EC Shore 2021, Kilmuckridge, Ierland


The Covid 19 postponed 2020 EFSA Shore Angling Championships were re-arranged for competition from September 29th to October 2nd, 2021.

The HQ venue was The Upton Court Hotel in Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford where the parade of national flags & opening ceremony took place on the evening of Wednesday September 29th. This was followed by the zone draw where competitors were allocated their daily beach sections.

Competing Nations were: England, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Wales & hosts, Ireland.
The 59 competitors from the 6 nations assembled on Thursday morning for bait distribution at 10.30AM with a planned fishing session on Morriscastle Beach from 2pm to 7pm.

The supplied baits were mackerel, sand-eel, black lug wraps, king rag & harbour rag (maddies). High winds & a driving surf however forced a 1 hour delay reducing the
allocated fishing time to 4 hours.

The anglers assembled at their zones to draw their zone position & the match got underway at 3pm. The fishing was extremely slow with very few fish being captured early on. It did pick up somewhat later but only 106 fish were recorded for the 4 hour session. Zone winners were Stephen Glynn (IRE, day winner), Micheál Quinn (IRE),
Reg Clough (ENG), John O’Connor (WAL), Wilco Keur (NED) & Warren Doyle (IRE) joint winners in Zone C. 
Best round fish was a superb 50cm Bass for John Hughes (IRE) & best flat fish was a 33cm Flounder for Don Scott (IRE). Day winner Stephen Glynn set about defending his title won in Iceland in 2019 with the best score on the day, 246 points.
Best Lady was Katharina Schleiff (GER), best Junior was Ove Hansen (GER) & best Senior (over 65) was John O’Connor (WAL).

The venue for day 2 was Clone Strand (Kilgorman) where fishing got underway at 2pm for a 5 hour session. Fishing was again very slow with some sections having no fish early on.

When lines in was called the zone winners were: Stephen Glynn defending his title in style with another day win, Wilco Keur also recorded his second win, Paul Whelan (IRE), Volker Claus (GER) & Helgi Bergsson (ICE) were the other zone winners.
A total of 179 fish were recorded on day 2.
Best round fish, a 97cm Smoothound was captured by Hans Juergen Glaeser (GER).
Best flat fish was a 32cm Thornback Ray for Marcus Wuest (GER).
Best after day 2 were: Lady, Anne Whitty (IRE), Junior, Ove Hansen, Senior, Warren Doyle (IRE).

Day 3 had the anglers at Curracloe Beach for an 11am start for their 5 hour session. Torrential rain marred the first 2 hours however the fishing was better than the previous 2 days with many anglers recording fish on their first cast.
The all day rising tide gave a big improvement in the capture rate with 330 fish recorded for the session. Reports along the beach were that Paul Whelan was fairly rocking the fish in & so it proved when he took the day win with 31 fish for 830 points.                                            The other zone winners were: Andreas Burkhardt (GER), Helgi Bergsson, Mike Flynn (WAL) & J. P. Molloy (IRE).
Best Lady on day 3 was Anne Whitty, best Junior was Nathan Kearns (IRE) & best Senior was Dave Lovelock (ENG).
Best round fish was a 43cm bass for Andreas Burkhardt. Best flat fish were 4 X 30cm flounders.

Species recorded during the event were: Common Eel, Bass, Dab, Flounder, Tub Gurnard, Grey Gurnard, Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Plaice, Thornback Ray, Rockling & Smoothound.

The Gala Dinner & Prize presentation took place at The Upton Court Hotel at 8pm. The anglers, wives, partners & guests enjoyed a wonderful meal prior to the awarding of prizes.

EFSA Ireland Chairman George McCullough opened the proceedings. He thanked those who had worked to make the event the success that it was. He also thanked the staff who had very professionally & efficiently served the meal. He made special mention to those who had supported the EFSA Ireland organising committee with running the event: TronixPro Fishing Tackle, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Wexford County Council, Swords Angling, Southside Angling,
Waterford Outdoor & Angling Centre, Waterford Glass, Adlantic Sales, without whose support the event would have been impossible to host.

The awards were presented by EFSA Shore Festival Officer, Phil Lustig & the much coveted Gold, Silver & Bronze 

Lapel Pins were affixed by EFSA President, Marcus Wuest.
The award winners in the various categories were:

Individual. Gold, Paul Whelan. Silver, Micheál Quinn. Bronze, Wilco Keur.
Ladies. Gold, Anne Whitty. Silver, Miranda Koop (NED). Bronze, Katharina Schleiff.
Junior. Gold, Ove Hansen. Silver, Nathan Kearns.
Senior. Gold, Reg Clough. Silver, Anne Whitty. Bronze, Dave Lovelock.

2 Person Team. 
Gold. Anne Whitty & Paul Whelan.
Silver. Marcus Wuest & Micheál Quinn.
Bronze. Paull Curtice (ENG) & Wilco Keur.
3 Person Team.
Gold. Barrie Senior (ENG), Daniel Tucker (WAL), Helgi Bergsson.
Silver. Dean Forbes (IRE), Stephen Glynn, Volker Claus.
Bronze. Wilco Keur, Dean Costello (IRE), Reg Clough.

4 Person Team.
Gold. Anne Whitty, Micheál Quinn, Alan Cheswick (WAL), Phil Lustig (WAL).
Silver. Dave Clark (ENG), Wilco Keur, Paull Curtice, Warren Doyle.
Bronze. Dave Lovelock, Jane Cantwell (IRE), Barrie Senior, Dieter Grossmann (GER).

5 Person International Team.
Gold. Ireland ‘A’. Shay O’Neill, John Hughes, Micheál Quinn, Stephen Glynn, Paul Whelan.
Silver. England ‘A’. Dave Lovelock, Reg Clough, Paull Curtice, Allen Jones, Stuart Jones.
Bronze. Germany ‘A’. Andreas Burkhardt, Bjorn Hansen, Dieter Grossmann,
Katharina Schleiff, Hans Juergen Glaeser.

The Committee of EFSA Ireland wish to thank everyone who travelled from far & near, in these trying times, to make the event such a success.

We hope to see you in Ireland again in the near future.
Thank you all.

19 november 2020

Wij ontvingen de brochures betreffende de geplande EFSA Shore en EFSA Boat Championships 2021, die georganiseerd worden door EFSA Ierland.

De CS worden vervist van 30 september t/m 2 oktober 2021. De deelnameprijs is eur 260, inclusief galadiner. Inschrijving sluit op 31 juli 2021.  

EFSA Ierland geeft aan dat het voorlopige datums en prijzen zijn. Houd hier ook rekening mee.

Als secretaris hoop ik vele inschrijvingen te ontvangen natuurlijk. Bij interesse zal ik je de volledige brochure toezenden en als je vragen hebt dan hoor ik het graag. Deze zullen zo snel mogelijk worden beantwoord.

Vriendelijke groet Miranda Koop

Secretaris EFSA Nederland


Hello Dear Hard Core Shore anglers of EFSA!

It is really a pleasure to say a few words to you all, which I normally only do in my EFSA Annual Report. I am in my last year of presidency.

It has always been a great pleasure for me to see how much enthusiasm EFSA competitions are carried out with. It is the love for our sport and the community that makes it all possible!

I also did shore angling years ago. It is amazing what fish can be caught, depending on the country where the competition is held.

Nulli Secundus and Tight Lines, long live EFSA!

Your President/Chairman Horst Schneider,

President, EFSA

A message from our Chairman

Dear EFSA friends,

Cèad Mìle Fàilte a Chàirde. A hundred thousand welcomes, friends. EFSA Ireland are delighted to host the 2021 European Shore Angling Championship and extend an invitation to one and all.

This will be the sixth occasion on which EFSA Ireland have hosted the event and we will return to the County Wexford village of Kilmuckridge where the Headquarters will be The Upton Court Hotel.

The championship will be fished from the beaches of south west Ireland between Wexford Town and Arklow, weather permitting. Should the weather be unsuitable there may be a need to move to one of the southern estuaries or north to Wicklow. Hopefully this will not be necessary.

The angling venues may be some of the following – Clones/Kilgorman, Morriscastle/Ballinoulart, Ballinesker, Tinnebearna, Ballinamona, Roney Point, Curracloe.

All are easily accessible and fishable in all but the worst of easterly gales. The members of EFSA Ireland look forward to welcoming old friends and friends we have not yet met to Ireland in October 2021.

On behalf of EFSA Ireland I wish all competitors good fishing, good weather and good luck.

Tight Lines,

George McCullough

Chairman, EFSA Ireland