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Heavy fishing for cod in the Víkuráll

Brim’s fresher trawler Akurey docked in Reykjavík yesterday with 180 tonnes of fish on board. Skipper Eiríkur Jónsson said that had found cod in large concentrations at the western end of the Víkuráll Gully, and that there has been good fishing for cod over a wider area.

‘We started this trip on the outer edge of the Látragrunn and worked northwards from there along the bank. We hit heavy fishing for cod at the corner right at the western end of the Víkuráll Gully. This was large, fine quality fish, four to five kilos each, plus some saithe and haddock,’ he said, adding that there was little capelin to be seen in the groundfish off the Westfjords.

‘We moved from there to the Reykjanesgrunn where trawlers have been doing well on saithe. Then we had two days in the Skerja Deeps. We had a decent catch of golden redfish. Then the trip was over, just a couple of tubs short of a full fishroom.’

Akurey landed roughly 6000 tonnes last year and Eiríkur Jónsson said that they have good reason to be satisfied with the results.

‘There was a lot of lost fishing time. We lost ten days due to a steering problem at the beginning of last year, and then there were two months tied up while the third winch was being fitted. That’s something that will pay for itself. It’s not just when fishing is slow that fishing with two trawls side-by-side has shown its value. Redfish is an example. There’s a huge difference between single and twin rigs. Before the change was made, we’d count ourselves lucky to get four to five tonnes in a tow, but now we can expect double that,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.