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Slow start the Jökull Deeps herring fishing

‘Things are quiet and there’s not a lot to be seen so far. We managed around 400 tonnes yesterday, and ideally we’d be able to be on the way to land 1000 tonnes in Vopnafjördur,’ said Venus RE’s skipper Gudlaugur Jónsson. 

Fishing on Icelandic summer-spawning herring started last week. Venus was in a position west of Faxaflói Bay when we spoke to Gudlaugur Jónsson. Vilhelm Thorsteinsson EA and Bjarni Ólafsson AK were in the same area, while Ásgrímur Halldórsson SF had just left.

‘There was some good fishing a little way further north a couple of days ago, but it didn’t last. Now there isn’t much to see and the herring we are aware of is tight on the bottom. There isn’t anything to be seen that we can catch,’ he said, adding that the herring so far have been very good quality, with an average weight of 300 to 330 grammes.

‘There was more activity at the start of last year’s season,’ he said. ‘This year everything seems to be getting started later.’