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Hosted Cod & Halibut Fishing | Mefjord | North Norway


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.

Being located up in the Arctic Circle the destination of Mefjord is a beautiful little Norwegian fishing village, steeped in history. This camp is set in some of Norway’s most picturesque scenery. Surrounded by mountains you will never tire of the views you will wake up to day after day. In winter these mountains are covered in snow and offer the chance for some phenomenal photograph opportunities. Come summer time the mountains change into a sea of greenery as the new fresh growth appears creating a vibrant view that just has to be seen.

You will be fishing the North Sea and these waters are rich with life and nutrients which makes for some incredible fishing at certain times of the year. In March and April the Skrei Cod flood these waters to breed creating some of the best big cod fishing that you will find anywhere in Norway. These Cod reach astronomical sizes with fish being in excess of 70lb and the chance of a 90lb+ fish being a possibility. These fish are caught by drifting over the shoals and using shads to entice them to smash your rod over and give you a fight from a Cod like would never have experienced before.

As the waters warm up the fishing changes and Halibut becomes the main fish to target. These enormous flatfish can be targeted in the fjords or the open sea with some monster fish lurking beneath the waves that can be caught using either trolled dead baits or by jig fishing from the boats. One of the best things about fishing in the summer in Norway is the fact you can fish in the midnight sun. This is where the sun does not set properly leaving just twilight.

Winter Skrei Hosted Trip:
We will be running two hosted trips to Mefjord, the first one will be based on the huge Skrei run that this destination gets. The Cod Fishing Mefjord Skrei season is very short and normally only lasts around 5 – 6 weeks. It starts towards the end of March and runs through April and the Skrei Cod come close to the Island of Senja where Mefjord is located. The fishing grounds for these huge Cod are only a few minutes from the cabins.

Summer Mixed Species Trip:
The second of our hosted trips to Mefjord will be run during the summer months targeting all the usual species North Norway is so famous for. You will have direct access to the open ocean for a great day of Cod fishing and if the weather changes you can simply opt to fish the many fjords within easy reach for such species as the mighty Halibut or the strong fighting Coalfish. The Halibut population has been left to grow very large in the surrounding area and at this camp, we strongly promote catch and release on Halibut under 80cm and over 130cm.

There are 20 boats parked at the two floating bridges. The boats you will using are 19ft Kværnø aluminium boats equipped with 50 hp four stroke engines, GPS, chart plotter and fish finder. The boats are very good and safe for the conditions that are on the far side of the island, towards the open ocean. The boats are also equipped with AIS (Automatic Identification System) to improve security and safety. This makes sure we can follow your boat’s position from the land and send a rescue boat in case of an emergency.

Each day our host will arrange with the group what to target and what tackle and tactics that should be used. The host will be driving one boat and the other boat will be driven by one of the anglers that will follow the host out to the fishing marks. The host will then, each day, swap people around so everyone gets to experience some days fishing with the host. The fishing is divided up into two boats, one boat will have 3 anglers plus the host and the other boat will be based on 4 people fishing.

Other Activities
Mefjord is also a brilliant destination to travel to if you enjoy spotting wildlife. You will have the opportunity of seeing sea eagles swooping down to take fish from the water and reindeer wandering the local area looking for their next meal. When out at sea you will be captivated by the many Puffins and Gannets that you will see diving for baitfish on the water, these beautiful birds will provide many a great photo opportunity if the fishing slows down. If you are very lucky you may encounter the humpback whales that come into the area to feast on the huge shoals of baitfish that appear at certain times of the year.

If you have any questions on our Mefjord sea fishing trips contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Northern Lights Apartment Mefjord

These high-quality apartments have been built with the fisherman in mind with them being located right by the floating docks. They are very modern and come equipped with all the mod cons to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

These are ideal if your group is larger than 4 and can accommodate up to 8 people. There are 5 bedrooms (3 single bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms) with the option for an extra bed for an 8th person. There is a lovely decorated spacious living room with a couple of different seating areas. The kitchen comes complete with all amenities from a large fridge freezer to big cooking facilities.

Each of the apartments has access to a spacious terrace overlooking the ocean offering stunning views of the Northern Lights and at the right time of the year, a great Whale viewing point.

Board: Self catering
Rooms: 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
Skrei Cod
Season: March to April
Peak: March to April
Weight: 10lb to 90lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Season: March to October
Peak: March & April
Weight: 5lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 20lb to 350lb
Average Weight: 60lb
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Season: March to October
Peak: March to October
Weight: 5lb to 15lb
Average Weight: 7lb


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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:

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.

Depart: UK (alternative routes available)

Arrive: Oslo.

Depart: Oslo


After you have cleared customs, our holiday representative will greet you. The transfer takes approximately 1hr 30 mins.

On arrival at the camp, the owners will show you around the camp and then give you a quick briefing on the boats and where the fuel is kept.

Your guide will then sit with everyone and run through how to set up the various rigs and tactics to target certain species. You are then free to relax

Overnight Accommodation: Mefjord Northern Light Apartment (Twin room) R/O

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days

As this is a group trip, the group will decide the hours of fishing and people will be assigned boats to fit within their fishing hours. Our guide will split his time between both boats helping and advising you all the way.

Both boats will fish as a team and be in contact at all times informing each other if they are catching.

Overnight Accommodation: Mefjord Northern Light Apartment (Twin room) R/O

Days 5 to 7: Fishing Days

The fishing can be as close as a couple of minutes steam from the cabins. However if the fish are feeding on the outside of the fjord there may be a short steam of around 30minutes to reach the large shoals of Cod.

There is at this camp a BBQ area which you can hire for a small fee that comes complete with seating area and coal for you to cook your fresh catch.

Overnight Accommodation: Mefjord Northern Light Apartment (Twin room) R/O

Day 8:

In the morning our representative will transfer you back to the airport ready for your departure flight back to the UK.

Depart: Bardufoss

Arrive: Oslo.

Depart: Oslo

Arrive: UK.


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Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/04/2020 08/04/2020 8 7 6 £1,383 On Request Book Now N/A
08/04/2020 15/04/2020 8 7 6 £1,383 On Request Sold Out N/A
31/03/2021 07/04/2021 8 7 6 £1,431 On Request Book Now N/A
07/04/2021 14/04/2021 8 7 6 £1,431 On Request Book Now N/A

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.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Transfers to and from Mefjord and Bardufoss
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing via self drive boat
  • Fishing boat
  • GPS
  • Chart Plotter
  • Echo / fish finder
  • Boat safety equipment
  • Life jackets
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning
  • Access to a professional guide

What's Excluded

  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Final boat cleaning
  • Tips for the guide


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

  • Additional luggage can be added, please enquire about up to date prices

  • Rod & Reel hire £120 pr week
  • Flotation suit hire £100 per week
  • Boat Cleaning £50


Price Supplements

  • As this is a group trip there are no supplements for being a single angler.

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


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 3 hrs) Oslo to Bardufoss (approx 45 mins)

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

Bardufoss – Resort (approx 1.5 hrs)

Questions & Answers

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Where is the Lodge?

Mefjord Brygge is located on the Island of Senja, Norway’s largest Island. Located in the North of Norway Senja is a stunning Island capped by some huge mountains and stunning scenery. With it only being a short 1-hour transfer from the nearest airport sea fishing Mefjord is a great destination.

Where do they fish?

The great thing with sea fishing in Mefjord is that you have direct open ocean fishing as well as wind protected fjords in case the weather is against you.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which species you are targeting. The main Cod fishing grounds are directly in front of the fjord where the cabins are located, around a 15-minute drive. The Halibut grounds are as close as 5 minutes from the harbour. However, there are many different fjords around the Island of Senja for you to try.

What fish will I catch?

The sea fishing in Mefjord offers a huge variety of species. March and April are the perfect months for the Skrei Cod and April to September are perfect for Coalfish and Halibut. Other smaller species can be found in this area such as the Scorpionfish, Plaice, Dabs and the lesser-caught Tadpole fish.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are targeting Cod the shoals are very large especially in the months of March and April and the catch rates will depend on how many you can handle catching. Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower as these are not shoal fish, so you should expect to catch on an average day 2 to 3 Halibut per boat. When targeting the Coalfish, these swim round in huge shoals but will normally only feed for a short period so when they are feeding it will be one a drop.

How do they fish?

The sea fishing is all self-drive so the methods of fishing are down to the individuals. Lowering either a Chrome Pirk or small shad to the bottom and with an up and down movement to excite the Cod will normally see you catching the Cod. The same method is very productive for the Coalfish but instead of leaving the shad/pirk near the bottom, we advise you to hit the bottom then wind back to the surface and the Coalfish normally will take on the retrieve. Halibut fishing, as mentioned before, is a waiting game and you can go a few hours without contacting anything then all of a sudden you will be in for a fight of your life. The main most productive method is to fish with a dead Coalfish on a Halibut Anti Twist rig lowered to the bottom then wind up a few metres and keep it around 2 metres from the bottom and let the boat drift.

Do the guides speak English?

The hotel manager and staff all speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Mefjord is a great destination for all, as the accommodation, restaurant/bar, boats and of course the fishing has been set up to ensure everyone has the best experience of the North of Norway.

What skill level is required?

As mentioned previously, this destination suits all abilities as you have nice weather, protected fjords and the option of fishing the open ocean.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The destination is suitable for all abilities but at low tide, the gangway to the floating dock can be fairly steep. There is a small step to get in the boats but other than that the rest of the resort is suitable for all.

When to go?

If it is the largest of the Cod you are after then we recommend travelling in March and April, as the average weight is enormous. The Halibut and Coalfish fishing happen around the same time, which is May to September with the peak months being July and August for both Halibut and Coalfish.

How to get there?

The normal route is from the UK to Oslo then a second flight from Oslo to Bardufoss. This is where a representative from Mefjord Brygge will be waiting with a minibus and trailer to transfer you to the cabins which takes around 1 hour.

What is the accommodation like?

At Mefjord Brygge we have three different styles of accommodation, the Northern Lights Apartments that are for larger groups of up to 8 people or groups of 4 who are looking at having single rooms. We also have the standard 4 person cabins, which are the most popular with sea anglers. Lastly, we have the Houses which are a lot more traditional and are located a little further away from the boats.

What is the food like?

It is possible to have full board at this destination, which is a huge bonus. The breakfast is a continental style breakfast. At lunch you will get a choice of sandwiches and snacks to take out fishing and then in the evening you will get a cooked meal. The evening meals are stunning and a huge selection is on offer from whale steaks to pizza.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Mefjord Brygge does offer the chance to hire fishing equipment that comes with rod, reel and braid. This is normally a 30–50lb class rod with a large Shimano multiplier.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and Wi-Fi is very good all around the camp and it is free for customers to use. Just ask a member of the staff for the password when you arrive.

Are there other activities available?

Mefjord is the perfect destination for the most active of families with guided mountain walks (3 different difficulty levels), excellent cycle routes (maps and bikes provided at extra charge), snowshoe walking tours up some of Norways most stunning scenic routes, Northern Lights safari, Sea Eagle safaris, Arctic boat Whale safaris and mountain skiing guided tours. If you would like a day off from these energetic activities we can arrange a guided tour to Tromso so you can spend the day looking round some lovely museums and do some shopping.

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 above.
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.


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Great holiday let down by the weather and lost luggage on transfer. Pre information on tides would help, we had no tide at all and definitely hampered our fishing. No big fish which we guessed was the lack of tide. Overall great time and thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi jason, such a shame about the tide not being there. The place doesnt have much drift even when the tides are big. I tend to use the engine to push the boat along does sometimes catch bonus fish. Glad you all still had a great time

All the best



In truth this was a hard going. We just didn't find the fish with only 2 standout sessions. 1 when we found the coalfish ( mid trip ) and one when we found some cod and haddock on the last day of the trip. I think it is important that if sportquest appoint a guide, no matter how affable, that they have some knowledge of the venue and dont waste days in entirely the wrong place. The venue, accommodation and scenery are great but having disappointing catches whilst seeing huge cod to 70lb regularly being landed was extremely frustrating. My biggest cod was 15lb not what I was led to believe I would catch or what I was expecting to catch. At least our hours of searching for fish will benefit the next trip !

I hope for better thigs when I travel to Cost Rica in 2020

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Glenn

Thank you for the honest feedback.

Hopefully I will get to chat to you again in the near future


Plenty of cod when we got out in good weather.

When fishing out in the fjord we threw some small coalie baits in and six Sea Eagles came swooping down for them. On the last day we had Humpback Whales eye balling usclose in to the boat.

Good trip back next year.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Paul

Thank you for your great feedback. it was a pleasure having you on my boat during this holiday.

Those Sea Eagles really were impressive creatures and seeing them and the Humpback Whales that close is a memory that will stay with me for a very long time.

Hopefully I will get to see you again on a future holiday.


Great holiday which was disturbed a bit by the weather but the guides got us out fishing when they could. Radios on boat would improve safety / communication.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Paul

Thank you for your feedback.

It was a pleasure having you out with us in Mefjord and seeing you break your PB was excellent.

The weather was a bit trying at times but when we could get out the fish were definitely there.

Hopefully we will get to chat soon.


Beautiful scenery and excellent fishing.

Essential to have good guides when visiting for the first time.

Negative side. Eastern European anglers overfishing these venues. Safety - No radio, flares or a safety boat. I have come to expect this in certain parts of the world but not from European countries.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Andrew

Thank you for the feedback.

It was a pleasure to have you on my boat for the week and to see you catch those two 50lb plus fish was excellent, hopefully I will get to chat to you in the near future about new destinations


Mark and Matt were really fantastic and very hard working to keep us catching.

Really fantastic trip, broke my cod PB now 47lbs.

Only improvement is the weather.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Edwin

Thanks for the feedback.

It was great having you out there with us and seeing you break your PB was brilliant.

Hopefully we will get to chat soon about the other holiday destinations we discussed.


This was my 6th hosted trip to Northern Norway and Mefjord didn't disappoint. Admittedly we lost 3 days due to the weather but the fishing made up for it when we did get out. Getting up close to some humpback wales was an added bonus. The scenery is stunning and the fishing camp is well put together, with the accommodation to a high standard. The one meal we had in the restaurant was very nice.

The two hosts Mark and Matt were good fun but also very professional in their approach, making for a great trip. Similarly the team at Sportquest are always very helpful.

Thanks again


Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Matthew

I am glad you had a great time out there with us in Mefjord.

Hopefully we will get to chat soon and maybe I will see you again on a future hosted holiday.


Great trip. Paul and Matt were let down by poor boats at the venue but we still managed to get out and fish every day

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Graeme, thanks for your feedback and have spoken with the owner and he has assured us that the boats will all be serviced before the start of the season next year. Glad you both enjoyed the holiday and thanks for the pictures especially like the one with you in front of the polar bear..... made me chuckle

Speak soon


Resort Manager

“Indeed we had some technical problems with the boats at the start of the season. Unluckily minor faults (GPS connecting cable and problems depth sounder) were happening at the same time on two different boats, we are very sorry for that, but the boats are now fixed and fully operational, ready for action!” – Mefjord Brygge


Best part was the fishing when we actually managed to get out. The weather was awful, the Fjord exposed and the boats not powerful enough to tackle the strong wind and choppy sea. Tackle shop was bad. The venue was breath taking, the staff very helpful and the sportquest guide superb.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kevin, we heard you had a really tough weeks weather but managed some good fishing when you got out. We have mentioned to the owners about the tackle shop and it is hopefully being addressed. Yes I have been there myself and totally agree that it is a stunning place and I shall pass your feedback on to our guide.

Hopefully we can speak soon and look forward to helping you out next year

Tight lines


Not properly organised in Mefjord. There were times when we could have fished in the Fjord but were not allowed to use boats plus no paper charts etc on boats and cold store need a good clean out. Other than that I had a very good time when we were fishing etc. Apart from bad weather I had a good holiday. Fishing tackle shop, not a very good selection of goods.Cheers, Ian Wilson.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ian, thanks for your feedback. It was such a shame about your week, the weather was dreadful. Glad you still had a great holiday.

I have mentioned to them about stocking the tackle shop with better gear and they are going to discuss it with some different suppliers.

All the best and see you soon



The weather was very poor for our week. Spent 3 of our days in the cabin. We took spinning gear and caught fish off the harbour. Even so there is a lot of fresh water in the area which must hold fish!! We we were told there was a ferry to Tromso on our last day which would have ben better than watching TV. Mefjord seems to be a one trick Pony.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Dean, thanks for your feedback. The weeks weather on the hosted trip couldnt of been any worse. You guys had a tough week and its a real shame as Mefjord is a great location with a huge amount of potential. I have fished it many times and had huge fish.

Perhaps we should give everyone a list of other non fishing activities to do if the weather does turn bad

All the best



Best part, Location fantastic. Fish quality excellent. Sportquest representative could have been interactive with the Irish party. Sub standard fishing reels were an issue ie, slipping

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Sean, thanks for your feedback and yes the fishing is fantastic especially the Cod. I am sorry if you felt we did not interact with you, but our fishing timings clashed a bit and you were out fishing when we were at the cabins and vice versa, plus we were only there for 3 days when you were there.

I have mentioned the rods and reels to the owner and he has said he will look in to new sets.

Where is next for you guys?

All the best



Great holiday

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the scores Stephen


Becoming part of the team! I may be a bit biased! The fishing was first class and we managed to catch so many Cod that our arms were falling off. We got to see Humpback whales every day and the cabins were very good

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Mark, welcome on board. Yes the holiday was a great experience for everyone involved. Seeing those whales everyday was very special and just makes you realise how small you are when one of those whales were only 10ft from the boats.....

All the best and see you soon


Mefjord Brygge. Wow Wow Wow. Fantastic fishing and very friendly and clean.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jimmy, it was great to finally meet you guys and thanks for the great feedback. Mefjord is a top destination with excellent fishing. I am personally very pleased you enjoyed the Cod fishing as I know how much you guys love your Cod fishing.

Hopefully we will catch up again one day and all the best


My thanks to you Paul and Sportquest for a truly amazing experience which surpassed all my expectations.Everything start to finish was spot on. The accommodation at this venue is probably some of the best found in any fishing camp in Norway.As for the fishing on what was my first Skrei cod trip,well it would be difficult to better this venue at Mefjord.Seeing fish coming over the side of the boat between 20 and up to nearly 70lb was an awesome sight with coleys up to 20 lb a surprising bonus for April. To top it all off great weather, and humpback whales appearing near the boats feeding on mass shoals of capelin was an unforgettable experience.
Looking forward to my return trip next April to top my PB of 40lb caught on the recent trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Joe, it was great to meet you finally after all our telephone conversations and thanks for filleting my fish...... Well what can I say about your comments, it truly is an awesome place and I bet you can not wait until next year.

All the best

Resort Manager

Hi Paul,

Thank you and your guest so much for this excellent feedback. It really means a lot to us and we hope that UK anglers fishing at Mefjord Brygge in cod season will be our annual tradition and some sort of kick-off for the brand new fishing season each year. We value Sportquest as one of our top partners with regards to fishing holidays.

Best regards
Radek on behalf of Mefjord Brygge Team


When purchasing tackle in the on-site shop, the price needs to be shown & a better account system of whats been brought, also payment should be cash, if desired, as if paid by card, the banks take a surcharge.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Anthony, it was very good to fish with you again on the hosted trip. More and more places in Norway are now only excepting card for payments. I know about the surcharges on card but you do get charged a certain amount for changing money over!

Also thanks for taking the time to fill out your feedback form

Tight lines



Accommodation as expected!

Fishing much better than expected!

Size + variety in abundance.

All helped by perfect weather.

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Simple but perfect customer review.

We look forward in looking after you again in just over 1 months time

Regards Peter


Great Holiday with excellent help from the guides and catching a personal best Cod. Could not fault the fishing, not over joyed with 5 hr wait at Oslo for return trip, but thats not under your control.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Michael, glad to hear you liked the holiday and a huge well done on your new personal best Cod. It was a pleasure to have met you and hopefully I will get to guide you in the future

All the best



The pre-trip information from Sportsquest was excellent and preparations went flawlessly. The problem was when we got to Bardufoss. Our clothes, fishing tackle and all our food did not arrive with us! Due to it being good Friday we could not even go to a supermarket to buy food as they were all shut. Luckily the camp contact, Michael, stopped in a garage and we managed to buy some frozen Pizzas and some eggs for breakfast the next day.
Luckily, Paul Stevens (Sportquest) was already in camp hosting a group of British anglers and after a quick discussion, the lads very kindly came up with some spare tackle and some warm clothes. I also hired a floatation suit from the camp.
The accommodation me and my pal were allocated was basic and small. We had one bedroom with a bunk bed, a small kitchen/living area and a bathroom. It was, however, clean and warm. It could have done with having a microwave and I would advise anybody going to take an ipad or other device for films and entertainment.
The next morning dawned sunny and calm but bitterly cold. Paul Stevens had given us some marks the evening before and off we went. We arrived at the mark at slack tide but started getting hits immediately. Very frustratingly, for the first couple of hours we lost every fish that hit. As soon as the tide picked up we started catching. My first fish was a 53lb cod, beating my previous PB by 36lbs! Over the next 4 hours we had about 25 cod between 10 and 53 lbs.
When we arrived back at camp all our gear and food had arrived and we soon forgot about the first days problems.
The second day went very much like the first. Lots of cod and the odd coley. the most notable fish were a 44, 36, 31 and 30 cod plus many others. The lures that seemed to work best for the bigger fish were a 730g Robocod Westin Big Bob, 270g real herring curl tail savage gear cutbait herring & 560g blue back savage gear 3D herring big shad. I had most of the smaller fish on a blue OTI jinkster 300g jig.
Day 3, again was like the first two days. Again, we had cod in the 40lb class. Most of my fish were caught on a 150g Nomura popping rod with a shimano saragosa 8000 spooled with 60 lb coloured diawa J-braid. Depth finding braid is essential as you can accurately fish at the depth the fish are, as indicated by the fish finder. My other rod was a Diawa kenzaki 30-50 with a Shimano Talica 12 loaded with 80lb coloured J-braid.
Day 4 was a non-fishing day due to the weather. We weren't allowed out.
Day 5 we tried twice to get to the cod grounds but were beaten back by the weather and ended up fishing in the fiord. We caught redfish, coley, ling and haddock which was fun. The last fishing day was also very windy and the boats were not allowed out until 16.00. Again we could only fish the fiord but had about 20 haddock, ling, redfish, cod and coley.
In summary, it was a fantastic trip and I will be going again and I will be going through Sportquest. The problems we had were nothing to do with Sportquest and no-one can control the weather but the 3 good days we had made the trip worthwhile by themselves.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John, thanks for your feedback. It is very important to us and the resort you stayed at to hear real reviews.

Well done on your huge Cod and glad you liked your experience and it was lovely to have met you

All the best


Resort Manager

Hi Paul,

Thanks for feedback and valuable comment. Unfortunately it’s the weather that the quality of skrei season fishing is mostly dependent on. We hope that in 2018 it will be more likely for fine weather. I also forwarded the message to Michael – maybe he will add some comments. Thanks for updates and we are in touch!

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