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European Species Championship 2011 – Langeland targeting flatfish

48 anglers from 6 national sections met to compete in this year’s European Species Championship from October 29 to October 31.

On Saturday the competitors arrived in the head quarter hotel Skudehavn in Rudkobing, the main city in Langeland. Anglers arrived by all means air, land and sea. Whilst our friends from Portugal and Iceland were competing for the furthest distance, admiration has to go to Yulia and Mikhail who drove all 2000km from Moscow.

The event was opened by the organizers, Thomas Reinhardt and Marcus Wuest. This was followed by the registration and the boat draws for both days. People could then register for the pairs event and the executive teams of four were drawn too.

Each angler was handed out a goodies bag with traces, a species competition cap and information material about Langeland.

On Sunday morning meeting was at 8:30am for the boats leaving at 9:00. The boats returned at 3pm to the port of Spodsbjerg harbour. In between was a demonstration by the Danish anglers as to how to catch the bigger flatfish. With a minimum size of 30cm expectation was that there would not be caught too many scoring fish. However, there were plenty of dab, plaice, flounders and even a brill caught that made the minimum size. Best catch of the day was 32 flatfish with a total of 469 being caught by all anglers. Locals Bo and Joergen measured each fish by the harbour. Each angler was also eager to swap their token for a couple of sausages and a drink to bridge the time of the measuring of the fish. Some anglers kept their catch for their own consumption others left them for the local fishery community to enter the food chain.

Word spread fast that a pirk with a trace below the pirk and the boom trace from the goodie bag above was the way to fish. This was demonstrated on the second day when the best catch of 23 was complemented by 589 fish overall. Again some fine sausages and drinks awaited the anglers.

After another round of measuring it was time for the dinner and prize giving. A brief opening speech by Marcus Wuest got proceedings under way. The dinner was a buffet with plenty of food. Despite some bigger and hungrier anglers and their partners present there was some food left over. Even though nobody was really starving anymore the apple tart and cream desert was gone in no time.

The prize giving followed with a thank you to the sponsors: Brugsen supermarket for supplying the food at the weigh-in, Hotel Skudehavn for the ladies prizes and Angelcentrum Langeland for the generous sponsorship. Another thank you went to the skippers who brought everybody over the fish.

Apart from the sponsors there was a lot of work going on in the background. Bo and Joergen measured more than 1000 fish. Maja handed out the food and drink at the weigh-in. Hans-Juergen Glaeser assisted with the scoring. Apart from Thomas and Marcus we had Herbert Schaffner and Alex Dorow performing their stewards’ duties on both days. Chris Reinhardt, Thomas’ wife assisted all round with scoring, food, kept the shop open and offered loads of moral support. A special thank you had to go to Svenja Reinhardt, Thomas’ daughter, for packing 96 portions of worms for each angler for both days. And what good quality they were.

The three top individuals were awarded pins. They were: Martin Hubert Jensen (gold), Sören Kristensens (silver) and Cees Vader (bronze). Nobody believed this to be a coincidence that all three came from Denmark. All of the top 10 were awarded prizes

This was also shown in the national team results with Denmark A taking top honours ahead of Germany A and England B.

For the other results see below.

What remains are memories of a very smooth championships. The organisers enjoyed the positive feedback many anglers gave. Most of them also indicated they would come back and bring even more anglers along next time such an event is being hosted in Langeland...

On behalf of the organisers

Marcus Wuest, November 2011


rank

name

section

# fish

fishpoints

cm

total

 

1

Martin Hubert Jensen

Dänemark

51

255

1719

1974

 

2

Sören Kristensens

Dänemark

41

205

1318

1523

 

3

Cees Vader

Dänemark

41

205

1307

1512

 

4

Claus Pedersen

Dänemark

39

195

1261

1456

life/senior gold

5

Victor Alikin

Russland

31

155

990

1145

 

6

Barrie Senior

England

29

145

937

1082

 

7

Eskild Pedersen

Dänemark

27

135

851

986

senior silver

8

Jürgen Helpap

Deutschland

26

130

839

969

life silver /senior bronze

9

Marcus Wüst

Deutschland

26

130

822

952

life bronze

10

Kristbjörn Rafnsson

Island

26

130

812

942

 


37

Yulia Goncharova

Russland

17

85

547

632

ladies gold

47

Susanne Schaffner

Deutschland

10

50

314

364

ladies silver


 

Biggest Fish awards:


name

section

biggest fish cm

species

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Bowden

England

47

Brill

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Bailey

England

43

Plaice

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Hubert Jensen

Dänemark

42

Flounder

and Pete Bailey, Mike Smith, Claus Pedersen

Abubakir Shamuzov

Russland

40

Dab

 

 

 

 

 

National Teams


Rank

team

 

team points

gold

Dänemark

A

 

 

 

 

6508

silver

Deutschland

A

 

 

 

 

3847

bronze

England

B

 

 

 

 

3744


Pairs


Rank

number

comp.No

Name

angler result

pair total

1

5

503

Martin Hubert Jensen

1974

 

first prize

 

505

Cees Vader

1512

3486

2

11

502

Eskild Pedersen

986

 

second prize

 

504

Claus Pedersen

1456

2442

3

8

307

Barrie Senior

1082

 

third prize

 

308

Pete Bailey

879

1961

Executive teams of four


Rank

Number

competitor No

Name

Angler total

Team total

1

10

501

Sören Kristensens

1523

 

gold

 

602

Jürgen Helpap

969

 

 

 

613

Alexander Dorow

503

 

 

 

618

Kay-Uwe Ley

817

3812

2

7

205

Yulia Goncharova

632

 

silver

 

503

Martin Hubert Jensen

1974

 

 

 

607

Susanne Schaffner

364

 

 

 

612

Johannes Alesius

744

3714

3

2

303

Neil Bryant

887

 

bronze

 

601

Marcus Wüst

952

 

 

 

614

Thomas Reinhardt

892

 

 

 

610

Holger Damerius

831

3562

 
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