Blackwater hunting

In tropical regions, bluewater hunting is a well-known term. The blue color is the last color to disappear in the depths, unlike in our waters, where the green color disappears last.

Bluewater hunting means hunting for pelagic fish in open bodies of water. Tuna and swordfish are often lured up with bait, and the fish that have gathered are then hunted. At other times schools of fish are sought out after first observing where the flounder congregate. Then you look for the large prey fish that hunt the school of small fish.

By Simen Wilberg

In our waters, the sea is often perceived as black and dark from the surface. A new concept here with us is therefore "blackwater hunting", which means UV hunting in open waters, often far from islands, islets, reefs and the mainland.

Along our coast there is a sea of ​​good fishing spots, and some of the best fishing spots have long been grounds all the way in the outer archipelago. In the past, knowledge of the good fishing spots was passed down through many generations. Before sonar and GPS, these grounds were found by taking so-called "me". Like the song of the Salhus quintet: "When I've lost my mind, drop me the ilestone, pull out the jig and sing a fisherman's song"!

There is no reason why even experienced underwater hunters cannot hunt for such exciting grounds and shells. Then you need to plan well and take different considerations into account. The first is whether the weather is good enough. Small swells and wind waves can be problematic. It is quite possible to get seasick when lying in the sea when the swells are working on your body. Furthermore, there is often a strong current in the outer archipelago. Here it is the Norskestrømmen that goes north that we will most often notice.

Surface marker and underwater hunter on a shallow

Now that the knowledge of the old "me" (landmarks in the landscape) has more or less been forgotten, there is a great advantage with GPS and sonar. Once you have found the fishing spot, you should anchor to have a reference point during the dive. The dredge/anchor should be heavy and large, with a long anchor rope (approximately three times the depth) and there should always be a knowledgeable person in the boat at all times, while divers are in the sea. Should the anchor loosen and the boat drift away, you will be completely helpless.

You can also drop several weights with line from marking buoys. Diving down along a line provides mental security, rather than just diving around randomly and hoping that you eventually see the bottom. Furthermore, after the dive, one can hold on to such a buoy and rest without having to worry about drifting away from the spot.

Another way to dive in such places is to let the boat drive around the area without being anchored. You still have to anchor a diving raft on the spot as a base station and reference point. The divers are released at the edge of the ground and allow themselves to drift over it, while the dive is in progress.

Anyone with extensive experience with boats and engines knows that the possibility of engine trouble can easily happen. So what should one do if the driver drifts off in a boat that won't start, while the others lie in the sea several nautical miles from shore? Maybe it's evening and it's getting dark? Or weather conditions with fog?

With good planning, everyone has agreed in advance what to do if the unforeseen actually happens. The anchored raft (not a buoy) must be extra large so as not to be dragged into the current, and contain a radar reflector, buoy and waterproof container where a mobile phone is kept. The divers must of course be able to state their exact position, should there be a need for external help. A tip for extra security can be to have a hand-held and waterproof vhf radio with you.

The rescue company's mobile app "RS SafeTrx" shows the exact position and map of the local area at all times and has a lot of useful functionality. Read more about RS SafeTrx and other relevant apps in this blog article .


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Roy Kristiansen and Marius Beyer with catch from Breidflua

Gregor gets ready to hunt the Oxfly

Jon Andreas Bygstad on the open sea west of Strøno. Photo: Kyrre Flotve

Down in the dark

With a good echo sounder, you can find the schools of fish, perhaps even the big fish.

Hurtigruta passes

Lyre from flat seas

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