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Norway Halibut Competition Will You Be The Champion

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Halibut Competition Norway

Everybody in the sea angling circle has heard of how good the Halibut fishing is at Å on the Lofoten islands. With this in mind, we have picked to run our annual Halibut Sea Fishing Competition at this fantastic destination located in the North of Norway. This international fishing competition is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and in conjunction with Nordic Sea Angling.

We will be running our Halibut Sea Fishing Competition each year at the start of July. July is the peak time for the big ones. The very first-ever Halibut Fishing competition run at this location which only gets bigger and better each year. There are big money prizes and many fishing tackle prizes up for grabs for the runner ups. A complete list of the competition prizes is confirmed each year. It will be open to teams of 4 anglers fishing from our boats and will run over two days of your six standard fishing days.

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not a world record but still a large halibut

Where does the competition take place

The area you will be staying in is in a village called Å and located at the very end of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. The outstanding Halibut fishing here is because located nearby, it is of the well-known Moskenesströmmen. 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. The big tides create a colossal conveyer belt of food for these super-sized flatfish. Fishing just on the outside of the stream is very productive for the large ones; however, further afield, there are many other exciting grounds to target the Halibut.

As you will have an additional four days fishing around the Sea Fishing Competition, you will get to see what else this destination is so famous for, and that’s the fantastic Coalfishing. Now, this is something to witness, as around July, the stream fills with super hungry Coalfish. And they get big. They are there chasing Mackerel and other small prey fish, and this is the perfect time to either chuck poppers around or use shallow diving lures. Once you have located these charged up fish, they are very addictive.

Why is the Halibut fishing so good

We have chosen the Lofoten Islands to host the Sea Fishing Competition because the fishing grounds are mostly right on your doorstep. The ‘Stream’ located a short 15-minute boat ride from the marina. Making sure 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 unique spots for bait fishing.

The main draw to this destination is the Halibut and Coalfish. Last year, Halibut caught over the magical 2m marks of all the other destinations we offer in Norway. Coalfish fishing is also a massive draw for many sports fishers. Fish averaging 20lb plus 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. The Sea Fishing Competition period will have a media team covering the two-day event filming the anglers each day while out fishing. A full report all about the tournament will appear in the Salt Water Boat Angling magazine.

As each year’s fishing competitions finish, competitors that took part will get invited to return the following year. Only then will the remaining spaces be advertised to the general public. The remaining spaces get booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

A small halibut but still big
Halibut Competition underway

Competition Boats

At Å, we have 10 of the best fully equipped fishing boats from a Swedish company called Arronet. These boats are designed to be fast and stable at sea, even in the roughest of conditions. They are well-known for their reliability. As this is a boat fishing competition, care taken to ensure that all the boats used are to the highest standard possible.

They all come fitted with Suzuki 150hp 4 stroke engines, which have carefully picked for the reliability, fuel-efficient they are, and how excellent 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.

Safety in mind as if there is an issue, they will know precisely where each boat is. There will be nine boats with four anglers in each boat in the Sea Fishing Competition taking part in the two-day event. The 10th boat will have our media team, a Nordic Sea Angling guide, and a Sportquest Holidays representative.

Nordic Sea Angling Guides

The guides on the site will be there to meet you from the airports or ferry terminals. The guides will then transfer you and all your luggage to your cabin. They are then on hand each day to ensure your fishing experience is the best it can be.

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. There is no guiding available during the Halibut Sea Fishing Competition.

Halibut Competition Team

What else is there to do

Lofoten islands are a significant 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. There are a few other activities on offer at the destination, 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.

Accommodation

The Lofoten islands and sea fishing Norway is set amongst some of the finest scenery you will find in northern Norway. Surrounded by steep-sided mountains tipped with snow makes for the perfect Norwegian sea fishing holiday. Experience the Norwegian sea’s delights that surround the Lofoten Islands that is rich with wildlife from Killer Whales to Sea Eagles; you will truly experience what Norway has to offer.

Self-catering Å Cabins

At Å on the Lofoten Islands, we have ten cabins available while on your sea fishing Norway trip, ranging from 4 person cabins to the larger ones that will house eight guests. Each place comes complete with twin rooms consisting of single beds with sheets, pillows and a duvet. The Kitchens are well-appointed with an electric stove with electric rings, a small fridge for essentials, pots, and pans, cutlery for the number of guests staying, glasses, small coffee cups for hot drinks and plates.

Each cabin will come with a private bathroom with a free-standing shower cubicle, a toilet, and a washbasin. There is storage in the bathroom for your wash bags, and we will supply you with towels and a hand flannel. If you need more linen during your stay, please ask at the reception in the hotel. In each cabin, an open plan living area joined on to the kitchen, ample social space for talking fishy stories. 

A table will seat the number of guests staying in the cabin and a sofa area with a coffee table, which is the perfect place to organise all your fishing tackle. The houses at Å have listed buildings, so they have remained unchanged for many years. They used to belong to the fishing community many years ago and have been deliberately kept like this as it adds charm and a real feel of the Norwegian experience.

There are no TVs in any of the cabins as this would spoil the history of them and are basic Norwegian cabins, so if you are looking for five* accommodation, this is not for you. These are the perfect base for anglers looking to be in the best location to take advantage of the excellent fishing surrounding this part of Norway.

Food & Drink Options

These cabins are solely self-catering, meaning that you will be either cooking your food our using the onsite restaurant whilst enjoying your stay. You have a local supermarket within a short walk from the cabins, suggesting you buy fresh goods such as bread, milk, and eggs. A short 5 minute drive to the next village and you will find a large supermarket for all your main provisions

For those who prefer not to cook, there is an onsite restaurant and both locations that seat around 70 people and is open seven days a week during the summer months. During spring and autumn, the hours are decreased and ask a member of the Sportquest Holidays team for the updated times.

The restaurant offers a full board option when you are staying in the cabins, consisting of; Breakfast – continental style breakfast buffet. Lunch – is a variety of local dishes made and sourced from local products. Dinner – there is an extensive menu to choose from and rangers from locally sourced dishes to more worldwide dishes. 

The bar onsite is the perfect place to catch up on your sports as they have a big widescreen TV showing many different sports. At the bar, you will find snacks, beer, wine, and many tops shelve spirits. You can also buy fresh cakes, ice creams and small drinks which you can take away.

Things to do 

You will find an ancient bakery producing bread and fresh cakes around the resort for well over 100 years. This lovely little building is like stepping back in time; however, the bread and cakes for sale are unique, and we highly recommend a visit there at least once during your stay.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Please Note: Flights are not included in the Halibut competition. We will contact all the groups once the flights are released to see if they wish to book their own or for us to book them

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 and either take a public bus or book a Taxi to Bodo ferry terminal (Bus or Taxi not included) This takes 5 minutes.

Once you have arrived at the ferry ramp there will be an official person walking around taking payment for the ferry ticket. You can either pay by cash or credit/debit card Please note, the ticket is not included. The ferry crossing is around 3 hours long.

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

DAYS 2 & 3: FISHING DAYS

Over these two days, you can fish for whatever you so wish or you can choose to practise for the competition.

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

DAYS 4 & 5: COMPETITION FISHING DAYS

Competition starts at 7 am and all competitors will be required to have their boats loaded and pulled out of the harbour by no later than 06:45 am. The main starting place will be just outside the harbour wall where a member of the Sportquest Holidays staff and a Nordic Sea Angling Guide will sound the horn at 7 am. Each day teams must return back to the harbour no later than 5 pm to hand in your score sheets and pictures of the Halibut by no later than 6 pm (no exceptions). On the 2nd day of the competition, there will be a prize-giving ceremony. This will start at around 8 pm in the onsite bar/restaurant. A FULL list of the rules can be found here

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 then have to either take a public bus or book a taxi to take you back to Bodo Airport (bus or Taxi not included)

Depart Bodo

Arrive Oslo Depart Oslo

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from July.

Halibut

Season: May to September
Peak: July & August
Weight: 20lb to 450lb
Average Weight: 80lb

Coalfish

Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 5lb to 48lb
Average Weight: 20lb

Cod

Season: April to September
Peak: April & May
Weight: 10lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Plaice

Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 3lb

Package Details

Prices from
£1,446
per person

Included

  • Transfers from Moskenes to Å
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Entry into the competition
  • 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

  • All international flights
  • Transfers from Bodo airport to Ferry terminal return
  • Ferry ticket
  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Final boat cleaning
  • Powerboat licence (See price notes)

Optional extras

  • We can book flights once they become available. You will be contacted around 10 months before the trip proceeds to see if you want us to book flights
  • Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) £50 pr week
  • Survival suits £45 pr week

Price Supplements

To enter the competition you must have a team of 4 people to compete.

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Departing Returning Days Price Availability
11/07/2023 18/07/2023 8 £1,473 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Price is based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation for the competition (Flights are not included) (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.

Note: If you are born after 1980, a motorboat certificate is required by Norwegian Law to operate the boat. Please contact a member of the Sportquest holidays team for further information

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Reviews

Keith

This was my first fishing holiday in Norway and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

From the friendly people to the excellent hosts on the boat, the scenery is outstanding and we caught lots of good size fish including my first ever Halibut which I was made up with.

We also watched as Sea Eagles swooped down to take fish off the surface.

I would definitely cannot wait to go again and cannot wait for next time

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Keith

Thank you for the great feedback.

I am glad you had an amazing time and cannot wait to send you back over to Norway.

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Matt

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Ian

I enjoyed the whole holiday, the fishing was excellent and the hosts were very helpful.

Just keep doing what you're doing.

Thank you.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ian

Thank you for your excellent feedback.

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Matt

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Michael

3rd trip to Å in Norway. Guides very helpful weather was good. Boats and fishing gear are of excellent quality. Prices seem to go up on everything but thats just life. A discount for regular customers would be nice

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Michael, really glad to hear you loved your trip again. Unfortunately things do go up in price and its something that we can not control. Maybe next time you book something we can do you a deal.......

All the best

Paul

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Rob

One of the best fishing trips so far - and we have some crackers in Florida. The Coalfish fishing was outstanding in A. We were catching them up to 35LB on quite light spinning gear. And the Halibut??? Top fish over 200LBs!! And our final day we had a quadrupal hook up..... Outstanding Many thanks

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Rob, thank you so much for your feedback. I told you guys you would love it.... The fishing there is some of the best in the whole of Norway and so glad you guys got to experience it.

GT's next!! I have the perfect destination for you guys, Madagascar....

Tight lines and speak soon

Paul

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Neil

Info supplied was great. Great fishing equipment / Boat and fishing

Suggestions:

Daily Briefings from Guides to discuss weather / tides and potential fishing areas.

Taxi at airport / ferry more visible

Accommodation - Would be nice to have a tv (when get in at night or when cant get out)

and a toaster / microwave

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Neil,

Thanks for your feedback and some good points raised. I completely agree the equipment / boats and fishing is world class in Norway.

I have mentioned a few times to the owner of the cabins about the TV and microwave being added but they have always said that they want to keep the cabins rustic and away from the modern world. I can kind of understand where they are coming from but as you mentioned it would be nice to have this to use if you so wish. Hopefully one day they may change their minds.

They are going to put in place some better signage on the transfer / taxi as this has been mentioned a couple of times and a very easy thing to fix

Let me know when you have decided about some dates and we can get something fixed in place.

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Paul

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Claire (Helen)

Lofoton and Å were excellent. André, our guide was very helpful, attentive and took us to some great spots for fishing. Taking food in the cool boxes worked well. The stop over Oslo hotel put our frozen fish in their big freezer. We would definitely return; but think we'll try the trip to Iceland in a couple of years. My husband already mentioned the problem with Bodo transfers. (It would have been more efficient if you had noted that I mentionedI didn't have a reception for mobile phone at home ie leave messages on landline & only use mobile for holiday, then I wouldn't have missed your calls.)

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Claire, thank you for taking the time to fill out the feedback forms. So please you both had a fantastic holiday (shame about the transfer) I have put a big note at the top of your profile saying about the landline

All the best and speak soon

Paul

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Colin

An amazing adventure. Beautiful place. I cannot fault anything about the trip.
Marcus the guide looked after us as well. Fishing was great; many, many Cod up to 39 pounds, large Coalfish, Ling and on my last day managed a 49 pound Halibut! Acomodation was lovely, and a lovely atmosphereat the camp. (Maybe a little more instruction and advice about using equipment i.e sounder and GPS. I felt the guide is used to more experienced clients.)

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Colin
From what you have said it sounds like you had a great time with some cracking fish.

Where to next is the big question??

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Wayne

Just back from our third visit to 'A'. Fantastic place, fishing superb. day 1 we managed to get out and managed 3 Halibut, haddock, Cod, Dabs and a nice Coley. Unfortunately the weather wasn't good on the rest of the week so made fishing very hard. We managed to get out on the last day and landed 6 Halibut. We had arranged a competition with the guide boat and his French guests and we beat them 2nd year in a row. England 2 Swedes 0 Haha. Alexander the guide here is superb as is Martin in Nappstrumen. We can't thank them enough for all the advice and tackle required to catch Halibut. Really nice guys and made our holiday all that more special. Will definitely go back to 'A'. Flights and luggage:- I think a mention to all guests flying to Oslo, check that your luggage is being transferred as we were lucky to get ours again after losing it last year. Cabins could definitely do with a Microwave, Toaster and Possibly a T.V. for days when no fishing. Apart from that they are superb. Boats and tackle are first class.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Wayne
Thanks for the feedback on your holiday. Å really is a fantastic place and it is great to hear you caught some fish. Well done on beating the guide boat, those guides are at the top of their game and are all really great guys who will do anything to help the customers catch more fish. With regards to the luggage going through Oslo we do strongly talk about this in everybody's final departure paperwork. Its nice to hear you will be going back to Å in the near future.
All the best

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Conan

Camp Å, Lofoten - great venue!

The best fishing for me is the Coalfish we caught them on rapala's towed at 3 knots. Also on poppers on the surface best to 18 kg. What a way to fish!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Conan, Sounds like you guys had a great week and glad to hear that the coalies played ball. They are awesome fish and fight so hard. I personally think that Å is one of the best places for huge Coalfish.

Hopefully we get to see your pictures soon

Tight lines and thanks for your feedback

Paul

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Graham

The fishing was excellent, great location.
Would advise any new angler to the area to book a guide on their first trip out. Local knowledge is a great help.
Highlight, catching colefish, two/three 20lb+ fish every drift. largest colefish 36lb
Would visit again

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Graham, thanks for your feedback. It is very important for us and the camp owners to know that we are getting things right.

This destination is awesome and the fishing is some of the best in Norway. Well done on that huge Coalfish

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Paul

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Wayne

Fantastic holiday from start to finish. 3 flights out and back with no problems at all. Lofoten such a magical place the fishing is just a bonus. First days fishing we saw killer Whales which came within 20 feet of our boat a real pleasure and fantastic pictures

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Wayne thanks for your feedback form it is very useful for future anglers wanting first hand experience of the destinations we offer. I have been to Å a few times now and love the place, its stunning surroundings are awesome plus like you say the fishing is a bonus.

We would be more than happy to get some dates fixed up for you guys next year. Just let me know

All the best

Paul

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