Rapala France-Rapala Finand team wins WPC Team Competition. Rapala Team France takes third place and Rapala Team Finland finishes fourth in the overall competition.
45 boats of top European predator anglers competed against each other in Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands on June 25–27 in a three-day tournament. The World Predator Classic (WPC) tournament is considered to be the European predator fishing championship event.
Rapala and VMC French Pro-Guides Arnaud Briere and Laurent Vrignaud got off to quite a slow start with their 13th place after day 1. However they improved their standings the next two days regardless of the hardships like broken rods and broken boat motor in the morning of the final day of the tournament. Not letting that affect their fishing, their true fighting spirit took them to the second place on day three – after a late start on a borrowed boat – and lifted them to the third place in the overall standings.
On the other hand Rapala Team Finland consisting of Finnish Rapala Pro Guides Markku Tiusanen and Antti Anttila were in the lead on the overall standings after the second day, but suffered on the third day in changing weather conditions and finally were not able to catch the required three perch, which dropped them to the fourth place in the final standings.
Teams of two boats also competed in the WPC tournament Team Event, and Rapala Team France along with Rapala Team Finland repeated their last year’s victory and won the WPC Team Event by catching fish consistently over the other teams during all three days.
Rapala Team France also caught the biggest perch of the tournament, a whopping 53 cm specimen.
Big Fish Tournament
The World Predator Classic 2015, based in the historic town of Hellevouetsluis, was battled out on the Haringvlet inlet in the south of the Netherlands. Haringvlet is a major estuary of the Rhine-Meuse delta and it’s known for its large pike, zander and perch. The largest perch caught in the tournament reached over 50 cm in length and would have tipped the scales at over two kilos. The biggest pike caught in this year’s tournament was 117 cm long
The tournament was based on the fish’s length alone, and all fish caught were released unharmed after they were measured and photographed. The anglers could enter three zander, three perch and one pike into the count each day, the combined length of the fish determining their score.
Many of the larger perch caught by the Rapala teams were caught on the new Rapala Shadow Rap® on a twitching technique. When perch were in a bit deeper water, the teams lure of choice was deep diving, loud rattling Jointed Shad Rap®. Both lures are armed with premium VMC treble hooks.
The teams also used Blue Fox® Ti-1 Titanium Spinnerbaits fished fast over weed beds to catch active pike and perch that were feeding on small baitfish. Outside of the weeds pike fell for the new Storm® Wild Tail Shad.
Zander were caught mostly in the deeper water with soft plastic lures. Rapala Team Finland fine-tuned their 4 and 5 inch Storm® Pro Shads rigged on VMC® Pro Jig Heads to exactly match the size of the local bait fish and used them successfully to catch zander on all three days of the tournament.
Sensitivity and reliability of the tackle is very important, especially when fishing deep with light tackle, and Markku Tiusanen pointed out that high quality G.Loomis® rods and Shimano reels rigged with the Sufix® Performance Pro 8 line gave the team members a clear advantage in the tournament.
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