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