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A few hauls for some good fishing

‘Catches have been good in the last couple of trips and there’s plenty of fish to be seen. I can’t say what the situation is right now, but we have been taking our allocation in three fairly short tows in these trips,’ said Gudlaugur Jónsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Venus, which is now alongside in Vopnafjördur as the last of its catch is discharged to the factory.

‘We docked the day before yesterday and we should be on our way around midnight,’ he said, adding that they have been fishing south of Hvalbak for the last two trips.

‘The weather has been good all summer, although we had two days of heavy weather in the trip before last. Then the mackerel showed up as he weather calmed down and we had a good trip,’ he said, commenting that tows have normally been around five hours. This is thought to be relatively short. Earlier this summer we needed longer tows and more of them to come out of it with a decent catch.

While Venus was discharging in Vopnafjördur, Víkingur is at sea south Hvalbak and according to skipper Hjalti Einarsson this afternoon, they were pumping the last haul of the trip on board before starting to steam for Vopnafjördur.

‘The weather has been fine but it’s starting to freshen now. We were unlucky with our first haul this trip and ripped the belly of the trawl. After that everything has gone well but we have to hunt for our fish. There were more tows this trip; five in all, and it looks like we have our allocation for the factory, which is around 750 tonnes. The mackerel are good quality fish in fine condition and they are just what production ashore needs,’ Hjalti Einarsson said, and added that there are now around fifteen pelagic vessels fishing for mackerel.