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USA Kayak Fishing Saltwater Team Headed to Spain for 1st FIPS MER Sanctioned World Championship

USAngling is proud to share the exciting news of the very first World Championship of Sea Kayak Fishing being held this year in Valencia, Spain from October 26th through October 31st. The World Championship is organized by the Federation of Sea Fishing (FIPS-Mer), the Spanish Fishing and Casting Federation, and the Fishing Federation of the Valencian Community.

Valencia, Spain has many tourist attractions and was voted as a top fishing destination in Europe. Valencia is one of the largest historical cities in Spain and has a pleasant mediterranean climate, magnificent beaches, historical monuments, and an excellent varied culinary culture. The city of Valencia and its dynamic Provincial Council welcomes the sport of saltwater kayak fishing with great respect and hospitality. Valencia is the ideal location for the first World Championship of Sea Kayak Fishing.

This six day fishing championship will be hosted at the beachfront VALHOTEL Residencia Tiempo Libre El Puig with all amenities and meals provided for the international teams. It is one of Europe’s best resorts and will be a special treat for the competitors. FIPS-Mer and the Federacion Espanola de Pesca y Casting selected this accommodation because of its excellence. The competition will take place off the coast approximately 30 minutes south of the hotel in two clearly marked zones on either side of the Port of Valencia.

Anglers check in and complete registration on October 26th and the opening ceremony begins on October 27th at noon. The official fishing competition starts on the morning of the 28th and continues through the 30th, running from 9am-1pm each day. The event concludes with lunch and a closing ceremony with exhibition of classifications, proclamation of champions, and a presentation of medals, trophies, and awards.

Saltwater kayak fishing teams from around the world will fish for a wide variety of Mediterranean species such as pompano, sole, sea breams, sea bass, rays, eels, and others. USA Kayak Fishing Saltwater will send 9 American kayak anglers to fish in this prestigious event.

A catch and release format will be utilized to help increase the odds of the survival of the fish caught. The classification will be based solely on the length of the fish. The fish are measured in centimeters, photographed on the measuring board, and released as soon as possible. The minimum size for all fish is 18 centimeters. Winners will be determined by a point system based on the length of fish with bonus points for fish over 50 centimeters.

USAngling will host 2 qualifying events for the Spain World Championship of Sea Kayak Fishing. The winners of these 2 qualifying events will receive a direct invite to the USA Kayak Fishing Saltwater Team and to the World Championship in Spain October 26-31.

Spain World Qualifying Schedule:
1) June 21-23: 6 Annual Fish N Paddle Saltwater Slam, Ocean City, Maryland
You can also reach out to Brian Roberts, Tournament Director, at fishnpaddle@gmail.com or by calling (443) 783-7410
https://fishnpaddle.com

2) August 15th and 17th: 13 annual Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam, South Pompano Beach, Florida
https://www.extremekayakfishingtournament.org/store/p292/Summer_Slam_Part_2_August_17th%2C_2024.html#/