Rapala Team Finland win World Predator Classic (Angling International)
Rapala pro guides, Antti Anttila and Markku Tiusanen – representing Finland – have won the fast-growing World Predator Classic following a three-day competition in the Netherlands. For the duo it was third time lucky – in the previous two years of the competition the pair had finished third and fourth respectively.
The goal on each day of the tournament is to catch three perch, three zander and three pike with the overall length of the fish defining the winning score. Anttila and Tiusanen finished second on day one, first on day two and fourth on the final day of the competition to beat the rest of the 51-boat field. Runners-up were Shimano pair, Jan Boomsma and Chris Bloemert, representing the Netherlands, while third place went to Finland’s Ari Paataja and Matti Blomqvist. In the team event, fishing alongside Arnaud Briere and Laurent Vrignaud, Anttila and Tiusanen completed a memorable treble to win for the third year in a row. Luc Coppens and Jeremy Staverman – sponsored by Danish fishing tackle manufacturer Westin – took the biggest fish overall prize with a zander measuring 83cm. The main sponsors of the event were Rapala VMC Corporation, Shimano and Bass Boat Germany.