Angling & Diving Review/ Centrally in Draaby Bay, Denmark/ August 28th., 2015

Angling & Diving Review/ Centrally in Draaby Bay, Denmark/ August 28th., 2015


Angling- and snorkel-diving review, centrally from The Bight of Draaby in Denmark on the peninsula, Djursland, facing directly towards the Kattegat Sea, at the entrance to The Baltic (between Denmark and Sweden) This is one of the top-locations as to fishing and diving, due to this being part of the circulation-rich east coast of Djursland. The reason for choosing this place today, August 28th. 2015, is based on the Danish weather forecast at, DMI.dk, with regards to wind direction. It showed that there were off-shore winds here. Something that is important when looking for a location with clear water (good visibility) Something that is important for good coastal snorkeling. This study of DMI.dk was combined with a study of the online map-service, Krak.dk, using the Hybrid-Map view-function. Her one gets a map superimposed with precise aerial photos, so that one apart from land also can see the distribution of sand and seaweed close to the shore. This spot in The Bight of Draaby has some interesting beds of seaweed close to the shore. It is alongside these beds of seaweed and inside them, that you typically find the greatest concentration of fish. Let’s see if this theory fits with the reality of this place. Let’s see how it looks under the water here in The Bight of Draaby. There are plenty of fish out here. I saw a nice contingency of flounders, Not quite close to land – a bit further out. A good, varied, bottom with stretches of pure sand. And also sections with stones, that strangely where not overgrown with seaweed. This surprises me. The bottom is very varied. Some places the sandy bottom has a lot of signs of lugworms. Other places there aren’t any, changing within a few meters. Other places there are big stones that according to experience from this area should be overgrown with seaweed, but some place look as if they have been wiped clean. But some place there are also uninterrupted blankest of seaweed on stones. A fair amount of flounders. The visibility was better than I have seen for the past few months here in the summer of 2015. Maybe the reason is that we have had easterly winds (going off-shore) and maybe the reason is also that the year has progressed further into the summer, where algae dimming visibility, tend to burn out, and disappear. I only saw flounders as to edible fish, plus one brill. This is undoubtedly also sea trout habitat. But these fish you don’t see in the middle of the day, when someone like me comes along making a noises, and in midst of the summer heat. In summer sea trout come close to the shore early mornings and late evenings. Mackerel and garfish also pass by. It’s late August, so it won’t be long before the autumn migration of fat garfish pass by. The garfish that are back from their inner Baltic summer feeding trips, on the way to the North Sea again. Traditionally there is good late summer fishing for garfish, which at this time of the year are really fat, as opposed to spring-fishing, where they are in less good condition. Everything looks really good out here. The water is clear, with no signs of low oxygen levels, in spite of this being the warm summer months. This is typical for the east coast of Djursland, facing the Kattegat, where water circulation is good all year round. There were some big crabs. Usually I am glad when there are no crabs, as this can be a sign of cod feeding here. Cod like crabs. But I think that cod are come anyhow to some extent. Even though the cod are under much pressure on the east coast of Kattegat here on Djursland. What more can one say about this place? The prognosis came true. The water was clear due to off-shore winds, and the bottom was interesting in accordance with the Krak.dk hybrid photo-map, which replicates land and sea by the use of aerial photography. So all in all a very recommendable place. One can’t say anything else. Good for underwater photography, and also good for fishing. All of the Beight of Draaby, including the 50 kilometer east coast of the peninsula, Djursland here, is perfect when the winds are westerly, as is the case today. All from The Bight of Draaby.

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