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Join a salty fishing trip in this 360 video

There can be no better way to prepare for the 2017 World Cod Fishing Championships than this immersive experience.

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The sea crashing against the bow sending foam in all directions. A chorus of seagulls resting and waiting on the crests of icy black-blue waves. And in the deep underneath, an endless movement of spawning fish.

Skrei is the term for cod that migrates in towards the North Norwegian coast to span every winter and spring. The skrei fishing season along the Norwegian coast can be a beautiful thing to behold, and in a brand new 360 degree video from the Norwegian Seafood Council, viewers get a closer look.

Here, we tag along with a skrei fisherman from Sommarøy in Troms from the moment he undocks and begins his day out on the banks of fish, until the moment returns home to deliver his catch.

 

(For the best possibe experience, it is recommended that you use a VR headset, such as the cheap Google Cardboard option that will allow you to use your smartphone as a screen.)

The skrei season will usually last from January to April, and the massive relocation of fish fills the sea with life, as well as fishing vessels. This is especially true of Lofoten, where the skrei migration is the basis of the "lofotfiske" tradition, a term for the time of year where many fishermen are at their busiest.

For those who feel called upon to do more than just watch, there are few places more suited than the World Cod Fishing Championships, held in Svolvær between the 23rd and the 25th of March this year.

The competition is now going on its 27th year, and has become a large festival organized by volunteers, allowing visitors from all over the world to join fishing boats as they head out to sea in a contest to catch the biggest skrei.

 

According to the official web page, all the equipment you'll need is an approved life vest or survival suit, a fishing rod or handline, warm clothes and a merry disposition.

With all that in tow, cross your fingers and hope you get as lucky as Marica Eriksson from Uddevalla in Sweden got last year.

In March, she joined a skrei fishing trip outside Sørøya in Finnmark, dragging a monster 38 kilogram cod out of the sea.

Some essential lofotfiske terms

"Haill"

Sexual intercourse with a spouse the night before going out to fish is said to bring luck, or "good haill".

"Skårunge"

This is the name for young seagulls, but here it is used for fresh fishermen makin their debut on the sea outside Lofoten.

"Innsiget"

A way of expressing that the spawning cod has now entered the Vestfjord.

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