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Decent showing of Hali cod

Brim’s fresher trawler Helga María is on the Hali grounds off the Westfjords, where there’s some good fishing for cod, according to skipper Heimir Guðbjörnsson

‘Last week we finished our first trip on home ground after returning from this summer’s research assignment in Greenland, landing a capacity trip of 185 tonnes in Reykjavík last Tuesday. Most of the catch was cod and redfish, plus a few tonnes of saithe. 

We sailed again that evening and picked up where we had left off on the Hali grounds. This time last year there was no cod to be seen on these grounds and we had to move to fishing areas off the north of Iceland to find cod,’ he said.

‘The only difference to the last trip is that now the cod seem to be seeking warmer water closer to land.This is because the fish follow the temperature gradients, and these have shifted southwards at this time of year,’ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said, adding that fishing for cod appears to have slowed down in the Kolbeinsey area and many of those trawlers that had been fishing there are now on the Hali grounds. Freezer trawlers working around the Víkuráll Gully are expected to have moved eastwards to the Horn Bank by Monday in the hope of some good fishing for haddock when the Horn Bank Enclave will be opened up to fishing.

‘We also spent some time in the Víkuráll Gully in the last trip, at the ’Night Shop’ and there is an area that’s open for fishing between 0800 and 2000. We did well on golden redfish, which looks to be abundant there,’ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said.