Lonely fishing in fresher trawlers’ home grounds
‘It has been very quiet overnight and we’re hoping that the redfish start to show towards midday. We’re on our third tow out here on the Mountains and we’ll soon see what the results are,’ said Heimir Gudbjörnsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s trawler Helga María AK when we spoke to him yesterday morning.
Helga María sailed from Reykjavík Wednesday morning after a successful trip on Westfjords grounds and when we spoke to him he was listening to the weather forecast, expecting a south-easterly wind blowing 8-15 m/sec off Faxaflói Bay and 13-18 m/sec tomorrow.
‘The weather’s not a problem. We tried to track down some saithe during the night and now it’s time to turn to redfish. We can’t say there’s much going on here on the Mountains, which are the HB Grandi fresher trawlers’ home grounds, as there is’t another ship to be seen within twelve miles. The closest one is Brimnes RE, and they’re away east in the Skerja Deeps,’ Heimir Gudbjörnsson said, saying that the last trip off the Westfjords was a good one, in spite of two heavy storms.
‘There was some good fishing on redfish in what we call the night box off the Víkuráll Gully, but otherwise it was mixed. We chased after saithe all the way from the Hali grounds and east to the Thveráll Gully for mixed cod and saithe. I reckon we must have had a 160 tonne trip, and most of it was redfish, saithe and cod. We’re always waiting for a good shot of saithe and it has to turn up sooner or later,’ Heimir Gudbjörnsson said.