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The Lure Anglers Society – Predator Anglers Cup 2023

Over the past weekend, several lure-angling teams embarked on a challenging competition on the imposing Grafham Water.

The competition was held to determine the winner of this year’s LAS Predator Angler Cup. The event was proudly sponsored by Predator Tackle, Westin, The Pike Shop and The Lure Box.

The Lure Anglers Society – Predator Anglers Cup 2023

On the 2nd of December, teams battled it out in the midst of tough weather conditions. Despite the bitterly cold day, the competition was nothing short of thrilling, with each team giving it their all to come out on top.

Ice forming on the rod rings of anglers rods.

Thom Hunt said “Well what an interesting day it was yesterday. The LAS Predator Cup and I don’t think it got above freezing all day. Ice constantly in the rod rings making casting tricky, and the fish weren’t really in the mood, with just 4 fish caught all day from 50 anglers I think.”

The Competition

It was a challenging day, but Sam Ross and Aaron Williams didn’t give up. They took the lead with an impressive Pike of 102cm. Their determination and perseverance paid off in the end, reminding us that even when the competition is tough, success is always within reach.

Kev Cox with an impressive Zander bagging him and Thom Hunt 2nd Place.

The tension was palpable as the clock ticked down. With just 30 seconds to spare, Kev Cox landed an impressive Zander, securing 79 points and second place in the competition. It was a thrilling moment that saw Thom lift into an invisible fish during the excitement of watching it on-screen. The Zander was in fact at Kev’s lure who confidently dealt with it.

Ian Crook who secured 3rd place with team mate Eric Edwards.

Ian Crook and Eric Edwards bagged a respectable third place with 74 points managing to land an impressive 74cm Zander with 4 minutes to go. Ian and Eric were set on a second-place finish, then Kev’s fish (mentioned above) catapulted Team 2 into second place dropping Ian and Eric to third.

The Results

PositionTeamAnglersPoints
1Team 11Sam Ross
Aaron Williams
102
2Team 2Kev Cox
Thom Hunt
79
3Team 6Ian Crook
Eric Edwards
74
The Lure Anglers Society – Predator Anglers Cup 2023 Winners.

Conclusion

The Predator Anglers Cup has come to a close, and we want to congratulate all the teams for their hard work and dedication. Despite the challenging conditions, every one put in their best effort. The victorious team has earned a boat for the Pike Cup taking place in 2024 at Chew Valley, and we can’t wait to hear more about the event as it unfolds.

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Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Founder & Chief Editor of Predator Fishing World. Steve has been predator fishing for well over a decade and has amassed a deep knowledge base to share with you.