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Shimano and Rapala team up for Predator Classic

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Shimano pro staffer, Willem Stolk: Teaming up with Jan Porter in the World Predator Classic.
↑ Jan Porter: Part of the Shimano and Rapala Team Silver Machine pairing for the inaugural World Predator Classic.

Two of the headline sponsors of the first ever World Predator Classic (WPC) have joined forces to form a team to compete in the event.

Shimano and Rapala pro-staffers, Willem Stolk and Jan Porter – two of the world’s best known anglers – will be representing the companies’ brands under the name of Team Silver Machine.

Jan Porter said: “I was looking for new challenges in my angling career after having been diagnosed with cancer in November 2012. Treatment is still ongoing and although there is no cure in sight, remaining positive and zoning in on quality of life and family values are key factors in prolonging a healthy outlook.

“I was amazed and very happy when Willem called me just before Christmas and asked me to be his boat partner. It is the chance of a lifetime to be involved in what looks like being one of the most exciting events on the European calendar ever. It is an opportunity I have grabbed with both hands.”

Willem added: “I have known Jan for many years and we are passionate about fishing as well as being pro-staffers at Shimano for over 35 years between us.

“For me it is a great honour to be joining forces with Jan. I know that competing at this level in this world event will give him and many other cancer sufferers hope and a goal to fight for.”

Team Silver Machine will be using Shimano Stella reels, Yasei rods and Rapala and Storm lures.

As revealed exclusively in the February issue of Angling International, Shimano and Rapala have signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the founder of the WPC, Ross Honey.

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