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WCC New This Year

We strive each year to better the event and we listen to your comments. Given the many seals of approval already received we believe that you too will welcome the following changes:

All anglers taking part in an Angling Spirit event must now as part of their condition of entry complete a shoreline clean-up. We can’t wait to see all your pictures to see how much your contribution is making a positive impact on your favorite sport.

Local authorities are now granting World Carp Classic the right to stage the event on the basis all anglers can provide their daily bait usage. This is done to gather information to be able to conduct water quality studies. These can only be done when large events are being run – our new event the Sea Angling Classic is being used exactly in the same manner. We all have a role to play towards the environment and future generations and we are grateful for your full co-operation.

Lac de Madine is one of the major ornithological sites in northern France. You might not be aware but the lake was badly hit by the avian flu at the back end of 2021. It is more important than ever that the quiet designated areas are fully respected. Water police will be checking and enforcing their rules and penalties accordingly.

Important reminders 2023
– End of competition Saturday 9:00
– Ceremonies in the Sports Hall in Heudicourt
– Lowrance Bivvy City by the Sports Hall – follow signage
– Registration & HQ in the sports hall
– A P is to be added in front of the angler’s name to confirm the reception of a copy of their fishing permit.
– No Pets allowed to accompany participants on the banks (N13)
– Boats to be fit for the purpose of fishing between the length of 2.3 meters and no more than 5 meters. No single chamber allowed.
– The use of a feet-powered kayak is no longer authorised.

As a reminder, World Carp Classic 2023 is run abiding by all rules as set out by the French Government and the Prefecture of the Meuse, and other local authorities which have the right to add local rules to the ones set out by the government.
Currently and as we understand it France has lifted all measures but it is the responsibility of each individual attending the event to ensure they do so in accordance with the law of France but also of any country they may come to enter for arriving in France.
Ensure to get your information using official government websites and to keep a link of all relevant pages you would have found to re-check before traveling.
We strongly suggest you read our dedicated COVID-19 page 


1- Minimum weight: 4kg
2- 6 rods per swim allowed
3- 350 meters limit: For the first time ever Lac de Madine has agreed to a 350-meter allowance. Black Cat buoys will be placed. Any infringement will be sanctioned and fines/gear confiscation expected if nature quiet zones are not respected.
4- ‘Friends OF’ litter penalty:’Friends OF’ and the host venue’s litter rule is now slightly changed following discussion with the host venues. At their discretion, a fine will be issued and sent to competitors who will have 28 days from the date being sent to pay it or to comply with its community service alternative. If no payment/community service is made to the venue by that time, World Carp Classic will then apply a name & shame ban remaining in place until the fine has been paid or community service has been completed.
5- Fishing Permits: To comply with French Fishing Federation rules anglers will need to get their own permits. A link with a full explanation and details will be provided. This will require participants’ cooperation prior to their arrival to ensure a smooth run during on-site registration.
6- Two-boat rule: 2 boats are now allowed on the water at the same if you have 3 competing anglers in your team. Both boats must pass the boat check at the same time. Any boat used must have its own safety equipment as detailed in the rules.
Sanctions: A yellow card and a fishing and/or boat ban will be implemented for a minimum of 12 hours at the discretion of the head marshal for:
– any angler found on the water without their lifejacket properly fastened.
– if an angler is not present on the bank, awake and ready to raise the alarm whilst a boat is out on the water.