|I've finally returned from our 2+ week family vacation/cruise in the Baltic Sea. We had a packed itinerary, so going into it, I knew I only had some time to fish during our visit to Bergen, Norway at the very beginning of the trip. A few weeks ago, I asked the board for advice on fishing in Norway - all the advice given was spot on - fish the salt, forget the fresh...bring sinking line with clouser/deceiver type flies. I carried my trusty 6wt TFO with 30ft of T-8...it was well worth bringing it along. I found my way to one corner of the opening to the Bergen harbor and found what looked like a fairly deep spot in a public park right on the water. It didn't take long to get my first grab - it didn't stick, but I thought "Hmmm, this just might work!" Within a few minutes, I had landed my first Norwegian fish - a dink Pollock! Eventually, I figured out that longer count downs produced larger fish and pauses during the retrieve induced more strikes. I fished for a few hours and ended the day with 2 dinks and 8 or so landed (all Pollock) in the 2 to 4 lb range - or as they say in the Norway, 1 to 2 kilos - apparently a very common class of Pollock in the area according to the guy I spoke to later at a fishing gear shop in Bergen. I even gave away a fish to a local guy for dinner. It was a ton o' fun!|
On a more somber note, we arrived in Bergen on the very day the madman murdered so many innocent people. We arrived in Oslo 2 days later and found a city reeling from the aftermath. So it felt right and proper as we marched with the thousands of Norwegians that had gathered in Oslo in a rally of solidarity against this act of violence - a fitting response from the land of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thanks again for all the tips - I only got a small taste of the possibilities - Hopefully, I will return someday to put in some "real" fishing time.
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