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Just back from Havnness Handelssted which is a gnats whisker from Skerjvoy. Had heard alot about Northern Norway and although I had done a fair amount of prep I realised that as usual I had taken the kitchen sink when less would have been more.

I found it hard to get a good all round picture of the fishing scene ahead of my trip and there were a number of conflicting reports.

I would like to share my experiences with you in the hope that it may help anyone intending on visiting Norway for the first time. We decided upon Havnness and the host Hege was very helpful and the self hire boat was a dream.

In July there is 24 hours of daylight and during the day the wind caused us problems, it was not particularly strong, but in a small 18 foot aluminium boat it drifted quickly and when fishing in waters ranging from 24 - 100 meters you have difficulty in holding bottom. We found that by doing most of your fishing in the evening from say 8pm through till 3 in the morning the wind died giving perfect conditions.

During the evening we connected with more fish as well, the large Coalfish seemed to make more of an appearance at this time.

We also found that although there are alot of very large fish to be caught you have to be in the right place at the right time. The fish do not simply wait in the Fjords for you, you have to find them. Various species of fish swim in shoals together and are constantly moving around so you have to look for them. As quick as they appear they can disappear and there can be alot of quiet periods with mayhem ensuing when the big boys appear. Cod and Coalfish were the main target species and where we were, we quickly discovered that the bait fish swim near to the surface sometimes and the gulls and puffins feeding on the surface mark where they are.

The fishfinder / plotter can be invaluable and if you were to see the screen suddenly filling with fish at the 20 meter mark this could be one of two things, baitfish or feeding fish, ie coalies and cod. Invariably it was bait fish, small sprats and the like, below them at around 50 metres you would see the fishfinder screen filling with a wall of fish obviously feeding on the bait fish above.

This is where a depth finder on your reel comes in handy, but if you have a depth finder make sure the spool is full with line as it will give a false reading otherwise.

Depending on what you are after you may like to bag up on lots of smaller fish to begin with to get quantities out of your system, but to be honest you could not maintain this type of fishing for long as your arms could not take it. You are far better fishing with a large single lure such as a Giant Jig Head lure.

If you wish to bag up quickly then use Gummie mac lures mounted on stand off loop droppers positioned about 6 feet apart with a 250-300 gram bar pirk (chrome) works well on the bottom. The gummie macs only need hooks around 8/0, heavy duty swivels and split rings are a must throughout, don't do it on the cheap as the fish of a lifetime will invariably take the rig with a dodgy swivel and foul language will follow.

The mainline needs to be 50lb braid to give you confidence on landing nearly all of the fish you are likely to encounter. The main trace body can be around 60lb mono I used greased weasel, but I also used 150lb mono when fishing for Halibut.

Keep your tackle simple, a 7 to 8 foot 30-50lb class travel rod will again beat almost everthing on offer including Halibut, you can scale your tackle down if you like but I gaurantee that is the rod which will be smashed up by a Halibut or a large cod and once again foul language will ensue.

A good heavy duty reel with good retrievel loaded to the max with 50lb braid is a must, a Penn senator or similar will work. If you go with a suspect reel I can guarantee it will pack in on you, under the pressure of reeling in so many large fish and your holiday will be ruined there and then.

I caught most of my Cod and Coalies on a 300gram Giant Jig Head lure which I bought via the North East Tackle Supplies or NETS if you are looking for them on the internet. You don't really need any bigger than the 300 gram lure. I took 6 shad bodies to go with it and came back with them all still intact, you hardly lose any tackle in Norway as the bottom is invariably flat and snag free consisting of mainly mud and sand.

Make sure that you get good quality trebles for the Jig Head lures and I found that dropping them to the bottom then retrieving slowly worked very well and accounted for more fish than others in my party, even when you know what depth the fish are at, they will invariably still be at or near the bottom as well and usually this is where the bigger fish are to be found.

Live baiting is illegal in Norway, and we took Hokkai type lures to catch small coalfish from the pier prior to heading out after the big stuff, the reason for this is that once you are fishing you have a job catching anything under 4-5 lbs.

The bait worked well when fished on a heavy duty boom mounted near the lead (flying collar rig) with a 4-5 foot long trace of heavy duty mono and the bait snared on a 8/0 hook through the upper jaw. This rig picked off the bigger fish in the 30lb bracket and I managed to hook into a Halibut which I successfully managed to lose within minutes due to me underestimating my tackle which is one of the reasons I decided to compile this article.

Don't go taking heaps of pirks with you, you won't need them, two or three up to around 300 - 400 grams max should be fine, we found that 6inch twin tail 8oz lead heads were picking off a heck of alot of fish and again this was a simple technique. Please don't phone a tackle supplier and make the mistake of putting yourselves in their hands they will look to the sky and say "Thank You Lord" and your bank manager will come knocking.

It is important to probe your rep or other anglers as soon as you get there to make sure that you get things right from the start, we found that as the week went on we were discovering things which could have been sorted with a bit more prep. By this I mean best places to fish.

Look for sea birds working the surface, they will usually give away feeding predatory fish but not always!!

Hot spots are where a fresh water river meets a fjord, there will invariably be a congregation of fish in the locality if not, then keep moving until you hit gold. We found that you can be fishing not catching much in particular, but just as you are thinking about moving the fishfinder comes alive with targets and mayhem begins.

The secret is be prepared for action at all times as when the fish appear it can be crazy but sure as eggs are eggs it will be the time you are changing rigs and they soon disappear. The fish seem to appear with the tide and are constantly on the go from fjord to fjord, its a question of luck and local knowledge so make sure you do your sums, time spent speaking to other anglers will save you time when you get there.

I found that the locals are not really that bothered about the big boys preferring to catch the smaller fish for the table, and they will mainly target smaller fish, so if you see a local fisherman invariably he may be using a hand line or down rigger catching fish for his cats supper.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have as I would like to see everyone going prepared instead of playing catch up when you get there as Norwegian fishing tackle shops are incredibly expensive.

I fully intend to go back next year.

Cheers Gregor..
 

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If you fancy North Norway then forget Skjerevoy, Havnness Handelssted is the place to go for, the place is beautiful, the boats are superb and the host and fishing are amazing.

Visit WWW.giaever.net

to discover more.

Good luck

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Hi there! :wave:Thank you Gregor for the nice words!!!:hug:

The festival :punk:is over and we all are exhausted... But it will be better in a couple of days and we'll be back :wiggle: dancing again.

Hopefully within a few days I will have your pics on our websight. :sun:
 

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Excellent report and very detailed. Been to southern norway a few times and im planning to head north in a year or two. Will keep your post in mind.
 

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Can you give us a run down of the species you caught and the sizes. Any pics taken? Just had a look at the website and it looks nice.
 

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If you fancy North Norway then forget Skjerevoy, Havnness Handelssted is the place to go for, the place is beautiful, the boats are superb and the host and fishing are amazing.

Visit WWW.giaever.net

to discover more.

Good luck

Gregor..
Looks to be about twice the price of Skjervoy tho mate! or am I reading it wrong?
And if its a only a gnats whisker away... whats the point?
please enlighten!
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I still rate Hamniedet as the best location to give best access to all the fishing in the area. Great boats too. Havness we have driven past on the way to Hamniedet and fished close to in the past (When based at Olderdalen). The boats would put me off a little TBH. There is some sheltered fishing if the wind did get up but not a great choice really and only in certain wind directions. It is better placed than Olderdalen though. I don't think you can really beat Hamniedet in that region IMO.
 

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We had a look at Skjerevoy while we were there, its horses for courses, Skjerevoy appears quite commercialised, where as Havnnes has a very relaxed rural appeal. I cannot compare as I have not done the Skjerevoy thing, just first impressions I guess.

As a matter of interest how much per head for your trips to Skjerevoy, we paid around £700 all in per head.

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We had a look at Skjerevoy while we were there, its horses for courses, Skjerevoy appears quite commercialised, where as Havnnes has a very relaxed rural appeal. I cannot compare as I have not done the Skjerevoy thing, just first impressions I guess.

As a matter of interest how much per head for your trips to Skjerevoy, we paid around £700 all in per head.

Cheers Gregor..
We paid 735 per head for Skjervoy inc transfers from Tromso there were three of us flying from manchester.
To be honest I cant figure out how Martin Founds at Anglers world hols did it for that bearing in mind we had to get 3 flights on the way home changing at Oslo and Copenhagen.
Thats five flights each, transfers, accom and boat for 735!

Dunno about being commercialised tho, its not exactly blackpool, but there is a co op and a tackle shop.
In the unlikely event that you want some time off from fishing there is nothing to do in Skjervoy except go for a walk. That suits me I like it quiet.


I cant figure out the if the accomodation prices at Havnnes are for the whole house or not ... if they are then the 8 bedroom one is the cheapest and that seems unlikely. so are the prices per person?

Did the 700 include your flights and transfers? if so it is indeed a very good price.

How many of you were there and did you have just the one boat as we did.

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Steve,

Generally the prices quoted in Norway would be for the whole house.

Skjervoy is a very much more built up place to Havnnes when I've seen it from a boat. Hamniedet is tiny. About 10 houses spread ofer about 1km and that's exactly how we like it :) We did consider Havnnes before we found Hamniedet as it was located at the extreme end of our range from Olderdalen but back then the boats were not good enough for what we wanted. Hamniedet was better placed really for new areas we had not fished and had much better, faster boats. Incidentally Olderdalen used to have a quite small rigid inflatable fitted with a 50 horse engine and boy did that thing fly! Alas they don't have that any more.

For Hamniedet we paid £950 for a house (4 bedrooms) that included a 19ft , 50hp ali boat. We added 2 more boats, hired a transit van (that was close to a grand but we wanted it for shopping, fuel and a few trips out to explore the countryside and I just really love driving in Norway) and paid for flights. Split amongst 5 of us that worked out about £850 per head.
 

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There were four in our party and our boat was an almost new 19 foot Aluminium Kverno open sports boat with a Yamaha 50 on the back, boat cruised happily at around 25 knots, was that impressed I looked into buying one, £20000 all in which includes a trailer. I have never used such a user friendly easily maintained boat.

The holiday was booked through Din Tur, but now I have been I would cut them out of the equasion next time and save around 10% in the process.

£700 all in included everything except, food and daily fuel for boat, however as we ate fish from sunrise to sunset all we needed to buy was milk and a family sized bottle of ketchup!!!

Looking at the Lofoten Islands for next year, superb place, and Halibut is very much on the cards.

I have repeatedly tried to download photos but this site does not like them I am afraid to say as they are quite impressive.

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I have repeatedly tried to download photos but this site does not like them I am afraid to say as they are quite impressive.

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Hi Gregor
There is a thread against this link - http://www.worldseafishing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63449 - that describes hosting through a site like Photobucket together with other suggestions on using freeware programs to resize images and attach them to your posts. (Personally I resize using Irfanview .) Might be worth reading through it and having another try. I'm sure we're all looking forward to viewing them.
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Yes. I am eager to see those pics!

Re the Kaverno boats, they are superb and seem to be the boat of choice in Norway now. Best boat I have used by far. You should get 35kts or more with a 50 yamaha tho... 25 is a good speed to keep fuel costs down tho :)

Din Tur should update their brochure and website then as the boats they detail fall way short of the Kaverno's! If they have a few of them then yes it is a very good location with fast access to a lot of good fishing!

Almost as good as Hamniedet, but I still think that has the edge :)

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Thanks for that, just signed up to photobucket so I will give it a whirl.

Cheers Gregor..
 

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Kaverno boats are the cats pyjamas, shame they are very expensive, I would love one, got to sell the Orkney Day Angler first though.

Gregor..
 
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