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Standing Commitee Meeting

The EFSA Standing Committee Meeting was held on April 9th, 2022 London Welsh RFC, Richmond. Thirteen members attended representing seven sections.
A copy of the minutes will be available on the website shortly.
Future championships were agreed as follows:


Boat Championships, Helsingor – August 8th to 12th 2022.

Boat & Line Championships, Cobh 2023 – week commencing 16th September 2023. Three days all tackle, two days line class. Brochure will be available at Helsingor.

Species 2023, Weymouth, England for Bream – 7th and 8th July 2023. Brochure will be available at Helsingor.

Species 2024 Langeland, Denmark, possibility of a small boats type event, further investigation required.

Boat & Line Championships, Weymouth, England 2024 – 7th to 14th September. Details to follow.


Shore Championship 2022 – a preliminary brochure has been received from EFSA Italy for Championships to be held in Sardinia in October. Details to follow.

Shore Championship 2023 – Netherlands in May. Details to follow.

Shore Championships 2024 – Wales TBA


Game Championship 2022 – Sao Vincente, Capo Verde – 23rd to 28th April (Entry Full)

Game Championships 2024 – Simonstown, South Africa – May 13th to 18th. Details to follow

EFSA News Report April 2022

After 4 years of planning and postponing we finally met up in in The Dokas Restaurant and Bar in Mindelo on Sao Vincente.

54 of the 58 expected participants together with a couple of the skippers and crews, listened to the opening words from the Tournament Director Toine van Ierland, EFSA Netherlands secretary Miranda Koop , a representative from the Mindelo council and the president of the Mindelo Sportfishing Club.

The EFSA European Game Championships was a 3 in 1 combination with The PENN Challenge which is a charity tournament and the Dutch National Championships. Last but not least this event is also a qualifier for the Offshore World Championships in Quepos Costa Rica 2023

2 Charity goals Comunidade Sao Pedro and Operacao Carinho were presented with a €1000,00 donation and a promise of a larger donation dependent on the proceeds from the Charity auction to be held at the end of the tournament.

Hein Hoogduin, the weigh master, explained the rules and called all 18 teams up front to draw their boats. All teams received a bag with competition shirts , rules , daily registration forms, a pen and 25 tokens, per person, for drinks for the rest of the week.

Micau Tavares arranged a lovely buffet with local dishes for all to enjoy accompanied with drinks for everybody. The national tv covered the evening.

Day 1 started off with a sturdy breeze,5 bft, which made the water quite choppy. During the day the wind died down. Some boats stayed in the marlin alley and others crossed the channel and went to the islands. Calls were coming in over the radio throughout the day making it very exciting.

Day winners were Peter Ouwendijk and Frans van Oss from the Dutch team The Untouchables with 5 marlin.

The Finnish team -Tight Faces Eerho Terho , Aarno Holopainen, Matti Sepäiä , Janne Laurila – fishing for the Netherlands came in 2nd with 4 marlin. This team are true novices when it comes to marlin finshing. Catching 4 on their first trip ever.

3rd place was for Ireland A , Warren Doyle , Christy Cloak , George Mc Cullough and Shay Mc Donnel, catching 3 marlin. This too is a team which consists of first timers.

In total 33 marlin were caught on 18 boats. That’s an amazing number, even to the local skippers. Cape Verdi sure lived up to the stories everybody heard.

Day 2 The air was buzzing with good vibes. The wind was up to a 6 bft. Everybody was rearing to go. Just like Monday all boats sailed up to the front of the harbor and waited in line for the 7:30 call. No running allowed to keep the slower boats in the competition. It was an impressionable sight to see 18 Game Boats waiting in line and moving off at the same time.

As soon as the call came in over the radio the boats spread out to their chosen fishing grounds. Once again the radio was alive with chatter. Marlin were being raised all over the place. There were 33 marlin caught by the end of the match. Many more were raised. One team managed to pitch 6 and loose them all, finally blanking after all their effort and hard work

Clube Pesca Nautica a Desportiva,Fernando Nunes , Filipe Bispo , José Amado and Victor Teixeira, Team CPND Albufiera for short hauled in 6 marlin. What an accomplishment. Broadbill team 1, Gert-Jan Oldenboom, Patrick van Lanaken and Arjan Biesheuvel came in second place with 4 self-pitched marlin. 3rd was Gibraltar B Charlie Lara, Lester Chipel , Peter Cosquieri , Dom Currer,with 3 marlin. 33 marlin in total despite 4 boats blanking. Could this tournament go any better??

Day 3 the weather turned for the worse. 7bft made fishing very difficult. The blue water had been pushed out even further towards Sao Antao. Boats and anglers were struggling to find fish and draw them up to the surface. Toine van Ierland called it Rock’n & Roll’n, and that it was. High waves 3 to 4 meters coming from all directions as the skippers maneuvered their boats in a zigzag pattern. A far cry from yesterday. Not much chatter on the radio which didn’t do the moral any good. Once back in the harbor all eyes were towards the skyline to see how many flags were flying. Only 13 caught and released. Ireland A managed to hook a 11.6 kg Wahoo. Unfortunately it was to light for the Non-Pelagic prize. Minimum weight had to be 30kg

Yesterday’s blankers came in as day 3 winners. The Reel Dutch Fishing Team: Toine van Ierland , Hein Hoogduin and Klaas Hoogduin managed to pitch 2 marlin giving them 2200 points. This also meant that Randy Baker on the Dacia was best skipper for a second time. Team Sequoia: Paulus van de Berk and Roland Baks had 3 marlin, unfortunately 2 on 130lbs rods giving them only 1800 points. Team Marlil: Martin Kets de Vries , Bob Hentenaar, Frank and Miranda Koop, caught 2 marlin but didn’t pitch the baits themselves leaving them with 1600 points. The wild weather made it very difficult and to nobody’s surprise 9 boats blanked today.

The 4th and final day. The weather gods were in our favor. Sun bursting through the clouds , wind down to 5 bft again. It was anyone’s game. The skippers were eager to win with 4 boats in line for first place. John Smith and Roel van Orsel, Team The Dutch Anglers on the Sea Quest probably had the best day of their lives. The first time Marlin anglers had a triple hookup. The team ended the day as winning team with 5 marlin. Samir Rahal and Mahmoud Mroueh from team Dakar came in second on the Nha Cretcheu. Ireland A managed yet another second 3rd place with 2 marlin.

Ireland A and The Dutch Anglers were the only 2 teams to have fish every day. Ireland even had the luxury of dropping 1100 points seeing only the 3 best results counted. It didn’t help them much in the end as they ended in 7th position.

EFSA European Big Game Champion – PENN Challenge Champion :

Gold Team Dakar fishing for the Netherlands 7100

Silver Clube Pesca Nautica e Desportiva Portugal 6700

Bronze The Dutch Anglers The Netherlands 6400

The Untouchable and Tight Faces also both had 6400 points. It came dow


n to when the first fish catch time was noted on the score sheets , just 4 minutes difference!

Team Dakar/ the Netherlands also represent EFSA The Netherlands in The Offshore World Championships in Costa Rica 2023. We wish then the best of luck and Tight lines.

Dutch National Champion: Team Dakar

Silver: The Dutch Anglers

The Untouchables received the Dutch National Marlin bronze pins

Best skipper is Zak Conde on the Amelia writing up 14 marlin

Second best skipper Randy Baker on the Dacia 10 marlin

And thanks to the last day win Steve George on the Sea Quest won the prize for third best skipper with 10 marlin, putting him 400 point in front of the La Onda Mila.

All winners received the EFSA medals, Game pins and prizes from PENN- Overseas travel rods and PENN Slammer reels.

A big thank you to PENN Europe , Andy Moyes Big Game Tacticals, Ray Marine, Terruo-Bi, Legitiem, Makaira Adventure , Plain Vanilla, Maasland Vleeswaren for their sponsoring of the skipper day prizes and team prizes and contributing to the Charity auction.

A big thank you also goes out to all the people who bought something in our Charity Auction. The children of Sao Pedro and Mindelo thank you from the bottom of their hearts. We raised an astonishing € 10.150,00 on top of the € 2000,00 already given to the Charity goals. The representative of Operacão Carinho was brought to tears when she heard how much money had been donated.

Micua Tavares from Restaurant DOKAS did a great buffet again with local dishes. Everybody seemed to really be enjoying themselves during the prize presentation and auction.

Judging by all the positive feedback, this was a terrific event definitely worth repeating. Participants and skippers were asking for the new date. South Africa is next in line in 2024 after then we will see.

Miranda Koop

Secretary EFSA The Netherlands

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Statement by EFSA HQ

Like many people, we have watched with horror at what has been going on in the Ukraine.
In line with many other sporting bodies, we at EFSA HQ have decided that, in accordance with Clause 11.5 of our Constitution, EFSA Russia should be suspended from EFSA with immediate effect. Therefore no official representation from section Russia will be accepted at our EFSA European fishing events until further notice. This is pending confirmation at the next meeting of the Standing Committee, which is empowered to take any action it deems necessary.
As EFSA we are an individual members association organised through national sections. Russian nationals wishing to participate will have to do so as individuals not displaying any symbols related to EFSA Russia.
Further to this situation the office of the PRO will be from now on and for the foreseeable future, held by Andy Smith (EFSA Game Festival Officer).
Marcus Wuest 
EFSA President

EFSA European Championships Boat 2022 Øresund -Helsingør, Denmark, August 8th to August 12th

Click here to download the event Brochure


EFSA European Species Championship 2022 Olafsvik in May – number of anglers

The Pre-registration into the EFSA Species Championship 2022 (Cod and Coalfish) May 26th to 28th from Olafsvik, Iceland is completed. There are 70 to 75 entries from 11 Sections: Belgium, England, Germany, Gibraltar, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, and Wales.

The final number of anglers will be known after 31st March when the Sections have all sent in their angler’s names and paid the entry fee.

Libby Walker obituatory

Libby Walker worked tirelessly for EFSA Scotland at both section and headquarters level and her contribution to their running was enormous. As a member of our Executive attending major events she was the epitome of an EFSA member in immaculate uniform and expected nothing less from the Scottish contingent. She served as our chairperson and as our secretary and was also one of our Standing Delegates attending HQ meetings in the 1980’sand 1990’s. She became the HQ Festival Officer for Boat and Shore and held that post from 2000 to 2006, overseeing all the major Boat and Shore events run under the EFSA banner. She was a stickler for detail and will be remembered by some for her very detailed minutes of meetings. AND, her memory was impressive!

Libby was EFSA Scotland’s secretary for over 20 years until she retired. When I succeeded her in 2005, I did so with some trepidation! Even after she retired, she was always available to supply details of members from her card index system and I’m sure it was secretly kept updated.

For me, Libby was always there. I am sure that that feeling will be echoed by the majority of our members and members of sections throughout the Federation who knew her.

We’ll miss you Libby

Ian MacGregor


EFSA Scotland

OPES Italy surfcasting organisation becomes EFSA affiliated member

For more details about OPES click here

European Big Game Championships – April 25th – 28th 2022, Cape Verde, Mindelo – Entry full

Dear EFSA members,

We are proud to announce that in 2022 the EFSA Big game tournament for teams will be held at the Blue marlin capital of the world; the isle of Sao Vicente, Cape Verde. EFSA headquarters in Mindelo will be at The Sportfishing Club, Mindelo The Entry is currently full. If any spaces become available a further announcement will be made.”



Marcus Wüst
Kingston upon Thames

New President/Chairman and General Secretary of EFSA elected

Marcus Wuest – President

After 26 years of service in Head Quarters Horst Schneider was standing down as President/Chairman of EFSA. On April the 17th 2021 the Standing

Warren Doyle

Warren Doyle – General Secretary

Committee and AGM elected Marcus Wuest from section Germany as new President/Chairman. Marcus has been holding the position of General Secretary of EFSA since 2011.

The newly elected General Secretary of EFSA is Warren Doyle from Ireland. Warren has been Ireland’s Standing Committee delegate as well as section Ireland’s secretary for more than 20 years.

We are grateful for Horst’s outstanding helmsmanship of EFSA during his years in charge and hope to meet him frequently fishing within the EFSA family. The Standing Committee awarded Horst honorary life membership of EFSA HQ.

For Marcus and Warren we wish them all the best and a safe hand steering EFSA well for the years to come

EFSA Russia to celebrate it’s 15 years anniversary

On April 22nd, 2021 EFSA Russia will be celebrating it’s 15th anniversary since becoming the EFSA Family full member. The slide-show dedicated to this event can be seen using the following link: Click here (right click to download).