If you enjoy your fishing holidays, Norway couldn’t have escaped your attention. But where do you start when it comes to tackle? And what about that weather?
Today, John Strange of Guided Fishing Norway gives you a few things to think about…
Planning a fishing holiday to Norway takes a little thought in order to ensure you bring clothing and equipment which is suitable. You could be facing extremes in both the weather and the types of mark you could be fishing.
You’ll also be very limited by luggage allowances on flights, so it’s important not to waste space in your holdall with unnecessary items.
You will need a good quality set of waterproofs, preferably breathable, because with lots of thermal layers you can quickly overheat walking to a mark. Then you need decent quality thermal layers. A wicking base layer first, then some mid layers or a thermal suit, depending on season. Balaclava, gloves, mittens and hat are all very useful, as is the ability to add or remove these to regulate temperature. Decent woollen socks, combined with thermal boots finish off your typical Norway fishing outfit. But lastly and most importantly your boots MUST be studded for gripping on ice and rock.
You’ll need a standard UK beach casting rod rated at 6-8 ounces. We recommend a glass tip as sometimes you’ll be fishing deeper marks, maybe hundreds of feet deep, and setting the tip is a real bonus when there’s no current. Bring something you’re personally happy casting with, not something someone else can cast 300 yards on a tournament field with. You’re fishing for potentially really big and powerful fish, so a rod which bends and absorbs some of this will be more appropriate than a rod designed for tournament casting on the field.
Match the rod to a strong multiplier reel such as the Daiwa Saltist BG30 (the loud ratchet is essential) loaded with.43mm line but always run your reels on the slow side, as a birds nest in temperatures of -10c when the fish are biting is a real pain. Distance casting is not always necessary. Alternatively, a strong fixed spool like a Penn Spinfisher 6500LL makes a perfect Norway shore fishing reel.
Bring plenty of pulley rigs, tied with 100lb and 150lb line. Hooks from 2/0 up to 8/0 are generally good for most marks, with 100lb for 2/0 to 4/0 and 150lb for larger hooks. Many of the fish you’ll encounter in Norway have sharp teeth and it’s vital to use these heavier lines that won’t deter a fish from taking the bait but will certainly give you a chance off landing it! Even smaller baits on 2/0’s can catch big fish, so forget 60lb and 80lb snoods.
Always use rotten bottoms on all your rigs, it preserves the marks from line snags, and saves you hassle while fishing. Snagged tackle on the sea bed in hundreds of feet of water will remain there, especially when there is little or no tide. This can render a mark unfishable so it does pay to think about what you are casting out there.
There’s no tackle shops out here, so think ahead and bring plenty of what you need and none of what you don’t. A good tip is to imagine a fishing session and think what you would actually need for a days fishing, this helps weed out items which will be sat in your bag all week unused.
And bring plenty of enthusiasm, because behind every picture of a twenty pound cod there are hours of hard work standing in pretty tough conditions. Enjoy your time here in Norway, fish hard and you just might get the catch of your lifetime.