Testdive, Angling, Snorkeling/ Gjerrild Bay – South/ Denmark/ Djursland/

Testdive, Angling, Snorkeling/ Gjerrild Bay – South/ Denmark/ Djursland/


Fishing and Snorkeling. Test of angling and snorkeling water, September 5th 2017, Gjerrild Bay, between The Cliffs of Gjerrild and The Cliffs of Karlby on the east coast of the peninsula Djursland, in Denmark with 50 kilometers of stone rich coastline here, facing the Kattegat Sea. How is it to fish here, how is to snorkel here. The reason for choosing this place today is because of offshore winds according to the MET Office’s (DMI) sea prognosis, this giving the best odds with regards to clear water. The reason for choosing this place is also that the storm Bodil in the winter 2013 -14 washed away the road along the coast, Batterivej. Making it a rarely visited coast. I brought my bike along on the trailer hook in order to get to here. I have brought along my diving gear in a big backpack. Let’s have a look at how it is here, below the surface, with regards to an assessment of the fishing and snorkeling potential in Gjerrild Bay. After the first 5 – 7 meters the stone and seaweed bottom is superseded by a belt of sand and clay bottom, with lots of sandworm mounds. I was a bit pessimistic at the start of the dive, as there were zero fish to be seen. The visibility was fine, so I should have been able to spot them, but there was, nada – nothing at all. The sandy bottom was not pure white, as I prefer it to be, but on the other hand it was full of sandworms, and there was also fish fry. Nearly no wrasse, and that is a bit unusual. After a while I came across an area, where there suddenly were lots of flounders. One time I saw three in one dive snorkeling and filming. I hope that the recordings are intact, as I had problems with my GoPro camera that jammed at one point. There are some big pipes, outlets from ditches draining fields, and surrounding them there were some nice looking sea anemones growing from the underside of the concrete construction, that I again hope are intact on the recordings, something I am not sure of. As to depth – It gets deep fast enough, quite fast actually, contributing to this place being good for casting from the coast. There aren’t that many big stones, that sea trout can hide by, but as it might be seen on the pictures the bottom is nice and varied also with seaweed further out. First there is a belt of stones, then a belt of seaweed, or going directly over into sand, changing to seaweed again furthest out. The seaweed was to a degree characterized by an autumn look. It was not in growth, as it would have been in spring. We have had a warm summer, where these cold loving seaweed plants have stopped growing. This is common this time of year. What more can I say – it’s a place where there has been a road earlier, now blocked off because of the flooding that occurred in relation to the storm, Bodil, in the winter of 2013- 14. This has made access is a bit difficult. One can get to this beach from two sides, either from the Karlby side, or the Gjerrild side, This place is located north of the town Grenå, and I know that further up the coast, at Gjerrild Clint it is fine underwater, and also south by Karlby, it can be good, be here at Karlby the water can sometimes be unclear due to lime particles in the water, Here it doesn’t take much to make the water unclear. This is one of the two pipes running into the sea. There is also one a bit further down. What more can I say – a Kattegat facing coastline and therefore with good current rich water. There wasn’t that much small marine life to be seen. After a hot summer, everything might be going on a bit further out. But all in all a fully recommendable place facing directly towards the Kattegat Sea on Djursland’s east coast.

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