EC Boat 2020 Denmark 10 - 14 August

Welcome by Horst Schneider


Dear EFSA Family and Friends

Welcome to the historic city of Helsingør, known as Elsinore in English, and this year’s 2020
European Boat Championships.

Helsingør, so named because it means the ‘narrow strait’ of the Øresund (Ore Sound) between
Helsingør and Helsingborg in Sweden just two miles away, has a rich and lengthy maritime
history. King Valdemar the Victorious mentions the seafarers of Helsinger in 1231 in an early
population census and the City of Helsingor itself was founded in the 1420’s by the Danish
King, Eric of Pomerania, who himself professed a great love of fishing.

King Eric imposed a toll on all shipping passing through this narrow strait in the 1429 which
generated two thirds of Denmark’s state income and resulted in the building of the famous
Krogen Castle in 1428, renamed after its expansion in the 1580’s to Kronborg Castle.
The Ore Sound is rich with fish of many different species with good marks just 5 to 20 minutes
from the port. This year’s event, fished on the drift, will be a delight for the light tackle
enthusiasts and this event will be a real test of careful tackle preparation and concentration
where up to 80 fish in one day can be achieved by the focused competitor.

The boats themselves offer a fascinating insight into Denmark’s maritime past with stout
wooden vessels built in the 1940’s and built to last. These boats come from a working
background of commercial fishing or large ship support and have now been converted into
spacious charter boats for the angler to enjoy.

Kronborg Castle is reputed to be the setting for William Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet in
which the confused hero poses that famous question: ‘To Fish or Not to Fish....That is the
Hamlet did not know the answer to his question but fortunately we in the great EFSA family
do...and it is: ‘To Fish’!
With this answer in mind and with the blessing of Han, who stands proud in the centre of the
Helsingor harbour basin as a polished steel sculpture, I wish you all good fortune over the
coming days of competition and hope you make your own successful mark in the History of

Tight Lines to all of you
Horst Schneider
EFSA Europe


Welcome by Allan Riboe

Welcome to Denmark 2020

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all the EFSA members again to Denmark in
2020 for the European Boat championships. I hope you will have some very gooood
days with us and we will do our best to take care of you. I hope that you have some
good fishing in the Øresund and enjoy the sea-side view of Kronborg Castle. I ́ll be
present during the Championship and you can always ask me and I ́ll help.
I wish you all a good and fair Fishing.

Allan Riboe
President Dans Havfiske Forbund

Welcome by Finn Larsen, Chairman DHF

We invite you to participate in the European Championships Boat 2020 from Elsinore.
There are many species of fish in the Øresund, the sea-straight between Helsingør and
Helsingborg, at least 30 different species can be caught, best catches between 12-17 of
species/day. There have been spotted TUNA jumping in the Øresund, probably because
the water temperature was higher in 2017-19. Tuna is a protected species and may not
be brought in.

Unfortunately during the last years cod has become a restricted fish to
catch, there is bag limit on cod. This as the cod population is under pressure because of
commercial overfishing, especially in the Kattegat and Østersø.
Only 10 year ago it was not unusual to catch 10-15 cod/day. The Øresund record for cod
is 31,50 kilo by Ulf Stare, Sweden. This catch was in start of the eighties. In 2019 you
have to work harder to get 5 cod in your basket. Therefore there is a bag limit of 5
cod/person/day for 2020, as agreed with the EU commission.

For the fishing under this championship this is not a problem, due to our CATCH and
RELEASE system, many might remember the scorecard from 2013; the same will be used
this time - your neighbour marks your scorecard, one clip pr. fish, and when this is done,
you release the fish and you can go on with the fishing.

Danish Federation of Sea Anglers (Dansk Havfisker Forbund) are looking forward to see
you in the competition in August 2020 and wish you an pleasant stay in Elsinore.
See you on the water and tight lines.

One behalf of Danish Federation of Sea Anglers.

Finn Larsen

“A bad of fishing is better than a good day working.”


Helsingør / Elsinore and Copenhagen information

Helsingør can be reached directly by train from Kastrup, Copenhagens airport. There are ferries to/from Helsingborg in Sweden and motorways all the way down to the Danish borders with Germany. Even though Denmark is under Schengen, please bring your passport.

What to do in Helsingør apart from fishing ? During the last years the harbour area has been renewed and in the old docks a shipping museum was built. Also a food-market is located in this area. To complete the picture of a society that is open-minded, you now can find a ”silver male” sitting at the harbour, putting the little mermaid in Copenhagen in perspective.

Of course the castle of Kronborg is at the waterfront of the city and there are many pubs and restaurants in Elsinore, there is even a spa at the headquarter hotel. At the moment the Swedish Krone is weak, so shopping in Sweden could be an option also.

Copenhagen is about 40 km away, easy to reach by train or car. Copenhagen is one of the most
popular cities to visit in (Northern-)Europe, there are numerous attractions like one of the oldest adventure parks in the world; Tivoli - with 30 restaurants, rollercoasters and other entertainment.

Welcome to Elsinore and Danmark.
More information about Helsingør/Elsinore and Copenhagen can be found at:ør


Fishing information and the Scorecards

Marienlyst Strandhotel

The European Boat Championship is a 4 days competition, all days counting, based on catch
& release. All fish, independent of their size count, except weevers. Fish are registered by the angler at your side, by pinching a hole in your scorecard. A picture of the scorecard can
be found on page 6. The scorecards are the same as used during European Boat 2013.

The boats will be divided in 2 sides, starboard and port side, and each side count as 1 entity and have its daily winner. There will be around 12 anglers/boatside. All anglers will receive a
score with respect to the boat-side winner, based on a score of 100 % for the winner. The
European Boat Champion will be the one with the highest amount of boatpoints after
4 days, so the maximum is 400. Anglers tied on the same amount of fishing points, will be
ranked by respectively : Fishing points – Number of fish - Number of species.

The scorecard consists of 16 categories. The maximum amount of clips (punched holes) is 10
per field. The procedure is that you catch a fish, you show it to your neighbour angler, he/she clips a hole in the scorecard for the respective fish and after you returned the fish, you can start fishing again. Cod, flounder and plaice have 2 categories, based on their size, measuring equipment is available on the boat to determine the size and has to be verified by the angler or fishing captain clipping the hole. If there are questions, there is a non-fishing
captain present on all boats, who finally decides. Any form of cheating or deceive will mean
disqualitfication from that days fishing. After the fishing the scorecards are gathered and we
recommend that you make a picture of your scorecard. On page 6 a calculation example is
given from a fishing-result on a scorecard.

Please remember that you get 30 points extra for your first caught fish per category !
There is the possibility to register teams of 2 and teams of 4. In the teams of 4 maximum 2
anglers from one national team can participate, but a team of e.g. 4 anglers consisting of 2
anglers from England A and 2 members from England B is OK. Entry fee per competition is
10 Euro/75 DKK/angler.

The Headquarter for this event is Marienlyst Strandhotel, Ndr. Strandvej 2 in Helsingør; In your goodybag you will find a map.
There will be a bus from Marienlyst Strandhotel leaving the hotel at 07.25 and
07.55 to Helsingør harbour all fishing days.

Testfishing :

Spar Shipping at tel. 0045 26184759 – .

You can also ind an overview of available boats at

Tackleshops :
On the boats it is possible to buy pirks and basic tackle set-ups.

Shops in Copenhagen :
Hvidovre Sport
Sport Dres
Jans Lystfiskershop
Jan og Bo ́s lystfiskershop (Helsingør)