Well where to start .... I've known John the owner of Guided fishing Norway for a long time now and his love for fishing and Norway has always been an inspiration to me. I have followed his adventures eagerly from the very begining and always waiting in anticipation for his updates on his adventures. So when he finaly set up Guided fishing Norway and made the unknown accessible to every day anglers like myself I begged for a week slot to get out there and wish granted I got one and at prime time to. From the moment our booking was taken it was like the adventure had already begun with truck loads of info to make sure we were fully prepared and regular updates on what was being caught, the build up was electric.. Did it live up to expectations ??? Your dam right it did and so much more .. From setting foot off the plane to boarding it again at the end, it was the adventure of a lifetime !!!!! Everything is sorted for you transport luxury accomadation top top food quality bait and high end equipment to hire should you need it. Along side that you get the guidance from John that is literally second to none in the area he worked tirelessly to put us on fish everyday, while we new other groups in the area with no guides were struggling we were having a field day.. We caught more quality fish on this trip than I could ever imagined possible and pbs were smashed to pieces. I came away from my first trip with Guided fishing Norway not only a much better angler I also came away holding the new world record shore caught cod of 66lb8oz and memories that will never ever leave me.. When you fall to your knees in tears of emotion and your guide hugs you to death you know you have been part of something very special and John makes that moment the best it can possibly be because he is always as excited about the capture as the captor is and you just can't put a price on that sort of camaraderie.. It was that good I have already booked up twice more and I will continue to do so for every trip I can get my hands on .. It's pure heaven!!!!
Posted by Codfather2016-08-03 22:30:20
I went out with Guided Fishing Norway last March and it honestly was the trip of a lifetime! John has done so much research and knows the area so well that there is no need to waste time looking for marks or working out what tides to fish them on and yet if you wish there are also an endless supply of untried marks to try. My goal was to try and catch a halibut from the shore, I knew it was a great place to target them but they are by no means a sure thing so I was over the moon to land 5 up to almost 30lb! I even hooked (but didn't land) one shading with a 100gm spinning rod. We also had great sport with cod to near double figures on shads, well over 20lb on bait, plus quality coalies, wolf fish, plaice etc.
I didn't try any of the really deep marks but they're definitely on my list for next time with the chance of many species you wouldn't think of getting from the shore. I did try one reasonably deep mark, it took a couple of minutes for the lead to reach the bottom and was rewarded with s double figure lumb.
The scenery every where is amazing including the views from the house looking toward the saltstraumen whirl pools. The house is cozy and well equipped and there are several marks within walking distance.
Don't forget to try the petrol station burgers, just don't work out how much they cost in pounds!
In short I cannot recommend John and Guided Fishing Norway highly enough, it could be the difference between a frustrating holiday and a trip of a lifetime!
Posted by Paul Tipper2015-12-28 18:45:26
This man never seems to fail, always putting anglers on the fish. If you're considering a trip to Northern Norway then John Strange has to be a consideration!
Posted by James Madsen2015-12-25 02:28:13
Guided Fishing Norway is run by John Strange and you wont go wrong using him for your shore fishing holiday. John will always be ready on the end of the phone or email to give advice and answer your questions about what fishing equipment and clothing etc. to bring along on your trip. Its all in the planning. John stays out in Norway for three months of the year and if he is not looking after you, he will be fishing new marks to take clients to.
Your adventure begins when youre picked up from Boda airport in the big 4x4 tuck and taken to the accommodation which is a traditional Norwegian style house overlooking Saltstrouman. The rooms are clean and comfortable with fresh linen, the kitchen diner and lounge are spacious and comfortable and the log burner is very welcoming on them cold days! Indecently, as a bonus, there are two fantastic fishing marks within walking distance from the accommodation that have seen cod to 40lb and Halibut to 50lb!
Each day you wake up to a fully cooked breakfast to set you up for the day; then into the truck to head off to your chosen fishing marks. The good thing about the big 4x4 is that not only does it have studded tyres, but also snow chains, winter pack and additional light bars etc., this baby can get you to those off the beaten track marks that most hire cars cant get to in the snowy season.
At the end of the day youre picked up and bought back to the house where there will be a hot meal waiting for you. After dinner, you can sit round the log burner, drink cold beer and talk about the big one that you lost or head back out for another few hours on the local marks. Remember the next morning the bacon will be sizzling once again.
John is always on hand to help out to answer questions and give advice if required. Plenty of fresh bait is provided in with the price for everyone and there is a chest freezer and vacuum bag sealer for your fillets. Rod and reel rental is available (new Century T900s and T1000s and Shimano 10000s) and all terminal tackle it available to purchase at cheap rates just in case you forgot to pack something.
As far as Im concerned, its value for money. A good variety of fishing marks for a wide variety of fish, Dabs, Plaice, Cod, Haddock, Coalfish, Pollock, Halibut, Redfish, Ling and Lumb and more are all on the agenda. The deep-water (200mdeep) fishing is awesome and Guided Fishing Norway already has a shore record under its belt! Good food, Good transport, Good accommodation, Good bait, Good tackle and Good guiding .
Follow them on Facebook. We have booked up again this year and next!
Posted by Phill Hambrook2015-12-24 11:15:01
I've fished with John from Guided Fishing Norway on many occasions in various locations throughout Norway, John's passion and dedication shines through and anyone who's had the pleasure of fishing with him knows. It's all in the planning and preparation to the smallest of details, that can be the difference when there's a real change of a fish of a lifetime. On our last trip with John at Saltstraumen Nr Bodo we were fortunate enough to land the European shore line class Ling record with a the fish weighing in at a whopping 59lb oz, a true fish of a lifetime. I personally beat my shore Halibut PB with a 50lb 4oz fish, this was landed as I was following advice from John who had put many hours in fishing this mark. With Guided Fishing Norway you will be met at Bodo airport and taken to the house around 50mins away, you will be given a hearty breakfast to set you up for the days fishing and also taken to the correct marks for the size of tide, weather conditions or ability. When the day or session is over you will be taken back to the house for dinner. Anyone who has fished Norway few times knows its not as easy as the trophy picture show, it has taken the fishing guides days or even months to suss out the area with serious rod hours, with this you just don't get rolling off a plane into a hire car, this is where using the knollage of a guide is worth its weight in Halibut as it can save many a wasted hour fishing at the wrong time or state of tide and when you add up the cost of food, car hire, fuel, toll road charges its almost a false economy to try and 'go alone'. So I would seriously recommend Guided Fishing Norway to any new or regular to fishing the stunning surroundings of Norway with a very accomplished shore angler.
Posted by Wayne Hill2015-12-24 10:48:23
Stayed with John at the house in Saltstraumen this March.
The house is well equiped with all the ameneties you need, and most importantly it's warm!
John has done a lot of work researching shore fishing marks to fish and we were happy guinee pigs testing them out. We caught some cracking fish including halibut to 50lb, cod to 25lb, haddock to 11lb plus a record breaking ling of a snadge under 60lb.
We are back there in January and again in March to see what turns up this time.
Can't stress enough how helpful John is and anyone wanting to fish Norway should have a chat with John, he'll give you all the advice you'll need.
Posted by Lee Hover2015-12-24 10:41:46
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