Huge preda­tor event launched

£18,000 in prizes up for grabs in UK’s first WPC qual­i­fier

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

AN­GLING Times read­ers are be­ing given the chance to win some of the big­gest cash prizes in preda­tor fish­ing with the launch of a new lure fish­ing event.

Prizes worth £18,000 will be up for grabs when the first-ever UK qual­i­fier for the hugely pop­u­lar World Preda­tor Clas­sic (WPC) kicks off on Sun­day, Au­gust 21 at Grafham Wa­ter Park in Cam­bridgeshire.

Hordes of an­glers from across Europe have al­ready signed up to the Eng­land World Preda­tor Clas­sic Boat & Kayak Qual­i­fier, which will see the win­ners walk away with an all-ex­penses-paid en­try into next year’s £70,000 World Preda­tor Clas­sic (WPC) held in Hol­land.

The ‘open to all’ qual­i­fier, which has been or­gan­ised by for­mer Eng­land Lure In­ter­na­tional Gary Palmer, will be­come one of the rich­est non-match fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions on the UK an­gling cal­en­dar, but Gary be­lieves this is just the start of some­thing huge.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of species such as pike, perch and zan­der has hit an all-time high and the call for more high-pro­file lure events like this has be­come greater each year,” he said.

“The WPC has grown im­mensely since it started three years ago, and qual­i­fiers have al­ready taken place else­where in Europe – next year we will have one in Wales and Scot­land.

“Al­though any­one can en­ter the WPC, an­glers are re­quired to use their own boat.

“That can prove ex­pen­sive and dif­fi­cult, so the qual­i­fier will give more av­er­age an­glers the chance to at­tend.”

Gary tasted suc­cess for him­self in this year’s WPC just a few

weeks ago, win­ning the largest fish award with the cap­ture of a mon­ster 35lb 6oz pike (pic­tured).

Fish­ing on the fa­mous Hellevoet­sluis Lake ,Tokar­backed Gary tempted the gi­ant preda­tor on a 4ins Spro Bomy Shaker lure.

The WPC Qual­i­fier isn’t the only lure fish­ing event to be held next month. The week­end of Au­gust 6/7 will see dozens of kayak an­glers take to the wa­ter in Northamp­ton­shire for the Pits­ford Kayak Grand Slam.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which is an­other ‘open to all’ event, has been ar­ranged by kayak an­gler Dane Wood, who warmed up for the event by net­ting a gi­ant per­sonal-best 5lb perch from an un­known wa­ter in the Cotswolds while fish­ing with the Ocean Kayak UK Fish­ing Team.

Gary Palmer’s huge 36lb 6oz pike

Dane Wood’s 5lb perch from a kayak.

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