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Coastal sea trout fishing in Farsund and Lyngdal

Fishing in Kvavikfjorden, Lyngdal
Fishing in Kvavikfjorden, Lyngdal.
Photo: AnglerPilot
In the geographical area of Lister we combine the municipalities of Lyngdal and Farsund. Here dramatic and sheer rock faces of the Rosfjord and Kvavikfjords meets the flat and rolling landscape of Lista. The area has too many opportunities to list but under is a handful of the most easily accessible places and spots where you can spend many hours on the hunt for sea trout. We must also not forget that the rolling stoned coastline of Lista has through the years produced some of the largest sea trout caught here in Southern Norway.

Lenefjorden in Lyngdal

The long fjord of Lenefjorden is a well-known hot spot for many species, but especially sea trout. The main road E39 winds along some of this fjord’s banks which make it a perfect spot for stopping off for a couple hours fishing whilst maybe on your trip East or West. The interactive map shows the car parking places and you can basically start fishing almost next to your car. Do expect to see both rising sea trout and more often than not, one of the end of your line!

A big sea trout in Lenefjorden, Lyngdal
A big sea trout in Lenefjorden, Lyngdal.
Photo: AnglerPilot

A big sea trout in Lenefjorden, Lyngdal

Rosfjorden in Lyngdal

The Rosfjord beach which stretches from almost East to West is yet another product spot. There are many spots along the beach that are worth trying either with sandeel or shrimp imitations. Particular recommendations are either at the far East end, the ‘bathtub’ tight into where the water meets the sand in front of the Rosfjord Strandhotell hotel, or more towards the Westerly end. Waders can be useful here but remember, the sea trout will hunt all the way up to the water’s edge!

Farsund Town

Although relatively urban (in Norwegian standards), the main town has many spots where one can catch sea trout. Fishing under and around the bridges in Farsund, also along the promenades can be very fruitful. Just wonder along the urban waterline with rod in hand for many an experience.

Lista

Where do we begin? The Lista coastline is extensive, breathtakingly beautiful and offers so many excellent places to fish. Here one can fish for days on end and not cover it all. A mixture of sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, rolling rock bays, peninsulas and protected harbours all with sea trout. The interactive map is a great place to begin in this vast area and shows just a few of the many spots to try. Here you’re sure to be left with lasting impressions, and hopefully a bar of Lista silver.

Flyfishing for rising coastal sea trout of Lista

Flyfishing for rising coastal sea trout of Lista

Big sea trout from Lista
Big sea trout from Lista.
Photo: Frank Hansen

Big sea trout from Lista

Straumen in Farsund

Last but not least is Straumen. Yet another breathtakingly beautiful area with a strong almost river like current as the water passes in and out of these fjord areas. It is a natural magnet for sea trout and best fished with waders.

Sea trout fishing Straumen in Farsund
Sea trout fishing Straumen in Farsund.
Photo: AnglerPilot

Straumen in Farsund

Equipment for sea trout fishing

There are many ways to catch a sea trout from fly fishing to lure fishing to bait fishing. A good starting point for lure fishing is a 2.7-3.3m (9-11ft) fishing rod with a recommend casting weight of 7-28g, coupled with a size 2500 – 3000 reel and either 0.15-0.20mm braid or 0.25-0.30mm monofilament. Lures that imitate their natural food is always a good place to start. Our favorites are Rapala X-Rap countdown in black and silver, Savage Gear sandeels, different smaller fish and sandeel rubber imitations with varying jighead weights, and a good old classic Toby from Abu Garcia I black and silver. Another effective method is using a casting float coupled with either a fly or small wobbler.

For fly fishing we generally use a faster actioned 2.7m (9ft) #7 rod together with a corresponding reel, a slow sinking or fast intermediate fly line and fluorocarbon tippets of between 0.22-0.28mm depending on the size of the fly. Excellent flies varying from hook sizes 2-10 to start with are salmon pink or orange shrimps like a ‘Pattegris’ shrimp, various fish imitations like a Leftys deceiver or flatwings in black and white, olive and white, surf candys in olive and white, and good old wooly buggers in either black or olive.

Underwater sea trout fishing
Underwater sea trout fishing.
Photo: Johan Persson Friberg

Underwater sea trout

Fishing Techniques for sea trout

Being a fish, the sea trout is a cold blooded animal and its activity level affected by the water temperature. So, another good rule of thumb is if the water is cold or very warm, slow retrieves. Between 6-14℃ is when the sea trout is at its happiest and most active, in such conditions a fast retrieve is what they need to get triggered. Though with this said, vary retrieves with pauses. Get ready to get a bite on the pause or start after you begin to retrieve again. Be aware as sea trout are often close to the shore, so your first casts should be well away from the shore. Also don’t wade too far out as you often wade into feeding sea trout and scare them.

Boat Fishing

Another very effective form of fishing is from a boat. Whether it be trolling (driving slowly past sea trout hotspots pulling lures through the water) or casting from a stationary boat, boat fishing opens a world of possibilities. The boat provides not only a vessel to quickly get you from spot to spot, and often to those spots that are hard to reach from land, but a platform to cast from, free of trees and bushes waiting to catch you fly! If you have your own on a trailer, Southern Norway has many boat ramps where you can launch from.

There are also many places to rent boats, here are some examples of fishing resorts with boat rental:

Where to buy equipment and get local tips

In Southern Norway we are lucky enough to have a few specialist fishing shops with very knowledgeable staff and a relevant stock of essential sea trout fishing equipment. Beginning from West then to East, Lyngdal Jakt of Fiskesenter in Lyngdal, Grønberg Sport in Kristiansand, and lastly Arendal Jakt og Friluft in Arendal.

Other ways of finding promising spots are with the mobile phone app Fiskher but also the book ‘Sjøørret’, though written in Norwegian also has many fishing maps with magical spots to try.

If you need further guidance with either where to fish, which techniques to use or developing your fishing skills, maybe a professional fishing guide is something for you?

  • AnglerPilot - Professional guiding for sea trout along the Southern Norway coast (based in Kristiansand)
  • Sørlandet Fiskeguiding - Guiding for sea trout in southernmost Norway (based in Grimstad/Lillesand)

Pack your bags with food, here’s an interactive map showing good spots where you can spend your day on the hunt for sea trout.

If you need further guidance with either where to fish, which techniques to use or developing your fishing skills, maybe a professional fishing guide is something for you?

Fishing Guide - AnglerPilot

Combine Southern Norway’s natural beauty and great fishing, with a guiding service based on a ’natural experience of quality'. AnglerPilot individually cater their service to all ages, abilities, fishing experience and fishing goals.

Ryan Marchese, the owner of AnglerPilot is a EFFA and FFI certified professional fishing guide and passionate fisherman. AnglerPilot is based in Kristiansand but deliver guided trips all over southernmost Norway.

Please get in contact regarding your needs:
Tlf. no: +47 909 15 846
Email: ryan@anglerpilot.no
Website: www.anglerpilot.no

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