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Top quality big mackerel

‘The weather pushed us north to the Héradsflói Deeps yesterday and we managed one haul last night. It could have been more, but it was a good catch composition with 80% mackerel against 20% herring. The mackerel sizes are excellent and we had fish up to 800 grammes in the sample,’ said Arnthór Hjörleifsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Lundey NS when we spoke to him at midday.

Lundey had been fishing further south of Hornafjördur when the weather took a turn for the worse and it was decided that caution was the best option to preserve the fish from any damage, so they steamed to an area out of the worst of the weather. Arnthór Hjörleifsson said that the weather was reasonable when they reached the Héradsflói Deeps, but has started to worsen now.

He reckoned that they could be alongside at Vopnafjördur later today, although this depends on production of the fish landed by Ingunn AK. Lundey is still at sea and towing, with 450 tonnes in its tanks, mostly mackerel plus a small amount of herring.

Ingunn is in Vopnafjördur after a trip south of Hornafjördur that yielded 600 tonnes of mackerel. Faxi RE is at sea in the same area and skipper Albert Sveinsson said that when they arrived yesterday morning it certainly wasn’t fishing weather that greeted them.

‘We had to dodge through some filthy weather and didn’t get a chance to shoot away until after midday. The weather is still poor, but we’re towing with the wind astern and hoping for a decent haul,’ Albert Sveinsson said.