Norwegian Adventures – November 2012

by David Proudfoot

Last week a trio of Skarnsundet regulars, Steve Ace, Paul Rodgers and Phytos arrived at the camp to target plaice from the boat and halibut or cod from the shore.

Many of you will know that Steve is the manager of Veals in Bristol and he was determined to relax from the retail pressures while in Norway.

Steve Ace plaice

The group had decided to uptide for the plaice in the shallower areas of up to 30 metres; a technique not often used here in mid-Norway as most anglers are looking for the species which inhabit deeper water. The results speak for themselves with fish to an ounce under five and half pounds being boated. Steve had this cracking fish on mackerel strip and the guide Phill Dale joined in the action using light tackle and 50 gram weights.

A switch to the shore saw the flatfish action continue culminating in a magnificent 7lb 7oz plaice which fell to Phytos’s rod. Using two hook Portsmouth rigs with size 3/0 Varivas Aberdeen hooks baited with fresh mackerel produced a string of prime plaice and Paul added an 8lb halibut for variety.

phytos-plaicePaul halibut

The shore fishing around Skarnsundet itself also proved productive with pollack to 11lb 7oz and a lean 21lb cod for Steve as darkness fell.

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