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Sea angling travellers caught 79 metric tons of fish in Icelandic waters in June

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  • A giant cod This monster codfish weighed 24.6 kg (54 lbs). Photo/Iceland Pro Fishing - Facebook

Foreign travellers caught a total of 79 tons of fish in Icelandic waters this past June, according to the local fisheries news site Aflafréttir.

Foreign sea anglers caught caught 2.5% of the total catch of small boats, 8 gross registered tons or smaller. A total of 600 fishing vessels, smaller than 8 tons are registered in Iceland, 43 of these are used full-time for sea angling by foreign travellers. 

Halibut, sea angling

Two giant halibut These anglers have a reason to be happy! Photo/Iceland Pro Fishing

Several companies offer sea angling trips. These are particularly popular in the Westfjords, where the deep narrow fjords and rich fishing grounds provide the perfect setting for sea angling. Aflafréttir reports that two companies in the Westfjords are by far the largest, Iceland Pro Fishing and Iceland Sea Angling. Both companies have bases in several Westfjords villages.

Most sea anglers visiting the Westfjords come from Germany. Some have been remarkably successful, Aflafréttir reports. A German traveller caught, for example, a 24.6 kg (54 lbs) giant codfish this past June. A second traveller caught a 200 kg (440 lbs) halibut. 

Each angler is allowed to take with him up to 20 kg (44 lbs) of fish filets, the rest of the catch is kept by the captains of the angling boats. 20 kg of fish is, of course, more than enough fish to cook dinner for any travel party! 

cod, sea angling
A giant cod Adult cod is between 60 cm (24 in) and 1.2 m (4 ft), weighing up to 40 kg. The largest cod ever caught was 1.8 m (6 ft) and weighed 96 kg (211 lbs). Photo/Iceland Pro Fishing

 

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