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Strong showing of cod on western bank

Fresher trawler Helga María docked in Reykjavík yesterday with around 185 tonnes on board, the result of a trip to Westfjords grounds, with the catch taken deep on the bank lying between the northern end of the Víkuráll Gully and the Hali area.

‘Most of the catch is cod, haddock and saithe. We had the cod on the bank at 180 to 200 fathoms, and some saithe and redfish with it. There could be some good fishing for redfish during the day, but as soon as dusk falls, the redfish disperse and disappear,’ said skipper Heimir Guðbjörnsson.

He said that the cod are good quality fish, averaging 3kg. The saithe are larger at three to four kilos.

‘We didn’t notice any capelin marks, but there was quite an amount of capelin inside the fish, mainly in the saithe. Conditions were decent the whole time apart from a spell of rough weather just as we were on our last tow in the Víkuráll Gully,’ he said, adding that this area is where there is a lot redfish to be seen, as well as along the bank.

The Westfjords grounds have been quiet for the last few weeks and the trawler fleet has mainly been fishing off the east coast. This looks like changing now as there have been more fishing vessels to be seen on Westfjords grounds in the last few days.