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Tips for fishing in Norway


Don’t buy your braid too thick. There is no use in Norway for braid over
0.25 mm. Thicker braid also means that you have to use heavier pirks, read less action, less fish.  


Make your traces not too thin, use at least 0.70 mm monofilament (nylon) of a soft brand for making traces. For fishing with bait use at least 0.80 because of the teeth of the fish.


Keep your rigs simple. A basis set up for Norway: line, 0.80, loop, two or three gummimacks (the Norwegian rubber eel), swivel and pirk. Don’t make the trace too short. At least the length of the rod, it is no problem to use twice or more times the rod length. More distancebetween the different hooks means more area covered, more chance of fish. You can also use a rubber eel, Mr. Twister, shads or flies instead of the gummimack. 


Learn the good knots. The knot to connect a gummimack is the “dropper loop”.  Don’t connect your gummimacks to thetrace with a small (weak, easy to open) swivel. 


Fill your reel up. More line on the real will give a bigger diameter on your spool which makes your reel much faster. Because the braid is so thin you might want to use cheaper monofilament underneath. 


Place a rubber pearl between the swivel andthe top eye of your rod. This reduces the chances of sharp edges on the steel or the rings.  


Stop the boat before you start to fish. To avoid your line getting in a strange angle behind the boat, and causingproblems with your fishing friends on the same boat, put the engine in reversebefore you turn it of or turn it to neutral while fishing. By focusing on thewater just around the boat it is easy to

check that the boat has stopped moving forward. 


Fish always against the wind.When fishing in a small boat using artificial baits, you always fish with allthe persons and rods at the same side of the boat, against the wind. This means the boat is drifting away from the fishing place and the lines are following the boat. 


Use the same weights for pirks. Fishing with more than one person on the same boat try to use fish with the sameweights. This means the pirks will behave on a similar way which avoids themfrom tangling. 


Always jig with a straight line. When moving the rod up and down (jigging) to attract the fish to the lure, always keep a straight line, not only on the way up but at least so importanton the way down. Many times the fish bites when the lures are sinking down.


Try to hit the bottom each time you jig your pirk. When you are lifting the pirk and letting it down afterwards with astraight line you always have to try to hit the bottom, this will turn up somesand that will encourage the fish to bite. 


Reel in if your line angle gets too high. If you are doing the above you will notice that afterwards as the boat is driftingaway from the line your line angle will increase and you are forced to give some line to let the pirk hit the bottom. If it gets difficult to “feel” the bottom it is better to reel in and start with a straight angle again.  


Don’t cast. If you fish against the wind never cast your pirk from the boat when you are drifting. Because you are drifting awayfrom your line it will make it more difficult to fish your pirk properly if theangle of your line is increasing. 


Keep always the tension on the line when the fish is on. Avoid a slack line when drilling a fish, especially when “pumping” the fish many things go wrong. Keep concentrated. Don’t reel in too fast, and don’t pull when if the fish is pulling, let the road and break do its work. 


Set your drag before fishing. When a large fish is making its first run when the brake is closed it is often too late. After you have been stucked to the bottom you have often closed your dragto increase the pressure to get the pirk released. Don’t forget to open your drag before you start to fish again. This is the classic mistake which every fisherman remembers having done wrong! 


Sharpen your hooks, if you are stuck on the bottom, a few times they will lose their sharpness and you will hook less fish. 


If you start catching fish try to remember your position by using GPS or cross marks on land (if possible). This will help you to find your position back again.


If using a depth sounder remember it is not a guarantee to catch fish, also use your own common scene where to expect the fish. You can catch a lot of fish without anything showing on the screen or catch nothing when the screen is loaded with fish.    


Two techniques are mainly used for fishing from the shore. The use of a light spinning rod, aiming to entice the fish, can be a very effective method! The other technique is fishing with bait, which is the more common way to fish and is just as effective!


If you want to fish with a spinning rod you use artificial baits like leadhead, shads, light pilks, spinner and blinker. Bait fishing from the shore is mostly done with baits like lugworm, herring, mussel and crab.

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