Two different fishing methods proved successful during our adventure in Norway.
One was fishing with dead bait, which means we caught smaller fish and then baited those, fishing close to the bottom and waiting for the fish to strike. Especially one of us (not me!) used that technique with great success, leading to rare catches as well as the largest fish of the trip, a 13 kg cod.
It’s an exciting way of fishing, silently waiting for the strike, which is sometime careful and hardly noticeable, and sometimes threaten to yank the rod out of your hands.
The other method we used was vertical fishing with jigs. To make that work, a very active fishing style was best during our days, moving the jig fast and irrationally, sometimes pausing — which would often trigger a big strike from fish that were following it.
When you fish among large shoals of bait fish — and in these waters they are everywhere — you need to make sure your lure really stands out from the crowd.
Over the three days of fishing, we managed to catch an impressive eleven (11) different species of fish (for the benefit of our huge Nordic following, the names have been translated into Swedish).
- Cod (Torsk)
- Monkfish (Marulk)
- Wolffish (Kattfisk)
- Pollock (Sej)
- Mackerel (Eh… makrill :-))
- Turbot (Piggvar)
- Dab (Sandskädda)
- Tusk (Lubb)
- Red-fish (Kungsfisk)
- Whiting (Vitling)
- Haddock (Kolja)
The one species that we had been dreaming of but were not able to catch was the halibut (hälleflundra), but that will have to wait for another adventure!
What we found to work well during our days fishing was that the key was to find large shoals of smaller bait fish, and try to fish the outskirts of those shoals, or even in the middle of them. Finding interesting topographies on the bottom, such as slopes between deep and shallow water, worked well. There seemed to be fish almost everywhere, and we caught fish from 5 meters depth down to 120 meters.
If you want lots of fish — stay on the move. Make a few drifts over an interesting spot, and if you get bites; do it again. If there is no action, consider moving on. Of course, if you are targeting certain types of fish, such as the halibut, staying in the right type of area is more important than getting frequent bites.
Here are some pictures of our greatest fish — not counting the ones that got away, of course; they were at least twice the size… 🙂
Besides the great fishing, we were blessed with great weather and an absolutely amazing scenery. Check it out!