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Scratching a living off the south west

‘We’ve been making our way northwards and we’re ready to start fishing on the Hali grounds now. The forecast looks poor, but the weather looks to drop away tomorrow morning,’ said Fridleifur Einarsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s fresher trawler Ásbjörn RE.

Ásbjörn sailed from Reykjavík on Wednesday night and they used the next couple of days to search for redfish and saithe on the Mountains and the Reykjanes Shallows south west of Gardsskagi. According to the skipper, the redfish are as usual less abundant for the time of year and saithe are difficult to pin down.

‘The fishing was quiet, but reasonable catch rates. It was a decent scratch and we’re not complaining.

It’s worth mentioning that the herring vessels are only a little way west of the trawling grounds, significantly further south and west than their season has started in previous years.

‘They’re fishing herring only eighteen miles away, but as far as I can see they’re mostly steaming and searching for marks,’ Fridleifur Einarsson said