Fishing well on Greenland halibut
‘The best time of the year for Greenland halibut is coming to an end, but we have been fishing steadily out here on the Hampiðjan Square. Fishing is best when there’s a temperature shift, but apart from that we’ve had decent catches towing northwards or southwards,’ said Örfirisey’s skipper Kristján Víðir Kristjánsson when we spoke to him, just as he was towing southwards, following a thermocline.
‘April and May are the months that are best for Greenland halibut and fishing normally slows down after Seamen’s Day,’ Kristján Viðir said, adding that the present trip started on the Hali grounds.
‘We had some saithe on the Hali grounds but there was no redfish to be seen. There has been cod all over the Víkuráll Gully, so there was no redfish there either. We had a look in the Nightshop that’s the east of us in the Víkuráll Gully as there’s some saithe to be had there along with the cod that’s everywhere. Even out here on the Square we’re getting cod with the Greenland halibut, but there’s no redfish to be seen,’ Kristján Víðir Kristjánsson said.
Örfirisey is expected stay on the Greenland halibut fishing grounds into next week and to dock in Reykjavík before midday on Saturday for the traditional Seamen’s Day break.