Gearing up for the Bonanza!

Otis Daniels_Finck
The Swakopmund-based Penguin Angling Club (PAC) has decided to continue staging the customary year-end Angling Bonanza following the huge success of the last year’s event.

The PAC management said that it is committed to continuing staging the 34th competition of its kind. According to club chairperson Morné Horn, the competition is the biggest public angling event of its kind in Namibia and continues to grow in popularity. This year’s bonanza will again take place on 26 December 2021 in Henties Bay.

The number of visitors expected at the function tent where the winning catches are exhibited throughout the day, range between 3500 and 5000, culminating in the prize-giving at the end of the day. The biggest drawcard for this competition which has consistently attracted more than 1000 anglers, is the lucrative cash prizes that are up for grabs.

“The 2018 Bonanza exceeded 1600 competing anglers,” Horn said. “This year we aim to attract the largest number of participating anglers ever. We can assure participants that our prize monies remain extremely attractive. These prizes are funded by our ticket sales and to a large extent, also come from sponsorships. To involve and cater for the non-angling fraternity, prizes are also awarded in a lucky draw.”

The 2021 Bonanza fish owner will again pocket N$20 000. The biggest kabeljou and steenbras will each earn N$4 000 for their respective owners. The anglers with the biggest Dassie and Galjoen will go home with N$3 000 each, while the biggest barber and the game fish will net N$500 for their fishers.

Reigning champs

Last year, Walter Kinnear Jr. was the main prize winner with his 16,125kg cod landed at Mile 108. He donated his fish to the nursing home in Henties Bay. In 2016, Kinnear Jnr caught the bonanza's largest predatory fish. Neels van der Walt won N$ 500 in this category, with a mullet weighing 0.455 kg.

Pieter Mouton bagged N$3 000 with his galjoen of 1.545 kg. Hot on his heels were Johan Kotze and Johan Lambert. Kotze pulled in his 1.280 kg galleon at Jakkalsputz, while Lambert landed his 1.105 kg galjoen on white mussel.

Robert Opperman matched Mouton's prize money with the largest dassie of the day, weighing 1.280 kg. Opperman reeled in this fish between Canopy and Cape Cross.

Wicky Baumgarten weighed in a steenbras of 7.265 kg and pocketed N$4 000, while Moses Iseb landed a 14.127 kg cod at Maketo, earning him N$4 000.

Horn was of the opinion that the catches were smaller than that of previous years.

The organisers said they would consider setting up the usual Bonanza tent again, should Covid health regulations allow this.