In July 2010 the Mariner Sea Angling Club made the trip to Norway. On this trip there were 9 members and 1 guest.
Big Tommy (guest)
This was a big step up for the club, our first visit to a foreign country for a fishing holiday. The angling press are full of pictures and stories of big fish and fantastic fishing in Norway, and so it was with high hopes that we booked our 7 day trip to Furoy Fishing Camp, in the Troms area of northern Norway. With a bit of research, it became clear that it would be an expensive venture to go through the usual agency,s to book this type of holiday for the club. with prices quoted from £1000 and upwards per head. By booking our own flights and accomodation we got this down to a more affordable £650. This was for flights with Norwegian Airlines, and a complete package of boats transfers and chalets from Vicky and Jan at Furoy Fishing Camp, who looked after us very well.
Norway is called the land of the midnight sun. We went in July, and it was more or less permanent daylight. The facilities at the camp were excellent, with first class self catering accomodation, sauna, a utility room for your gear, and freezers for your fish. The boats provided were very safe 18ft Vikings, with 25HP engines, and equipped with fish finders and of course lifejackets. A quick familiarisation by Vicky to the controls of the boats, and you were set to go.
One thing to be aware of was the lack of radios on the boats, you would need to use your mobile phone, which for us proved difficult. We have since invested in our own radios to bring with us.
And so to the fishing. The water in the Fjord reach incredible depths, and 100 metres from the camp, the sea was already 100 metres deep. Our first day or 2, was trial and error, trying to find the best marks for fishing. A Swedish group of anglers, also staying at the camp, showed us the potential of the the fjord by landing a huge halibut of 72 kilos, which got us more than a little excited. By this time we had landed some cod, coalfish, torsk and wolf-fish, but not in the sizes we had hoped for.
The next day, day 3, the Swedes again showed us up by bringing home a huge catch of big cod, up to 10 kilos, caught from a mark known as the factory. Needless to say, we got into our boats ,in the early morning sunshine, and headed straight to this spot, where we had a fantastic days sport, catching cod to 15lbs, torsk to 18lbs, and some fantastic jumbo haddock to 8lbs.
This day was the highlight of our trip. We caught some nice fish in the next few days, but we didn't repeat this success again. The weather deteriorated somewhat, and we actually had a bad scare when, travelling to the factory mark, some 5 miles away, we got caught out in some strong winds and big seas, which gave us all a bit of a fright. We resolved not to venture out so far in the remaining time we were there.
To summarise, this was a fantastic experience, not to be missed if you love your sea angling, you'll not find a more affordable way to do it. And with a bit of common sense, you'll have a holiday to remember.
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