Rapala Pro Guide | Halibut and Cod Fishing at Sørøya
Welcome to today’s show!
We are on the beautiful island of Sørøya. The goal is to catch some halibut,
hippoglossus hippoglossus. We will let this little
friend of ours back. How hard can it be? It is back here again, behind us.
Fantastic nature here in northern Norway. What a cod!
Last one now. Come on! Fishing for halibut and cod on Sørøya Welcome to today’s show!
We are on the beautiful island of Sørøya. Hopefully there will be some
awesome deep-sea fishing today. We are fishing together with
the owner of Sørvær Gjestehus- and our Rapala Pro Guide,
Ralph Bengtsson. What kind of fishing are we up to?
– Genuine big game fishing. The goal is to catch some halibut,
hippoglossus hippoglossus. We are going out to a big reef called
Storskalltaren, 28 nautical miles that way. It will take about an hour to get there. There is some big cod over there too?
– Yes, it is. It is quite astounding. We are going out on sinking water. Ebb?
– Yes, ebb. It is rarely good fishing
when the water is sinking. You should be there when it is at its
lowest and then starts to rise again. Then you fish the entire ascent,
the flood that is, and then the top. Then the fishing starts to slow down. Nothing strange about that,
they need their time to rest. They cannot eat 24 hours of the day.
– They want a great dinner and some rest. When the water starts to flood
and there are streams… The tide has two tops a day,
it turns every six hours. If it was at six o’ clock in the morning,
the next top will be twelve hours later. It is up and down every six hours.
It is pushed forward an hour each day. That is what creates the speed.
It speeds up the entire food chain. It triggers the fish to start hunting
as the food comes with the streams. You said it.
The fish is often on the lee-side. Then it comes in over here,
and the fish just catches it. That is how we will fish today. The most shallow tops
at Storskalltaren are- -about 33 feet. I might be
a few feet wrong, but about 33 feet. It is up and down. Some are peaks
and some are not that pointy. It is almost down to 165 feet. That is the optimal depth
when fishing like this. Then you have good control of what you do.
It will be very interesting today. The surface water is very warm in here,
and it is usually even warmer out there. You may think that the winters are
very cold up here as we are far up north. We are very far up north,
on almost the same latitude as Greenland. But we have the Gulf Stream
that sends us some pretty mild winds- -that makes the weather not that cold,
but very humid. To find the cold, you have to go up
to the mountains. The Gulf Stream makes the climate nice.
We can wear t-shirt and it is really great. When the weather is like it is here,
I think it is paradise on Earth actually. It is better than the best South Sea island
that is what I think. Here are our colleagues,
who we will be fishing with today. As it is so far out,
about 30 miles,- -we go out with four or five boats,
for security reasons as well. There can be fast change of weather here,
today it is fantastic though. Security is a priority,
which is why we go out as a group. There can never be less than two boats,
on these longer excursions. This can almost be seen as a theme park.
Storskalltaren is a place of joy for all. I have been out there
and it is really amazing. Fishing is fishing, it is up and down.
But it is usually great out there. You know what?
I cannot wait anymore. Let’s go! Finally!
After one hour and a half- -on a boat, we have arrived
to the northern end of Storskalltaren. We are at one of Ralph’s
previous positions. You have had some halibut here before.
We saw some small coalfish on the sonar. We are hopeful.
– It is promising. Let’s rig some jigs
and get them down to catch some. Exactly!
How hard can it be? Let’s go! The tide is on its way
and it is starting to move out here. We are drifting slowly right now. The depth under the boat is
currently 88 feet, but it varies. We will start by fishing a flat layer.
We will see what happens. We had some here before. I will fish with…
A Storm jig, 510 grams. It is prepared with some wasabi. I think it is so much fun.
We have tried and this is great. Done with that. Let’s get it down
and see if anything bites. The technique I use is to let it down
to the bottom and slowly fish upwards. I had a nudge there,
it might have been a small cod. We will see. It is either cod or halibut. I think it is a good cod,
but it is still so much fun. It is interesting to see the baitfish comes
closer as it activates everything close by. I got a cod down here.
It is pretty decent, I think. It has been around before. How much can it weigh? 29 lbs?
– I think it might be more. This one is not that bad actually. Nice! It is nice, very nice. Let’s get it back in. It has been knocked
around. Let’s give it one more chance. Nice!
– That is how it is done! How hard can it be?
– Good start. Great! It is always fun
to let some back in. It is up to the individual,
but I put my stinger hook like that. You have to feel your way
to get nice action in the water. I see a nice fish on the echo sounder.
We will see if we can get one more. It is always fun when it bites. I have hooked a decent cod.
It might be more than 22 lbs. I think so.
Maybe not quite that big. At least it was a nice bite.
That is why we are here. Some opposition in the other end. This fishing is so much fun.
Everyone should go to northern Norway. It is a memory for life. There is a puffin over there,
which is quite unabashed. They look like small parrots.
– Our parrot of the sea. There it goes for another swim
to find something to eat. I go down to the bottom
and then reel it up 5 feet. Then I hook it…
It is so small and I lost it. Just as well. There is some work…
Oh god damn! This is a pretty decent cod. It might be quite big actually. If I may say so.
What do we think? About 44 lbs? Beautiful cods! Thank you for a good fight! It is getting close to midnight
and we have had some great cod. No halibut in the boat,
but we have had some contact. It is the middle of the night
and it does not get much darker than this. It is great to see what you do,
when you tie and fish. It is a fantastic setting.
Snow up on the mountains. The birds are singing.
– There is full activity in the water now. We will fish in all water layers.
The hunt is on at least. We just have to be lucky enough
to hook the right fish. The fishing was slow,
so I put a small coalfish on a hook. After a while, a small
but decent halibut chose to bite. This is what they look like. It is always fun.
– Let’s get it in and have a look at it. You got it?
– Yes. Here it is.
We have been trying for a few hours. We have had some contact before
and a few other boats caught some. We heard that one was
more than 6 feet. They are out here. We will let it back in
and let it grow bigger. Thank you for visiting!
We will see you next year. Bye bye!
Nice job! Great work! How hard can it be? Hi! My name is Stefan Källström,
mostly known as Källan. I am a Rapala Pro Guide.
Right now I am in northern Norway- -at Sørøya together with Tommy
and our good friend Johan. We will try and get some
big halibuts and cods. We have caught some halibuts already,
and some big cods too. We have seen a lot of seagulls
that we will go out to. The conditions are great
and I think it will be an awesome night. We will make a stop here,
because we saw thousands of gulls. I got a fish now! I lost it. Is it a big one, Tommy? It is going away. A greater nature experience
is very hard to find. There is so much fish. I just lost a nice one and
Tommy has one by the boat. I start to reel again,
and we will see what happens. Is it a cod? What a cod! This is easily more than 44 lbs. Check this out! This is far more than 44 lbs. Lift it up. Last one now.
Come on! It was the first drop, right?
That is insane! How far down did you go?
– About 120 feet, I think. I am exhausted. It was far more than 4 feet,
so it was a huge cod. Let’s keep going. The coalfish is back out here.
Let’s see if we can get some cod now. I let it down next to you
and we will see what happens. There are loads of kittiwakes here.
And plenty of coalfish in the water. There is so much fish
on the echo sounder. Reel it in a few feet
and then make a stop. Reel it in quickly a few feet
and then make a stop. Johan, do you feel anything?
– No. We will make another drop,
and then move on. We have two porpoises
right next to our boat. Look! They are coming one more time. There is one more. The nature up here
in northern Norway is truly amazing. It is fantastic. They are hunting for fish
in the shoals that the gulls chased before. Right next to the boat. This is incredible. It is crazy.
Are we supposed to fish among them? I let it down to the bottom.
Then reel it in quickly and make a stop. Come on! This is a halibut. It is not a huge one,
but it is a decent fish. It should not be that far away now. It bit on a Storm. The second largest size,
a Glow Tiger. I can see on the echo sounder
that it is on its way up. The halibut is coming right up. Can you help me with the rod? That’s it! It is a nice fish.
About 35 lbs I would say. As I said, it bit on a Storm.
A Glow Tiger. It bit as I reeled it up,
and then it just attacked. Should we let it back? Just let it recover for a bit. Thank you and goodbye! What an amazing fish! It was not a huge one,
but I am still a bit shaky. Let’s get the big one now! What kind of equipment should we
use when fishing like this, Ralph? It is actually a secret,
but I will tell you anyway. I use a great 30-50 lbs rod. And a 2 speed reel. I think the line is 0.32,
a flatline also known as super line. It is quite enough for
any normal fish up here. Big halibut, big catfish,
big cods, you name it. Something that is very important
when using this kind of line is- -I do not know if you can see it here,
a hard leader of nylon. About 1.2 mm. If you get a halibut that
swims along the bottom- -the hard leader obstracts
the line from breaking. These super lines are sensitive
to wear and tear. I also have a stinger. A bit of line, a treble hook.
You can also use a single hook. I got it quite far back, like this. The tail of my jig.
Like that. I do not want the line too tight.
It might affect the action. Snaplocks are a big no-no. We do not use snaplocks up here.
We have seen too many straigthened out. Eights and rings are great stuff. To sum it all up, the fishing
we do here is very simple. We let our stuff down to the bottom
and work with it with a certain technique. It is very different how people do,
some might jerk it and some are calmer. The fishing is really very simple.
-The time on the water is what counts. It is like my wife always says,
the stuff should be IN the water. It is getting late and I am getting tired.
I have seen you yawn one or twice. I do not do that anymore. Our loved ones are waiting for us.
We are going back home and clean the boat. Our boat ride is an hour and a half
before we are back in the harbour. Great job today! Want to see more from Rapala Pro Guide? Subtitles: Daniella Falkman Twedmark