Saltwater guided fishing by Rob Langford at Tjongsfjord Lodge

Tjongsfjord Lodge with Robert Langford

Robert Langford is a British sea-angler who has worked as a journalist for the major German as well as British and international magazines. His angling books have been published throughout Europe and he’s worked with the Norwegian tourist board, in print and television on many occasions. His experience, researching and guiding in Norwegian waters is immense. Robert Langford is fluent in English and German.

If you are looking for the perfect sea fishing holiday, then you have probably just found it. A guided trip with Robert Langford at Tjongsfjord Lodge will bring you as close to fishing perfection as you are likely to get. Practically nobody has a comparable depth of knowledge, regarding the tackle, tactics, and species available here.

Talk to Robert Langford about your needs and expectations and he’ll advise you on your trip, tackle and tactics so that everything is pretty much sorted even before you start out. 

You have the best of everything, privacy, excellent fishing infrastructure, beautiful natural surroundings with breath-taking views and a sheltered luxurious location from which to access some of the best fishing grounds on the Arctic Circle.

This area is one of the most promising in this part of Norway. The morphology of the fjord provides a habitat for many species of fish. The target species here are cod, coalfish, pollack and halibut. In good weather conditions, fishing the offshore reefs and deeps is a realistic option. The really big offshore species are here with shoals of big cod, often topping 20 lb and coalfish that are well over 1m long as well as huge ling and redfish. 

In the fjord itself, sea trout and salmon are regularly caught at the eastern end, where a waterfall flows straight into the sea. Mackerel are omnipresent in season. A private inland lake with lake trout weighing up to 6 kg is also available to guests. So, if the weather does get too rough even for here, then there is still fishing available that amounts to more than just passing time.

Fitting a light spinning rod or fly-gear into your luggage is not a bad idea.

Robert Langford guided fishing tours:

Accomodation

You are spoiled for choice between two very modern and individually furnished houses on more than 23 hectares of secluded property, around 75 km south of Bodø in the Nordland region. The properties are equipped to an exceptionally high standard.

The large house “The White House” can accommodate up to eight people, the almost equally spacious “Creekside Cottage” seven. Both houses are equipped with every imaginable device, including WiFi and Villeroy & Boch tableware.

Boats

They are among the safest and best-equipped rental boats in Norway. Depending on the number of anglers, a 9 m aluminium boat with 250 hp or a 7 m aluminium boat with 115 hp is available for smaller groups.

Robert Langford prefers the 9 m boat which is based on a lifeboat design and offers anglers and fish a lot deck space. It has a double-walled hull, divided into three chambers, providing extra safety. Here you can easily set out with 6-7 anglers. The boat equipment is also excellent with 2 independent Raymarine chart plotters, heated cabin with 6 seats inside and outside steering positions.

If you are interested in an accompanied trip with Robert Langford then call or email him at robertlangford@hotmail.com. You can also use a contact form and we will forward your message to Rob.

Robert Langford guided fishing tours
Rob Langford guided tours

Generally he suggests the following:

Tackle

ROD:

Travel rods are preferable to the trouble and expense of carting rod tubes onto planes and around airports. A good travel rod will do you just as well as anything else, I’ve fished them all over the world for everything from coalfish to tarpon, and they have never let me down. I suggest Shimano STC Rods or Sportex, typically in the 20-50lb range. And a second rod for use with a fixed spool reel. This should be built to fish lures between 100 and 250g.

REELS:

A good reel with a quality drag is a must. I’ve fished Shimano Torium reels for years and have never been let down. The 30 is an appropriate size, I prefer a high gear, as retrieving gear quickly gives one more fishing time. Make sure it is filled to the rim with quality 50-60lb braid, so that your retrieve is smooth and quick. Also remember that halibut can take quite a lot of line on occasions, so don’t cut corners.

Most anglers find casting, light-pirking, and spinning more comfortable with a fixed spool reel. I love Quantum Cabos, but a Saragossa 6000 will do the job just as well. 30-40 lb braid is perfectly adequate.

I recommend that anglers always top of their braid with a monofilament top-shot, even just 5 or 6 meters work as a shock absorber, abrasion is more discernible and it’s easier to knot reliably than braid, also providing a week link, saving valuable main line, if chosen and tied correctly.

SHADS:

Shads are invaluable, in all shapes and sizes. I have come to depend on Savage Gear Cutbait Herring in 270g and Savage Gear Sandeels in 150g for most of my fishing. Smaller with brighter colours for pollack on the reefs.

PIRKS:

Generally, I fish Solvkroken Svenskepilk in stainless steel, usually 250g, sometimes 400g, rarely heavier. In my experience copies do not fish as well or last as long.

LIGHT-PIRKS:

Light pirking with pirks in dark colours, black and silver, weighing about 80 to 120g account for masses of fish and are a lot of fun, when fished as a high-speed jig, or fluttered, depending on the form.

For more info on knots, special and bait rigs, contact me or simply book a trip. It could be anything from a relaxing week, team-building experience to an out-and-out angling seminar.  

Of course, taste in tackle and techniques can be as diverse as food, if you wish to fish very light for the ultimate sport, or for the denizens of the very deep, ask me.

CLOTHING:

Bring along comfortable outdoor clothing suited to the Scandinavian climate, depending on the time of year. Expect some precipitation. Early or late in the season one can perhaps expect occasional sleet and snow, so warm underwear and chunky fleeces are a comfort.

In summer include a pair of shorts and insect repellent (just in case).

On bord a floatation suit is generally the most comfortable and safest garment. Otherwise, sturdy waterproof fishing clothes, if preferred, and a life jacket at all times. 

Short boat boots are great on board, some people prefer sturdy trekking shoes with a waterproof membrane.

Light slippers for in the house and sturdy shoes or walking boots for outdoors.

If it’s likely to be cold, do bring warm comfortable socks.

Rob Langford ( robertlangford@hotmail.com )

Travel

If you are not travelling by car, simply fly into Bodø and pick up a hire car at the airport. Cut costs by sending part of the group by fast-ferry with heavy tackle and fish boxes and rent a smaller car. Otherwise for the full group experience rent a bus and enjoy the beautiful drive together. It will take you about 3 1/2 hours. Make sure that your flights fit the ferry times between Ågskardet to Forøy, basically arrive in Bodø before 19:00 and don’t try and fly out before 14:00 (you won’t make the plane). All the nitty gritty is explained HERE on the website. Otherwise, if you book a trip with me, I’ll advise you, or even do the transfers personally.

Robert Langfort