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Top fishing – weather permitting

‘We’re on the western side of the bank to the west of the Hali grounds and there has been heavy fishing for the last three days. Now the weather’s worsening and the going is getting tougher. This is a 920 tonne trip so far, and we’re scheduled to dock in Reykjavík next Monday,’ said Árni Gunnólfsson, skipper of freezer trawler Vigri, which sailed on 21st October. 

The trip was broken with a half-landing on 4th November.

‘Now we’re searching for saithe, and what we have been getting here along the bank is large saithe with some haddock. When fishing was at its height, everything was dictated by the speed of production. We had around 70 tonnes yesterday and that’s the maximum the factory deck can cope with,’ he said, adding that cod seem to be keeping to fishing grounds further east, and Vigri did well on cod on the Thverálshorn and Strandagrunn grounds earlier in the trip.

He said that there’s plenty of life on the Westfjords grounds, with capelin to be seen and groundfish have plenty of feed.

‘I’m satisfied with the year. Our overall catch is close to nine thousand tonnes and this is only possible thanks to an outstanding crew,’ Árni Gunnólfsson said.