Well we went, we saw, but we didn’t conquer.

Here is our Team Rebuen Heaton WPC photo report.

We're on our way ! queuing for the ferry in Harwich, headed for Hook of Holland.

We’re on our way ! queuing for the ferry in Harwich, headed for Hook of Holland.

Gary was gripped by the excitement of finally being on our way to the event !

Gary was gripped by the excitement of finally being on our way to the event !

The accommodation was very nice, and just enough room to park the boat too.

The accommodation was very nice, and just enough room to park the boat too.

This is what we were all after…The WPC trophy

This is what we were all after…The WPC trophy

Practice got off to a great start and Gary was soon into some nice Zeds

Practice got off to a great start and Gary was soon into some nice Zeds

Next came the first of a whole bunch of awesome perch.

Next came the first of a whole bunch of awesome perch.

Gary even let me drive the boat !

Gary even let me drive the boat !

Then the perch started getting even bigger. This one went 4lb 8oz

Then the perch started getting even bigger. This one went 4lb 8oz

We were lucky enough to have venue experts Rob Kraaijeveld and Frank Schoovers at team mates thanks to Andrew race from Reuben Heaton.

We were lucky enough to have venue experts Rob Kraaijeveld and Frank Schoovers at team mates thanks to Andrew race from Reuben Heaton.

We soon realised that everyone had a bigger engine than us !

We soon realised that everyone had a bigger engine than us !

Everyone assembled for the team briefing.

Everyone assembled for the team briefing.

I couldn't resist getting the saltire out for the boat parade.

I couldn’t resist getting the saltire out for the boat parade.

Then came the walking parade with what seemed like the whole town. It included two marching bands, pom pom waving cheerleaders and flag waving scouts. Great fun. If you look hard you might even spot Chris Leibbrandt and Steve Collet in the crowd.

Then came the walking parade with what seemed like the whole town. It included two marching bands, pom pom waving cheerleaders and flag waving scouts. Great fun. If you look hard you might even spot Chris Leibbrandt and Steve Collet in the crowd.

Up on the main stage for the draw to see which sector we would fish first, with Ross Honey the event organiser and Gerard Bakkenes of Shimano.

Up on the main stage for the draw to see which sector we would fish first, with Ross Honey the event organiser and Gerard Bakkenes of Shimano.

I thought we had brought a lot of gear until I saw the Team Shimano supply truck !

I thought we had brought a lot of gear until I saw the Team Shimano supply truck !

Two of our most important bits of tackle. Sunline braid and Trokar hooks.

Two of our most important bits of tackle. Sunline braid and Trokar hooks.

 

Next time…the competition begins !!

 

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We absolutely Love a topwater frog lure here at Luretour and can regularly be found using lures as diverse as the River2Sea Larry Dahlberg Diving Frog, The Spro King Daddy, Berkeley Batwing Frogs and even the legendary but no longer in production Odyssey  Sloppee Pig Jnr. So when a new frog comes a log that we haven’t used before, we are quick to get hold of one and try it out. So it was with some excitement that we ripped open the package that arrived in the office earlier this week, to reveal this cute little baby…The Capt. Ken Clone Frog

How cute is this frog ! Although testing is at a very early stage, we just love the way the clone frog sit in the water in a very lifelike way.

How cute is this frog ! Although testing is at a very early stage, we just love the way the clone frog sit in the water in a very lifelike way.

We haven’t had a chance to test the lure yet, not properly anyway, so we will have to reserve judgement on just how good a pike and chub lure this is likely to be, but we have to admit we have fallen in love with it a bit already. The Body is made of a fairly hard foam, that doesn’t look like it will suffer too much from tooth damage and the leg system is very simple but effective. It the hooking system though, that really sets Capt. Ken’s frog apart from other topwater lures. Anyway we won’t reveal all yet…we’ll save it for the full review which will be coming soon..however below are some pics to whet your appetite and if you just can’t wait and want to get a couple for yourself, then head over to The Lure Lounge and grab one, at just £7.99 each, they are not going to break the bank !

The Clone Frog come nicely packaged, with a spare set of legs and plenty of spare weedless bands for the supplied hook system.

The Clone Frog come nicely packaged, with a spare set of legs and plenty of spare weedless bands for the supplied hook system.

The Clone frogs legs are flexible and have a fantastic froggy action in the water

The Clone frogs legs are flexible and have a fantastic froggy action in the water

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The World Predator Classic just got bigger !

 

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Not only have boat anglers from right across Europe jumped at the chance to fish in the main event, but the organisers of WPC have just announced that there will also be both a Street Fishing event and a Kayak fishing event too. All held in the waters in and around Hellevoetsluis near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Streetfishing will offer a great way for individual anglers and those without a suitable boat to compete at WPC

STREETFISHING

The street fishing competition will be run in co-operation with the Dutch Street-Fishing Association and will be held on the canals and marina right next to the main WPC HQ. It will be a one day competition and so offers a much cheaper alternative to the full WPC boat event as competitors can just travel in for a one or two night stay.

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The venue itself look amazing and no doubt the prizes on offer will be well worth winning. There is even a goody bag for every competitor. The great news is that WPC supremo Ross Honey has confirmed to Lure Tour that six UK anglers have already applied to compete, meaning that our own Duo of Gary Palmer and John Cheyne who are competing in the main boat event will have some compatriots at the event.

FULL DETAILS HERE

The area marked in red will be the venue for the Street Fishing competition and looks fantastic. How many times have you wished you could jig some soft plastics in amongst the boats in a marina only top see a No FIshing sign ! Well sign up to the WPC street fishing event and the marina is yours !

KAYAK EVENT

Not content with just offering boat fishing and street fishing, the organisers of WPC have also added a fantastic looking kayak event too. The same outline rules will apply as those used in the boat based  World Predator Classic where anglers can catch 3 zander, 3 perch and 1 pike per day to establish a result. This will be a strictly catch and release event based on length of fish caught. If more fish per species are caught, the longest in each of the categories to the maximum number will count. A live leaderboard will be used and be visible on the Official event website for everybody to follow the excitement as it happens. Prizes will be awarded on the main stage each evening at the Hooked On Rock concert in the full glare of the international media at Hellevoetsluis. There will be no entry fee for this event but participants will be asked to donate a minimum of 50 EUR to the event organisers nominated cancer charity. 100% of the money raised will be presented to the charity.

LureTour understands that Hobie kayaks will be supporting the event.

FULL DETAILS HERE

How many Brits will be amongst the competitors at the WPC Kayak event ? We already know of a couple who are intending to enter and as soon as we have confirmed numbers we will let you know.

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Don’t you just love the internet ? There was a time when the first sight we ever got of a new lure was when it was showcased at trade shows…these days it’s hard for manufacturers to resist giving us a glimpse of new lures as they are being developed. “Mr Savage Gear” Mads Grosell gave us just such a glimpse earlier this week when he posted some pictures of his newest lure creation…The Reaction Frog.

Don’t tell the Muppets I said so, but this thing could be bigger than Kermit !

We don't have any news on when the new Reaction Frog will be available in Europe, but Mads has already promised us that he will send through a sample for us to review at some point..so for now we will just have to wait !

We don’t have any news on when the new Reaction Frog will be available in Europe, but Mads has already promised us that he will send through a sample for us to review at some point..so for now we will just have to wait !

It’s not entirely clear yet, but looking at the pictures would suggest that the lure will be a little like a cross between a Spro Bronzeye with a hollow belly, and the Larry Dahlberg diving frog made by River2Sea with it’s lifelike legs and single hook. Savage have once again used the process where they make a 3D scan of the real bait creature in order to produce a incredibly lifelike artificial. Lures that have already benefitted from this process include the much heralded Real Eel and 3D Herring Shad. In fact one of Mads’s pictures shows an early prototype up against the actual frog that they scanned.

Who said you had to be 6 foot tall and skinny to be a model ? This fat green frog can strut it's stuff like Kate Moss and was the model for Savage's newest lure

Who said you had to be 6 foot tall and skinny to be a model ? This fat green frog can strut it’s stuff like Kate Moss and was the model for Savage’s newest lure

The single hook decision looks particularly interesting as we have found that the single hooks on the sadly no longer available Odyssey Sloppy Pig Jnr and the currently available River2Sea Larry Dahlberg Diving frog seem to give a better hook up ratio when pike fishing, than the more standard double hook rig of most hollow body frogs, which are primarily designed for Largemouth Bass.

This pic would suggest that the frogs will be available in a number of colour schemes and at least two sizes.

This pic would suggest that the frogs will be available in a number of colour schemes and at least two sizes.

The picture above has got us pretty excited too as it suggests there will be at least two different sizes of the frogs. The Spro King Daddy has always been a favourite of pike anglers, as it’s sheer size not only presents a bigger more attractive mouthful for large predators, but the extra weight means that it casts miles. If Savage are going to produce a big frog version, it’s bound to be a hit with British anglers.

As soon as we have more information..we will let you know

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Luretour is proud to announce that it’s very own John Cheyne and Gary Palmer will be competing at the World Predator Classic Event at the Haringvliet located south of Rotterdam in the Netherlands in June of this year. As John is from Scotland and Gary is from England they will be the first all British team to be confirmed as competing.

John Cheyne & Gary Palmer will be doing their best to take on the cream of the World's Lure anglers this summer.

John Cheyne & Gary Palmer will be doing their best to take on the cream of Europe’s Lure anglers this summer.

The team will be sponsored by British tackle manufacturers Reuben Heaton and are further supported by Sunline Braid and www.riverguide.co.uk

Reuben Heaton are the distributors of Eagle Claw and Trokar Hooks so the team will be well supplied during the event. Gary and John are also delighted to have signed up Sunline as it’s already their brand of choice and is spooled up on almost every reel they own.

Getting near to the winners podium at the event will be a tough task for the British pair as there are a whole load of big name anglers from right around Europe competing, including Dietmar Isaiasch, Willem Stolk and Michel Huigevoort.

With Rapala, Shimano, Nitro Bass Boats and Mercury Engines as key sponsors the event is set to have the most amazing prize table ever assembled for a Lure fishing tournament in Europe.

We will keep you fully updated with the teams preparations and the event itself in the coming weeks, in the meantime why not head over the the WPC website and find out more.. WORLD PREDATOR CLASSIC

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Little Lures are the Secret

Posted: 16th April 2014 by admin in News
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Take a look at our top three mini-lures for catching perch. For less than £6.00 you could but some of all three types. That’s more than 30 lures for less than the cost of a couple of pints of lager ! 

We have been following the early results of the British Lure Angling Championships with real interest and one thing has really jumped out at us. Little lures can win matches !!

Adam Kirby has done extremely well in both qualifiers fishing with small lures and catching large quantities of perch. So it doesn’t matter if you are fishing competitively or if you are just fishing for fun…catching fish is what it’s about..so next time you go after perch, try scaling down and using some really little lures..your catch rate is liable to go through the roof !

The winners and qualifiers from the recent BLAC qualifier at Froxfield on the Kennet and Avon canal. 2nd placed Adam Kirby was the winner of the 1st qualifier on the Exeter canal and is fast becoming a small lure perch expert.

The winners and qualifiers from the recent BLAC qualifier at Froxfield on the Kennet and Avon canal. 2nd placed Adam Kirby was the winner of the 1st qualifier on the Exeter canal and is fast becoming a small lure perch expert.

If you are interested in entering any of the BLAC qualifiers then just take a look here

To help you get in amongst them, we have chosen our favourite three mini lures from AGM fishing…they will catch you lots of fish, but they won’t cost you very much at all !

Number 3

Bass Assassin 2″ Curly Shad

The little curly tail shads have a secret weapon. Unlike other grubs the tail is set at right angles to the body. This means that it is far less likely to catch the hook on the retrieve and also gives it a cool circular motion on the drop that perch find irresistible. They come in a variety of colours, but we love this “candy corn” version. Rig it simply on a size 4 or 6 ultralight jig head and watch the perch queue up to grab it. You can get them from AGM right HERE

The perfect jig head to rig them with is the AGM size 6, 2g muscle jig head from AGM which is available HERE

Number 2

Relax 1″ Kopyto Shad – Pearl/Silver Glitter

OK, so the Kopyto is not exactly an unknown lure, so having it in our top three seems a little bit obvious….but just how many of you have actually used the 1″ size ?? With the famous Kopyto wiggle in a tiny package these little babies will catch stripey after stripey. We love this colour because not only does it work very well in clear water, but it’s very easy to re-colour using waterproof felt pens, so you can change the colour on  the bank to suit the fish’s mood or the visibility (try black in coloured water..you might be pleasantly surprised !). At 99p for 5 lures, these are cheap as chip..actually have you bought chips recently ?? these are Waaayyy cheaper than chips ! Get them HERE

The perfect jig head to rig them with is the AGM finesse jig head size 10/1g available HERE

Number 1

Charlie Brewer 1.5″ Slider Grub

The Charlie Brewer Slider Grub is our number 1 mini lure. With that succulent looking grub like body and the cute little wiggly tail in a contrasting colour it just shakes it’s little booty and begs a perch to bite ! These lures are equally as good at catching perch as the Bass Assasin and the Kopyto, but at just £2.50 for 20 lures, they have to be the best value perch tantalisers on the market. Our advice would be to fish with a little more weight on the jig head than you think is necessary. These babies are fantastic on the drop, so make sure you give them enough weight to get that tail working properly as they sink, and keep an eye on your braid for the tell-tail twitch as a perch intercepts it on the way down. Get them HERE

The perfect jig head for rigging them is the AGM muscle Jighead in size 4/3.5g available HERE

 

 

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