Sea fishing in NorthNorway
Anyone who already has been sea fishing, whether in the south or in the middle of Norway or somewhere else, already knows about the specific conditions. If you plan to go sea fishing in Northern Norway, you are in for the supreme discipline. Up here in the north a lot is different. The nights are bright, the weather can vary greatly and the fish are definitely bigger!
Sea fishing in Northern Norway is pure adventure. The “big catch” may bite at anytime and everywhere. “Big” means that cod can be more than 150 cm long, ling often exceed the length of 1 m and halibut can sometimes beat the 200 kg mark. That’s a very different feeling, when the rod suddenly cracks and the fish picks up speed at first. The fishing reel’s creak raises adrenaline levels to the peak, you have to spend all your concentration and all your strength to safely get the record fish on board.
Here in Northern Europe the midnight sun is something absolutely normal. But for guests from other parts of the world, it is always fascinating. At midnight, the position of the sun is just as high as in Central Europe in the afternoon. This also means, that the times of the day play a subordinate role. Anyone can successfully go fishing at any time. The fish do not care about time. They are only interested in the current conditions and food. It can happen, that at 1am in the morning you realize that you’ve missed supper.
The weather forecast is a good way to update yourself about the current weather situation. But in North Norway, you must also rely on your senses. You can see, when the weather is about to change. At times a storm can come up very quickly, and that can be life-threatening on the open sea. Then you must reel in the line and go back to the land as quickly as possible, in order to escape from the fast approaching waves. Every year, unreasonable fishers who risk everything for a few fish get killed. It is better to keep an eye on the horizon from time to time and to react quickly, as if a situation comes up that you probably cannot handle. You can always go out to the sea again, when the storm has passed.
When you finally have arrived in the far north, when your fishing equipment is ready and when you sit in the boat with a clear vision of the nearest hot spot, then you’re already in the middle of an adventure. Everything is possible at any time, whales larger than your boat might surface right beside you. Or a dolphin swarm is frolicking and hunts together with you and your friends. Seagull flocks often refer to good fishing spots and the echo sounder may show big fish in unusual quantities. Rare birds accompany your quest with great interest. Or it may can happen, that a sudden wall of fog reduces your sight to less than 50 meters, or snow showers may force you to pause. The landscape is barren and characterized by monstrous loneliness. This is pure adventure!