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EFSA European Species Championships (Bream), Weymouth, England, 6th to 8th July 2023



Results – European Species Championship 2023

EFSA European Species, Bream, Weymouth 2023

Thursday 6th July the registration and opening ceremony for the 2023 EFSA European Species was held at Weymouth Angling Society Clubhouse. During proceedings there was time to have a complimentary drink, and a chat with other anglers from the other Sections attending. There was a total of 53 anglers from 10 Sections fishing, besides England, Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, South Africa and Wales were represented.

Friday 7th July and the 53 anglers boarded their boats for the first day of the two day Championship. Six boats took part and the bait for the day was squid and mackerel, though it would be squid that would be the main bait for the target species of bream.

The weather was set fair for the day, so hopes were high as the boats made for their favourite fishing spot for bream. Initially, several of the boats went different ways but all ended up at the same ground known as “Lights and 1”. Also, while most boats anchored, some found good numbers of bream on the drift.

At the end of day one all boats had good numbers of bream, though individual catches varied greatly! Of the six boat winners four were from France, with the other two English. Matt Osborne was in first place on countback. Best bream of the day was one of 45cm.

Saturday 8th July, day two, and the wind stayed light but there was a lot of rain forecast for the day, wet weather gear was the order of the day. All boats headed for the “Lights and 1” ground which proved the better option on day one. Again, some boats favoured anchoring while most started the day on the drift. The catches were similar to the first day, with most boats catching more bream. I am not sure if the reason for better catches was the skippers finding more fish or some of the chat after day one on what worked, made the anglers improve!

After the fishing, there was time for most to rest a while before the presentation which was held at The Belvedere public house function room There was a good buffet which the anglers helped themselves to before the presentation. Our England Chairman, Neil Bryant announced the results with The EFSA Chairman, Marcus Wuest, presenting the medals and prizes.

The top three longest bream were caught by D P Berger 45cm, Paul Hart 43cm and Wayne Gerber with a 42cm fish.

In the National Teams event and with their three boat wins on day one and another on day two contributing to their well-earned 1st place it was the France A team of Jean Pierre Coutauchaud, David Corday, Francis Couzinet, Simon Elgrishi and  Cyrille Bardin. England A were 2nd and the 4-man team of Norway in 3rd.

The Individual event was close with three anglers with the perfect score of 200%. On countback it was Didier Marest of France who was who cam eout on top tp take the gold pin, Mark Smith of England was 2ndto take the silver pin, with another French man David Corday in 3rdreceiving the bronze pin. Marcus Wuest presented the pins to the anglers.

Top boat was Flamer skippered by Luke Pettis with the greatest number of fish per angler. Luke’s usual boat is Snapper.

Full results are below.

Marcus Wuest on behalf of EFSA Germany made a short presentation on the 2024 European Species Championship to be run on 4 man boats out of Spodsbjerg, Langeland on the 6th to 11th October, fishing for flat fish. He said the final brochure and entry form should be available later this year

Allen Ford of South Africa said a few words on the EFSA Game 2024 to be run out of Simon’s Town, South Africa on 6th to 10th May.

Neil Bryant then made the closing address, firstly thanking the anglers for attending and making the event a success, The Belvedere for hosting us and the staff for doing a great job of looking after us and putting on a good buffet. The Crown Hotel, where most of the anglers stayed, looked after us well, including an early breakfast. Special thanks to the EFSA England committee who work behind the scenes in making sure the event is well run. Neil then officially closed the Championship.


Please see results below. A full report will follow

1 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – Individual
2 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – 2 Man Open
3 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – 4 Man Open
4 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – 4 Man Drawn
5 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – Lady
6 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – Senior
7 EFSA European Species (Bream) Weymouth 2023 Results – National Teams

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.

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


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EFSA Bream 2020 species championship

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EFSA European Species 2020 EntryForm


EFSA European Species Championship, Langeland, DENMARK, 28th — 31st October 2019

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Individual results


Seniors results

National Teams

Executive 4 man Teams results

2 Man Open Teams results

4 Man Open Teams results








Species & Line Championship – Conger 2018

Weymouth – England 21st to 22nd July

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Saturday 21st July and the 64 anglers from 13 Sections made their way to the boats ready for the 0730 departure. The target species for this Championship was conger eel. There were 2 options, as this was a Line Class as well as Species Championship. Using your own line meant entry to Species championship only, while using the 35 pound Ande braid supplied meant the possibility of 2 pins at this event. The majority of anglers elected to fish with the supplied braid. Anglers were given cuttle fish and several packs of mackerel as bait. It is usual when conger fishing to start the day by feathering for mackerel and have enough to last the day but the last couple of years mackerel have been scarce all along the South Coast. The boats did stop to feather for fresh mackerel but most anglers only had enough for a few each, so the supplied froze bait was needed as well.

The 8 boats headed well offshore to their chosen wrecks, where they hoped to find a good number of eels, as well as some a big ones. The Species pins would be awarded to the best catch of eels over the 2 days, the Line Class pins would go to the3 heaviest eels over the 2 days. Fortunes among the boats were varied, with the anglers on some seeing up to 6 or 7 eels, while on other boats just a few eels, with many anglers not managing to boat even one eel.

Back at port, and over a pint, the talk was of how great a day some had while others had a job to understand where they went wrong. Such is conger fishing! Sometimes you are close to the wreck but just not at the section were the eels are feeding or, as with many wrecks, they do not hold large number of eels.

When the scores were in it, was Pete Bailey with the best score on day 1 of 75 points. Many anglers were close behind with two on 65 points and two on 55 points. At the other end of the results table, ten failed to catch and another ten had one small eel for 5 points.

Day 2 and we all set off again with hopes of a better day. It was all still to play for with the chance of getting a big eel to win a line pin. The format was the same as previous day; so around Portland Bill to try for a few fresh mackerel then head out to anchor a wreck. Listening to the chat on the radio, it was evident that as on the previous day in was feast or famine, depending on the boat.It did not follow that boats that did well Saturday had a good day Sunday.

The presentation and gala dinner were held at The Crown Hotel on the Sunday evening.
Cliff Newbold had a great second day scoring 105 points, which was almost double the next mans score. This added to day 1 score of 35 gave him a winning score of 140 points to win the Species gold pin. Silver pin went to Ash Currier with 110 points and Pete Bailey took the bronze pin with 100 points.

The Line class pins were awarded to the heaviest eel s over the 2 days. Cliff Newbold- added to his Species gold pin, taking the Line Class gold pin with the heaviest eel of the Championship,which was a conger of 64 pound, caught using the 35 pound Ande braid supplied for the event. Cliff also had one of 53 pound, but each angler was only allowed to enter his best conger. Pete Neale took the silver pin with 51pound eel, and Ash Currier won the bronze pin with a 49.5 pound conger. Just out of the pins was Andy Selby with a 49 pound fish

There were a total of 366 Conger eels caught and released over the two days.

Species Championship – flatfish 2017

Langeland – Denmark 30th October to 2nd November

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REPORT EFSA European Species and Line Class Championships 2017 in Langeland
Species Langeland Exec Teams
Species Langeland Life Member
Species Langeland National Teams
Species Langeland Pairs
Species Langeland Teams of 4
Species Langeland Senior

Species Championship – Conger 2016

Weymouth – England 15th to 16th July 2016

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Elsinore 2015


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Boats are placed at same location as during 2013 Boat Championships.
The boats are located where it says : Kulturværftet, down right at the map.
HQ is mid-top, where it says Marienlyst.

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Belgium 2008

The 6th running of the Species Championship was awarded to Section Belgium who chose the port of Oostende as the venue. With a total entry of 84 anglers competing from 10 Sections this was a Championship completely in the spirit of an EFSA event; friends and family gathered to celebrate another Championship and much socialising supported the serious side of the angling.

Iceland 2007

This Championship was the first event fished in Iceland since the reforming of the Icelandic Section, our last visit being in 1974.