helped a lot Paul, thanks. You can give us a quick demo of how best to rig things up on day 1 🙂


    Where is the best site to order the larger storm lures.

  • Joe Lindsay

    Paul,apologies if you have received this email twice.I wasn’t sure if the first one sent.
    Just wondering if floatation/survival suites have to be requested before the hosted trip to Mejford on the 11th April,or do we sort it out on arrival?
    Thank you

  • Steve altoft

    Right Paul when are you going and can I come with you regards Steve

    • Paul Stevens

      Hi Steve, the next trip I have any space on is to Vesterålen which is June next year. I have 1 space on the trip, do you fancy joining me?

  • Roger Bumby

    For those reading Paul’s tackle advice,I can only say that in our group’s experience -his advice certainly works! (And saves you money…) We’ve been to Norway three times now,and always take up to date advice from Paul before we go,he is so patient and always replies promptly too.
    We came back from our most recent trip last week,and had 6 halibut and lots of cod (literally hundreds! )Including 2 forty pounders….So thank you,Paul and Sportquest -we’ll be back (again!)

  • Ben

    Any1 know a what the best site is to order these big lures

    • Paul Stevens

      Hi Ben, I place I have been buying a few bits from recently is DBanglingsupplies seems to be good and has a lot of Norway stock in

  • Ben

    Thanks much info the better what would u say the best lures are please

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