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Offline JV

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Winter shore fishing in Norway
« on: February 24, 2013, 08:30:08 PM »
Spotlight on Winter Shore Fishing in Norway

I'm often asked about winter sea angling from the shore in Norway by interested UK sea anglers so I decided it would be a good idea to put this helpful article together.
Sea angling from the shore in Norway is a fantastic experience that I'd certainly recommend. The sea fish are generally larger than those in UK waters which helps to make the country a sea anglers paradise and what dreams are made of. There is so much to explore with massive potential for that double figure cod or record breaking fish. UK shore anglers are only now beginning to reap the rewards of this virgin territory with quality fishing for those who have begun to explore the area and for those who brave the elements. The best shore fishing time for cod and haddock is between the months of November and March so plan a trip then.

So what's the fishing really like well to be honest about it winter shore fishing in Norway can be hard work at times so don't go over expecting massive cod every cast or loads of cod per trip or you will surely be disappointed, having said that the winter shore fishing is certainly far better than that of the UK, but you will have to put in some time, preparation and thought into planning your trip over to get the best out of your angling when there.  Here's where this spotlight article should help you out with some great advice and tips.
Norway has a beautiful unspoiled landscape that's a pleasure to fish in.

How to get there and what to take
I have only explored the Nord Trondelag region about 100km north of the city of Trondheim in Central Norway so can only really advise on getting to that area.  Shore fishing however will be fantastic I'm certain the further north you head into Norway. At the time of writing and as far as I know you can only fly directly to Trondheim Vaernas airport from Gatwick in the UK. are a budget airline that have some great deals from around £120 return, check them out at The flight takes around 2 hours 20 minutes.

Alternatively you can fly from most UK airports with KLM who fly you first to Amsterdam with a connecting flight to Trondheim or other airports further North in Norway, total time is normally around six hours to Trondheim. KLM are quite expensive however with flights from £160, extra baggage costs need to be taken into account to if you are flying with a rod case or two hold cases as I do.

A travel rod case is great for transporting your precious rods safely.  The Flambeu Bazooka pro can transport 
up to eight british style shore fishing rods with eight foot tip sections.

With the price for an extra suitcase is around £12 return and a rod case, £40 return.  As said above KLM flights work out more expensive but are easier if you live miles away from Gatwick airport. I take all my reels, tackle, clothing and some food in one item of luggage and in the other I take bait and food to last the trip. Use Skyscanner to find your cheap flight, choose month view and you can pick and choose the best flights for your trip.
Food prices in Norway can be quite dear so try to take what you can with you if your poor like me.  Alcohol is also quite dear but you can buy six cans of 330ml size beer or lager in supermarkets or at the airport for around £5.  You are only allowed 5 litres of beer or lager to take with you on your trip at the airport duty free. Spirits are quite reasonable with vodka about £12 for a half size bottle. I normally don't drink alcohol in Norway as I spend all of my time eating, sleeping and fishing.  .cool.
There is no problem taking frozen baits, live baits like rag or lug or filleting knives as long as they are securely and safely packaged in your hold luggage.  Don't take fishing reels with line in your carry on baggage that is to be stored in overhead lockers as the line is a security problem.  Put reels and fishing line in your hold luggage to avoid any such problems.  Take out travel insurance for your trip, moneysupermarket can do deals for £6 per week.  Don't forget your passport, flight booking info and E111 card if you need hospital treatment while in Norway.
As for food I take bacon, sausages, mars bars with chicken and ham slices also for sandwiches.  A couple of tins of beans, peas to and a small pop bottle full of cooking oil.  In Norway I only buy bread, frozen chips and eggs. Fish, chips and peas are on the menu at teatime.

Shore fishing tackle and clothing to take with you
Standard UK shore fishing gear is fine for fishing in Norway, a sturdy beachcasting rod like a century tip tornado sport or the like is fine combined with your choice of reel, all of mine are penn 525's.  I take four reels, two loaded with 18lb mono and two loaded with 25lb mono for snaggier areas.  A 60lb normal length of shockleader is standard just as in the UK on all reels.  The simple reason behind the amount of reels I take is due to the fact you may lose your shockleader to the odd snag and fiddling about tying shockleader knots in cold temperatures can be near impossible to do. It's much easier just to strap another reel on and get fishing again.

It's hard work tying shockleaders in temperatures down to minus 20.  Prepare your gear before you go out in the cold.

So what to wear? there's no getting away from it winters in Norway are cold!  However the coldest nights are normally wind free and calm which nearly make them a pleasure to fish in.  If you take the correct clothing you will rarely be cold at all.
Be prepared and you'll be warm

A floatation suit is a good start, underneath this from the skin up wear a thermal t shirt and long johns, I find the all in one type the best.  On your feet a pair of normal socks then thermal socks and finally neoprene socks or sealskin socks.  A microfleece jumper and a normal fleece jacket on top. I then normally wear an all in one fleece suit, mines by Fladen. Put your floatation suit on and wear a good pair of warm derry type wellie boots.  I like those made by Skeetex and I never get cold feet wearing them.  Neoprene gloves or sealskin gloves are a godsend when carrying tackle to marks or when filleting fish.  Your head is where the most heat is lost so wear a good woolly hat or even a balaclava when it's really cold.  Temperatures at night are often below freezing and can be as low as minus 20!

A non slip ice grip or metal studs on your boots help immensly while fishing on what are often ice and snow covered areas.

For anyone who goes to Norway I always advise to take chemical handwarmers for your pockets.  These really are a must to bring back frozen fingers to life.
Handwarmers are a priority, cold hands and you can't fish, remember to get some for your trip.

Rigs, weights and bait
I prefer to use pulley rigs made with 80lb mono throughout with an 8/0 4/0 pennel style combination at the sharp end.  This type of rig I use when after cod, downsize your hooks to around 4/0 size when after haddock as these fish have small mouths.  Make sure you use strong hooks like the sakuma manta extra however as you could still find your battling a good cod instead of a haddock as they often run together in the same areas.  Swivels are 100lb breaking strain.
Six ounce grip leads are fine and I take aproximately twenty of these with me.  Many marks in Norway are snag free but you can expect to lose a weight or two a day.
Bait is mainly bluey with ragworm lashed on with elastic thread, you can either slash the sides of your bluey to release the oil or fillet a section and turn the flesh inside out so the oil releases quickly.  Haddock love black lugworm tipped with bluey.  Smaller baits are required for haddock fishing due to the small size of their mouths but baits for cod can be up to a four inch section of bluey, any larger and it's a pain to cast.
A fine haddock taken on frozen black lug tipped with bluey.

A good tip is to keep your ragworm in a cool box or poly box to stop it from freezing while your out fishing.
Take two headlamps on your trip, one as a back up if your primary light fails.
Car and Van hire
Vehicle hire in Norway is expensive if you go with the mainstream suppliers, rent a wreck supply used vehicles that you can get fairly cheaply.  Five day hire of a six man van is around £410, be certain to take out collision waver damage in your hire as this reduces the cost of your excess if you have a bump to only £100.  Fuel is slightly more expensive than in the UK, we drive quite a bit and our fuel cost is roughly £60.  At Trondheim airport you can take the train north and this is a relatively inexpensive way to get to your destination.
A rent a wreck van

Digs and money
Phill Dale who is on this forum as Nordicsportfishing offer some nice apartments with expert advice to, Din Tur is also a company specialising in shore fishing trips to Norway.  Alternatively you could just do it all yourself and book up with a company like Nova Sol who have nice places to stay throughout Norway.  In my opinion however a fishing guide is priceless and they will save you so much time and effort in the long run.
You should be able to sort out a five day trip for under £500 if you look about for cheap flights.  Spending money, I normally take £100 worth of Norwegian NOK the currency of Norway.  Take your own food and you'll spend very little.
Fishing, what to expect
Haddock to 8lb, cod into double figures, the odd blank day to.  Night time is always the most productive time with low water at many marks a good time to fish.  Cod are often between 3lb to 8lb with the odd bigger fish into double figures to be caught to, there are certainly more big fish in Norway than in the UK.

So I hope this spotlight article really helps you out with any future trip you may plan to Norway, if you have any other questions that are not covered here, please just ask in this thread.  .cool.
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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013, 09:04:36 PM »
Cracking write up jv  .cool. Thanks for all the info, looking to get over in the nxt year or two

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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 09:45:19 AM »
Spot on report Dave.
Having been there with people such as yourself & Nicky who already had experience of Norway was a massive bonus but for those thinking of going for there first time I would highly recommend a guide  to show you the best fishing spots.
As JV has mentioned we had a tremendous guide in Phil Dale.
If he can't put you on the fish then no one can.
The 2 most common reasons people are sometimes put of going to Norway are cost & the cold temperatures.
COST : It is no more dearer than a weeks holiday in this country & all in should be £500 - £600.
COLD : Take plenty of layers & follow the advice that JV has said & you will be fine.
Get saving & get yourself across.
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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 02:01:12 PM »
Very good write up Dave.

I've just quickly worked out some prices for the lads at my fishing club and based on 6 going from Newcastle with Klm, same van and fuel we had and rod/tripod hire and buying bait off Phil
It came in at £415 all in for 5 days

Very good price indeed with just your food and a little spending money on top.

You could do it cheaper from Gatwick and taking your own rods and bait.

Get booked up lads as it is an amazing place to go fishing and the very real chance that the next bite could be a monster fish!
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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2013, 10:47:37 PM »
excellent info dave, all the questions i was asking a few weeks ago answered in one  smiley-lol.gif

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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 08:02:21 PM »
Great write up Dave mate the only thing i would add is get a double cheese burger from the garage delightfull and only £11 + with a drink worth every penny  smiley-lol.gif
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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2013, 08:13:22 PM »
Thanks lads, and Nicky that burger was a belter I must admit.  Was well worth every kroner, dinner plate size with four burgers and a pound of cheese. I've dreamt about nothing else since. smiley-lol.gif
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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2013, 11:45:10 PM »
Hi Dave,

Really useful read and a great refresher ahead of our trip over there next week. The burger sounds appetizing after a week of fish and chips! Will let you know how we get on.


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Re: Winter shore fishing in Norway
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 07:29:11 AM »
Have a great time Adrian and a big  .welcome. to the forum  .cool.
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