Strong showing of Westfjords cod
Fresher trawler Helga María is steaming home to Reykjavík with 120-125 tonnes on board after three days’ fishing. According to skipper Heimir Guðbjörnsson, they found the best showing of cod that has been seen so far during this autumn and early part of winter, while fishing in the Thveráll Gully at the weekend.
‘We sailed from Reykjavík just before midnight on Thursday. Fishing started on the bank off the Westfjords north of the Víkuráll Gully and we worked northwards towards the Hali grounds. There was decent fishing for cod and saithe along the bank and we had some redfish during daylight,’ he said.
Fishing has been quiet on the Hali grounds for the last few weeks and he said that this was the reason for taking a chance on the Thveráll Gully, which paid off.
‘We had made our way eastwards to the Thveráll Gully by late on Friday night and hit some good fishing right away. This was mainly cod, and also some haddock and a small amount of redfish. This was the best showing of cod off the Westfjords for a long time, and I hear there’s still good fishing in the Thveráll Gully and on the Strandagrunn grounds,’ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said, commenting that it’s clear that capelin migration patterns are affecting groundfish distribution.
‘There was a good amount of well-digested capelin to be seen in the fish we had on the bank and in the Thveráll Gully, and you can tell that they have plenty to eat,’ he said.
Now this is the time of year when any kind of weather could be encountered. Helga María spent the first day of the trip in heavy weather, after which conditions improved.