Slow fishing on the Hali grounds
‘We’re steaming eastwards to the Strandagrunn area. We have been on the Hali grounds and it’s bare, nothing to be had. We don’t know what we’ll find at the Strandagrunn, but we can just as well try there as spend time on the Hali area waiting for something to happen,’ said Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson.
Akurey sailed from Reyjkavík at midday on Friday and the trip started with 40 tonnes of golden redfish caught in the Víkuráll Gully. From there they followed the edge of the bank northwards and eastwards along the Westfjords to the Hali grounds.
‘The Westfjords fishing grounds don’t deserve their name right now, and there’s precious little fish to be seen there. But our last trip was to those grounds and was a decent trip. We had 160-170 tonnes of mainly cod, but what made the difference was two good days. That’s the way the Westfjords grounds are these days. We get a bursts of good fishing, and there’s nothing in between,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.
Akurey spent the summer fishing off the north coast, making five landings in Sauðárkrókur.
‘It was a good summer and we fished well. We’ve hardly been on home grounds since the spring, as we’ve been able to take our redfish allocation in the Víkuráll Gully on the way northwards to the Westfjords grounds,’ he said, adding that Akurey is expected to dock in Reykjavík on Thursday morning.