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Halibut & Coalfish Fishing | Å | Northern Norway

Tour code: NOR004
Overview
Category: Sea Fishing

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. They also have a huge array of hire or hire equipment from rods and reels for Halibut and Cod fishing to lighter rods and reels for bait fishing.

Location

This destination is located in a village called Å, in English this translates to ‘Stream’. The reason for this is because of the well-known Moskenesströmmen that is located nearby which is one of the strongest maelstroms (where two tides collide) in the world. Here the difference between high and low tides vary by almost four meters and the water can move at up to 6 knots. One moment you can be fishing in flat calm waters then when the two tides start to collide you are surrounded by boiling water. This is when the Coalfish start to feed hard because all of the baitfish get spun around and disorientated meaning the Coalfish can take full advantage of this.

This part of Norway is now made a huge name for itself with the outstanding Halibut fishing and Coalfish fishing that occurs from June onwards. The start of the season is proving to be very good for the mighty Skrei Cod and commercial boats have landed them over the huge magical mark of 88lb. The Skrei Cod come in from the Barents Sea to feed up in the nutrient-rich waters that surround the Lofoten Islands and with the boats you will be using, it’s only a short steam out to some pretty good fishing grounds.

Fishing

The reason why so many anglers head to the Lofoten Islands in search of the huge species is because the fishing grounds are mostly right on your doorstep. The ‘Stream’ is located a short 15-minute boat ride from the marina so no time is lost in getting to the peak area of this location. On the way to the stream, you will also pass some pretty amazing spots for Plaice fishing. Little coves and beaches frequent the shoreline and some of these have never seen an angler so they are always worth stopping off at as you never know what you will catch.

The main draw to this destination is the Halibut and Coalfish. Last year there were more Halibut caught over the magical 2m mark than all the other destinations we offer in Norway. The Coalfish fishing is also a very big draw for many sports fishermen. Fish averaging 20lb plus are now classed as small, a 40lb Coalfish is now a reality rather than a dream with fishing techniques such as popper and lure fishing being the chosen way to attract the larger Coalfish. There is nothing better than seeing a huge black Coalfish leap out of the water with your lure hanging out of its mouth, it’s a pure adrenalin rush.

Boats

At Å we have 10 of the best fully equipped fishing boats from a Swedish company called Arronet. These boats have been carefully designed to be fast, stable at sea even in the roughest off conditions and of course for their reliability. They all come fitted with Suzuki 150hp 4 stroke engines which again have been carefully picked for the reliability, how fuel efficient they are and also how good the service is from Suzuki. All boats come with the most up to date Garmin fish finders, chart plotters and VHF radios. Each boat has the AIS system fitted meaning that our guides at the cabins can constantly monitor where each boat is at any time during the fishing days. This is with safety in mind as if there is any issue they will know exactly where each boat is.

Guides

The guides on site are there to meet you from the airports or ferry terminals and transfer you and all your luggage to your cabin. They are then on hand 24 hours a day to make sure your fishing experience is the best it can be, they even give you a full day’s guided fishing free of charge (subject to availability) where they will take you to some of their hotspots and show you how to fish for Halibut, Coalfish and Plaice. The guides all speak fluent English along with many other languages and will go out of their way to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. If you have any questions when you are away, the guides are the first port of call.

Other Activities

Lofoten islands is a major attraction for many tourists as the scenery is like nothing else in Norway. The local Norwegians have nicknamed this part of Norway as ‘The Jewel of Norway’ and once you have spent a short time there you will see why for yourself. At the destination, there are a few other activities on offer such as the comprehensive fishing village museum displaying 150-year fishing artefacts. There is a small bakery on site that is many years old and still produces bread and cakes as they used to all of those years ago. There are also many different trails and walks you can follow and these will take you to some of the most stunning views looking across the open ocean, mountain lakes and spectacular waterfalls.

If you have any questions about our sea fishing trips contact our expert team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Å Lodge
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The “Rorbu” (fisher or oarsman cabin) was formerly used by the Lofoten fishermen as a working and sleeping place. These accommodations have been renovated in the last years and adapted to the tourist requirements.

All accommodations are located next to or on the harbour. From most of the windows, you have a good view of the mountains or the sea. Nearly all cabins have a veranda outside. The buildings are listed buildings and are preserved in their original state to a large extent. Even though the cabins are rustic they are the perfect base for a weeks fishing.

These cabins are basic but very clean and very well maintained. Each cabin has a well-stocked kitchen with cooker and cooking rings, an extractor fan, a good sized fridge and cutlery. There is no microwave and some of the cabins do not have a freezer so you will have to use the main walk-in freezer. The bathroom comes with a powerful shower, toilet and sinks with a wall heater. The bedrooms have single and/or bunk beds. Bed linen and towels are included.

Board: Self catering
Rooms: 2 x twin rooms
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 230 Volts
Meals: Onsite restaurant (not included)
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit Cards
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in freezer
Filleting Area: Dedicated filleting area
Species Information
Halibut
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 20lb to 450lb
Average Weight: 80lb
Cod
Season: April to September
Peak: April to June
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Coalfish
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 5lb to 48lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Plaice
Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Wolffish
Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Suggested Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Norway, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Oslo
Depart Oslo
Arrive Bodo

Once you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, you will make your way outside of the terminal where there will be a Sportquest Holidays representative waiting to transfer you to the ferry terminal. This takes 5 minutes.

Once you have arrived at the ferry terminal you will have to make your way to the booking office to purchase your ferry crossing ticket. Please note, the ticket is not included. (Ferry crossing approx. 3hrs).

On arrival at Moskenes, you will be met and transferred to the fishing camp. (Approx 5 mins).

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C.

DAYS 2 & 3: Fishing Days.

As you have your own boat there is no time limit to how much or how little you wish to fish and even at certain times of the year, it remains daylight for 24hrs.

Our guides will make sure you are fishing in the right areas for your chosen species.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C.

DAYS 4 & 5: Fishing Days.

Our guides at this camp will be on hand each day to help you get the most out of your stay with them. It is also possible (subject to availability) that the guides will come aboard your boat and show you around, taking you to some of their hotspots. This is a free service and is a great help if it’s your first time.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

DAYS 6 & 7: Fishing Days.

The area around Lofoten is famous for its flatfish species, so with this in mind why not have a break from the hard fighting species of Norway and try targeting the Plaice that surround this part of Norway.

Simply find a nice quiet bay with a sandy bottom and fish away.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

DAY 8:

In the morning you will check out of your cabin and then be transferred back to Moskenes ferry terminal for your crossing back to Bodo. Once you arrive at Bodo you will be met and transferred to the airport.

Depart Bodo
Arrive Oslo
Depart Oslo
Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

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16/07/202023/07/2020876£1,817On Request  Sold Out
23/07/202030/07/2020876£1,617On Request  Sold Out
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If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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Price Supplements

3 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £227 pp
2 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £654 pp

Full Board Option additional £399 per person
Breakfast Only Option additional £175 per person
Breakfast and Lunch Only Option additional £225 per person

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What's Included & Excluded
Included
  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Transfers from Bodo airport to Ferry terminal return
  • Transfers from Moskenes to Å
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing via self drive boat
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS), VHF & radar
  • Freezer storage for your fish
  • Access to professional guide for guidance
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning
Excluded
  • Ferry ticket
  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Final boat cleaning
Options

Other UK departure airports are possible (additional cost) Please call a member of the Sportquest team for further information.

There is an alternative flight route which can land at Leknes via Bodo cutting out the ferry crossing. If you are interested in this option please call for an up to date price and availability.

Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) £50 pr week
Survival suits £40 pr week

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Norway

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Oslo (approx 2 hrs)

Oslo to Bodo (approx 1hr)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Bodo airport to Bodo ferry terminal (approx. 5mins)

Ferry crossing Bodo to Moskenes (approx. 3hrs)

Moskenes ferry terminal to Å (approx. 5mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the destination?

Å is located at the very bottom of the Lofoten islands in North Norway with its location only being a short boat ride to the open ocean, it is the perfect spot to reach some of the best grounds in the whole of Norway. On one side of the Lofoten islands you have sheltered fjords and on the other side is the open ocean, which is where all the best fishing grounds can be found.

Where do they fish?

There is a large area 20 minutes from the cabins called the Moskenesströmmen. It’s an area where two currents collide which creates huge boils as the tide clash making for some excellent fishing. When the two tides meet all the baitfish in the area get sucked into this and then thrown around and in turn, the Coalfish go crazy by smashing all the bait as it is disorientated. This incredible spectacle lasts for around an hour and you can experience some of the best fishing you will ever get. The main Halibut grounds are located on the edges of the stream as the Halibut hunt for any leftover baitfish being thrown from the currents meeting.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

If you planning on fishing the mainstream then it will take approx. 20 – 40 minutes depending on where in the stream you want to fish. If you want to target the Cod you will have to go around the bottom of the island and then head up the North side. This journey will take longer to reach and can be anything from 50 – 80 minutes to reach the main Cod grounds where big shoals can be found.

What fish will I catch?

The main species will be the Halibut and Coalfish, both can be caught in the same area and with a constant run of bait, the Coalfish are always obliging to feed. There are some very good Plaice grounds in the many bays that cut into the Island. The Cod grounds are on the north side of the island and they hold some big Cod and of course, you never know when you are going to get a bite from the Wolfish.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are Halibut fishing you should set yourself a target of a Halibut a day. It is very similar to big game hunting and Halibut do not swim in shoals so one very large Halibut would normally be on its own and have its own little area. However, on the perfect days, you could catch any amount of Halibut and double-figure amounts of Halibut have been caught in one day.

If you chose to fish the Coalfish then the answer would be, how many can you cope with catching? There are lots of big Coalfish there and normally you will only get a rest when you put the rod down as your back is aching. This is the same with the Cod, the shoals are very large and when they are feeding you should be catching regularly.

How do they fish?

When the day is spent Halibut fishing there are several main methods, the first is fishing with bait attached to a piece of terminal tackle called a Halibut Anti Twist lead. This along with the bait of your choice is then lowered to the bottom and then reeled up a couple of metres from the bottom. It is important to keep in touch with the bottom either by watching the fish finder or lowering it to the bottom every 5 minutes then wind up a couple of metres.

The same technique is applied to shad fishing but without the need for the Halibut anti-twist lead. You need to be a little more active with the shad and give the shad some life by sweeping your rod backwards and forwards (not up and down). The bite can be very subtle so concentration is needed for this style

Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak perfect English along with lots of other languages.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is a little more demanding than most of the other destinations in Norway as most of the fishing is taking place in and around the stream and boat handling whilst fishing is sometimes difficult. It does normally only take a couple of days getting used to it but make sure that you concentrate at all times as it very easy to get the boat in a spin and everyone onboard will get into a tangle. There are lots of other areas to fish around Å on the Lofoten Islands so if this area is too much for you then drop out of the stream and fish different marks.

What skill level is required?

The fishing is just like anywhere else in Norway and as long as you have a little bit of sea fishing knowledge then the rest will come naturally. If you find yourself struggling we do have guides on hand to help in any way you need them. We do also try to ensure you get at least one days worth of free guiding during your stay and the other days you are more than welcome to follow our guide

How physically demanding is this trip?

This depends on where you are fishing, if you choose to spend the majority of your time fishing the stream then it is fairly demanding on your leg muscles as the water is very choppy and keeping your balance is very necessary. All the other marks are fairly straightforward and as long as you can stand in a boat you will be fine.

When is the best time to go?

The season at Å is from April to October with the early season dates being better for the Cod and then once June comes the stream tends to start to fill with lots of big Coalfish. Once June turns to July and the Mackerel turn up the Halibut are not far behind them. Once the Mackerel turn up the Halibut and Coalfish go crazy and the mainstream fishes very well. We recommend looking at weeks where the moon is half so the tides are too big.

How will I get there?

Depending on whereabouts you are travelling from in the UK, we would normally fly people to Oslo with SAS then from Oslo to Bodo. We will have a transfer vehicle waiting to take you to the ferry terminal where you will board the fast ferry to Moskenese which is around about 5 minutes from the destination. Once you have enjoyed your mini cruise and docked there will be yet another vehicle waiting to transfer you and your luggage to your cabin.

What is the accommodation like?

The cabins at Å are kept in a traditional Norwegian way. These cabins have been standing there for many years and use to be used by Norwegian fishermen who use to fish the waters from rowing boats. There is evidence of this in the stylish décor in all the cabins. In the cabins there is a fully working modern oven with 2 hot plates, a large fridge and the entire normal cutlery range is available in each cabin.

What is the food like?

At Å there is a very nice restaurant available 7 days a week during the summer months. Also attached to the restaurant is a nice lively bar serving lovely wine and beer. The food at the restaurant is very modern and you will find something that meets everyone’s taste.

Does the hotel provide fishing tackle?

You can hire all your rods and reels and they are top of the range equipment. Most rods are Westin boat coupled with Shimano Talica reels. These need to be pre-booked to ensure that they are reserved. You can also hire top quality flotation suits but again we would recommend hiring these in advance. At most of our destinations in Norway, there is an onsite tackle shop selling everything you will need at very good prices.

Is internet and phone signal available?

In most of the cabins you will get free Wi-Fi and is very fast, but if you are in the outer cabins then it may be a little slower. If you need the Wi-Fi just walk down to the bar area where it is very quick. Phone signal around the whole of Norway is excellent and there are not many areas where you will not full bars and also 3G or 4G

Are there other activities available?

Yes, there is a local museum only a few minutes walk from the cabins. This museum shows local artefacts from the olden fishing days and local fish factories. You can also organise a couple of hours on the rib boat that will take you out on the stream at high speeds. The area you are staying in is stunning and the guides will advise you on some walking nature trails and of course, there is the restaurant that serves lovely food.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab on our tour page.

We also offers hosted trips to Å each year, which are ideal for single anglers.

 

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