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Golden redfish abundant this summer

‘It has been going well and there is an unusual amount of redfish on the Hali grounds, an on all of the ridges on the Westfjords fishing grounds. This is a very good time for redfish and the fishing has been much better than I had expected,’ said Heimir Guðbjörnsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s trawler Helga María, which docked in Reykjavík with a full fishroom Yesterday.

He said that fishing for redfish hasn’t been a problem this summer, while cod has been scarcer and they have had to search for saithe.

‘In fact there’s some fine fishing for cod on the deeper banks and in our last two trips we were looking for cod further east and north in the Reykjafjörður Gully and on the Strandagrunn grounds. There has been good fishing for cod there this summer, with excellent fish with an average weight of 3.6kg. There have been some very good catches of redfish on the same grounds, but the saithe are less easy to pin down. It’s possible to catch saithe, but it takes time,‘ he said, adding that temporary changes to the way the HB Grandi groundfish fleet operates means that trips have been a day shorter than usual.

‘That means there isn’t the time we’d usually have to track down saithe. But the good news is that saithe are starting to show up again off the west coast after some poor saithe fishing so far this summer,’ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said.