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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).

The EFSA European Championship Big Game 2022 in Mindelo, Cape Verde

Dear all, 
On behalf of the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) I would like to thank you all for agreeing with the decision to postpone the European Championship Big Game Fishing/PENN Challenge to next year. The decision is a hard one but a fair one. Given the fact that at least 20 anglers can’t attend the tournament and many others have doubts about travelling to Cape Verde. So thank you all! 
After reviewing the calendar and trying to avoid conflicts with already made bookings in May 2022 we set the new tournament dates to the Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of April 2022. Most of teams will arrive a few days earlier to practice fishing. So additional bookings are possible. 
We hope you all can cope with these dates and, if necessary, try to reschedule already made bookings. 

EFSA EU Big Game Tournament 2022: 25, 26, 27, 28th of April !!

As mentioned before, we pointed out to our participants that those we can travel and like to fish. Book a boat a go to Mindelo!! 
We will also promote fishing for marlin in Sao Vicente through our Facebook page and through Inst posts. 
If you post availability of your boat on Facebook I will share these posts on our PENN Challenge page (2.500 followers worldwide). 
We will keep you posted. Got any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. 
Kind regards,
A.F.N. (Toine) van Ierland
+31 6 17106651
Tournament director PENN Challenge
Tournament director EFSA EU Championship
Chairman The Fishing Dutchmen, Charity foundation

EFSA European Shore Angling Championships 2021, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, IRELAND — September 29th — October 2nd.

To download the event brochure click here

To download the event report click here

EFSA European Species Championship (cod & coalfish), Olafsvik, ICELAND, 20 to 22 May 2021

Due to travel restrictions in Europe because of the Covid-19 crises The Organizing Committee and the Board of EFSA Iceland decided to cancel the European Species Championship to be held in Olafsvik Iceland May 20th-22nd 2021.

Many EFSA Sections announced that their members will not be able to travel in May due to the crises and therefore very few anglers outside of Iceland can attend the Championship. EFSA Iceland will send to EFSA HQ an application to held the European Species Championship next year (2022) in May in Olafsvik targeting Cod and Coalfish.

First Announcement & Programme.

Click here to download the Programme: EFSA Iceland Olafsvik 2021 Programme

Click here to download EFSA Species Olafsvik May 2021 Newsletter №1

Olafsvik May 2021, EFSA Iceland – Extension for registration to 15th April 2021.

At an EFSA Iceland Organizing Committee meeting Saturday 6th February it was decided to go ahead with the planning of the Species Championship Boat in Olafsvik 2021 May 20 to 22 and the closing date for registration was extended to 15th April 2021 instead of 28 February.
On registration each Sections need to pay a deposit of £10 Sterling or €11.50 to EFSA Iceland for each angler registered into the Championship and the deposit is not refundable. The rest of the entry fee and the Gala Dinner to be paid at registration in Olafsvik Thursday 20th May 2021.

EFSA 2021 European Species Championships in Iceland – Interview with the organiser

In this video one member of the organising committee from EFSA Iceland, Thorir Sveinsson, answers a few questions about the event in a Zoom conference call

EFSA Shore 2020 Championships Update

After much deliberation and with heavy hearts the Executive of EFSA Ireland have unfortunately been forced into the decision that the 2020 Shore Championships scheduled for October in Wexford must be cancelled. This has come about due to several occurrences including the cancellation of the Dublin City Marathon planned for the same week and the Government advisory that non residents entering the country will/may be required to self isolate for 14 days effective until the end of the year.
EFSA Ireland will endeavour to run the event in 2021. Information on this will be advised as soon as it is available.

Dear EFSA family & friends,

Each of you will, at this point, have felt the effects in one form or another, of the global pandemic Covid-19 virus.
Thankfully for many the consequences of the virus has meant nothing more than the inconvenience of having to stay at home in isolation but for others it has been a much more serious occurrence with family members falling seriously ill or even dying.
And whilst some countries have begun to ease their imposed restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) are asking all nations to be cautious as the infection rate, and possible re-infection rate, still remain unclear at this point in time.
We in EFSA have a responsibility, not just to our own members, but to the economies of the communities in the towns and villages who are kind enough to offer to host our international events every year and it would be remiss of us to put the livelihoods, indeed the very lives, of these people at risk – for the sake of, despite how much we love it, what is basically just a sport.
Therefore it is with a heavy heart, but in the knowledge that we are ‘doing the right thing’, that the decision has been taken at EFSA Executive level, to abandon all planned Boat Championships (including those in Denmark and England) for the rest of this year.
Hopefully by 2021 all will be well once again and we can look forward to our annual events in which the spirit of EFSA shines through as comradeship always outweighs competitiveness – but our events also always include the essential element of friendly rivalry between nations and individuals.
Wishing everyone ongoing good health.
Horst Schneider,