Even if there are fewer guests in winter, there is no shortage of fishes. The clear number one is the cod, but halibut, a bit more rarely pollack and coalfish as well as whiting and flatfish are there to catch. The fishes stay now closer to our resort and are in biting mood as well. That’s a great advantage in winter.
In poor weather or fast changing weather conditions you are fast back again in the safe port or you may try your luck from the shore. And if additionally the herring is on the spot, cod and “company” will not be able to stop and good catches are the consequence. During clear skies at night, you might see the Northern Lights.
In February you will nearly meet the same conditions as in January. Fishes stay close to the shore and start slowly with preparations for spawning. Biting mood is still there. In the second half of the month, with a little bit of luck, there will already be a few heavier cods within the shoals.
In February cod and others can be caught very well from the shore. As the days slowly getting longer, there will also be longer time for fishing.
Now the spawning cods (Skrei) move along the shore line. Even if angling of these fish is not so easy, the unit weight can be quite high. Similar to the salmon moving the rivers upstream for spawning, the cods do not really bite, because they are already in preparation for the spawning. To get them is still is a game of patience, provoking the fish until it snaps.
The depths for angling depend on the water temperature. In general between 25 and 80m, but sometimes it is even deeper. There is one advantage in this time of the year, the fishes stay almost in front of our resort, means very often there is half a kilometres way to drive only. As the shoals are very good apparent on the echo depth sounder, there is no problem to detect and to catch the fish.
The April is similar to the March. All fishes are about to spawn. The abundance of species of catchable fish is increasing. Pollack, coalfish and nice haddocks can be caught besides cods. Anglers using natural baits have good chances to catch ling, whiting and flounders, with a bit of luck even halibut.
Depending on the weather conditions, a trip to the skerry-garden can be worthwhile.
Temperature is rising at last and daylight lasts quite long already. Angling is really gaining momentum and is moving more and more into the shallower waters of the offshore banks.
The fish can still stay in depth of 80m to 120m, but as a rule now in 20m to 40m. In May sea life is almost exploding – from the algae to that entire small species – thus being prey and feed in abundance for the bigger fish. And now it’s easy to catch fish, because after spawning they are hungry and scoff to put on weight again. Even if you are not the lucky winner, but in this time of the year the most halibut are caught.
From May to mid of June we see almost every day one caught. With those monsters caught in northern Norway we cannot keep up of course. The range of catchable fish is very wide in May – cod, coalfish, pollack, tusk, ling, haddock, redfish, with a bit of luck-monkfish, and the already mentioned halibut.
In June you can angle 24 hours a day, because it’s not getting dark anymore. It is the month for easy angling, means small perks or rubber-fish with the spinning rod in depth of 20m to 40m.
Pollack is very receptive to this way of fishing and gives you a lot of fun with the light equipment. Besides pollack are cod and coalfish catchable at the same places, in which the coalfish floats as well in shallow waters as at the edge to deeper waters. Angling takes place now in the “sjkaergarden”- the waters between the offshore small rocky islets – or the further out situated banks, but it might also be worth trying to fish in the Brandsfjord.
When the smaller herrings move into the fjord, they are followed by the sea salmons. On certain days we could not save ourselves from good catches, caught in 80m to 140m depth.
It is still possible to catch fish around the clock, because the days getting shorter only at the end of July. Angling in Bessaker is very good in this time of the year, but you have to keep an eye on the temperature of the water. Whilst the pollack bears the warmer water quite good, cod and other type of fish move into deeper water.
There is still another thing to be looked after. Even if it’s nice to wear a t-shirt only and get tanned in the sun, do not forget the caught fish in the box. These will easily go off in the summer heat. I have very often seen fish boxes holding already slightly rotten content. Either you prepare freezer bags with crashed ice and spread the ice on the fish or – as a stopgap only – you cover the fish with a wet towel, which has to be poured with sea water from time to time.
Still another possibility – you oftener drive home to take care of the fish. Angling in July takes place within the skerries or just outside but also in the fjord.
In a very hot summer and consequently high water temperatures – more than 20° C, the fish can stay in a greater depth. We had years, in which the cod stood even at 150m. But the temperature does not rise by a long way so much every year – normal temperature of the sea is 16°C to 18°C.
From August onwards it can be worthwhile to go for redfish. Although you can catch redfish the whole season, from now on you find greater and denser shoals. Redfish will be found on the steep edges of the banks in depth of 150m to 200m. The main fishing places are now the banks or its edges and in the fjord.
Summer has gone now, but the water is still warm. Angling is not different from August, but you have always to keep an eye on the weather. It can change very quickly in the autumn; therefore before starting any boat-trip keep yourself informed about the weather.
Redfish is mainly caught now, but nice coalfish are very often a welcomed by-catch. Depth is the same as in August. Now it’s worthwhile to try directly on tusk and ling. These two species are caught the whole year, often as by-catch while angling with lures in “normal” depth.
Trying in greater depth has good chances to catch also bigger specimen. Big lings are caught again and again, but not in great numbers, what I think can be put down to the fact that it is not tried so often. The depth should be about 150m ore more. Attempts at the edges of the banks or in the belt of skerries and in the fjord are interesting.
Water temperature is slowly going down, but is still warm enough to enjoy a good angling. The fish still “hang” around the banks. The greatest uncertainty factor now is the weather. Even if you have always to take the wind into account, in autumn the wind might blow for weeks.
Good time for spontaneous people. Simply listen to the weather forecast and if all is convenient, take your car and go. Before you start call at our and book. In this time of the year is it normally no problem to get one of our houses. In October all common fish species are still to catch at the well known places.
Fish is to catch even now. The days are short and the weather is bad for the most part, but we had in November already guests with a flexible time table, enjoying a week without any wind and good catches.
In addition a small story. We had in mind to go fishing in November for the last time, closing the season. Target was ling and we needed smaller coalfish as bait. On that day we caught about 3kg fish only. Right, we cut up one of these coalfish and shortly afterwards we caught tusk and ling!
But the November still has other attractions such as the Northern lights.
The time of the shortest days of the year. Even if a few anglers only coming to Norway at this time of the year, a visit can be worthwhile, because quiet, the northern lights and short ways to fishing places are advantageous.
Some species of fish gather now close to the coast. The number of fish species is a bit lower now as in other month, but good cod, haddock, whiting, occasionally pollack and coalfish as well as various species of flatfish might be caught.
Guests in December left Bessaker very seldom dissatisfied.