Good catch for a short trip
‘We didn’t get out until Monday morning because of a technical problem during the previous trip. Repairs take time, so that made this a shorter than usual trip. Now we’re on the way home with between 80 and 90 tonnes and if everything goes as planned, we should be alongside in Reykjavík by midnight,’ said Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson when we spoke to him as they were steaming south of Látrabjarg.
The technical problem in the previous trip was in the starboard side winch motor, which cut short that trip a week ago.
‘This trip started on the Eldey Bank and we had two hauls to make sure that the motor was performing. It was doing fine, and we did well on redfish with a a by-catch of saithe,’ he said, adding that conditions on the Eldey Bank were good, but the weather has been poor off the Westfjords.
‘The weather improved and the forecast was reasonable so we steamed north to the Víkuráll Gully. We were on the bank on the western side and had a reasonable showing of redfish. We finished up on the Hali grounds where we had some cod and then haddock. There was no heavy fishing, but the weather was acceptable. It was poor again yesterday and today it’s been fine. Now we’re off Breiðafjörður and it’s changing. The wind speed is up to 23 m/sec. The weather’s worsening, as was forecast and we’re aiming to be tied up before the worst of it hits is,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.