Testdive, Angling and Snorkeling/ Århus Bay, Down From Rolsø Chapel/ Denmark/ Djursland/


Test of coastline for angling and coastal snorkeling potential. In the middle of Århus Bay on the peninsula Djursland, in Denmark, on the Mols Hills side of the bay. A west facing coastline, chosen today, because there is a slight easterly wind. We are in the middle of a heat wave here in mid September, 2016. As this is Århus Bay, this is going to be a bit of an acid-test as to the oxygen conditions after a long summer. Let’s have a look at how it looks under the surface out here. I am a bit curious about this. Let’s see how it is. There are some fish out there, which probably aren’t visible on the video, hunting. Maybe garfish, maybe sea trout fizzling around in the surface. Let’s see how everything looks below the surface. It isn’t quite up to the standard of the open waters of the Kattegat Sea, close by, but the good news is, that I didn’t see any signs of oxygen deficiency. There were plenty of small fish, and lot’s of fish fry, and lot’s of mysis, small free swimming crustaceans. It get’s deep fast enough for casting from the shore. It starts with a stripe of bigger stones, then comes some patches with string seaweed and toothed wrack, changing to coarse sand in a mix with clay, and also with small stones some places on the bottom intermixed with some big stones overgrown with seaweed here and there. Characteristic for much of the seaweed is, that it hasn’t grown over the summer where the water has been too hot. I recently dove in the Kattegat Sea close by, at the cape, Havknude. This was a couple of months ago in the middle of the summer, in July, and here the bladder wrack was in full growth and looked fresh, but here it looks more autumn and winter-like, as this is what summer is for these cold favoring seaweed species. There were quite some crabs, and this is normally a sign that cod don’t get in close to the shore a place like this as cod eat crabs. It was nice to see how much fry there was. Apparently this is not flounder water. I didn’t see a single flounder. Probably because there isn’t the kind of sandy bottom that flounders like. But all in all everything looked healthy as judged by Århus Bay standards. No sign of oxygen deficiency and many kinds a small animal life. Lots of food sources for bigger fish. I didn’t find out what kind of fish it was, that was hunting in the surface, when I came. They will be long gone, when a guy like me comes swimming. This is a place with sea trout potential. Knebel Bay, just round the corner, a kilometer from here, is known for sea trout fishing. In Århus Bay here, when it’s really cold, in early spring, sea trout can prefer to seek out bay water like this, as the salinity is slightly lower, than in the open sea. When the water is cold, sea trout are less tolerant to high salinity and can seek out low salinity water. So spring fishing for sea trout here. And certainly garfish also pass by, And those free swimming fish I saw in the surface, and wondered what were. A thing I haven’t thought of is mullets, but I don’t think they swim around and hunt in this way. I don’t know if schools of weevers could do it. My guess is either sea trout or garfish. Garfish are actually here all summer even though one doesn’t catch them often, apart from in the spring and autumn runs. An encouraging enough dive, even though it looked a bit winterly, as to seaweed growth All from here.

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