History of the PDC Invitational Fishing Championship

Since its humble beginnings at a small fishery called Shepherds Way, in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire run by Barnet and District Angling Club in 2013, the PDC Fishing Championship has already gained considerable pace. It is recognised as being an enjoyable fundraising event, attracting many well known personalities from sports, music and television.

After holding the event for two years at the Shepherds Way lake and with more celebrities registering their interest to fish the competition, it became obvious that the event had outgrown the fishery. So in 2015, the third PDC Invitational Championship was held on Blunham Lake, a larger, mixed species lake on the well known Manor Farm fishing complex in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

People who have fished in the event over the last 5 -years include,

World Champions from the World of darts Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, Boxing World Champions Anthony Crolla, Glen McCrory, Darren Barker and Nicky Cook, 6 time Snooker World Champion Steve Davis OBE, 2 time Snooker World Champion Mark Williams MBE, Matchroom and PDC chairman Barry Hearn, Olympic decathlete Dean Macey, Matchplay Champion Rod Harrington, 6 time PDC major Champion James Wade, Premier League star Stephen Bunting, Actor Jake Wood, Musician Dappy, Football and Darts presenter Jacqui Oatley MBE, ITV racing presenter Matt Chapman, Darting legend and TV personality Bobby George, European  Super Bantamweight Champion Spencer Oliver, BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell, 10 time BDO Ladies Champion Trina Gulliver MBE, British Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora, European Welterweight Champion Sam Eggington, British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith, Professional angler Steve Collett, PDC pros Darren Webster, Ian White, Steve Brown, Richie Howson, Ronnie Baxter and former PDC pro and now TV commenator Chris Mason. 

Below you can find information about the celebrities who have finished in the top 5 places over the four years the competition has been running.

Champions of 2016
Dean Macey
Winner Dean Macey Total weight: 27lb 4oz
Jason Lovett
Runner Up Jason Lovett Total weight: 24lb 15oz
Steve Collett
3rd Place Steve Collett Total weight: 24lb
Ritchie Howson
4th Place Ritchie Howson Total weight: 23lb 8oz
Ian McCullough
5th Place Ian McCullough Total weight: 18lb 9oz
Champions of 2015
Steve Collett
Winner Steve Collett

Professional angler representing Anglers Mail.


Steve managed to land a total of 17lb 1oz to win the 2015 event.

Ritchie Howson
Runner Up Ritchie Howson

PDC Professional currently playing on the Challenge Tour.


Richie finished in second place just 1lb and 2oz behind the winner.

Doug Banks
3rd Place Doug Banks Guest of our sponsor Wickman Group
Paul Smith
4th Place Paul Smith 2 time challenger for the WBO Super Middleweight Champion of the World, 2 time British Super Middleweight Champion and SKY Sports Boxing Commentator.
Steve Davis OBE
5th Place Steve Davis OBE 6 times Snooker Champion of the World, 6 times UK Open Champion winner, 3 time World Grand Prix winner, BBC Sport snooker presenter.
Champions of 2014
Spencer Oliver
Winner Spencer Oliver 1997-1998 European Super Bantamweight Champion and now SKY Sports Commentator.
Bob Scott
Runner Up Bob Scott Racehorse owner and PDC Director
Glenn McCrory
3rd Place Glenn McCrory Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion 1988-1989, World Cruiserweight Champion 1989-1990.
Tim Reynolds
4th Place Tim Reynolds Commerical Manager for the PDC
Adrian Lewis
5th Place Adrian Lewis PDC Champion of the World in 2011 & 2012
Champions of 2013
Darren Webster
Winner Darren Webster PDC professional since 2004
Ritchie Howson
Runner Up Ritchie Howson PDC professional since 2004
Jeremy Rose
3rd Place Jeremy Rose Guest of our sponsor Wickman Group
Barry Hearn
4th Place Barry Hearn Chairman of Matchroom Sport, Chairman of the PDC, Chairman of World Snooker
Rod Harrington
5th Place Rod Harrington 2 time Matchplay winner in 1998 and 1999, PDC Director and SKY Sports darts commentator