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: 4
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 8

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: 4
Best Place: 5th
Total Fish Caught: 16

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 also been featured in the excellent comedy drama 'The Rack Pack', which can 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 and 2017 appeared at the world famous Glastonbury festival.

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

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Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn

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

39 year old Eddie Hearn has transformed the sport of boxing since his  involvement with the Sky televised Prizefighter series in 2008. Eddie quickly appreciated the importance of a younger market. Focusing heavily on the importance of social media, he rapidly increased an awareness in a sport that had stagnated over the last decade. Building up a stable of fighters, Eddie had initial success with Barnet middleweight Darren Barker taking him to Atlantic City in August 2013 to win the championship of the world against tough Australian Daniel Geale. In May 2014 he promoted the Carl Froch v George Groves rematch at Wembley stadium. The fight was attended by 80000 people which at the time was a british record for attendance at a live boxing event. He has subsequently helped develop Anthony Joshua into becoming not only world champion but also the most recognised face in world boxing today. Joshua's world title defence against Vitali Klitscko at Wembley in April 2017 eclipsed the Froch Groves fight and saw 84000 attendees, thus superseding the 2014 Froch Groves fight. In May of this year Eddie announced a 1 billion dollar deal with sports streaming giants Perform Group to do 16 shows in America over the next 8 years, which along with the 24 boxing events a year he currently provides for broadcasters Sky, should keep him busy!  Eddie, unlike father Barry has no experience when it comes to fishing but we are certain will be competitive right to the finish. We look forward to seeing Eddie on August 28th.

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

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 16
What can we say! What a 12 months this man had. He came into the event last year and absolutely smashed it winning the Championship at the first time of asking. Along with team mates Steve Brown, Steve Davis OBE and Ian McCulloch he also ran away with the team event. They say winning is infectious and after returning to the snooker tour with enthusiasm Mark won the German Masters in February and then the Northern Irish Open the following month, in May 2018 Mark won his third world title defeating Scotsman Alex Higgins 18-16 in a thrilling final. Williams won his first world world championship way back 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 four hundred century breaks throughout his career. It has been an incredible 12 months for Williams considering he didnt even make qualification for the 2017 world championship. Viewing all Marks posts on social media, I think it's safe to say Mark is enjoying being world champion! This will be his second time appearing at the PDC Fishing competition and we know that he will be desperate to retain his title. We wish him well.
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Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Born in Musselburgh Scotland in 1970 the 2 time PDC champion of the world will be fishing in the competition for the first time this year. Gary won back to back world titles in 2015 and 2016 is currently ranked number 3 in the PDC order of merit. In March this year at Butlins in Minehead the "Flying Scotsman" won the UK Open in a surreal situation. Severe weather conditions meant the resort was shut to the public but the event went ahead behing closed doors with no fans in the playing areas. 47 year old Gary keeps saying he's not the player he used to be but we feel he will be around for a few more years yet. Outside of darts Gary lives quietly with partner Rachel and his 2 children in Burnham on Sea Somerset. It is not known how keen a fisherman Gary is but we wish him well and hope he enjoys his first time at the PDC Fishing Championship.
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Rob Cross
Rob Cross

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Rob Cross turned the darting world on its head when at the first time of asking and within a year of turning professional he won the William Hill World Championship. The story gets event better when you learn that he only travelled by chance to Norwich for a Rileys qualifier that set in motion one of the most amazing sequence of events in UK sporting history. Now firmly ensconced as a top player Cross has a massive future. Still only 27 the former electrician has won 3 challenge tours, 4 prestigious Players Championship qualifiers and that amazing World Championship. We are told Rob is a keen fisherman and expects to do well on the day. We wish him the best of luck and hope he has a great time.
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Dean Macey
Dean Macey

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 4
Commonwealth gold medalist and former Olympian Dean Macey will be making his second appearance at the PDC Fishing Championship. After a year away from the competition the Rochford born athlete and TV personality will be making a welcome return. Having won this event in 2016, Dean will be keen to show that it was not a fluke. Whilst a lot of people will know Dean as a world class athlete through the 90s and 2000s a lot of TV viewers will know Dean from presenting the highly successful ITV fishing show The Big Fish Off. Born in December 1977 the Silver and Bronze World Championship medalist is a very capable angler and one would expect him to be near the top at the end of the days fishing. We wish him well.
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James Wade
James Wade

 

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 8th
Total Fish Caught: 3

Professional darts player James Wade became the youngest player to win a major PDC title at the World Matchplay in 2007 at the age of 24. James also won the World Grand Prix in 2007 and 2010, the UK Open in 2008 and 2011, the Premier League in 2009, the Championship League in 2010 and the Masters in 2014. James is currently ranked 10 in the PDC order of merit and continues to improve. In 2016 James fished in the Championship for the second time. Unfortunately James and his wife Sammi couldn't make it last year but it's great to see them make a welcome return this year.

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Darren Webster
Darren Webster

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 5
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 10

Darren Webster is a full time PDC professional darts player. Born in Norwich he is currently ranked 16th in the World, Darren has appeared in most of the Major televised events over the last 36 months. A consistent threat to all the major names in his sport. He reached the semi finals of both the Players Championship and U.K Open and the last 16 of the World Championships in 2016. In 2017 Darren reached the last 8 stage in the World Matchplay and the World Championship. He also won a Players Championship qualifiying event in July . A keen fisherman Darren will be making his sixth appearance in the PDC Fishing Championship having won the inaugural Championship in 2013.

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Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
The 30 year old boxer from Brixton makes his first appearance in the PDC Fishing Championship this August. The former British Heavyweight champion has improved immensely since turning professional in 2011. Currently ranked number 1 challenger for the WBC world heavyweight championship he has compliled a record of 25 fights 24 wins including 17 wins inside the distance. His only loss is to WBO,IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua. Still only 30 and fresh off two nigh on perfect performances over former world champions Lucas Browne and Jospeh Parker, Dillian could find himself involved in some of the biggest fights in boxing history over the next 24 months. We are unaware as to what level of competition Dillian has fished at previously  but we are honoured he has taken the time out to fish for us and we hope he has a fantastic day.
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Spencer Oliver
Spencer Oliver

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 5
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. Spencer has appeared in every Championship thus far and last year caught his biggest carp to date.

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Jake Wood
Jake Wood

Number of times fished in PDC Fishing Competition: 2
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 " Pound for Pound" a sports pod cast feauring everything that is current in the world of professional boxing. The podcast , although only started in January is already the number 1 sports podcast in the country. We wish Jake and Spencer every success with their venture and we hope he has a great time in this years competion.

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Jamie Jones -Buchanan
Jamie Jones -Buchanan

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Jamie Jones-Buchanan will become one of three Rugby League stars making their first appearance at the PDC Fishing Championship. The 36 year old has had an illustrious career and competed at the highest level possible in his chosen sport. Playing his entire career with one club Leeds he has won, 6 Super League Championships, 3 World Club Challenges, 3 League Finals and 1 Challenge Cup Final. Jamie has also played for England and Great Britain. He has had a stellar career and we look forward to seeing him on the day.
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 former British Angling Champion. Steve is the holder of the 3rd PDC Invitational Fishing Championship. He also finished 3rd in 2016 and 5th in 2017. He has also been a successful business man who retired to follow his passion for fishing. We are pretty certain that Steve will again find a way to finish amongst the leaders in 2018. We wish him the best of luck.

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Daniella Alfree
Daniella Alfree

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 4 Best place: 14th
Total Fish Caught: 3

Daniella is a full time model and worked consistently as a Sky walk on girl at all the major PDC televised events until recently. Born in Chesterfield, 29 year old Daniella has a daughter and has recently become married. She has appeared four times before in the PDC Fishing Championship. We look forward to seeing Daniella in August and as with all our competitors we hopes she has a fantastic day.

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Paul Smith Jnr
Paul Smith Jnr

Number of times fished in PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 7

Professional boxer Paul Smith has twice challenged for the Super Middleweight Championship of the World against the same man. In his first attempt at prizing the title off German based Armenian Arthur Abrahams, Paul was very unlucky to not get the decision.The hotly disputed outcome of the first fight led to a second challenge in Germany, which although again was unsuccessful proved that Smith belonged in the elite of the Super Middleweight division. Paul has also been British Super Middleweight Champion and is carving out a career as a commentator on Sky's boxing team. Paul will be appearing in his third PDC Fishing Championship in 2018. We wish him the best of luck.

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
The 27 year old darts player is playing the best darts of his career. Michael currently sits joint top of the Unibet Premier League alongside Michael van Gerwen at the time of writing. The St Helens born thrower started playing darts as a way of releasing the boredom when he incurred a bad accident riding a bike at the age of 15. Since turning pro in 2012 he has won 3 Uk Open qualifiers, 3 European tour events and the World Youth Championship in 2013. Managed by fellow competitor Gary Anderson and Tommy Gilmour MBE Michael is currently ranked 9 in the world. This will be Michaels first time fishing in the Championship. We wish him the best of luck.
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Ian McCullouch
Ian McCullouch

Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 3
Best Place: 3rd Total Fish Caught: 8

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. Last year Ian finished 3rd, maybe this year is his chance to walk away with the title.

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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 in 2016 Richie finished 4th in a very close contest. Surely it cannot be long before he claims the title. Currently playing on the PDC Challenge Tour Richie is also a keen snooker player and has completed 18 century breaks. We wish Richie every success in this years Championship.

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Steve Brown
Steve Brown

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 5
Best Place: 4th
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 of competing Steve had caught 10 at the half way stage and was leading 2016’s Championship only to fall away at the finish. With renewed enthusiasm Steve finished last year a very respectable 4th place. Could this be the year “ The Bomber “ takes the title back to Bristol.

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Tayo Ogedenbe
Tayo Ogedenbe

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Tayo Ogedenbe is captain of the Surrey Scorchers basketball team. The 31 year old is also an England international. Last season saw Tayo lead the Scorchers to their highest ever League position of fifth in the BBL Championship. He openly admits he has never fished before but we hope he has a fantastic day and we wish him well.
Charlotte Wood
Charlotte Wood

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2 Best Place: 16
Total Fish Caught: 8

A keen Leicester city fan and full time model and walk on girl. Charlotte fished well last year and came a respectable 16th. We love seeing Charlotte fish in the Championship and wish her every success this year.

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Scott Mitchell
Scott Mitchell

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 2nd
Total Fish Caught: 2

48 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 third appearance at the PDC Fishing Championships. Last year Scott was runner up and he will be looking to go one better this year. We look forward to seeing Scott in June and wish him the best of luck in this year's competition.

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Ian White
Ian White

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 7th
Total Fish Caught: 1
47 year old Ian " Diamond " White will be making his second 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 this year.
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Sammi Marsh-Wade
Sammi Marsh-Wade

 

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 8th
Total Fish Caught: 12

Blackpool born Sammi has been a model and walk-on girl, working around the world before moving on to manage husband professional dart player James Wade. In the 2015 event, Sammy had a realistic chance of winning the match but her hook broke just before getting a large carp into the net. In 2016 Sammy drew the worst swim on the lake so unfortunately she was never going to be in the running. Both James and Sammi were unavailable last year due to prior commitments but this year they are back. We look forward to seeing Sammi and wish her well on the day.

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Chris Mason
Chris Mason

 

Number of times fished in event: 4
Best Place: 7th
Total Fish Caught: 11

Former professional darts player Chris Mason was successful on the PDC circuit in the late 90s and early 2000s. He reached the quarter final of the World Championship in 2003 and was semi finalist in the World Matchplay in 1998. Chris now works with ITV's highly authorative team of commentators on their Televised events which include the Unibet Masters, The Players Championship Finals and the UK Open Finals. He also works for Talk Sport covering Darts on their award winning radio station. Chris has fished in four of the previous PDC Fishing Championships and tells us every year "this is the year " . We intend to be around for a long time yet so we are sure that one year it will be his year !

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Doug Banks
Doug Banks

Number of time fished in PDC Competition: 1
Best Place: 3rd

Total Fish Caught: 4

Doug Banks is fishing in the competiition for the second time. He had the chance to win the event outright in 2016 but incredibly saw a 9lb carp he had caught moments earlier slip out of his hands and back in the water instead of the keep net!. He is competing in this years tournament as a guest of our sponsors Dalroad Norslo.

Scott Waites
Scott Waites

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
41 year professional darts player Scott Waites has won the BDO world title twice. Firstly in 2013 and then again in 2016. He is also the only BDO representative to ever win The Grand Slam of Darts. He beat fellow fisherman 16-12 in 2010. Scott has also previously won the Wimau World Masters. This will be Scott's first appearance at the championship. We know he is a fisherman and we know he will want to do well.
Ian Burns
Ian Burns

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Ian Burns is a professional snooker player born in Preston in 1985. In last years PDC Fishing Championship Ian coached fellow snooker player Williams to a stunning victory. This year he gets his first chance to fish in the competition. Since turning professional in 2012 Ian has steadily got better and in the last 12 months has reached the semi final of both the Paul Hunter Classic and the Welsh open. We wish him good luck in both his career and in this years Championship.
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Bob Scott
Bob Scott

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 5
Best Place: 2nd
Total Fish Caught: 10
Bob has fished in the competition 4 times previously and in 2014 was runner up. The former chief executive of Coral bookmakers has a keen interest in horse racing and breeds and races horses from his stud farm in Essex. Bob is also a director of the PDC and we look forward to seeing Bob on August 28th at Gold Valley Lakes.
Tim Reynolds
Tim Reynolds

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 4
Tim has an extensive knowledge of the gambling industry and is the head of PR at Sunbets. A keen and capable angler, Tim fished in the second and fifth PDC Fishing Championship in 2014 and 2017 and came a respectable 4th in his first attempt. We wish him every success in this year's competition.
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Chris Dobey
Chris Dobey

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

28 year old Chris Dobey is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the PDC. The Bedlington born player is currently ranked 33 in the PDC order of merit. Since gaining a tour card in 2015 Chris has improved rapidly and reached the last 16 in the 2017 Players Championship Finals and the last 16 in this years UK Open Finals. Chris is a keen fisherman and we are sure he will have a great day on August 28th.