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Jigging in Norway

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Jigging in Norway

The Fjords of Norway are a spectacular place to visit, often offering the travelling angler an abundance of fish to catch using a variety of methods.

I have detailed below some of the different fishing techniques that have proven successful for me.

Pirking / Jigging

My early experiences in these waters were mostly limited to working heavy 400gram+ Pirks with very large treble hooks switching over occasionally to use a large rubber Shad. Whilst these methods are effective and have proven very productive for me in the past, anyone who has constantly worked a heavy pirk all day in deep water will tell you “it’s Hard Work”.

On my more recent trips I have adapted to using Fast Drop Vertical Jigs combined with an Assist hook instead of a Treble Hook and here are my findings;

# Using Vertical Jigs alongside Traditional Pirks proved equally effective resulting in the same number of fish for each method, # Vertical Jigs “fast drop” to the strike zone much quicker than Pirks thus allowing me to fish much lighter with less effort and therefore more enjoyment.

# An Assist hook creates less drag on the Jig which also speeds up the descent compared to a large Treble Hook.# An Assist Hook-up is mostly a clean one which enables the fish to be returned to the water with minimal damage,

# Large Trebles result in a much higher number of Foul Hooked fish, which can become tiring for the angler and bad news for the fish.

I work the Vertical Jigs the same way as you would lift and drop a pirk, most importantly keeping as near a vertical line to the jig as possible. If wind or tide is creating too much drift to maintain this vertical line then try a gentle underarm cast against the drift and the jig should be more vertical once it has reached the strike zone. If this fails then try a heavier jig or seriously consider moving position because unless this angle is achieved you cannot impart the correct action on the jig and your strike rate will be dramatically reduced. NB. Something to note is that Tackle Loss in Norway is almost zero so you don’t need dozens of Jigs, in all of my visits I have lost just one Jig as it got entangled in an abandoned fishing net.

If you like the lighter tackle approach then you should definitely arm yourself with a light to medium weight spinning outfit to target the shoals of Coalfish that are easy to find once you find sea birds working the water.

Cast a small jig in their direction, let it sink a little and then jerk the rod holding it horizontally to the water whist reeling in to impart a darting motion on the jig, then hold on as the battle begins. Believe me a 5lb+ Coalie will offer great sport on this lighter outfit.

Rubber Shads
It is certainly worth dropping down a large 9inch Shad and winding it slowly back to the boat. This method can be deadly if the Halibut are around and often singles out the larger size Cod. Be vigilant whist lowering the Shad and always be ready to thumb the spool as Halibut will often take on the drop before diving to the bottom. Contrary to some people’s belief, halibut do not restrict their feeding habits to hunting on the sea bed; they commonly take a Shad quite near the boat so be sure to fish the full water column.

What`s it all about?

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Maldives Blue Fin Trevally on a 150g Red Head

Kenyan Black Tip Trevally on a 35g Blue Sardine

Mozambique Jobfish on a 160g Red Head

Mozambique Tuna on a 140g Blue Mackerel

Norway Haddock on a 350g Red Head

Norway Halibut on a 350g Glow Mackerel

Shetland Isles Coalfish on a 400g Pink Mackerel

Shetland Isles Cod on a 350g Glow Mackerel

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