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Soroya | Hosted Skrei Cod Fishing | North Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR038

Welcome to this Exclusive Sportquest Holidays Skrei Cod trip to the world-famous Sørøya in northern Norway. In conjunction with Big Fish Adventures, we would like to introduce you to the best Cod fishing location in the world. There are more Cod over 60lb caught here each year than anywhere in the world. Back in 2013, a German angler smashed the world record which stood for 44 years with a whopping 103lb Skrei Cod caught from a boat on rod and reel from this magical island of Sørøya. As of 2020 Sportquest hosted holidays have seen anglers boat fish up to 93lb and many coming home with Cod over 70lb it will not be long before one of our lucky anglers comes home holding a world record, the question is, could it be you?

Location

The Island is located a few miles off the mainland of North Norway and can be reached by a small aeroplane from Tromso. Once landed on the island its a short 5-minute transfer to your cabins which are located on the edge of a stunning fjord. At the mouth of the fjord is the open ocean which is where you will be mainly targeting the mighty Skrei Cod. If you are looking at smashing your Cod PB then you must visit this little Norwegian Island at least once. As you can imagine, with it being a small island in the open ocean the sea can be fairly rough sometimes so you should expect to maybe lose a day or two to bad weather, but the advantage of this destination is that it is located in a fjord so even in the roughest conditions it may be possible to head out and fish in relatively sheltered waters. If you do lose any days fishing, when you do eventually get out on the Cod grounds you will soon forget any lost days as a few hours catching these Cod will have your arms and back aching.

Fishing

The main season for catching enormous Skrei Cod is March and April. This is when the massive shoals of Skrei Cod travel from the Barents Sea to the spawning grounds located around the north of Norway and with the Skrei fishing grounds only being a short boat drive away you can be fishing in a very short time. The shoals of Cod are like nothing you will ever have seen before and previous years we have had the shoals from the bottom to literally meters below the surface and have even seen the Cod jumping out of the water like free jumping Marlin. It truly is a spectacle that every true sea angler needs to witness.

This trip is based on 12 anglers fishing from 3 boats and 2 guides. The guides will move people around so everybody gets equal times on the boat with the guides. We have 45 boats from 19 feet, 22ft, 23ft and 25ft here is a bit of information about the new boats. The 19ft aluminium boats are spacious,  they have 50 Hp four-stroke engines and are equipped with sonar and GPS. 3-4 people can fish comfortably on board and life vests are included of course. we also have 2 upgrade options available first the Kaasbøll 660SC is a good looking, fast and stable 22-footer, and with its delicate and sporty shape, it cuts nicely through rough seas. It has a deep V-bottom, which provides very good seagoing characteristics. This is a solid boat for people who want to move quickly out to the banks, even when the weather is a bit choppy. The second option is the  Kaasbøll 760HT which is a large, powerful aluminium boat with a hardtop centre-console. Its modern and sporty design makes it a very desirable boat to fish from. It has a slim and deep V-bottom that makes this a boat that can withstand rough sea at high speed. With four people you’ll have more than enough space.

Both of our upgraded boats are equipped with two Garmin echoMAP 92s and the GT51-M transducer. With this rig, you will be able to use normal sonar and also down view and side view options. With this transducer, you can easily see fish down to 300-400 metres. They will also be equipped with Zipwake which is a dynamic trim-control system, that automatically calculates the weight shift on the boat and compensates for this. What that means in practice is that the boat will remain correctly angled while driving, making the V-bottom work optimally. The system has a very good and reliable automatic mode, so you don’t have to trim it manually. The engines of the models are the trusty Yamaha F150DETX. models, we have had Yamaha on all our boats and have had very few problems during our 16 years. We are confident that this is the engine that is the best for our guests.

Guides

This is a hosted trip so you will have 2 Sportquest guides on the holiday who will be able to help with any questions you may have. Sportquest has been fishing the waters surrounding Soroya for many years so we know where to fish and more importantly how to target the big ones. The hosts will be there to help land fish, how to release fish, how to set up your tackle and more importantly there to advise when it is safe to fish. The fishing is based on three boats and two guides meaning one boat will be driven by an angler that will simply follow the two guide boats out sticking very close by so we can all keep in radio contact. These boats are very easy to handle and the guides will make sure whoever is driving one of the boats is entirely comfortable with the controls.

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

 

 

 

Accommodation
Soroya Cabins

The destination of Soroya is one that needs no introduction, renowned as a big fish hotspot, Soroya is a fantastic destination to visit. With a run of huge Skrei here in the winter months and the ever-present big Halibut here during the summer months, this is one destination that every sea angler has to fish at least once in their lives.

The Cabins

The accommodation at Soroya is made up of some fantastic Norwegian cabins that sleep up to 7 people (single beds and bunk beds). These are self-catering units with all the mod cons needed to ensure that your Norweigian fishing trip to Soroya goes as smoothly as possible. The kitchen and living room are open space meaning that in your downtime you will have loads of room to cook and relax after a hard day catching monster fish.

The kitchen area has a refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, coffee machine, kettle, dishwasher, and anything else you may need for simple cooking.  This apartment has a TV set with a channel package and wireless internet. These cabins have spacious living areas and bathrooms all in all creating the perfect place to rest your head after a long day out at sea.

Alternatively, you can upgrade to the new cabins, called the BFA resort, each house has two floors over a total of 86 square metres, and six beds distributed over three bedrooms. On the first floor, you have two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and washing and drying room. The first floor also has a terrace heater so you can sit and enjoy the stunning view even during the cold days!

If you walk up the stairs the open kitchen and living room welcomes you and if you turn your head right you get a jaw-dropping view with the whole wall being made out of windows! There is also a balcony you can enjoy your morning coffee on.

The kitchen has a stove, dishwasher, fridge with a small freezer, a coffee machine and a microwave etc.

There is also a bathroom and a bedroom on the second floor.

Food & Drink

These cabins are solely self-catering meaning that you will be cooking your food whilst enjoying your stay.

When you head to Norway we suggest you take a coolbox with you in which to take your food. Provisions we suggest to take with you include meals like porridge for breakfast along with main meals like steak, sausages, pasta, rice and sauces (we would advise taking these types of food with you as they are available in Norway but these are fairly expensive). You have a local supermarket within driving distance from the cabins which are where we would suggest you buy fresh goods such as bread, milk, and eggs.

As well as the local supermarket the garages in and around where you will be fishing sell hotdogs and burgers, now these are not cheap but after a long day on the boat, these go down a treat as a snack.

 

Rooms: Twin
Internet: WiFi
Equipment Hire: Onsite tackle shop
Shop: Tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit Card
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in Freezer
Filleting Area: At the top of the marina
Species Information
Skrei Cod
Season: March to April
Peak: March
Weight: 15lb to 103lb
Average Weight: 40lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have regular flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive Tromso

Depart Tromso
Arrive Hasvik

Once you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, you will make your way outside of the terminal where there will be a representative from Big Fish Adventures waiting to transfer you and the group to your accommodation.

You are then free to unpack and get your fishing tackle ready for your very first days fishing. Your hosts will make their way around the cabins offering their advice on tackle and making sure everyone is set ready for the next days fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 2 & 3: Fishing Days

As this is a hosted trip all boats will head out at the same time following the guide out to the fishing marks. Once on the fishing grounds, the boats will split up a little to try and locate the bigger fish. It is very important to keep in touch informing each other on what is being caught.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days

Due to this holiday being early on in the season and mainly Skrei Cod being the target, it is difficult to target other species. However, if the wind prevents you from reaching the main Cod grounds then it is possible to fish closer in and try for Wolfish and Halibut.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days

Each day you will head out to the Cod grounds where you will be fishing and with some help and advice from your guide will be targeting potential world record-sized Cod. It is important to release the big fish and the simple way of doing this is to stop reeling in once you see your cod in the water, let it release all its bubbles then once it starts to fight back then you can simply reel it up the last remaining few meters and lift it out. Be as quick as possible with regards to weighing and taking pictures then once you have finished making sure that you put the fish back in the water headfirst, forcing air through its gills.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Day 8:

In the morning you will check out of your cabin and then be transferred back to Hasvik airport for your return flight.

Depart Hasvik
Arrive Tromso

Depart Tromso
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
17/03/2021 24/03/2021 8 7 6 £1,790 On Request Sold Out N/A
24/03/2021 31/03/2021 8 7 6 £1,775 On Request Sold Out N/A
16/03/2022 23/03/2022 8 7 6 £1,881 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/03/2022 30/03/2022 8 7 6 £1,881 On Request Sold Out N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on twelve adults sharing transfers, fishing with two hosts and sharing standard 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.

ATOL
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)
  • Internal flights
  • Transfers to and from Cabin to Hasvik
  • All accommodation as per itinerary (standard Soroya Cabins)
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS) & VHF
  • Freezer storage for your fish
  • Access to professional guide for guidance
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning

What's Excluded

  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All meals
  • Final boat cleaning

Options

  • 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 and reel hire is available upon request
  • Flotation suits can also be hires upon request
  • Welcome pack – Milk, juice, bread, eggs, ham, cheese, salad, fruit, coffee and tea (Please enquire at the time of booking)

Price Supplements

  • As this is a hosted holiday there are no supplements for travelling alone.

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

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 2.5 hrs) Oslo to Tromso (approx 1hr 55 mins) Tromso to Hasvik (Approx 1hr 18 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 the 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 airline’s 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

Hasvik to Cabins (approx 10 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

The cabins are located on an Island called Sørøya, which is in the very north of Norway. It is a small rocky island with the highest point only being 659 metres above sea level. The coastline is very jagged and has numerous fjords that cut into the island from the open ocean.

Where will I fish?

The cabins are far North, next to the Barents Sea, with the fishing grounds right outside the window. The proximity to the Gulf Stream gives us ice-free ports, and despite the harsh climate, deep-sea angling conditions are usually good. You have many fjords to fish and with the cabins being located at the end of a fjord, this gives fishing in rough conditions a much better chance.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The Skrei fishing grounds can be found as close as 15 minutes and up to 45 minutes from the harbour. Some of the closest Halibut grounds are only a couple of minutes away but better areas are around 40 minutes away.

What fish will I catch?

The main draw to Sørøya is the huge run of Skrei Cod. These grow to huge sizes and a 50lb Cod caught here is not seen as a big fish. Due to the time of year when you will be travelling, there will not be many other species available. March and April is peak Skrei season and many other species do not come near the place as they tend to get eaten. There will always be a chance of a Halibut even when fishing the Skrei grounds

How many fish will I catch?

As you will be travelling in March and April on this Skrei trip you should expect to catch between 20 – 40 Cod a day but these Cod will be big so be prepared for aching arms and sore backs.

How will I fish?

When targeting the Skrei Cod the boat will be in neutral drifting with the tide. You must have marked depth braid to help you to know where your lure is sitting in the water. You should keep an eye on the fish finders to locate the tops of the shoal as this is where the larger Cod sits. If you drop into the shoal to far then you will just catch all the 10 – 30lb Cod and yes these are fun but you are in Soroya to catch the big ones that can be up to 100lb

Do the guides speak English?

All our guides in Norway speak many different languages including fluent English. Plus you will have an English host from Sportquest Holidays.

Who is best suited to this destination?

For the Skrei season (March/April) you will need to be fairly fit as the days tends to be long and the weather is normally cold. As you will be mainly fishing open ocean it is essential that you can stand in a boat whilst fishing.

What skill level is required?

There is no skill level required for fishing in Norway. As you will be on a hosted trip, our hosts will assist in any tackle setups, making sure that leaders are tied correctly and rods and reels are up to the job. A brief boat handling knowledge would be great to have, but not completely necessary.

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole, you do not have to be physically fit for this holiday but you need to be able to stand and fish from a boat all day. It can sometimes be a little rough on the open ocean so being sturdy on your feet is a great help and also the fishing can be fairly tiring as these Cod fight hard and the action can be constant.

When is the best time to go?

The main Skrei season runs from March to April but please be aware that it is likely you will lose fishing time due to bad weather. As you can imagine the weather can be fairly cold at this time of year so go prepared for the worst and if it’s not as cold as you would expect then you won’t be cold.

How will I get there?

The best route to get to Soroya is via London Heathrow with SAS. This route will cut out the need to overnight in Oslo, we will be able to get you there in one day. If it is from other UK airports you will need to speak to a member of our staff for further details.

What is the accommodation like?

As this is a hosted trip we try to keep the whole group together and have based the itinerary on the standard 4 person self-catering cabins which are located a short drive from the main village but close to the boats. These are very roomy, have their own kitchens with all mod cons plus two twin bedrooms with single beds.

What is the food like?

2 km from the cabins is the main resort of Big Fish Adventures where there is a hotel with a restaurant serving lovely fresh food. You will find a supermarket selling all the normal products you would find at home. We can arrange for a car to take you to the shop when you need to go.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Big Fish Adventures offer complete hire fishing packages and you can hire flotation suits. It would be advisable to pre-order any hire equipment when Sportquest send the provisional booking to avoid disappointment

Is the internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal all over Norway is very good, even in the remotest of areas. The Wi-Fi is available around the camp and is good for emails, social media and making video chats.

Are there other activities available?

The Island of Sørøya is fairly remote so the only other activities on offer are walking and visiting the local pub.

How much does it cost?

We the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices & availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Stephen

The hotel was a great option. Food, drink hospitality first class. Armed the proprietor would love to see somebody from Sportquest. He is very proud of his operation and would love more english.

New housing, dock and boats represent large investment. We all took far too much equipment, its all there at UK prices. The fishing was made difficult by the weather.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Stephen, so glad you liked the set up. The guys over there have made huge investments and by the sounds of it, it shows. I would love to go over there right now but a little too busy, it will have to wait until March 2020 when I am running a hosted trip after the Cod.

All the best

Paul

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