Bell of blue water: top female angler

2016-04-28 06:00
Thelma Jonker from Humansdorp received top-colours at the third international Rock and Surf Super Pro League (RASSPL) held in Henties Bay.                     Photo: SUPPLIED

Thelma Jonker from Humansdorp received top-colours at the third international Rock and Surf Super Pro League (RASSPL) held in Henties Bay. Photo: SUPPLIED

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IN the male-dominated world of fishing, the skills demonstrated by members of the opposite sex often go unnoticed.

  • et firmly planted behind their fishing rod.
  • Representing South Africa, she received topecie in the competition - a galjoen of 41cm.

Jonker is the first female angler in the Kouga region and Eastern Province to represent her country at the international RASSPL.

The competition is strictly catch-and-release, and once fish that are caught are measured, they are safely released. All the statistics of the fish caught and released are done by dr Warren Potts from Rhodes University who heads the Research and Conservation Department of RASSPL.

Jonker started fishing at the age of 30 when her husband, Allan, took her river fishing from a boat. It was then that the ‘gogga’ bit her to become a keen angler.

The Jonker-family was introduced to RASSPL about five years ago and started with rock and surf fishing.

In her first year of RASSPL Nationals, Jonker was ranked Top Lady Angler. She furthermore claimed four victories in a row at national river fishing competitions and received her Provincial Colours for Eastern Province Light Tackle Boat Angling.

Thelma thanks everybody that supported her financially to make it possible for her to take part in the international event in Namibia, for without their support it would not have been possible.

.RASSPL Africa is privately owned and has franchises in Port Elizabeth (EP Raggies), Port Alfred (Kowie Crackers), Border (Border Blacktips), Southern Cape (Southern Cape Whites), Western Cape (Western Province Bronzies), West Coast (West Coast Blue Rays) and RASSPL Namibia.

RASPPL is open to all anglers. Anglers can also join as a member.

Anglers can compete in various competitions with some prize tables reaching R40 000. The competitions are point-based and anglers are awarded points per fish caught and different specie caught. Eight competitions per franchise are held annually, after which the top twelve male anglers, top three female anglers, top three masters and top three juniors go through to fish at the nationals at the end of the year.

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