EC Big Game 2022

EFSA EC Tournament postponed to 2021 !!

March 20 2021:

The tournamenst hes been postponed to 25, 26, 27 and 28 April 2022



March 29 2020:



Dear all,

The world is one big mess at the moment. The Covid 19 virus is forcing all countries to take precautions to minimize the risks of spreading the disease. Borders are closed, airports closed, and most countries in (partial -) lock down. Social life is down to zero.

Cape Verde locked her borders for all travels from Europe and many other countries. Our contacts in Sao Vicente expect that travel to the island will be prohibited at least till the beginning of May. With that in mind we had to make a decision regarding the 2020 EFSA European Championship Big Game Fishing.


In fact we had two options, cancel the tournament or try to postpone. Our decision is based on our goal to minimize the consequences for our participants.

  1. Cancel the tournament

That would mean all participants loose a part of their entry fee due to costs we already made (like for instance tournament shirts) and the down payments on the boats. Next to that all participants will have issues with their booked flights.

  1. Postpone to next year

For all involved, participants, sponsors, skippers, hotels and restaurants, the best option. Postpone to next year. Meaning we had to ask a big favor from the Mindelo fleet owners. Our proposal was to posthone to beginning of May 2021 and give priority to the tournament over already made bookings for that period. We also had to ask them to regard the already transfered down payments as down payment on the 2021 tournament as most owners handle a withdrawal fee of 50% of the boat hire.  

Tournament postponed

This week we contacted all our boat owners/skippers to review the option to postpone the tournament to May 2021. At this moment 15 of the 18 owners/skippers agreed to skip the 2020 tournament without financial consequenses. The down payments on the boats will be regarded as down payments on the 2021 tournament.  Two owners are small business operators. They just can’t survive this crisis without charging costs for cancellation. One owner isn’t reached yet.

New dates

April, May and June are by far the best months to catch multiple blue marlin per trip. We insisted to postpone the 2020 tournament to the same week in 2021.

The new dates are 9, 10, 11 and 12th of May 2021.


Most of our skippers agreed to the new terms  but we still have to make financial arrangements with two owners. We are confident we can keep the costs of cancellation down to about € 3.000. This would implicate that each team will be charged with an additional fee of max. € 175. And, let’s be honest. That sounds a whole lot better than loosing a few thousand Euros per team in case we had to cancel the tournament.

Considering the circumstances we think we made the right decision. We hope you will understand.

See you next year in Mindelo, Cape Verde! Stay safe and healthy.

Best regards,

Toine van Ierland

Tournament Director

2020 EFSA EUROPEAN BIG GAME TOURNAMENT Mindelo, Cape Verde 11, 12, 13 and 14th of May 2020

2020 EFSA European big game tournament for teams fishing out of Mindelo!

We are proud to announce that in 2020 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! Entry to the tournament needs to be completed as soon as possible.

EFSA Netherlands has an option on all boats, ending at the beginning of 2019.

Species Blue marlin, blue marlin and blue marlin! Occasionally a white marlin and maybe a spearfish. Wahooare always around, andmaybe big yellowfin and/or bigeye tuna. April, May and June are by far the best months to catch multiple marlin in a day.In 2017, participants in The PENN Challenge (15 teams) caught 109 blue marlin over 5 days. The heaviest marlin was estimated 900+ lbs. The tournament setup We will fish over four days and teams will be on different boats each day. We can provide a maximum of 15 boats in the tournament. Amongst these boats are the Mindelo top boats, La Onda Andromeda (Olaf Grimkowski), La Onda Mila (Marty Bates), Amelia ll (Zak Conde), Smoker (Matthias Henningsen),Hebe (Bert Bouchard) Victoria, (Bryan Matiba), Sambo (Marco Canu) as well as Eric Leblond’s Sirategui, Stuart Simpson’s NhaCretcheu and Steve George’s Sea Quest and many others. In fact, the complete Mindelo fleet has agreed to compete in the 2020 tournament. IGFA &Offshore World Championship (OWC) EFSA supports the goals of IGFA. We will fish by IGFA ruleswherever possible.

The 2020 EFSA Big Game Tournament is also an Qualifying Event for the Offshore World Championship (OWC). The winning team will be invited to participate in the prestigious Offshore World Championship 2021. Flights and stay Participants have to book their own flights and make their own reservations. We strongly recommend booking The Blue Marlin Hotel in the vicinity of the harbour. Or, alternatively the Don Paco Hotel is near to the harbour.

Both hotels are offering a special tournament rate for EFSA Participants. Charity goal The 2020 tournament is organized by EFSA Netherlands. Some of our members have visited Mindelo before and opted to add a charitable donation to the 2020 tournament. The tournament’s charity donation will be the support of the children & teens shelters of ICCA Mindelo. The shelters provides aid to orphans and mistreated or abused children. In 2017 the participants, most of them EFSA members, sponsors and crews in the PENN Challenge raised over € 9.000 for ICCA Mindelo. Costs Tournaments costs: Two person team € 5.000 costs p.p. €2.500 Three person team € 5.200 costs p.p. €1.735 Four person team € 5.400 costsp.p, €1.350 Included are four full days fishing, Tournament shirts, welcoming party, Closing dinner, Daily drinks at the Mindelo Sportfishing Club, Contribution to charity , et cetera. Not included are costs of flights, hotels, transfers and daily food/beverages. The tournament costs can vary up to € 200 per team depending on the number of entries. All surplus after deducting the tournaments costs go directly to our charity in Mindelo.

Entry Due to the fact that only 16 boats are available in Mindelo. We are using two entry periods. The first entry period is open to only one team per country and starts today. The first period ends on November 15th 2018. The second period starts at November 22th and is open to all EFSA Members. The second period ends on December 31 2019. Info and Entry to the 2020 EFSA EU Championship. Send an email to our tournament directorToine van Ierland: aierland@xs4all.nlor EFSA Netherlands president Frans van Oss: Down payment Your entry is completed after transferring a deposit of € 500 per person to ABN AMRO Bank, BIC code; ABNANL2A, IBANaccountnumber NL17ABNA0812614747, account name,EuropeanFederation of Sea Anglers, add the following text “Entry 2020 EFSA EU Tournament, your name and country you represent”.

Entry is binding. Deposits are non-refundable, unless you find a replacement team to compete in the 2020 tournament. Flights, transfers and hotel costs are not included. Participants travel to and stay in Mindelo at their own risk.