That´s a Keeper

10 08 2013

My friend Claudia is doing her thesis on the motivations of sea anglers, and one of the guides invited us to go out fishing with him. Henri is from Luxembourg and is an expert sea angler. We took a small boat from Súðavík out onto Ísafjardjúpi to catch steinbítur (wolffish/ocean catfish) and þorskur (cod).

This is my first wolffish! He weights about 6kg. The have strong jaws and powerful teeth because they eat mussels, lobsters and other crustaceans. Apart from their unique appearance wolffish are distinguished by the natural antifreeze they produce to keep their blood moving fluidly in their very cold habitat. They are considered threatened off the US and Canadian coast, but in Iceland there is a stable supply.

This is my first wolffish! He weights about 6kg. The have strong jaws and powerful teeth because they eat mussels, lobsters and other crustaceans. Apart from their unique appearance wolffish are distinguished by the natural antifreeze they produce to keep their blood moving fluidly in their very cold habitat. They are considered threatened off the US and Canadian coast (where they are bycatch), but in Iceland there is a stable supply and a market.

The cod were biting - a lot! But not the big ones, so we threw them all back to grow.

The cod were biting – a lot!!! But not the big ones, so we threw them all back to grow.

My grandpa taught me how to fillet and I am sure he would be happy to see this. The best part of the wolffish is the jaw muscles, so they are taken too. We had several feasts from our four fish - beer battered, oven baked and soup.

My grandpa taught me how to fillet and I am sure he would be happy to see this. The best part of the wolffish is the jaw muscles, so they are taken too. We had several feasts from our four fish – beer battered, oven baked and soup.

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