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Herring play hard to get

After a series of storms this past month, herring fishing in Breidafjördur has resumed, although catches have been patchy so far and there has been little evidence of herring in any large amounts so far. Fishing improved today and all the attention is on the fishing area in Kolgrafarfjördur where several vessels have done well today.

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels had been in port at Akranes and Reykjavík since last week, until Lundey NS sailed on Wednesday. Lundey was in Kolgrafarfjördur when we spoke to skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson this afternoon and he told us what had been happening.

‘We started searching in the Kolla Gully and then in the sounds off Stykkishólmur, but there was nothing to be seen there. The best reports were coming out of Kolgrafarfjördur where a few pelagic boats had been getting good hauls. We took one bum shot and hope we’ll be luckier next time. Conditions are difficult, with plenty of rocks on the bottom of the fjord and the forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look good with 20-25m/sec wind speeds before it’s set to clear away again,’ Arnthór Hjörleifsson said.

Ingunn AK sailed yesterday and had a 100 tonnes shot in the morning and 200 tonnes later in the day on Kolgrafarfjördur. Skipper Gudlaugur Jónsson said that there has been more to be seen on the ship’s instruments later in the day but it remains to be seen if the herring are now about to show up in any volume.