Fishing on Sørøya

Sørøya is maybe the most famous destination for anglers in all of Norway. The island is famous for the superior fishing for huge cod, great fishing for enormous halibut, and maybe the best fishing for big redfish in the world. On top of that you can target big wolffish, big coalfish, big common plaice big ling, big tusk and much more. Many worldrecords has been cought here throughout the years and we have a theory on why the average weight on almost all species seem to be bettter here than everywhere else.

The Gulf stream is heating up the norwegian coast and meet the cold, nutritional waters of the arctic seas. That is what is making this coast unique when it comes to the amount of fish and nutrition. It is often called the richest ocean in the world for a good reason. The gulf stream runs along the nowegian coastline all the way up to where the country turns east right before Sørøya. And this is interesting. The current loops back itself creating a great change in its energy right outside the island. The combination with the deep gorge that runs through the Sørøy sound and around the south and west side of the island makes these areas extremely interesting for an angler. Almost all species seem to grow exceptionally large here.


In the eye of this loop of the gulf stream, around 30 nautical miles west of Sørøya, lies an enourmous reef called Storskalltaren. It is probably the most legendary fishing spot in all of Norway. This reef is surrounded by great depths and the current makes it exceptionally nutritional. The distance to land ensures a very low amount of commersial fishing and that has left this place almost completely untouched throughout the centuries. The area is like a roller coaster of rock, sand, coral and gravel. You could not dream of a more interesting spot to fish in. The amount of fish is just undescribable. Bottom to surface covering shoals of baitfish basicly everywhere and loads of predators. Large amounts of big halibut and maybe the biggest concentration of big stationary coastal cod there is. 20kg+ is very common if you target cod. The biggest we have cought here is accually a 35,1kg and 161cm fish. An absolute beast. This fish was accually longer than the world record even though it wasnt a migrating skrei cod. It is a big difference between the two stocks and an atationary cod longer than the longest skrei cought is unbelievable. You also catch big coalfish and ling almost every time you go here from june/july and forward. There is a chance to get big pollock, monkfish or big wolffish aswell. Sørøya is one of the best destinations in norway, maybe the best, and people still often catch more in a day out on Storskalltaren than in the whole rest of the week closer to shore. It really is completely unique and an untouched spot like this is just unheard of these days. Fishing is still fishing though. If they dont want to bite, there is not much you can do no matter how many they are. But it is very unusual not to catch a couple of halibut and a few 12-15kg cod at least. I often say that this is where an angler go when he dies if he has lived a good life. Storskalltaren is heaven on earth. It takes around 1h 20 min to get there if the sea is not to rough.

The north side

On the northwest part of the island you find an island called Kamøya. It is roughly the same distance as Storskalltaren but is a little safer journey since you drive and fish closer to shore. Kamøya is surrounded by an enourmous area of sand bottom with great accumulations of sandeel and baby haddock. That means a lot of halibut and the average weight is exceptional. Basicly the whole area offers great fishing throughout the whole tidal cycle. The current in the sound gets extremely strong in the last hours of the flood and you can get unbelievable results in your halibut fishing. It is almost like the big halibut come in shoals when the tide is at its strongest around three knots. That period often offer some of the best halibut fishing you can possibly find.

Long trips

The long trips demands stable weather and some planing. And we always need to go at least two boats together for safety reasons. We are following the development of the weather forecast charts and keep you updated on when it is possible to go on the longer trips. We strive to be at least one guide along with you for these trips aswell since a lot can happen when you are so far away. It is much safer to have an experienced captain along if something would go wrong out there. And to be honest, we dont mind coming along at all.