This is my blog section. I am a busy man and my time is never slow enought for me. I love to share my stories, thought and work, but times has a way of hindering me doing that to often. So, I promise to update my blog when I have time!
It´s ice all over our country. Perch fishing is one of the funniest and easiest fishing style you can find. Asgeir shows how to do it and everybody in all ages can catch these tasty fishes.
Morten Martiniussen fishing for perch and walleye from the predator kayak. Nice - but very heavy! Build like a tanks, and last "forever".
Just a sample of some fun shooting in Malaga with NQ Sport
This photo shows Dag Ivar Hovde when he´s crossing a almost dry river in the mountains close to Malaga, Spain.
I´m in a hurry with some deadlines now, but I´ll post some more photos soon!
Please leave comment´s! Is this inspiring or does it make you want to stay in all day long??
Me and my wife had a lovely time visiting Mindo in Ecuador a few years ago. I found this when looking for some fishing photo, and started to remember this beautiful place for birdwatchers and hikers in the mountains in my wife Ecuador. If you are going to Ecuador, don´t forget this prestine place!
Asgeir Alvestad promotes my seminars on his popular blog!
A few days ago, I sent Asgeir some photos and some text about my seminars. Since we agreed that I´ll help him lighten his "hard work" fishing and writing blog, I´m going to take his seminars this year, if it´s possible. But, as the sales man he is, he put in much more nice words about me, that I wrote to him!
Maybe it´s best like that. We Norwegians don´t like to brag about our selves, and it´s some serious bragging in this text. I´m taking of my fishing hat for nice words from Asgeir. Means a lot, coming from him.
I hope I´ll see you in a seminar or close to the water!
It´s time for fishing and photo seminars. This, a book that I´m working on and several articles - makes my next two months very busy! Since I´ll start working as a 100% freelance photographer and journalist from February, I´m very happy for all the hard work that´s in front of me.
I have found myself surrounded by old photo slides lately, and that brings along many good memories. Even if I would never go back to old slides, I have to admit that the «old school» have another way of hitting my senses. My memories. Searching thousand of slides in boxes or plastic holders, offers another way of thinking and remembering.
Even if it cosy and nice to sit inside our warm house, reading a fishing magazine and drink a cup of coffee - or two; nothing beats fishing when the fish bites! And sometimes, that´s what a great storm does; it makes the fish go crazy.
Many people ask me about what camera and what lenses to buy. I try to put myself in their position and think of their needs, rather than mine. In some cases, or should I say; most cases, people end up with a Canon or a Nikon Kit, like the Canon EOS 650D with a cheap 18-55mm lens. For most people this is a good start, even if the lens is really not worth «anything». If you are not going to print a lot or make a living of shooting pro photography or video, it´s «ok» to have it in the beginning, but soon you will feel an urge to change it for one or more better lenses.
Sometimes when there´s a powerful storm outside, I remember some of the days we have fished «the day after the storm» and had a tremendous fishing. So since yesterday was one of the windiest days
for a long time, I thought I wanted to go fishing sea trout today.
The season this fall/winter has been a bad one. To hot, to windy and no good reports anywhere that I´ve heard about. (Let me know if you have heard something else) So when I called Øyvind Elefsen earlier today, I had mixed feelings. It could be good and it could even be bad after the storm today.
Øyvind has caught many sea trouts lately, and I hoped that we could do the same today. It started out great! Little wind, light and crispy weather. The fish was also keen, but the bigger once just wouldn´t get up today. I fished with bombard floater and flies, and broke the line on a fish for the first time in a long time. It wasn´t to big, but something just snapped off. Øyvind lost his first nice fish too, and that seemed to be the thing for this day.
We caught many smaller fishes, mainly colored fish, and lost four or five bigger fish. I even had a fish close to two kilo that attacked my bombarda several times. My shrimp fly was not even interesting! The day would have been saved if this one had been landed, for sure!
This was Øyvind´s day, and he caught most of the fish. They were all released and I got some illustrations photos for my upcoming projects!
First time I saw ISSUU.Com was when I worked in Jakt & Friluft AS. We uploaded our catalogue there and it looked good, and then I forgot it for a while. Later I found out that companies and
e-magazines are using this and other sites to publish their stuff.
If you would like to expand you hobby or read about your favorite rods or reels, try out a quick search at Issuu.com, and I would be amazed if you wouldn´t find anything.
Finally a new book has found it´s way to my physical library in my living room. Oh yeah, internet and e-books and blogs are great, but they will never bear the feeling of raw material and good
photos and stories in a real book.
The book has been called «Havørred, Refleksioner på kysten» (Seatrout, Reflections on the coast) It´s built up with new stuff and many old and newer articles published in the «Fisk & Fri Magazines» from Denmark. Fisk & Fri is a high quality magazines, with more stuff about seatrout fishing than most other publications. The main writer; Jens Bursell (63%) is the Chief Editor of this magazine. The second most important writer is Rasmus Ovesen (30%) runs Cast Away Media, and is a famous Scandinavian sea trout fisherman
Have you bought a Canon digital camera, and lost your Canon Program CD´s or just haven´t a hole in your laptop to put it? Well, check out the video here, and your are up and running after five
Today I´m taking some photos in my "worm studio". By worm studio, I mean taking photos of worms on hooks, in a aquarium in my house. «Crazy?» «Me?»
Anyway I had promised my self, that this time I should use my Macbook Air 13 as a monitor and as a remote control to my Canon 5D MKII camera. I´ll do this to be sure that the photos are sharp, before I take them. I just had a minor problem. My MacBook Air doesn´t have a CD port! I had to see if a could find a legal way of doing this, and this is what I found; This video shows you a nice and easy way of doing it, I in my opinion, if you have a Canon camera and the CD, this is as legal as it can be.
"And the winner is; Yvonne Østebø!!
Yvonne was the only one that answered correctly on the name of this lure. She knew that the name of the lure was; "Fiskeprinsen" from Os, a beautiful place some miles south of Bergen.
Personally I got this lure from Tove S. Tvedt, who´s family has made this lure for many years. Once upon a time, this was a very popular lure. It´s real name is Fiskeprinsen, no. 405, and it´s 8,5cm long.
Thanks to all who took part of the competition!
To Yvonne; Send me your direction, and I will send the prize home to you! Congratulations!
Thank´s to the guys at Normark Norway for great prizes!
In Norway it´s forbidden by law to drive a car while talking in a handheld phone. Yesterday I experienced that we maybe should have a law against talking while wading also! At least a big warning sign, at famous hot spots, would be nice.
I was out fishing sea trout with my friends; Espen Rose and Eric Bringsverd, when another friend; Martin Ellingsen, called me to talk about a fishing trip, we are planning to Denmark, in a few weeks. I considered not answering, but trying to get in contact with him all day long, made me pushing my limits.
Not all stories can have a happy ending. Spesially not if you´re a fisherman! This is one of these stories.
Longum Lake in Arendal is famous for it´s pike fishing. It delivers from time to time 10 kg + pikes and has so much food (perch and whitefish) in it, that it can hold many big ones without any problems. The thing that is sad, is that lately it doesn´t deliver like it used to do. I have fished this lake for years, and know many experienced fishers than trolls and drifts this lake so tight, that you wouldn´t find a single spot that they haven´t been!
Yesterday I was invited to be a part of the show, Gullkroken 2013. Gullkroken, the only show for norwegian sport fishers and made by sport
fishers. This has quickly become the happening at the year, and this second time, doesn´t give anyone the impression that it will end here.
Confrancier and full time crazy man; Cato Bekkevold guided us trough I hilarious nigh, full of verbal acrobatics as no one in Norway can do better, or worse. (guess that a good thing)
Finally we have decided who is winner of the first hundred «likes» on my Facebook site. My wife was originally supposed to pull out the winner, but she knows so many of you, that we let my mother
in law do it. She picked a number from 1 to 100 and the lucky winner of my first competition is; Eric Bringsverd from Arendal.
He has won two 120meters packages of Sufix´s new superline 832 (0,20mm and 0,28mm) and three Storm Suspending Wildeye Swimbait shads for pike fishing. (Total value about 700 NOK)
I just want to say thanks to the guys at Normark Norway who gave away these cool prizes!
Eric, just send me a mail at email@example.com so we can arrange a meeting.
Yesterday I went out with my Dad to fish for lobsters. We started our day at my parents lovely house in Tvedestrand, South Norway. The house is just a stone cast from the sea, and this day was
very quiet and there was no wind at all.
Lobster fishing in Norway is allowed from October to December and with 10 traps per boat. My Dads boat is perfect for this kind of fishing, and has a Mariner 90HP engine and a warm cabin.
Because of heavy weather, my Dad fishes inside the outer islands and that makes everything more calm and easy, but each trap has to be set with high accuracy and on or close to rocks. With sonars and long experience as a professional fisherman, my dad puts his traps on good spots.
Late summer 2009. A group of very hopeful fishers takes off at Gardemoen airport, Oslo. We have been sponsored by several Norwegian fishing and sport brands, and the goal was to get the
mysterious arctic char in Svalbard summertime. The rumors was that it is impossible to catch it with fishing lures summertime.
Net fishing from helicopter
It started one day, in my work lunch room. A well travelled man told us that a friend of him had fished for scientific purposes after arctic char from helicopters! Well, net fishing isn´t very exciting, but the size of the fishes caught my attention, and I stored it somewhere in my brain for further use. (Along with many other fishing tips.)
Several years later, the opportunity came, when I met a friend that talked about somebody who wanted to start a travel agency, and needed people to try out the fishing possibilities. «Hey!! Pick me!!» I screamed inside, wanting so much to visit the most excing island we have around. After some months it was all arranged, sponsors and everything.
If you are not working in a sport fishing product company, a fishing magazine or in a fishing tackle store, you are almost guaranteed not to know about some of the most important magazines for
the business and the products of sport fishing.
Not only will you be able to find a lot of "secrets", next year new product lines or even the year after that. You will find out much more than you find in catalogs or home pages about Norwegian companies or international companies in interviews and statistics.
Yes, I know that this is for the «geeks» or the «more interested ones», but even for the average fishermen, theres a lot to learn and a lot of ideas to find.
«Hey!!!» «Get to the point man!»
Oh, yeah! The name of the secrets magazines is: ....
These two are the most known trade magazines and are given for free to people in the business. For the rest it´s possible to receive most of the information on their open websites (links over). Here you will easily find more news and stuff about fishing equipment, that your brain can cover.
Check out the winners in the international shows like I-Cast and Efftex, and prepare yourself for your next trip to the local store!
Today I found a new channel for free fishing TV. They have more than 250.000 downloaded apps and are also able to be downloaded on smart TVs at home. The channel is called: onlinefishing.tv and has a lots of movies with tons of different fishing stuff and types of fishing. They have a free category, and bronze, silver and gold memberships that cost a few bucks each mont to watch. If you are bored of Netflix or other VOD alternatives, this might be something for you. I have just started to watch it - and it seams to be something I would use a lot in the future.
For those of you who need photos or just wants to watch, my site is now updated and full of new photos. Specially the flyfishing in freshwater (grayling and trout) albums have got hundreds of new photos.
Go and check them out!
Finally. Rena river. One of the norwegian dream rivers of mine. After quitting Jakt & Friluft AS, Martin Ellingsen, Kim Solberg and I decided that we should have one last gathering as a team.
We have fished the National Trout Competition together and have been running three fishing stores for a while together. Now, we decided to end it with what we likes the most - with fishing!
Kim lives in Gjøvik and has most big trouts around him, so we let him decide the place. When he asked us to fish for grayling, instead of trouts, Martin and I was a little bit surprised. Grayling vs Trout?? But polite as be are, we decided to listen to his advice and try out the late fall grayling fishing in Rena river.
Blogging is fun and it´s absolute one of the most effective ways to reach other people with you ideas, photos or stories. Combined with the efficiency of Facebook, you can be a famous personality
or at least, the owner of a popular site..
I have started this crazy game, and I have to admit that I like it more than I thought, and absolutely more than I planned. But now I´m here, I´m blogging and fine tuning my two sites, my facebook (please like me :) and this jimdo platform website.
The reason that I post this today, is because I found a girl that uses the same platform as I do, that actually now lives of her blogg site and gets to travel the world for «free». I thought some of you guys or girls out there maybe want to read and find out how she did this in just one year??? Well, tap the photo or push this link to find out her tips on blogging around the world.
I learned from it and hopefully you will too!!
Finally I was fishing again! Me and Andreas had the «worst day» day of fishing when I managed to forget my own camera! I was supposed to take photos to the next «Fisketips» in Jakt & Fiske
magazine, but without the camera it became only fishing. But even if we started out bad, we didn´t really feel that we had it going this day, and with just a few fishes caught, we decided that we
have to try again.
This day I started with the camera. I shot the photos I needed for the magazine and then we went out to the sea. It felt much better this day. The weather was great, and everything felt like it should. We started to troll for pollacks, seatrouts or mackerels, but, we didn´t get one! It was completely dead. «Hmm... Maybe dropshotting will save us again, as so many times before»
This year I have sold my boat and my lobster traps. I´m gonna fish for trout instead! First, I will fish for brown trouts, and then when the temperature is correct, I will switch to seatrout fishing. The first really late fall fishing trips this year was together with working companion at Jakt & Friluft AS, Kai Kristiansen.
Last year we had a nice trip to a small and beautiful lake. This year he promised me to show me another nice lake with some beautiful trouts and landscapes.
And as usual, Kai is to be trusted, and the place was a complete beauty. Since I was suppose to fish with floating worms with two rods, and Kai with lures, he was ready a long time before me. The day started with two quick fishes, and some nice runs on the worms, that didn´t hook up right. I tried out a rig with double hook set. One floating worm and one sinking. As usual it was the floating worm that gave most contacts.
After four hours of fishing we had cought four nice trouts, and could return to the cabin to my wife and mother in law, and serve one nice fresh trout for each one of us. The fishes tasted good and espesially my mother in law from Ecuador, loved the fish and the mountains at this time of year. This is the first of many (I hope) fall trips this year.
More photos is possible to find in the trout archive
This week me and my companion; Harald Nyland went to the west of Norway to meet and fish with salesman at Sølvkroken, Eirik Reinsnos. The goal for this trip was to try out some of the news for 2014 under real fishing conditions.
We lived in a beautiful house and fished in the sea and on a lake. Some of the things we tried out was some new lures for seatrout and salmon fishing that we really look forward to try out next year. Also some of the new Daiwa reels we tested, are going to be hard to forget! They really have made some perfect reels that fits perfect for the Norwegian marked. One of my dreams to own someday, the Daiwa Certate 2500 was my absolute favorite this trip, and just as good as I hoped it was.
This story is already sold to a magazine, so I must be careful to not show to much in my blog. But I will tell in general where we have been and what we did, and I will shurely announce it when the article is printed and ready. This was one of my best Scandinavian fishingtrips ever!
It startet when Martin Ellingsen and I arranged a two weeks vacation together in the end of July. We work together and have for a long time planned to do something like this.
This summer has been very nice and calm. A lot of work in the store Jakt & Friluft AS, and some work with fishing. But mostly I have used parts of the summer to prepare some big events. Number one is that I have sold my precious boat. I ripped out all fishing equipment and sold it as a normal boat. Now I am looking for a new one.
Second is that I bought myself a new car. This was for the third big happening, The Lapland and Lofoten journey at the end of July. I do now own a Subary Legacy (2005) with four wheel drive and I´m very pleased. My old car, the big Pajero V6 3.5L gasoline will soon be sold.. It has been a good car for fishing, but very expencive and a little bit old. (1995)
Then of course it was the big trip of 2013, Lapland Sweden and Svolvær Lofoten journey. This was a 2 week journey and will be blogged about very soon. I hope I know will return to blogging and posting on my facebooksite regulary.
On saturday 29 June the National Trolling competition was held. It´s one of the largest fishing competitions in Norway and this year was a little special. First of all, it was the 10th anniversary for the competition and with a new main sponsor (Jakt & Friluft AS) things changed a little bit.
Togheter with Martin Ellingsen, Lars Sandsengen and Trond Olsen we went to Selsjøen just a couples of hours from Oslo to search for some big trouts.
But even with some brilliant guiding from our to local friends, Trond and Lars, this weekend would be a difficult one. The weather was not stabil, but we really had some perfect moments on this beautiful lake, that really is full of nice trouts. Each trout had to be lured out of the water will all our skills and patiences.
We stayed one night, and had a nice time togheter. We caught enough fishes to take some photos and feel how perfect everything is when these fishes are caught in beautiful landscapes like this.
Go and check out some of the photos in the trout photo archives.
Today I uploaded new photos to some of my cod and pollack albums. They are mostly from Bodø and from Arendal and shows fishes caught on modern equipment. Go and check it out.
Finally! This week will be my first weekend fishing for trout this year! We are heading up to a new "superlake" that is supposed to be really good on all size trouts. When the trolling National Contest where moved, we had to use the "extra" days for something fishy!
When I came up to Bodø, my good friend at Rapala Norway; Anders Bergesen showed up at the fishing camp with a big smile! He had just cought a mega halibut, and was extremely proud and happy.
First I didn´t believe him, but I soon understood that this was true. Out of his boat he (and 3 others) pulled out the a perfect deep sea monster. It had just been landed, and they did not know the weight yet. They just knew that this was at least 130kg.
As I had my camera ready, I had the chance to take some pictures and also do some interviews. Here is some photos, and the interview will come soon.
Best regards to Anders! This was his first time halibut, and the first thing that comes to my mind is; beginners luck and really good guides!
It was caught on a Storm Shad in pale brown colores trolled behind a downrigger at about 30 meters. The fact that the reel was a Shimano Tekota 600LC trolling reel, shows us how good high quality reels have become, even in small sizes.
For more photos, chech out my photo archive on halibut.
I can hardly wait to return to Saltstraumen, the most powerful malstroem in the world. The 23 of May I will travel together with 15 fishermen up to Saltstraumen brygge for a long and hopefully
very successful weekend. We will be fishing for halibut, wolffish and seatrout.
I will post a lot of photos and videos after the trip is over, so you will for shure know the results!
Here´s some photos from last years trips:
When trolling for seatrout, the chances for you to get nice cods or pollocks is good. I have today uploaded some new photos to my photo archives. This photo is of my good friend, Tore Grundeland and his nice cod caught when trolling for seatrout in Mandal some years ago.
If I don´t remember wrong, this was the best memory of this day, so I´m happy that we have these fishes around when the seatrouts don´t want to bite.
Today, when more and more people are fishing with dipsy divers, snap on divers or downriggers for seatrout and salmon, cod, pollack and coalfish are more and more common to lift in the boat than before.
If you like to eat these fishes, you should always have some good lures for these extra fishes with your. Strong colors, deep divers or some of the divers, will normally give you a good catch even on a bad seatrout day.
See more photos like this in my album:
Today I can proudly show you a link to what I believe is one of the best fishing sites in Norway; hooked.no.
Today they posten an article that I wrote about my 7 favorite seatrout flies for the spring seatrout fishing. All the flies are in sales, and are useful right now!
Of couse they don´t have to be the exact same, and there is no rules. If you ask me the same questions about my flies in two years, I guess I would have chosen different patterns, but it would have been quite close. 50% Shrimps, 20 stupid fish, 20 % pelagic fish and 10% worms and other strange things. I guess this will be the DNA code in my flyboxes for a long time. Brands and colores changes a little, but no to much.
Got it? He, he.. Well, I don´t get it either..
My friends from Team Blega sent me some nice salmon photos from their last trip to Bornholm and the annual "Trolling Master" competition there. They didn´t do it as well as last year (7th), but still they made to get among the 40 best boats out of about 250boats!
This year my other friends at Team Havtroll, Fredrik and Nils Andre became the best norwegian boat, and ended up at 7th place! Congratulations to you guys!!
What I like so much with these guys, (Team Blega and Havtroll) is that they love Humminbird, Cannon and Shark Cannonballs just like me. This means that I can enter their boats, and feel "like home". This year it´s also really fun that they have used the Sharks prototype Spoons, that I have given them thru Jakt & Friluft and Shark Cannonball. They fishes really good and the guys loves them. It´s fun to sea that both teams have ended up beeing some of the best in Norway, and that I have been working and learning along side with them.
Thanks for nice trips and congratulations to you all!
My good fishing buddy and friend, Øyvind Elefsen has been fishing with me for many months without really getting paid for it in silver. But on day, I recieved a MMS from him and it didn´t take me many seconds to understand what that was happening.
On his 6 weight rod and on a shrimp imitation he caught this beautiful seatrout at 2kg in Fevik. "Your have earned it, Øyvind!"
In my latest article in the magazine Alt om fiske, you can read about the exiting drop shot fishing in the sea. Togeter with my friends, Martin Ellingsen and Preben Thorbjørnsen we manage to catch a lots of different species and sizes of fish from my boat in Arendal.
I really believe that drop shot fishing is something every experienced fisherman should try to get a better understanding of how to present softbaits in this super realistic way.
I hope you will find the story interresting!
Yngve Wehus Aasgaard came into Jakt & Friluft a couple of days ago with a bad reel. It wasn´t easy to find something wrong with the reel, but I gave him the new Daiwa Aird 2000 reel, just to make shure he wouldn´t face and more problems. Happy he returned to Grimstad for more fishing, and just some hours later he stood in the shop again.
This time he had a nice seatrout with him and a big smile on his face. The new reel, the Kinetic Sømmet 16g White and Pink had done their job and given him a 1,6kg and 56.5cm fish just minutes after I talked to him.
Yngve tells me that he know uses the Mossy green Berkley Nanofil 0.16mm (me too..=) and this strange lure Sømmet 16g almost exclusively.
Thanks for dropping in Yngve, and "Skitt fiske!" with your new reel!
Because my lovely Macbook Pro has been dead for more than one week, I didn't follow up my last blog.
The fish was caugt by a local man from Rykene, Arendal and was caught on a Møresilda Silver and black 18g. The fish was caught close to Fevik somewhere from where the river runs out and Haslatangen. But I guess know this is old news...
Today I just got back from the Villmarksmessen 2013 and it all started with a shock! Monday morning a fisherman caught this big and fat seatrout on a Møresilda lure in Arendal. This is all I know for the moment, but new photos and more information will shurely be posted soon!!
Today I got an e-mail with a very interesting offer. 7-Days of unlimited royalte free music, video clips and more from https://www.videoblocks.com/ This is something if you need music or professional intros or fill in´s at your movies. If you don´t like it (I guess you will) then you sign of before 7 days are gone. Careful, this is one of those systems that earns on our forgetful brains, and pays even if we don´t like to. It about $80 for 1 month of completely free downloads that´s yours forever. I like the idea of being able to do some heavy downloading for one month, and then log of. $80 is really cheap if you need what they offer! You will soon see some of their work in my videos!
After some rather empty trips, we finally found warmer water and better conditions than earlier this season. Me, Martin Ellingsen and Øyvind Elefsen, went to Vest Agder´s beautiful areas for seatrout, to find warmer water.
We started our trip in Mandal at Bankebrua. This is normally "the sure thing" but not this morning. After this we travelled to Vigeland, not equally stabile, but offers some great average sizes. Here we met to flyfishermen, and they had been fishing for three hours, without any contact.
Our last chance was in a small "forgotten laguna" close to Lyngdal. Maybe the waters had been warmer here all the time, or maybe because it had been nice weater all the day.
Oh yeah! This is cool! 5 completely free fishingmagazines for all kinds of crazy fishermen out there. If you have not yet seen any of these magazines you must!!
This idea is not new, and it´s a new way of selling magazines in a modern world. My first online magazine experience was with the http://www.catchmagazine.net This is a flyfishing only magazine, and has famous people like Brian O`Keefe and Todd Moen included. They have more and more interactive movies in the magazine now, and some of the worlds greatest fishing photos on it´s pages.
Just a few weeks ago, Harald Nyland showed me a new and extremely heavy solution available for the "rest" of the worlds fishermen. With four different online digital magazines, www.fishbersherk.com gives you a massive amount of free pages where you can read or stream movies whenever you want. They have devided the magazines into four categories clearly explained in the magazines names: Predatorized, Fin Chasers, Rock & Reefs and Carp Core. Since non of these are pure flyfishing magazines - we have five amazing magazines to dive into and downloads are available!