Neels Beneke

Neels Beneke

I started bass fishing in my early high school career in 2005. Catching a 4 pounder as my first ever bass, I got hooked and a dream got born. Since then I joined the best club in South Africa and started fishing all competitive tournaments available, achieving my regional, provincial and national colours several times. Representing my country at international tournaments against other countries was my greatest honour but that was still not enough to quench the passion I have for this sport. I then made a decision to risk my career as a site engineer for a construction company and used my savings to pursue my dream as a professional angler in the USA where it is the only place where you able to be a full-time paid pro.

In 2016 I flew back and forth to the USA fishing in the FLW series central division and qualifying for my first FLW series Championship at Table Rock Lake. 2017 FLW started in South Africa and in 2018 I became the FLW South Africa champion earning a spot in the 2018 FLW Championship at Lake Guntersville. I also qualified for the 2018 BASS Nation Championship at Lake Pickwick and The World Black Bass Championship in Mexico, all through being one of the top bass anglers in the Bassmaster (BASS) South Africa circuit.

My desire and passion for the sport doesn’t stop there but only intense as I fix my focus on the vision and purpose placed inside of me and that’s to fish against the best in the USA pro circuits, Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup  and putting South Africa in the spotlight eventually growing the sport of bass fishing in USA and South Africa ,encouraging the youth anglers to pursue their dreams in whatever sport it may be by hard work and putting their faith in God hence the brand and trend I started “Just Faith Fishing”- reflecting my personal journey in my career pursuit .

South African team Region V Championship

SA FLW series Championship 4th (Solo)

South African Nationals 4th

South African Inter-Provincials runner up

South African Nationals

South African Inter-Provincials runner up

South African NATIONALS

World Championship Mexico Nomination

South African team Region V Championship Nomination

South African team Region V Championship

Costa USA FLW series Championship

South African Nationals 

South African Inter-Provincials runner up

South African President team