Angling in Denmark - Information

Going out to sea with a cutter is a popular pastime. With a good ship the angler gets closer to the large fish. Day trips are particularly good to get the sea wind blowing in your face.

Take note that all people between 18 and 65 require an official licence. The captains are required to check this and licences must be shown.

When fishing from a cutter the angler must suit his tackle to the destination and the targeted fish.

Baltic Sea - Here one normally uses lighter tackle. The currents are weaker, thus pilks and jigs can be used. A light pilk rod or a medium weight spinning rod are the right choice. Natural bait can be temptingly offered.

Great Belt and Oresund - This area requires stronger equipment. Above all fishing for large cod in winter in Oresund needs a heavy rod. The drifts are short and the fish large. He who gets his bait down quickest has the best chance. Each must decide for himself if fishing for cod which return to lay their eggs is ethically sound.

Little Belt - Find out beforehand what is the target fish of the trip you have booked. On the Little Belt a variety is on offer. Some trips go for plaice and flounder. Here light tackle with natural bait is best. Ask in advance if mudworms or ragworms are available on board. The northern part is deeper; here cod and leng take the bait, so a pilk rod is a good choice. The numbers of Baltic Sea mackerel are recovering, so they can once again be caught in the summer months.

The North Sea - In the North Sea the destinations are the White Reef and the Yellow Reef. The latter has earned itself a good name as a large fish revier. A 30-50lb rod is advisable. For this type of fishing the lighter telescopic pilk rod is better left at home.

Fishing in deep channels brings with it a good chance of getting really good specimens. This can mean water depths of 200m and more.

Wreck angling - The numerous wrecks available offer incomparable fishing. Professional fishermen avoid them as their nets tear or are lost. The wrecks offer cover and food for a variety of species.

There are different ways of fishing over wrecks. One is to let the ship drift over the wreck, giving the angler only one chance to offer his bait before the ship moves on. Another is to anchor the ship over the wreck, or to maintain the position using the ship's engine. In this way fishing can continue for longer and the opportunities are raised.

It is easy for the line to get caught up in the wrecks, so pre-determined breaking points should be built into the assembly. Over wrecks pilk rods or natural bait are usually used. If you are particularly interested in wreck angling, there are websites with more information.

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