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Decent fishing under challenging conditions

‘I’m happy with the trip. We have around 130 tonnes, caught under some difficult weather conditions,’ said Magnús Kristjánsson, skipper of fresher trawler Akurey, which docked in Reykjavík this morning.

He said that they started the trip searching for cod on the Thverálshorn, but were otherwise fishing on the bank west of the Hali grounds, plus a quick call in the Víkuráll Gully.

‘There had been good fishing for cod on the Thverálshorn, but that was slowing down by the time we showed up there. There were cod and saithe on the bank, but that was also slowing down. There’s a lot of golden redfish in the Víkuráll Gully, and we easily had 35 tonnes of golden redfish there,’ he said.

He commented that most of the time they were able to work their twin-rig gear, when it was possible to fish at all.

‘The weather this trip was very changeable, and it was either one thing or the other. Either it was good weather and we could fish easily, or else there was a storm blowing and fishing was out of the question. The weather dictated everything for us this trip.’

Akurey now has quite some experience of fishing with twin-rig trawl gear, and Magnús Kristjánsson said that there is no question but there’s an increase in catch. This applies particularly when fish are scarce, but the increased catch is also noticeable when fishing is good.