The strait between Denmark and Sweden is known as the Sound (Øresund) and it connects the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea. It provides a migratory route for many species of fish and therefore large quantities of cod, herring, mackerel, flatfish and garfish can be found here.
If you are fishing in the Sound and aged between 18 and 65 you must have a fishing licence. You can buy it by clicking on this link. You should never take more than you can eat and resale of fish is illegal in Denmark. In the Sound, you may take home a maximum of 7 cod per person per day.
If you catch a fish below the minimum size, you should put it back in the water as gently as possible. You do this by getting it into the boat quickly, not squeezing it tightly when you remove the hook and always having a pair of hook removers handy. This reduces handling time.
Minimum sizes in the Sound/Øresund
Renting fishing gear
On most boats, you can rent all fishing tackle on board. This goes for rods, reels, pilkers and lures. However, always ask before departure whether fishing gear is available. In addition, you can also buy beer, water, sausages and sweets on board.
Cod can be caught all year round, but peak fishing is from January to March. The cod gather here in large shoals in order to spawn. Summer fishing is a lot of fun because you can catch the fish with lightweight gear and they also put up an intense fight during this period.
Fishing gear for cod fishing
Pilking for cod is relatively easy, as it’s basically about getting to the bottom and pulling up and down with a controlled movement. If the current isn’t very strong you can manage with a 200-300 g pilker and leaders. With a stronger current you may have to go up to 500 g to keep the pilker at the bottom. In some cases it’s a good idea to fish without a leader, as it can get pulled along by the current. During summer, fishing with rubber squids and jigs can be absolutely amazing. They move in a more lively fashion and the cod can’t resist.
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Herring start arriving in the Sound around March and are fully in residence by June. They come to Denmark to spawn and they come in large numbers. The autumn herring arrive in September and are there until the beginning of December, depending on the weather. They are usually larger than the spring herring. Once the skipper finds the herring, there are almost no restrictions on how many to catch. However, never take more than what you need.
Once the skipper has located the herring you need to find out how high they are in the water. You find the herring by lowering the herring rig to the bottom and pulling it all the way up with small jerks at the top of the pole. Often they are only 3-15 metres below the surface where the water is perhaps 20 metres deep, so if you only fish along the bottom, you will not catch as many fish.
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The mackerel is a summer visitor and a really fun one at that. They arrive around June and usually remain until August. The mackerel is extremely strong and is often called a ‘mini tuna’ due to its ability to fight hard to escape. It’s a lot of fun and once you have located mackerel, you may be fortunate enough to catch plenty in no time.
Once the skipper has located the mackerel you need to find out how high they are in the water. You find the mackerel by lowering the lure to the bottom and pulling it all the way up with small jerks at the top of the pole. Often they are only 3-15 metres below the surface where the water is perhaps 20 metres deep, so if you only fish along the bottom, you will not catch as many fish.
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Many boats also offer flatfish trips, where the technique is to move slowly across the spots and fish for flatfish on the bottom using lugworm or ragworm. There are flatfish all year round, but the best times are spring and autumn.
Fishing gear for flatfish
Fishing for flatfish is relatively easy. It’s most commonly done by drifting slowly over the spots. If you drift quickly you’ll need to add more weight to the tackle and vice versa if you drift slowly. There are many different types of flatfish rigs, but for vertical jigging, float bait rigs are preferable. They hold the hook and thus the bait high in the water. This makes it easier for the flatfish to see and you avoid bottom biters. The best bait here is either ragworm or lugworm.
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