Undervannsjakt fra overflaten

Underwater hunting from the surface

By Simen Wilberg

We've all seen the great catches shared on social media from proud underwater hunters along our coast. Wide grins and great catches make dreams of own success wander. For many, it is a dream in itself to finally be able to share great catch photos with other underwater hunters. Keep it up 👍

In this blog, we will give some tips for a form of underwater hunting that you don't think much about. There is a certain correlation between depth and size of fish, but did you know that you can hunt good food fish without having to dive at all? Join underwater hunting from the surface!

Common catches
Hunting for fish from the surface places some limitations on what you can expect from the catch, but that means little when the focus is on food quality. The most common catches are small pollock, ling, mackerel, herring, flounder and various flounder. This is a great food fish and a resource many underestimate.

When in the year
The season for surface hunting is largely the same as for underwater hunting in general. Spring and autumn are the very best seasons, but here summer also stands out as a good season. It's great news for new underwater hunters who want to get started with underwater hunting during the holidays. In late summer. In the autumn, the mackerel comes in over the coast, this is also a good food fish!

Where do you hunt?
Fish often congregate close to shore, and often in places where the water moves a little, i.e. where there is some current there. This does not mean that you have to hunt in a tidal stream to find fish, but that you should look for natural places where the water is "squeezed" past a headland, a headland or through a slightly narrower strait/passage. This mostly applies to pelagic fish, i.e. fish that swim.

Here the fish stand and enjoy the food that comes floating. Algae and various small crustaceans are the favorite of bream and herring. When the algal bloom is at its greatest in the spring there can literally be turbines of fish just below the surface.

Briefly summarized: Do you know of places where it is good to fish from shore? These are often good places for underwater hunting from the surface for pelagic fish such as pollock, grayling, rock gilt, herring and mackerel.

If you want to hunt for flounder, look for shallow places with a sandy/river bottom. A stable tip here is to postpone the hunt until the evening/night. Then the flounder often move into very shallow water. And you? the occasional cod often appears here and...

Technique
Have you ever played 1-2-3 red light? Think about that when you are lying there on the surface and want the fish to come to you. Now it is important not to make any noise or vibrations in the bodies of water. Let yourself float rather than swim, avoid swirling in the snorkel, sudden movements. Just wait. You have sought out the place where you have seen fish. Just wait. Lie completely calm close to the shore with your gaze down into the kelp forest. Now the fish will often move closer and closer. The little ones come first. Then the slightly larger ones.

When hunting from the surface it is wise to take your time. Then you'll have a good look to see if something larger is lurking a little further down in the bodies of water, slowly but surely coming closer and closer to examine you. The barb of your harpoon arrow can look exciting, especially for lyres.

When you have spent long enough on the surface of the hunting ground in question, you can make an assessment of which fish it is possible to harpoon from the surface without the risk of boom shots and damage shooting. If you have found a hunting ground with large shoals of fish, you should always aim for a solitary fish at the outer edge of the shoal. That way you avoid damaging shots by shooting straight into the shoal of fish.

Equipment
Surface hunting is often a good thing for beginners. Then it's also nice that simple, short harpoons are what are best suited for this form of hunting. Avoid powerful and oversized harpoons. We recommend a harpoon of 75-90cm. Then you have enough power and precision to hit what you're aiming for, while also having a harpoon that's easy to handle and load.

It may also be an idea to have a short line between the harpoon arrow and the harpoon. Then the harpoon becomes significantly easier to wind up again after a shot, as the harpoon line only needs to make one round around the line trigger.

Some tips for the chef:
As with all underwater hunting. This is the most selective form of fishing there is, and we harvest from the ocean's food platter with respect for the resources. What we catch, we parent and prepare. Either for ourselves or someone we want to share with.

Make sure you always have a good knife for filleting. It makes a big difference. Let there be a little sport in how good you can become. Beautiful fillets inspire the chef, it does not make a fillet full of bones and slinky. Take your time. Extend the experience.

Pale and small sei - Excellent with sei steak with onions, or in fish cakes.
Lyr - Pan and fry, make fish cakes or a good fish gratin.
Berggylte - Gut the fish and cook the base for fish soup. The fish meat is easy to pick out and add to the soup after you have strained the stock through a colander.
Mackerel - Fried and served with sour cream, potatoes and lemon.
Herring - Give it to someone you like or come up with something yourself, the undersigned reports passport.

Need more suggestions? Check our blog Food from the sea

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