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Shetland also called the Shetland Islands, is a subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies north-east of the island of Great Britain and forms part of the United Kingdom.

The islands lie some 50 miles to the northeast of Orkney and 170 miles southeast of the Faroe Islands and form part of the division between the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the North Sea to the east. The total area is 567 square miles and the population totalled 23,167 (2011). Comprising the Shetland constituency of the Scottish Parliament, Shetland is also one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the islands' administrative centre and only burgh is Lerwick.

The largest island, known simply as 'Mainland', has an area of 373 square miles, making it the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth-largest of the British Isles. There are an additional 15 inhabited islands. The archipelago has an oceanic climate, a complex geology, a rugged coastline and many low, rolling hills.

Lerwick, the capital and largest settlement, has a population of c.7000 and about half of the archipelago's total population live within 10 miles of the town. Scalloway on the west coast, which was the capital until 1708, has a population of less than 1,000.

Only 16 of about 100 islands are inhabited. The main island of the group is known as Mainland, and of the next largest, Yell, Unst, and Fetlar lie to the north and Bressay and Whalsay lie to the east. East and West Burra, Muckle Roe, Papa Stour, Trondra and Vaila are smaller islands to the west of Mainland. The other inhabited islands are Foula 17 miles west of Walls, Fair Isle 24 miles southwest of Sumburgh Head, and the Out Skerries to the east.

The uninhabited islands include Mousa, known for the Broch of Mousa, the finest preserved example in Scotland of these Iron Age round towers, St Ninian's Isle connected to Mainland by the largest active tombolo in the UK, and Out Stack, the northernmost point of the British Isles.

Shetland has long been known by anglers, with literally hundreds of lochs to choose from. Throughout the islands you can find abundant, hard-fighting brown trout and, if you're lucky, sea trout too. Fish average around the half pound mark, but many lochs contain much bigger trout, with fish over 4lb not uncommon. Much bigger fish have also occasionally been caught. The anglers association has a number of boats available to hire around the islands.

Strategically situated in the heart of Northern Europe's richest fishing grounds, Shetland offers a world class venue for Sea Angling. Sea Angling In Shetland consists mostly of rough ground drift fishing for Cod and Ling with Pollack caught closer in or over the shelves. There are also species such as Torsk and Wolf Fish which migrate into these waters at certain times of year. There is also fishing for flat fish and species such as Skate as well as Haddock and Whiting. Dogfish and Conger eel are also possible.

Lerwick - Rod & Line

9 Harbour St, Lerwick, Shetland Islands ZE1 0LR - 01595-695055 - the_ivens@hotmail.com

Norscot Angling Club

Norscot Angling Club - Gremista, Lerwick, Shetland Isles ZE1 0PY - Phone: 01595 692307

Shetland Anglers Association

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Shetland has long been known as a paradise for anglers, with literally hundreds of lochs to choose from. Throughout the islands you can find abundant, hard-fighting brown trout and, if you're lucky, sea trout too. Fish average around the half pound mark, but many lochs contain much bigger trout, with fish over 4lb not uncommon. Much bigger fish have also occasionally been caught.

Shetland Association of Sea Anglers

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Shore Angling in strategic areas around the island offers some fantastic deep water shelf areas and clean ground venues. There are a few charter vessels operating from Shetland which offer fishing at wrecks and deep water reefs at competitive prices.

Lerwick - Thule Charters

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Based in Lerwick, Shetland Islands (but available almost anywhere in the UK at short notice), Thule Charters operate two modern workboats suitable for Diving Support , Marine Surveys and General Tourist Excursions.

Oberon

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Due to the addition of a new purpose built Southboat Cat being added to our boats in Cullivoe we are able to offer a range of new dates for parties of up to 10 in 2015. The new boat is Trio 111 and fantastic fishing vessel. She will be available from May in Shetland, Call 07793120958 for further details.