Testdive, Angling and Snorkeling Potential/ Dråby Bay / Denmark/ Djursland Peninsula/

Angling and snorkeling test, Dråby Bay /beach, facing the Kattegat Sea on the peninsula, Djursland, in Denmark, northern Europe. One of the top locations on the peninsula, with regards to fishing and snorkel diving, due to it being part of the current rich east coast of Djursland. The reason why I today, August 28th 2015, have chosen this place is a study of the Met-office online service – DMI in Danish, checking the wind direction charts, that show that the winds are offshore here. Something that is important, when looking for a place with clear water. This is important when snorkel diving from the coast. Before choosing this spot I also studied the online map-service Krak.dk, the hybrid-map feature, where maps are overlaid precise aerial-photo’s. Here one can often get an impression of the distribution of sandbanks and seaweed along the coast. This place in Dråby Bay is a spot where there are some interesting looking banks of seaweed banks close to land It is along these seaweed banks, and sometimes in over these banks that there can typically be a lot of fish. Let’s see if theory and reality fit together. Let’s take o look at how it looks below the surface here in the middle of Dråby Bay. There is plenty of fish out here. I saw a nice contingency of flounders. Not quite close to land, but a bit further out. A good varied bottom with stretches of pure sand. Also stretches with stones, big stones, that strangely enough are not overgrown with seaweed. Why I can’t quite figure out. It’s very varied down here, some place the sand bottom is full of sandworms other places there aren’t any within a few meters. Here there are big stones which normally would be overgrown with seaweed, but that are free of seaweed while other places the stones are covered with unbroken beds of seaweed. But plenty of flounders. The visibility was better than what I have seen diving the previous months here in 2015 Maybe because we have easterly winds (offshore) And maybe because most of summer has passed where the algae in water have been burnt off, and have been broken down resulting in clearer water I only saw flounders, with regards to fish in the edible seize range, plus a single brill. This is undoubtedly also sea trout water, but you don’t see them in the middle of the day, when someone like me comes along making a lot of noise and in the middle of the day whith summer heat. In summer the sea trout only come close to the shore early mornings and late evenings. Mackerel and garfish also pass by. We are close to the end of August, so it won’t be long before the autumn run of well nourished garfish passes by. The garfish that are back from their summer feeding in the inner waters of the Kattegat and on their way out into the North Sea again. Traditionally resulting in good fishing for garfish soon. Fish that are well nourished this time, as opposed to in spring, where they are slimmer. Everything looks really good. The water is clear and fresh with no signs of oxygen deficiency of any kind in spite of the time of year. This is characteristic for the east coast of Djursland, facing the Kattegat Sea with shores that are current rich and fresh all year round. There were some big crabs. Usually I am glad, when there aren’t crabs, as it’s a sign that cod are around, (cod like to eat crabs) but I still think they are here in between, even though the cod have been diminished severly here on the east coast of Kattegat on Djursland. What more can one say about this place. The predictions were correct – the water was clear, because of offshore winds, and the bottom was also interesting as the online Krak hybrid map suggested. A hybrid photo-based map showing land and coastal sea bottom based on aerial photos. So all in all a recommendable place – one can’t say anything else. God for UW-photo, and also good for fishing. What more to say – all of Dråby Bay plus all of the 50 kilometer east coast of Djursland is good when the winds are westerly, as is the case today. All from Dråby Bay.

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