Useful tips for your fishing trip
An inexpensive and standard fishing set will meet the requirements of the occasional angler. That should also ensure that the rod, reel and line are compatible. However, if you are planning to catch fish such as halibut you will need more specialised tackle, for example a fishing belt, a shorter rod and a strong line.
Choosing the right tackle – Fishing from land
When fishing from land you need a long rod (8-10 foot) with a good bend. This will let you cast your lure far to reach the point where the fish are and avoid getting snagged when you reel in the lure.
The lure should not weigh over 30 grams to prevent it from sinking too fast, although this does of course depend on the conditions where you are. If you are fishing for cod in deep waters you will need a heavier lure.
When it comes to selecting lure colours, the amount of daylight is a good guide; use light colours during the day and darker colours at twilight and during the night. Two good all-round lures, which are suitable in most conditions, are the Jensen Pirken and Møre-silda, and these should be part of any lure kit.
Choosing a line is also important. A thick line is stronger but it will not glide as smoothly through the rod rings when you cast, which means a shorter cast. A thin line is easier to cast far but it could break if you catch a large fish. As a guide, use a 0.30 mm – 0.40 mm line. As a rule of thumb, the spool should have 150 metres of line.
Fishing from a boat
Fishing from a boat increases the chances of hooking large fish. As you don’t have to cast far, it makes sense to use a shorter and stronger rod than when fishing from land.
When choosing a line it is important to consider the weight of the fish. A line with a bit of stretch increases the chances of successfully reeling in the fish.
Last but least, you must select your lure and bait, and this will depend on the fishing method.
Boat fishing methods
Long-lining – a long line with several shellfish imitations or shiny spoons is dropped to the bottom and reeled in at varying speed.
Jigging – using a jig weighing a minimum 250 grams. The line is lowered to the bottom and pulled up about half a metre before the jigging starts.
Trolling– fishing with a rod from a slow-moving boat; can also be used to catch fish that live close to the shore.
Bait fishing – using squid, snails, mussels or shrimps as bait. Common method to catch species such as flounder or whiting.
Asking local anglers for advice about fishing tackle could significantly enhance your fishing experience.
GPS – Global Positioning System
At most resorts GPS is included when you hire a boat. Using GPS improves safety and also helps you find the best fishing grounds. You can plot a chart in advance and follow the directions to the fishing grounds and back. Your resort host will be able to help with chart plotting.
Here are two standard fishing knots suitable for many types of tackle.
Simple lure knot:
Here you can see videos of several other useful fishing knots.
Tip: make sure the line is lubricated when you tie the knot. If the line is dry friction will increase the temperature when you tighten the knot, which increases the risk of the line breaking when the big fish bites.
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