Who's Fishing?

Below you will find information on the celebrities from the World of Sport and TV who have confirmed they will be fishing in 2018. We will be announcing further competitors for 2018 in due course, so make sure you re-visit the site to see who else will be pitting their wits against the fish.

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Barry Hearn
Barry Hearn

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 3
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 7

A chartered accountant by profession. Barry Hearn is Chairman of the largest privately owned sporting event and management company in Europe. With over 40 years experience in client representation and staging televised events Matchroom Sport are at the forefront of their industry. Matchroom Sport are responsible for creating over 1000 hours of live televised sport annually. Producing live broadcasting for Sports including, Boxing, Darts, Fishing,Gymnastics, Snooker,Table Tennis, Pool,and Ten Pin Bowling.

An aptly named documentary narrated by Sir David Jason titled "The People's Promoter" aired on BBC2 in 2012. The programme gave a unique insight into Barry's thriving family run Matchroom empire and why it is so successful. Barry's achievements in the World of boxing were recognised in 2013 when along with former undefeated Super Middleweight Champion of the World Joe Calzaghe he was inducted into the prestigious Boxing Hall of Fame.

Barry is also Chairman of the PDC and World Snooker. A keen fisherman, he is yet to win the PDC Fishing Championship but came 4th in 2013.

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Steve Davis O.B.E
Steve Davis O.B.E

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 3
Best Place: 5th
Total Fish Caught: 7

Former professional snooker player Steve Davis O.B.E was born in Plumstead London in 1957. An almost constant presence throughout the televised snooker revolution of the 1980's, Steve went on to win the World Championship six times and was ranked World number one for seven consecutive seasons.

He was also the first player to complete Snookers triple crown in the 1997/1998 season by winning the UK Open, The Masters and the World Championship simultaneously. Steve’s career and that of his fierce rival Alex Higgins has recently been featured in the excellent comedy drama 'The Rack Pack', which can currently be seen on BBC iPlayer.

Steve is regulary seen working as an analyst on the sport he played so prodigiously, notably for the BBC at the World Championships held at the Crucible in Sheffield. Steve is also a professional DJ and in 2016 appeared at the world famous Glastonbury festival.

"The Nugget" has fished in the last three Championships and came a credible 5th in the 2015 event.

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Bobby George
Bobby George

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 15th
Total Fish Caught:6 

Bobby George will be making his second appearance at the PDC Fishing Championship. The 70 year old darts player was a major star in the darts explosion of the 70s and 80s. He won the prestigious News of the World Championship twice and was runner up in two World Championship finals. More recently Bobby has been the face of darts on the BBC coverage of the BDO World Championships. In 2016 and 2017 he appeared in the award winning BBC 2 series "Real Marigold Hotel". A keen fisherman - he owns several lakes set within the 12 acre grounds of his home. This will be Bobbys second year in the competition and we wish him the best of luck especially after he has postponed his holiday to fish in this years competition.

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Jake Wood
Jake Wood

Number of times fished in PDC Fishing Competition: 1
Best Place: 15
Total Fish Caught: 6

Jake Wood is an acclaimed English born actor and has worked consistently in his industry since becoming an actor in 1984. He is probably best known for his role as Max Branning in the highly acclaimed BBC drama series EastEnders. Jake is also known in the USA as the voice of the Geico Gecko – a televised advertising campaign run by the American insurance giant. In 2014 he also starred in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing where he was partnered with Janette Manrara and reached the semi-finals. Although not a keen fisherman Jake caught numerous fish in 2015. Jake has recently, along with friend and fellow angler Spencer Oliver set up " Boxing with the Stars" an annual night of boxing featuring a host of famous names boxing over 3 rounds raising vital funding for charity. We wish him good luck and look forward to seeing him in June.

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Jacqui Oatley M.B.E
Jacqui Oatley M.B.E

Number of times fished in the PDC competition: 0
Best Place: N/A
Total Fish Caught: N/A

Jacqui Oatley became the first ever female commentator of Match of the day when on 21st April 2007 she made her broadcasting debut for the esteemed football show. Since then she has become a regular presenter for both the BBC and ITV.

In the 2016 New Years honours list Jacqui was awarded an MBE for her services to football and broadcasting. Jacqui's broadcasting qualities have also seen her become the presenter for the hugely popular darts events broadcast on ITV4. Married with two children Jacqui will be making her first appearance in the PDC Fishing Championship.

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Mark Williams M.B.E
Mark Williams M.B.E

 

Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 0
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est Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A

Mark Williams is a two time World snooker Champion. Firstly in 2000 and then again in 2003. Born in Wales, Williams became the first left handed player ever to win the World Title. A prolific potter of the ball, Mark has compiled over three hundred century breaks throughout his career. This will be Mark's first time appearing at the PDC Fishing competition and we wish him well.

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Spencer Oliver
Spencer Oliver

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 4
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 9

European Super Bantamweight Champion from 1997-1998. Unfortunately Spencer suffered life threatening injuries that curtailed a magnificently promising career. Thankfully Spencer made a full recovery and now works on Sky's illustrious boxing team, a job he has held since 1998. Subsequently he is now one of the leading boxing commentators in the country. Although not a serious angler Spencer won the 2nd PDC Fishing Championship which took place at Shepherds Way lake in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire in September 2014. 

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Dereck Chisora
Dereck Chisora

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
British Heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora has featured in some of the biggest heavyweight fights in world boxing over the last 8 years. Since turning pro Dereck has won the British, Commonwealth and European Championship. In February 2012 Chisora travelled to Germany to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world and although he lost the fight, Dereck performed well against the giant Ukrainian. In July of the same year he fought former heavyweight champion David Haye in what can only be described as a genuine grudge match. The fight lived up to expecations. Held on a rain swept night at Upton Park both boxers traded blows in an evenly matched fight before the heavy handed Haye ended matters in the 5th round. In December 2016 Chisora featured in one of the best heavyweight contests seen in a British ring when he faced fellow Londoner Dillian Whyte. A grudge match built up on social media, and bad tempered press conferences surely it couldn't live up to expectations ? It did. Both men put in a performance worthy of a world title fight. The result was razor thin and could have gone either way. The judges scorecards of 115-113,115-114 Whyte and 115-114 Chisora told the story of how close the fight was. Still only 33 Dereck has a massive future in the Heavyweight division. This is his first time fishing in the championship and we wish him the best of luck.

 

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Rod Harrington
Rod Harrington

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 4
Best place: 5th
Total Fish Caught: 17

Former professional darts player Rod Harrington won the World Matchplay twice in succession in 1998 and 1999.  Nicknamed  "The Prince of Style " Harrington was runner up in the World Championships in 1995. Rod is now a PDC director and has been instrumental in bringing both the Youth and Challenge tours into existence. Rod is also a leading commentator and anaylist working for Sky Sports and the PDC's own on-line streamed events.

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Trina Gulliver M.B.E
Trina Gulliver M.B.E

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Catrina Gulliver MBE is a full time darts player. She has won the BDO world championship a record 10 times. Her achievements in her sport were recognised in 2014 when she was awarded an MBE. Trina has won more than 60 titles in a career spanning 20 years. Born in Leamington Spa the 47 now lives in Cheddar Somerset with her partner Sue. We look forward to seeing Trina in June and wish her the best of luck.
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Steve Collett
Steve Collett

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 20

An Anglers Mail columnist and reigning British Lure Angling Champion. Steve is the holder of the 3rd PDC Invitational Fishing Championship. He also finished 3rd in 2016. Steve will be returning in 2017 to reclaim his title.

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Daniella Alfree
Daniella Alfree

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best place: 14th
Total Fish Caught: 3

Daniella is a full time model and has worked consistently as a Sky walk on girl at all the major PDC televised events since 2012. Born in Chesterfield, 28 year old Daniella has a daughter and has recently become married. She has appeared twice before in the PDC Fishing Championship and in 2014 caught a decent sized Bream in 2014 for her efforts. We look forward to seeing Daniella in June.

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Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A

Matt Chapman is the Sun Bets horse racing ambassador and has spent all his working career in the horse racing industry. During the last year of his history and music degree Matt spent a day each week working on the Independent news desk. After graduating Matt then joined International Racing Bureau in Newmarket. After two years at IRB Matt became a member of the news desk on the legendary Racing Post learning his craft and forming important relationships with all the top names in horse racing. During his time at the Racing Post Matt also managed top flat racing jockey Daryl  Holland. He furthered his career by working on the original Racing Channel before joining the extremely popular At The Races. In 2016 Matt joined the ITV racing team and he remains an integral part of their racing setup. Matt will be making his first appearance in the event and we hope he has a great day.

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Ian McCullouch
Ian McCullouch

Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 5th Total Fish Caught: 5 

Ian McCullouch is a former professional snooker player who was ranked inside the top 16 in the World in the 2005/2006 season. Ian also reached the Final of the Grand Prix in 2004 losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan. In 2015's event Ian coached Steve Davis O.B.E from the bankside and had it not been for losing three decent sized carp, Steve would have probably walked away with the title. In 2016 Ian landed the biggest single fish of the event and finished a credible 5th place.

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Richie Howson
Richie Howson

Number of time fished in PDC Competition: 4
Best Place: 2nd (twice)
Total Fish Caught: 18

PDC tour card holder Richie Howson has been playing darts competitively for 8 years. Richie is also our most successful angler without claiming the coveted trophy. He has come 2nd twice, firstly in 2013 and again in the 2015 Championship and last year Richie finished 4th in a very close contest. Surely it cannot be long before he claims the title. A keen snooker player Richie has also completed 18 century breaks. We wish Richie every success in the 2017 Championship.

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Darren Webster
Darren Webster

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 4
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 6

Darren Webster is a full time PDC professional darts player. Currently ranked 31 in the World, Darren has appeared in most of the Major televised events over the last 24 months. A consistent threat to all the major names in his sport, Webster has beaten Micheal Van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Simon Whitlock in that period. He has also reached the semi finals of both the Players Championship and U.K Open and the last 16 of the World Championships in 2016. A keen fisherman Darren will be making his fifth appearance in the PDC Fishing Championship having won the inaugural title in 2013.

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Sam Eggington
Sam Eggington

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Still only 23 Sam Eggington has already won the British, Commonwealth and European Welterweight Championship. The Birmingham born boxer turned pro in 2012. In 2014 he featured in the Prize fighter event and although losing in the semi final stage captured the eye of Matchroom chairman Barry Hearn. Since that day - with the exception of a defeat defending his British Title - Sam has remained unbeaten. In March 2017 Egginton really put himself on the map by defeating former world champion Paul Malignaggi. In May of 2017 the freakishly tall Welterweight captured the European title against formerly unbeaten Ceferino Rodriguez.  Sam's professional record currently stands at 24 fights, 21 wins and 3 losses. As far as we are aware it is the first time Sam has ever fished. Good luck Sam.
Steve Brown
Steve Brown

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 4
Best Place: 14th
Total Fish Caught:21

Professional darts player Steve Brown from Bristol has been ranked as high as 26 in the PDC order of merit. Steve has  qualified for the World Championship finals  six times and has won a prestigious PDC floor tour event in February 2011 beating Ian White in the final. Steve is also Chairman of the Junior Darts Corporation which focuses entirely on the Junior side of the Sport. Unbelievably after only catching 1 fish in the previous 3 years Steve had caught 10 at the half way stage and was leading last years Championship.

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Daryl Mason
Daryl Mason

Number of time fished in PDC Competition: 0
Best Place: N.A

Total Fish Caught: 0

Daryl is a director of  Hartmaan Mason, an executive recruitment company specialising on the sports sector. He is a former international swimmer and still competes on the International Masters circuit, holding 2 British Masters records for 50 metres Butterfly and Freestyle respectively within his age group. He won 4 gold medals at the European Masters in Nice in 2015 and gold at the World Masters Games in Turin in the same year. Daryl is competing in the Fina World Masters Championship in Budapest later in the summer. He is competing in this years tournament as a guest of our sponsors Dalroad Norslo

Charlotte Wood
Charlotte Wood

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 16
Total Fish Caught: 8

Charlotte has been a regular Sky walk on girl in the PDC televised Championships over the last 4 years. A keen Leicester city fan and full time model, Charlotte fished well last year and came a respectable 16th. We wish her every success in this years championship.

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Scott Mitchell
Scott Mitchell

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1 
Best Place: 18th
Total Fish Caught: 2

46 year old professional darts player Scott Mitchell won the BDO world championship in 2015 beating Martin Adams in a thrilling final. It is safe to say Scott enjoyed his time as world champion and although going out in the quarter final stage  the following year, Scott still remains one of the top ranked BDO players in the world. Married to Sharon with two children Katie and Samuel the Dorset farmer will be making his second appearance at the PDC Fishing Championships. We look forward to seeing Scott in June and wish him the best of luck in this year's competition.

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Tim Reynolds
Tim Reynolds

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 3
Tim has an extensive knowledge of the gambling industry and is the head of PR at our sponsors Sunbets. A keen and capable angler, Tim fished in the second PDC Fishing Championship on 2014 and came a respectable fourth. We wish him every success in this year's competition.
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Ian White
Ian White

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
46 year old Ian " Diamond " White will be making his first appearance in the PDC Fishing Championship. The Stoke born darts player has been a professional darts since 2010 and in that period he has progressed to become number 13 in the world. He reached the quarter finals of the UK Open in March 2017 and has won 7 players championship qualifying events since 2013. A keen fisherman, we wish Ian the best of luck and look forward to seeing him compete in the Championship.
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