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Still good fishing on Westfjords grounds

Brim’s fresher trawler Helga María sailed from Reykjavík this evening and it has been fishing recently on grounds off the Westfjords. Over the past few summers, Brim’s fresher trawlers have had to search out fish off the north coast as the Westfjords grounds have been bare at this time of year, but this year these areas are still producing good catches.

Friðleifur Einarsson is Helga María’s skipper for this trip and he said that he has just relieved Einar Bjarni Einarsson who skippered the trawler for the previous trip. He added that he agrees with Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson, who commented on these pages recently that this time the fish is on coastal grounds instead of on the banks or out on the Hali grounds.

‘It’s the coastal fish that’s keeping the fishing alive. Catches have been decent, but if you venture too deep there’s golden redfish everywhere, and we have to avoid that as far as possible. We’re keeping clear of redfish these days, and haddock are also a hindrance, although there aren’t the same amounts of haddock about that we were seeing in the spring and early summer,’ he said, commenting that it’s an advantage not to have to go too far east to find fish.

‘The Nes Deeps are the furthest east we’ve been to find fish,’ Friðleifur Einarsson said.

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