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OPES Italy surfcasting organisation becomes EFSA affiliated member

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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 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,

The European Boat Championships 2020 entry dates update

Section Denmark have issued the following statement:
Regarding the European Boat Championships from the 10th to the 14th of August 2020!
The Danish delegation has decided, as a result of the Corona/Covid19 situation, to change the closing date for receipt of entries from May 1th to June 1th. This decision has been made to give participants a better opportunity to plan their trip, depending on how the situation evolves over the next period of time. The new closing date includes both entry to the Championships and booking of the hotel.

EFSA European Species Championship (Bream), Weymouth, ENGLAND, 18th to 19th September 2020


Click here to download the Brochure:

EFSA Bream 2020 species championship

Click here to download the Entry Form:

EFSA European Species 2020 EntryForm


Message from EFSA General Secretary

Welcome to 2020! I hope all of you and your anglers have had a good start to the year.
This e-mail is just a reminder of what this year has in stock for us – please share and spread the word.
  1. It all kicks off on April 25 with our Standing Committee meeting at the Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick, Copthorne Way, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3PG, United Kingdom (tel +44 20 3966 8654). Delegates are required to book their accommodation themselves. HQ will meet on the Friday evening before the SC.
  2. EFSA Netherlands run the European Big Game Championships – May 11th – 14th 2020, Cape Verde, Mindelo. 18 teams have entered the 2020 event – 3 teams in reserve. It looks like going to be a top class championship!
  3. From August 9 to August 14 we will be fishing the EFSA European Boat Fishing Championships in Helsingør, Denmark. Headquarters will be the Hotel Marienlyst, Nordre Strandvej 2A, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark (tel. +45 49 21 40 00). We will have our SC meeting and AGM on the 9th (HQ officers meeting on the 8th). Fishing will be 4 days commencing on the 10th. Please check out for details and for the entry form.
  4. The 2020 EFSA European Species will now be for Black Bream out of Weymouth, England, on 18th and 19th September, the boats are all booked and arrangements are under way. Brochure to be available by mid-February.  It will be sent electronically to all sections as well as being made available on the EFSA England and EFSA HQ websites.
  5. Our EFSA Shore championships are going to bring us back to Ireland to Kilmuckridge, Ireland  28/10 –  31/10/2020. Brochure to be finalised and distributed by the end of January. For those of you on Facebook Warren has published an early draft there in the group ‘EFSA’.
  6. A quick peek into 2021:
    1. Jigging Festival 19th to 23rd March 2021 Portugal
    2. Iceland Boat Species 2021  20th May to 22nd May
    3. Section Portugal Algarve, Portugal 2021
    4. Cobh, Ireland, 2nd or 3rd week of September
As you can see there is a lot going on in EFSA and it would be great if you and your sections could support all of these events!
Regards and hopefully see many of you soon!
Marcus Wüst
EFSA General Secretary