Angling methods

The variety of angling methods is large and it is sometimes difficult to decide upon one, or for the right one. The following list doesn't claim to be complete, but we will try to keep you up-to-date with new developments. Depending on the the target fish and personal preferences, the following methods can be used:

Surf angling

surf angling

Foto: Jörg Brosius

For surf angling one needs a long surf rod for fishing on the sea-bed from the shore. Depending on whether you cast your rod in the North Sea ort he Baltic Sea, heavy leads or leads with flukes will be necessary. As bait mud worms, ragworms or fish scraps from herring, mackerel or garfish are used. To prevent the bait from becoming easy food for the prawns, floats give clearance from the bed. All sea-bed dwellers can be caught e.g. flat fish, cod and eels. On the rocky coasts of the Atlantic or Mediterranean you can reckon with aggressive congers.

Fly fishing

fly fishing

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Fly fishing is most popular when going after trout. Not only the salmon family can be caught using imitations of native fauna, but also other fish species will take the hook.
In Europe a particular attraction is fly fishing for mullet in shallow bays of the Baltic Sea, or for garfish, the marlin of the small man, so-called because during a battle it will often jump high out of the water.

Spin angling

spin angling

Foto: Jörg Brosius

Spin angling is one of the most popular methods of fishing from the shore, whether for herring, garfish, mackerel, bass, sea trout or cod. Spinners, spoons, plugs, jigs, twisters - all catch many and splendid fish.
In freshwater valued prey are pike, perch, zander, catfish. The variety of lures and the associated rods and reels is immense. It is best to take advice, as a rod for jerk baiting has different requirements than one for drop-shot angling, or a rod for catching salmon in Norwegian rivers.

Float fishing


Foto: Peter Franzen

Float fishing can be carried out from breakwaters, from a boat or in harbours. Target fish are eels and flat fish. Success can also be had in mid-depth water e.g. garfish, mackerel, mullet and sea trout.
Classic target fish in lakes and rivers are roach and other whiting. Tench are touchy about taking bait, therefore sensitivity is advised. Perch often take easily in order to get there before the opposition.

Angling from a small boat

Motor boats can be rented along most coasts. Thus one can reach interesting and fertile areas. However, in the interests of one's own safety, it may be advisable to entrust the use of a boat to someone else who has more experience or who has a boating licence.

Cutter angling


Foto: Hans Joachim Franzen

Cutters go out to sea from many harbours. Depending on the area and the target fish, the equipment may vary greatly. At the Baltic Sea light pilk rods may be used. At the North Sea one may require a 30-50lb rig. For big game fishing much stronger tackle is necessary as the material has to withstand any strain. Big game boats are specially equipped and can hardly be counted as cutters.

Speed Jiging

Speed jigging is a relatively new method in our latitudes. The essential thing is that the lure, a slim pilker, is let down to the bed and is wound in again at the highest possible speed. The aim is to imitate a prey fish fleeing in panic. Mid-water living pelagic fish such as coley and pollack are caught using this method. Speed jigging is not so widespread in Denmark, but in Norway it is used successfully.


Trolling is widespread. In the Baltic Sea mostly salmon and sea trout are the target fish. In more southern areas trolling is practised to catch bonito, tuna, marlin, swordfish and other species.

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