Test, Angling and Snorkeling/ Denmark/ South of Elsegårde/ Djursland Peninsula/

Angling and snorkeling video, June 17th 2016. The 4th testdive this year, south of the Elsegårde campsite, on southern Djursland in Denmark, northern Europe. Sligthtly north of Gåsehage, which is the southernmost tip of the peninsula Djursland, before Djursland disappears into the sea in direction of the island, Samsø across from the uninhabited island, Hjelm. One of the relatively few places on this 50 kilometer long stony east coast where I have not dived before. Let’s have look at what is hidden under the surface, with regards to a test for fishing and snorkeling. Most things seem to look good below the surface. There are many big stones the seize of fridges and half fridges out there. I have chosen a small outcrop to dive from. This is often a good idea, as there is a bit more current out from an outcrop. Something that can often make a difference. Lots of healthy seaweed on the big stones. Many things look close to perfect here, but seen from a flounder catching angle, the transitions between beds of seaweed and the sandy bottom is diffuse. It is better if there are well defined transition lines that one swim along, as many flatfish have a tendency to place themselves along the borders between sand and seaweed. Here there are too many small diffuse transitions, meaning that the flatfish are scattered all over the place, and are not concentrated along well defined edges, Apart from that, things look really good. This is a coast facing the Kattegat sea, so I expected it to be good. The disappointment on my behalf is that I didn’t succeed in picking up flounders with my bare hands, as I usually do. The flounders lay on the bottom uncovered by sand, seemingly they hadn’t really settled in. Maybe for this reason I couldn’t get hold of them. I can usually pick some of them up with my bare hands, and show them to the camera. There were not many flounders. There were not few, but in between. There were also some big wrasse. I have rarely seen bigger wrasse than here. Their behavior was normal, in other words quite curious fish. A few crabs, but not to many. That’s a good sign, as it implies that there are cod, which eat them. There was quite a lot of fish fry, especially on shallow water, of which some of it was probably mysis. Mysis is free swimming crustaceans. I can’t say which fish species the fry was from. The fry and mysis is a food-source for sea trout. With a clear conscience I think that I can recommend this place, as being one of the better places for fishing sea trout from the coastline of Djursland. Often – Everything looks good – healthy seaweed, lots of stones with hiding places for small life the fish feed on A current rich, open, coastline. Usually I don’t see any sea trout, when I snorkel at this time of year, more or less in the middle of the day, as is also the case today. I saw some sprat-, or sandeel-looking fish – or maybe they were herring. I am not quite sure how visible the school is on the video. I also saw some fish in the pipefish family – three of them. And some other small fish species often seen. Some, two spotted gobies, and some sand gobies, I think they are called plus some other species, that the Muesum of Natural History in Copenhagen will probably help me name. This place has got coastal slopes down to the sea, so there are only a few places, where one can get down to the sea. I have found a way, where one can park legally, with only a short walk to the sea. On the beach I chose to walk out to a small outcrop to dive from, walking 200 – 300 meters along the coast. I believe this was a good idea. One can see that there are more big stones and more current out from the outcrop compared with just a few dozen meters to each side. A golden rule, especially for sea trout anglers: Search out the, also small, outcrops and capes on a coastline, if possible. What more do I want to say about this area: It looks pretty, underwater. The plan was to dive on a clear day with sunshine. It became overcast on the way to here, so I didn’t quite succeed in this. The really beautiful shots are often made with backlit sunshine with the sun shining in through the seaweed. today it’s slightly overcast with the sun only breaking through in between so the lighting is not 100 pct. ideal. With regards to how clear the water was, it was of medium clarity. Neither a catastrophe, nor crystal clear. This meant that there was a limit to how far out I could swim, and still see the bottom. I was probably out over 3.5 meters of water. It could have been interesting with a look from 4 – 5 meters of water, which probably would have been possible, if I had swum 100 or 200 meters further out but this makes no sense when snorkel diving, as the idea is to swim on the surface looking at the fish life on the bottom which was not possible today further out, as the visibility barrier was about 3.5 meters I don’t think particularly many people use this coast. Already this 50 kilometer long east coast of Djursland, interrupted by the sandy beach at Grenå, is a not often visited stony coast with lots of possibilities for fishing all over. But the stretch here must be one of the least visited places. I myself haven’t dived here before, because one needs to know about the small road that leads down to the coast. I think this issue might be an advantage when see trout fishing. Here in summer, if one wants to catch sea trout from the coast, it’s a question of fishing very early mornings and late in the evenings possibly also night fishing, if one wants to reach the sea trout, as they roam further out in the middle of the day in summer. Garfish and mackerel of course also pass by here. All in all this is one of the places, I would like to recommend even though I didn’t see anything sensational today, with regards to big fish in the edible seize range. All from the southern east coast of Djursland, close to Elsegårde.

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