Angling & Diving Review/ Draaby, Denmark/ June 30th. 2015

Angling & Diving Review/ Draaby, Denmark/ June 30th. 2015


Underwater photo-, coastal angling-, and snorkeling-video, Draaby Beach, on the east coast of the peninsula, Djursland, in Denmark. How is it here – under the water? Let’s have a closer look. Up from the shore there is a wide beach plain, where it is possible to park, just up along this road. There are a few summer rentals just on the other side of the coastal hills, so it is probably a place where people snorkel now and then. One can see, that it is a mixed bottom with sand and stretches of seaweed. I drove by the road along the coast, and have picked a spot, where there are stretches of seaweed. It’s typically out from the sides of the seaweed beds, that it’s most interesting to go looking for flatfish. This is maybe the 6. or 7. time that I dive this year. Mostly I have seen flounders, as to flatfish. But turbot, brill, plaice and sole are also among the possibilities. Let’s see what’s hiding under the water, out here in the central part af Draaby Bay. We are on the relatively current rich east coast of Djursland. 50 kilometers of coastline, which is mostly stony, but here succeeded by a sandy beach, located close to the town, Ebeltoft. It looks fine out here. Good current conditions, as is the case everywhere here on the east coast of Djursland. Nice sand, with stretches of seaweeds. As to a fish-finding perspective on might criticize, that the seaweed beds are not very well defined. Well-defined zones of seaweed with sharp transitions between seaweeds and sand are good, if one is after flatfish, as they often place themselves on the sandy part of these transitions. At this location they might place themselves more scattered all over the place. I saw fish out here, flounders, some smaller ones, and a few bigger ones. Different kinds of healthy seaweed species. It gets deep suitably fast, making it a good coast for snorkeling. At the same time it is also suitable for swimming and bathing, if one can tolerate a few stones. Quite a few hermit crabs out there. I only saw a single crab. This I take as a good sign, as cod like to eat crabs, so maybe cod come close to land here, even though they are rare on the east coast of Djursland. Sea trout I did not see, and maybe one should not expect to this in the middle of the day. This is certainly sea trout water, but at this time of day they are further out. In the summer one must fish for sea trout very early in the morning, around sunrise, or late evenings. The flatfish I saw were exclusively flounders. There were a few goldsinny wrasse – not as many as last year. This is characteristic for all the dives I have made this year. For some reason there are not as many of these small 10 – 15 centimeter and often curious fish, but there were a few. It’s the first time this year that I encounter schools of fry. I don’t know which species, but small. At most a couple of centimeters long. The will grow bigger in the course of the summer and there will be more of them. Healthy species of seaweed. The clarity of the water is satisfactory, also taking into consideration the time of year. To a high degree this has to do with that I try to dive from coastlines with offshore winds, so that the surf-zone does nor churn up inborn loose seaweed to a soup, that turns into an unclear undercurrent of water going out under an upper layer of wind driven and incoming water propelled by waves from onshore winds. The water is also clearer, when there aren’t waves that churn up the bottom. Under waveless conditions it is also more pleasant to dive. I don’t think there is so much more to say. Rugaard Bay is quite big, and accessible. There is a campsite a bit further up the coast. The same way up comes a hill, the viewpoint, Jernhatten (The Iron Helmet) and a rarely visited coast, which is interesting. Aalso as to fishing and diving. And the other way, if one pans around.. Over there we have got Sweden, 70 kilometers across the sea, and the Danish main island, Sealand, and the island, Hjelm (The Helmet) located out from southern Djursland. The isthmus out there is Kobberhage (Copper Hook) a locally well renowned fishing and diving place. But the whole coast here is interesting as to this. Not an extraordinary dive, but everything looks appealing and healthy. There are fish out there.

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