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Thirty pound coalfish caught on a shad
Expect prolific fishing with the chance of really big cod, coalfish, wolf fish and occasional big halibut. Haddock and flatties are abundant too. Top action on pirks and big shads. Iceland offers one of the best value destinations in Scandinavia.
The Gulf Stream combines with the North Atlantic current along the sheltered fjords of the northwest of Iceland creating a super rich sea. Masses of baitfish arrive in April in turn attracting huge shoals of predators. The fishing is excellent from April right into late September. Huge halibut, perhaps the highest average size of anywhere, are often hooked but not always landed. The average size here is around 100 kgs with far bigger specimens feeding on the vast coalfish, mackeral and herring shoals.
Off Season and Peak Season prices vary according to week booked.
Dave Lewis recently returned from an Anglers World exploratory trip to Iceland and has the following comments to make -" I have fished many times in Iceland and in addition more than 30 trips to Norway, along with many others to Denmark, Sweden and The Faroe Islands; but never have I seen such consistent fishing for trophy coalfish. The cod fishing I found in north-west Iceland is the equal of all but the very best days I have experienced in Norway, and I am reliably told by other anglers we met in Iceland, some of whom were on their fourth or fifth trips with Iceland Sea Angling, that it can be much, much better.
Importing fish from Iceland.. Sea fishing in Iceland is strictly controlled to ensure high fish stocks. Eat what you catch and fillet, pack and freeze your own catch for free. Each centre has large cooler/freezer bags that easily hold 20kg of fillets (cost 20 Euro). Perfect for bringing your catch back home and for future trips. If you do not wish to fillet your own catch then you can buy pre packed fillets for around 80 Euro per 20kg box. Filleted and packed individually into an insulated box (4 x 5 kg blocks of fillets.) Limit is 20kg per angler. You pay the airline extra baggage charges.
Your catch is weighed in the harbour and forms part of the areas quota.
Read his report on the Dave Lewis Blog - July 2015, see link at bottom of our home page.
Considering the extremely high quality of the self-drive boats and Iceland’s easy accessibility from the UK, I honestly feel that the north-west Fjords are a strong contender for the title of Europe’s ultimate sea angling destination. Certainly this is a destination any serious sea angler must add to his bucket list."
Boats are spacious and fast. Easily fish 4 anglers but can take 5 or 6. 130hp Penta stern drive. AIS tracking, VHS-DSC radio, quality Garmin fish finder/chart plotter. Some of the best self drive boats on the water.
One nominated boat operator from each group will take a quick boat operators certificate on the first morning. It is a strait forward simple test that takes a few minutes then you are safe to enjoy great fishing. Iceland operates high standards of boat safety at sea. No other documentation is currently required.
Expect to pay 1.50 Euro per litre for fuel. How much you use will depend on distance travelled and speed operated but an average could be around £300 to £400 per boat/week divided by the number of anglers. Some will use less, some more.
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