Test, Angling and Snorkeling Diving/ Denmark/  Gjerrild Klint South/ Djursland

Test, Angling and Snorkeling Diving/ Denmark/ Gjerrild Klint South/ Djursland

Test of angling and snorkeling water, the northernmost end of the 50 kilometer long stony east coast of the peninsula Djursland in Denmark, Northern Europe, facing the Kattegat Sea. About 4 kilometers before the north coast, where the coastline changes into a sandy and shallow coastline. Let’s have look at how it is below the surface here in order to evaluate suitability for angling and snorkel diving, whether one wants to catch some fish or explore the nature below the surface. This is my 7. testdive this year from the Djursland coastline here on July the 4th 2016. It gets deep fast close to the shore. This is one of the deepest places close to the shore on the Kattegat coastline of Djursland It’s probably about 6 meters deep out by the second sandbar which seems to consist of a belt of firm clay and sand. From here I can’t see the bottom from the surface Also this is not possible even closer to land, 5 – 7 meters from the shore, where it is already about 3 meters deep. This was a disadvantage as to the documentation I am trying to make, with regards to how many fish there are here. but each time I dived down to the bottom, there where fish. There where flounders. And the first time I dived down, quite close to the shore, I came across a brill. As to the flounders I saw, most of them where full grown. With regards to the short time at the bottom I had, compared with the amount of flounders I saw, I can only give this place a thumbs up. It seems to be quite promising. It’s irritating that one can’t see the bottom from the surface. Even though I have deliberately chosen a day with offshore winds, first checking with the coastal weather forecasts at the Met office online. Here it is possible to check wind directions all the way round Djursland. Based on this I chose this place, as the forecast was offshore wind, but also because this is an interesting place, plus that it is 35 years ago I have dived here last. That time there were some nicely seized brill close to the shore, only 2 – 4 meters out. I remember also seeing a sea trout. It was not the exact same spot. Probably 300 – 400 meters further to the north. I also remember it as being more shallow up there. Here – it was deep – to deep to see the bottom from the surface. What more is there to say about this stretch, this dive. As an angler it might be a good idea to fish along the transition between sand and the more solid clay bottom that follows the coast here about 7 meters out When fishing with worms one might fish all the way out to a stretch with uninterrupted seaweed further out where it is often 6, maybe 7 meters deep. Casting, I should think one can cast all the way out to the seaweed. All in all this is a place to snorkel, when the water is clearer than usual due to the depth. The secret when snorkeling is to swim in the surface keeping an eye on what is going on down on the bottom, what there is of fish, and other life, diving down taking pictures or catching the fish. This is simply not possible when the visibility is not good enough. According to my experience, after a warm period in late summer the water sometimes becomes really clear I think this is because algae in the water column gets burnt of after a while, when the water has been warm. Earlier I have often used this as a guideline, but I have also seen that in spring, early in the season, that the visibility can be acceptable. Generally this is also the case today, but this is not enough for a place like this where it’s so deep. So this is a place to go diving when unusually clear water can be expected, meaning a combination of offshore winds and preferably also a period after a hot spell, where the algae in the water has had a chance to burnt out. What more can I say about this coast. In the distance Karlby and Sangstrup lime cliffs can be seen. Not ordinary sea slopes, but lime-rock that reaches down to the sea. A bit unusual. The slightly bay-formed shoreline here is just south of Gjerrild Klint, and it is a fine place to fish and snorkel, that not many people are aware of whith the bottom-type seen in this dive characteristic for the area. All from the underwater coastline down from the south end of Gjerrild Klint located at the north-eastern corner of the peninsula, Djursland

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