Welcome to one of the best areas in Norway, the Lofoten Islands. These stunning islands are all joined by bridges and with one main road from top to bottom, it is very easy and straight forward to navigate. The waters surrounding these wonderful islands are the perfect grounds for the mighty hard fight Halibut with many sandy bays and shallow fjords. Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and in conjunction with Nordic Sea Angling we would like to introduce Nappstraumen. This destination is set amongst some prime fishing grounds halfway down the Lofoten Islands, with the fast array of fjords right on your doorstep and the open ocean only being a short drive away, it really is a fisherman paradise. Team this up with some of the finest accommodation you will come across and some of the best guides in Norway, you will find yourself in the best of hands and full filling that dream fishing holiday.
You will be based in an area called Nappstraumen which is found on the eastern side of the Lofoten Islands. Where our cabins are based is ideal as you can travel out in many different directions depending on wind conditions. You should be able to find sheltered fishing whatever the weather is doing. To the east of this location, you will find some great areas for Halibut fishing, sheltered bays and large shallow sandbanks will offer some amazing action. Then to the west, you will come across much deeper water where you have the chance of targeting large Cod and other deepwater species. The fjord where the cabins are located offers some very good Plaice and Dab fishing and one only needs to drive the boat for a few minutes and you will be over some cracking Plaice areas where you may even be able to see them taking your baits, which is a great experience. The onsite guides will be able to recommend fishing areas for your chosen species as the guides are located here throughout the year and know the areas very well.
The main reason why the Lofoten Islands has such fish-rich waters is it has its own climate due to its location. The gulf stream hits the Lofoten Islands bringing with it slightly warmer waters and air temperatures making the eco-system thrive. The waters will fill with baitfish feeding on all the microorganisms and in turn where you find lots of baitfish you will find predators feeding on them. Around the middle of June see’s a huge influx of Mackerel and these are super-sized Mackerel perfect size for Halibut and Coalfish to gorge themselves on and in turn, grow to huge sizes.
All the fishing you will be doing in Norway will be under drift, the motor will be on but out of gear and you will be relying on wind and current to move you across certain areas. It is important to keep an eye on the tides and time your fishing time on these. As if the boat is drifting either with the tide or wind you will not be covering any water. If you find yourself in this situation where the boat isn’t moving then simply kick the boat in and out of gear to create a little movement. This way you will start to cover some ground, you will notice once the tide picks up again, as you will not need to perform this action as much.
Most of the Halibut fishing will be done using dead baits rigged to Halibut Anti Twist rigs or shad fishing lowered to the bottom and then wound up a few meters. It is important to keep in contact with your bait and rig as sometimes the bite from a Halibut can be very finicky and the time you put your rod in the holder will be the time you get that bite you have been waiting for. The more effort you put in the more results you will get, keep trying different depths as you will be surprised by how shallow you will get hookups.
Cod fishing is a little more strenuous and normally in much deeper waters. The ideal depth is around 60-100m with shallow water nearby. The best method to catch any size Cod is to use a silver chrome Pirk lowered to the bottom then lifted up in a quick upward motion, then follow it back to the bottom. This method will catch any sized Cod but if you want to target the larger ones at the Lofoten Islands then use a 25-30cm shad.
There are many other species on offer at this location from Plaice, Wolfish, Dabs, Ling and if you are lucky some big Skate. Simply speak to the onsite guides who will help your group achieve your targets.
The Nordic Sea Angling guides who run this destination have been fishing the waters of Norway for many years and have a vast amount of knowledge and keenest for sea fishing in Norway. They are there to make sure your holidays go as smoothly as possible and want you to achieve your goals. It is even possible to arrange free days guided fishing subject to availability (please mention this when making your booking). They will come on your boat and show you their waters, techniques and more importantly how to handle a huge Halibut safely. They all speak perfect English and will be your main point of contact whilst enjoying your dream fishing holiday on the Lofoten Islands
The town of Leknes is very close to the camp (10 minutes) and here you will find ten pin bowling and some very nice restaurants. There is also hiking to do in the surrounding areas where you will get some amazing views of the stunning scenery. At this location, there is a free to use people carrier for the guests to do supermarket runs and visits to the local town of Leknes, just ask your guide each time you wish to use it.
If you have any questions regarding our Sea Fishing Holidays to Norway or any of our Sea Fishing trips, please feel free to contact us on 01603 407596. One of our experienced team will be happy to help with any queries you have. Are you looking to explore more of our fishing holidays? Make sure to view all our Sea Fishing destinations in Norway and request a free brochure.