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Third winch looks promising

We don’t have much experience of this new arrangement so far. The next trips will be all about getting to grips with this. My view is that this change, which fits perfectly into the layout on board, definitely looks promising,’ said Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, skipper of Brim’s fresher trawler Viðey, which docked in Reykjavík this morning. This was Viðey’s first trip after the third trawl winch had been fitted, making it possible to two trawls side-by-side
Viðey’s catch for this trip was 180 tonnes after five days’ fishing.

‘We’ve been on the Hali grounds and in the Víkuráll Gully. There was cod and saithe in the Hali area, and at this time of year there’s most likely to be golden redfish in the Víkuráll Gully. We worked two trawls most of the time, but had a spell of bad weather while we were fishing in the Víkuráll Gully, which lasted for 24 hours, so we switched back to one trawl,’ he said.

The trawls are Jagger designs from Hampiðjan, based on the well known Bacalao trawl with which Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson and his crew are very familiar.

‘We’ll work on getting used to this over the next few trips. The trawls performed well and it’s a big advantage that the new winch is from Naust Marine, as is the whole winch system on board. If there are any questions, it’s no problem to get answers. Now what we need to figure out is how bad the weather needs to be before we can’t work two trawls at once. Now we’re into that time of year when we can expect any kind of weather. We can’t say we’ve seen any heavy weather so far this autumn, but it’ll come. One thing’s certain – that this winter can’t be as bad as the last one was. I just can’t believe that could happen,’ Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson said.