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European Shore Championships 2012 – Akureyri Iceland

The European Shore Championships 2012 was held from Monday 24th  to Saturday 29th  of  September 2012 in Akureyri in North Iceland with  68 anglers competing from 8 Sections; England, Germany, Gibraltar, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Fishing
Fishing in the Championships was three days. On Tuesday 25th Sept., the first day of fishing, from the beach leading from Akureyri’s airport to the centre of the town. On Thursday 27th Sept., the second day of fishing, at Hjalteyri about 24 km. from Akureyri and on Friday 28th Sept., the third day of fishing, from the piers in Akureyri. There were 5 fishing zones at each spot divided into 14 pegs. The fishing time was five hours each day. The total number of fish caught was 2,940 and ten species of fish were caught: Cod, Haddock, Coalfish, Dab, Shorthorn Sculpin (Sea Scorpion), Whiting, Catfish, Plaice, Long Rough Dab and Starry Ray.

The Championship was fished to the General Rules for Shore Competitions. The angler with the most zone-points was the winner. If there were two anglers with the same zone-points then the winner of a zone was the angler with the most fish-points. If there was still a draw the most fish counted. The scoring system was total centimetres of fish measured (total running length) and five points for each fish.

All the competitors were welcomed  on the 24th by the Mayor of Akureyri, who gave them details of the history of the town. Following this the peg draw was carried out.

The first day’s competition was fished from 3p.m. and finished in darkness at 8p.m. Anticipated big bags of fish did not prove to be the case, with catches varying considerably between zones.

Day two of the competition  was from a pebble beach area further from the town, but competitors had to contend with weed beds which caused the loss of several fish. Early in the fishing, and towards the end of the session produced most fish, but once again peg results varied considerably.

The 3rd day was fished from the Akureyri dock area, but periodic rain and stronger northerly wind made fishing uncomfortable for many anglers. However catches were better spread, with a good variety of fish, with cod and dabs much in evidence.

Saturday was a rest day before the presentation, and this gave the opportunity for competitors to do some sight seeing.

The Awards
The Prize giving ceremony and the Gala-dinner was held at EFSA Iceland´s HQ in the country hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi in Eyjafordur near Akureyri on Saturday 29th September. A marvellous prize table was followed by an enjoyable buffet style meal and local beer, which rounded off an enjoyable event for all anglers.

Our thanks go to EFSA Iceland for all their hard work in organising a successful event.

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