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. In 2018 the event will be held for the first time at Gold Valley Lakes in Aldershot.
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, 3 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.
Professional angler representing Anglers Mail.
Steve managed to land a total of 17lb 1oz to win the 2015 event.
PDC Professional currently playing on the Challenge Tour.
Richie finished in second place just 1lb and 2oz behind the winner.