Fish Species

Deep Sea Fishing: The most common species are cod, coalfish, haddock and redfish, but it is also possible to catch salmon and sea trout or even a giant halibut.


Cod (Gadus morhua)  has 3 fins on its back, 2 anal fins, a barbel and a slight overbite. They can be up to 180 cm long and weigh as much as 55 kg, however those found along the coast are smaller. Cod are found only in the North Atlantic Ocean and keep to the coastal waters, the fjords and out over the sandbanks. There are 2 main types, ocean (or spawning) cod and coastal cod. Spawning cod grow up in the Barents Sea and then migrate south to spawn. Normally the fishermen fish for cod all year round with the highlight being in February - March when they go out in search of the spawning cod.

Coalfish (Pollachius virens) can be up to 120 cm long and weigh over 20 kg. The abdomen and sides are silver/grey with a darker shade along the backbone of the fish. Only the young fish have a short barbel. In the western parts of Norway, they have different names for coalfish depending on size, while in other parts, and especially the north, they just use the adjectives small, «podgy» and large. The locals in Vesterålen prefer coalfish in the summer. It is possible to catch small coalfish from the shoreline.

Redfish (Sebastes marinus) can be up to 100 cm long and up to 15 kg in weight. They can live for up to 60 years and reach maturity when 12-15 years of age. Redfish is considered well-suited for fish dishes. It is a deep water fish, living at a depth of between 100 and 1000 meters. The female takes care of her eggs until they hatch.

Halibut (Hippoglossinae) A member of the flounder family. Although most halibut are deep water fish living at a depth of between 300 and 2000 m, they are sometimes found in shallow waters, much to the delight of fishing enthusiasts lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Guides take visitors to the best places and share local fishing tips and advice with them.