Every year our hosted Lofoten Island sea fishing trips sell out very quickly. This is due to them being cheaper than travelling as a single angler, the expert advice and experience of our hosts and the destination being exclusive to Sportquest Holidays. On top of this, the fishing on Lofoten Islands has built a very big name for itself within the sea fishing world due to the huge species it offers.
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.
The reason why so many anglers head to the Lofoten Islands in search of the huge species is that 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 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. 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.
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 of 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.
As this is a fully hosted holiday there is no need to drive the boats, our guides will organise each day what people would like to target. They will also sit down with you each day and go through all your fishing equipment ensuring that all knots, lures, hooks and other pieces are already for your next day’s fishing. Most of our guides have been fishing in and around North Norway for many years and you will soon realise that you are in good hands.
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 artifacts. 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.