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Redfish season at its best

‘Fishing has been fine. This is our fourth capacity trip in a row and the outlook is good,’ said Heimir Guðbjörnsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s trawler Helga María, after landing 184 tonnes in Reykjavík yesterday.

He said that there has been very good fishing for redfish in the Melsekkur area south-west of Reykjanes.

‘The best season for redfish is here and we can expect to see good fishing at least until the end of March,’ he said, and explained that after taking their redfish for the trip, they switched grounds to the Mountains west of Reykjanes.

‘There was plenty of medium-sized saithe and a by-catch of cod with it. We had cod on the Eldey Bank, which is where we went to look for large saithe. There had been large saithe on the Selvogur Bank at the end of February and the beginning of March, around the big tides, and we were getting 70% saithe and 30% cod during the night, and the opposite proportions during the day. There has been slower fishing for large saithe, but we hope that will improve around the next big tides,’ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said, adding that what has been noticeable about March so far is that the weather has been good – not least after continuous rounds of bad weather all through February.