Who's Fishing?

BELOW YOU WILL FIND OUR COMPETITORS FOR THIS YEARS CHAMPIONSHIP. WE WILL KEEP UPDATING THE LIST AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER.

Barry Hearn
Barry Hearn

Number of times fished in the Competition: 6
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 16

A chartered accountant by profession. Barry Hearn is chairman of the largest privately owned sports event and management company in Europe. With over 45 years experience in client representation and staging televised events Matchroom Sport are the leaders in their field. 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. 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. 

in this years New Years Honours list Barry was awarded a much belated and thoroughly deserved OBE. Recently retired, Barry is a keen fisherman but is yet to win the Sport Stars Fishing Championship but came 4th in 2013 and in 2018 won the Team Championship for the first time. In 2019 Barry and his Team Matchroom were narrowly pipped into 2nd place by the winning Super League team. Last year Matchroom fell into the " could do better " catergory finishing rock bottom. Barry will be hoping for better things in 2021.

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

Number of times fished in the Competition: 6
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 recently been featured in the excellent serialisation 'Gods of Snooker ', which can be seen on BBC iPlayer. If you haven't seen it please don't miss out. 

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 now a professional DJ and has appeared at the world famous Glastonbury festival for the past 4 years. A father to two boys, Greg and Jack, Steve was also awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1988.

We wish him well at Tunnel Barn Fishery on the 27th of July

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

Number of times fished in the Competition: 4
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 24
What can we say! What a competitor. In May 2018 Mark won his third world title defeating Scotsman John Higgins 18-16 in a thrilling final. Williams won his first world world championship 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. Viewing all Marks posts on social media, I think it's safe to say Mark enjoys life outside of snooker. This will be his fifth time appearance at the Fishing competition. He won the singles championship on his first attempt in 2017. His Team Snooker have also won the team event three times. Mark couldn’t make it in 2019 event,which was just as well as his team mates were absolutely trounced. But order was restored in 2020 as Mark accompanied by Sean Teale, Chris Mason and Ian Burns absolutely smashed every team on the lake winning by nearly 40 kilos.
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Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson

Number of times fished in the Competition: 3
Best Place: 18
Total Fish Caught: 20
Born in Musselburgh Scotland in 1970 the 2 time PDC champion of the world will be fishing in the competition for the third time and we love seeing him at our championship. Gary won back to back world titles in 2015 and 2016 is currently ranked number 6 in the PDC order of merit. The 50 year old 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. Gary fished a little as a child and returned to the sport a few years ago. He is now something of an obsessive and has recently purchased 3 lakes of his own. Last year Gary finished 25th individually and his Darts Team finished 5th in the team event. We wish him well this year.
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David Seaman M.B.E
David Seaman M.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 11
Total Fish Caught: 14
We are delighted to announce that goalkeeping legend David Seaman will again be fishing in the Target Sport Stars Fishing Championship.David won 75 caps for England and made 405 appearances for Arsenal. In a career spanning 23 years David won 6 major titles and appeared in 2 World Cup and 2 European Championships. He is certainly one of the top 3 or 4 goalkeepers this country has ever produced. A keen fisherman David fishes on a near daily basis, although most of it is done on a river. He has lately taking up carp fishing and only last month landed a 46lb specimen. We hope he has a great day and look forward to seeing him.
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Steven Thompson MBE
Steven Thompson MBE

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 19
Total Fish Caught: 13

The 42 year old rugby star has reached the absolute pinnacle of his sport. In 2003 he, along with his team mates defeated the favourites and host country Australia to become World Champions and lift the Web Ellis Cup in a nail biting 20-17 victory. Born in Hemel Hempstead, Steve gained 73 caps for his country before retiring from International duty and from the sport in general in 2011 due to a re-occurring neck injury. Since then Steve has been living in Dubai and working on ESPN. Steve will be making his 2nd ppearance in the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. Last year Steve caught 28.8kgs of fish and clearly loved the day as he has agreed to come back this year to see if he can do better. He now knows what the competition involves and like all our competitors will be keen to win.

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James Wade
James Wade

Number of times fished in the Competition: 4
Best Place: 8
Total Fish Caught: 10
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, 2011 and 2021, the Premier League in 2009, the Championship League in 2010, The Masters in 2014 and the European  Championship in 2018. James is currently ranked 4in the PDC order of merit and is still a major threat. A keen fisherman, Gold Valley Lakes, 2019's venue, is James local lake and he should do well at Tunnel Barn Fishery this year.
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Rob Cross
Rob Cross

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 6
Total Fish Caught: 6
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 in 2018. 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 30, the former electrician has also won the World Matchplay and the European Championship. Rob was also the runner up in last years World Series. Currently ranked 5th in the PDC order of merit, Rob is a keen fisherman and finished 6th in 2018 catching 36llb in weight at Gold Valley Lakes. It's a completely different type of fishing at Tunnel Barn but if you get the fish feeding the more experienced anglers will be in a good place to make it count. We wish him the best of luck and hope he has a great time.
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Jamie Jones -Buchanan
Jamie Jones -Buchanan

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 8th
Total Fish Caught: 9
Jamie Jones-Buchanan will be back this year after a 24 month absence. The 39 year old, was part of the Team Super League winning team at Gold Valley Lakes in 2019. Jamie 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 is now assistant coach for Leeds Rhinos. We look forward to seeing him on the day.
Joe Joyce
Joe Joyce

Number of times fished in the competition: N.A

Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A

Its always great to have new competitors fishing. Its even better when the sportsman we invite are at the top of their game. Joe Joyce first came to promience in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on a gold medal at the Rio Olympics losing to eventual winner Tony Yoko in the Super Heavyweight Final. In 2017 Joe turned professional beating the experienced Ian Lewinson in 8 rounds on his debut. Since then it has been pretty much of the same as " The Juggernaut " has put paid to everyone he has been matched with. The most notable win thus far was last November when he defeated the highly touted Daniel Dubois in ten rounds. Currently ranked number 1 in the WBO it is surely only a matter of time before the 35 year old Londoner  faces either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury for a world title. We have absolutley no idea if Joe can fish but as with everyone of our competitors he will fancy his chances.

Bobby George
Bobby George

Number of times fished in the Competition: 4
Best Place: 15th
Total Fish Caught: 20
Bobby George will be making his fourth appearance at the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The 75  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" along with the ITV show “ Gone to Pot “. A keen fisherman - he owns several lakes set within the 12 acre grounds of his home. After a couple of years away from the event. This will be Bobbys fourth attempt in the competition and we wish him the best of luck.
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Hayley Turner OBE
Hayley Turner OBE

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 23
Total Fish Caught: 7

Until 2019 Hayley had never fished before. She enjoyed the day so much that she asked if she could fish again last year and we are delighted to see her return again in 2021. Born in Nottingham 37 years ago, professional jockey Hayley rode her first winner in June 2000. She rode her first group winner on Lady Deauville in the Lando-Trophy in Germany in November 2000. Attributed with being the only female jockey to sustain a day to day successful career in the sport, Hayley has ridden over 1500 winners in her career and looks to continue adding to that total for the forseeable future.  In 2016 Hayley was awarded the OBE for her services to horse racing. It is not unusual for Hayley to take up to 4 rides in a day dotted around different racecourses in the UK so we are very grateful, along with all of our competitors, for taking the time out to compete in our event. Last year was not the best for Hayley or the rest of her Matchroom teamates. Let's just say there is work to be done this year!

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Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis

Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 4
Best Place: 2
Total Fish Caught: 35

Two time world champion Adrian "Jackpot" Lewis will be making his fifth appearance at the Sport Stars Fishing Championship. Still only 36 and currently ranked 31 in the PDC order of merit, Adrian has plenty of time to win more PDC titles. A keen angler, Adrian came a respectable fourth in the 2014 event which was held at our previous Shepherds Way venue. Then in 2019 at Gold Valley Lakes Adrian fished brilliantly to finish in 3rd position behind world match fishing champion Tamas Walter and quality angler Jimmy Bullard. But with Tamas being a professional angler his total weight did not count in the singles competition, thus elevating Jackpot to 2nd place. Adrian caught 81lbs of fish in the process which was a massive haul and helped his Team Target squad finish a credible 3rd in the team rankings. Last year Adrian finshed third individually and helped Team Target finish 3rd again in the team event. Could this year be the year "Jackpot " cashes in on both titles.

 

 



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Spencer Oliver
Spencer Oliver

Number of times fished in the Competition: 6
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 24
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. He also appears every week on Talk Sport discussing the latest issues and developments in what can only be described as a very complicated boxing landscape. Although not a serious angler Spencer won the previously titled PDC Fishing Championship which took place at Shepherds Way lake in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire in September 2014. Spencer has appeared in every Championship bar three and in 2018 caught his biggest carp to date.
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Ali Hamidi
Ali Hamidi

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 12
A massive Liverpool fan, Ali Hamidi makes his second appearance in the Sport Stars Fishing Championship. In 2018 Ali was a team manager but was somewhat disadvantaged by one of his Team Boxing team not making it on the day ! Last year at Tunnel Barn Ali fished for the first time and started well but didnt have the greatest swim. Ali is a seriously good fisherman and can be seen presenting and participating in some of the biggest fishing shows on TV including, Monster Carp and The Big Fish Off. The 41 year old, who gained a BA in Media and Marketing from Manchester University should do well in this years competition.
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Pamela Cookey
Pamela Cookey

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 14
Total Fish Caught: 4

Pamela Cookey is an international netball player. Born in Birmingham in 1984, the 37 year old has played with Team Bath and Surrey Storm since the conception of the Netball Super League in 2005. The former University of Bath student has represented and captained her country in 2 Commonwealth Games, winning bronze in both 2006 and 2010. She also won silver in the World Netball Series in 2010. Cookey has also won the Super League 7 times, five times with Team Bath and twice with Surrey Storm. In 2013 whilst captaining her country, the 5 foot 11 inch player helped England white wash the Australians in the test series. In an illustrious career Pamela was widely recognised as one of the worlds best attacking players and although very recently retired, she has now become a member of Sky Sports commentary team. Until 2019 Pamela had never fished before but from the get go, along with her teamates, they all fished magnificently. Pamela caught 24lb of fish and Team Netball team finished a credible 5th in the team event. In 2020 at Tunnel Barn the soon to be married netballer caught nearly 3 times that amount helping her team finish in 2nd place at the end of the competition. Lets see what this year brings.

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Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 20

Josh Charnley returns this year for the 3rd year in a row. In 2019 Josh fished superbly finishing 4th in the singles order of merit catching 65lb of fish to help Team Super League lift the team event title. A professional Rugby League player, he plays on the wing for Warrington Wolves. He started his career playing for Wigan Warriors where he won 2 Super Club Championships. In 2016 Josh crossed over to Rugby Union playing for Aviva Premier League side Sale Sharks for 2 seasons. Charnley returned to Warrington at the beginning of 2018. He has also played 9 times for England. The 29 year old has recently been selected for the England World Cup training camp. We wish him well at Tunnel  Tunnel Barn this year.

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Chris Mason
Chris Mason

Number of times fished in event: 5

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. Last year at Tunnel Barn, Chris fished for Team Snooker along with Ian Burns, Mark Williams  MBE and former Aston Villa footballer Sean Teale. The team got off to a great start and just got better throughout the day, finishing comfortable winners. Although the teams have yet to be decided for this years championship we wish Chris the best of luck whoever he fishes with.

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Devon Petersen
Devon Petersen

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
The 35 year old South African has had a resurgence on the PDC tour over the last 24 months. Once in danger of dropping outside of the top 64, Devon has stepped on the gas and reached the last 16 in the World Championship, The World Grand Prix and the Grand Slam, the quarter finals of the UK Open and the semi finals of the European Championship. When we asked " Big Dev " to fish he replied he was wondering when he was going to get an invite, well this year he is in ! Petersen is the best dart player to come from the African continent and we hope he has a great time at Tunnel Barn Fishery.
Terri Harper
Terri Harper

Number of times fished in the competition: 1
Best Place:  18th
Total Fish Caught: 6

 

24 year old Terri Harper fished for the first time last year and liked it so much she has entered again this year. The Denaby born Female WBC and IBO Super Featherweight Champion of the world has made meteoric progress since turning professional in 2017. In 2019 she won her first world title defeating Noziho Bell to win the IBO title. In 2020 she captured the WBC version beating Eva Wahlstrom over 10 rounds. Terri was matched to face WBA Champion Hyun Mi Choi in May but unfortunatley suffered a fracture in her wrist. We hope Terri has a great day at Tunnel Barn Fishery.

Garry Plummer
Garry Plummer

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 10th
Total Fish Caught: 24

Garry Plummer chairman of our title sponsors Target Darts returns again this year for the 3rd year in succession. Team Target fished superbly in 2019 and 2020 finishing 3rd in the team event in both years. He started fishing at the age of 11, learning the necessary skills from his grandfather and fishes regularly. Garry, who started at Target as a 14 year old brings a strong team to this years event. His team consists of PDC world champions Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross. All four can fish so it will be interesting to see if they can go at least one place better at Tunnel Barn Fishery. Interesting fact, although he manufactures darts for some of the best players in the world including, Lewis,Taylor, Cross, Nathan Aspinall and Raymond Van Barneveld, he is yet to throw a 180 with his own darts. We also thank him for the contined support of our championship.

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Mikki Austin
Mikki Austin

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 24
Total Fish Caught: 20
26 year old Mikki Austin plays netball for Surrey Storm. She has been fans player of the year for the last 3 seasons and in 2018 she was appointed director of netball for the club. Since joining Storm in 2015, she has helped them enjoy back to back Super League titles in 2015 and 2016. In 2019's championship its fair to say that Mikki, along with her Team Netballl squad fished superbly. It's the best thing for us as event organisers, to see people who would not necessarily go fishing enjoy the day.  Last year at Tunnel Barn the team finished runners up behind Team Snooker.  We hope Mikki, who is also a presenter on the Sky Sports Darts team, plus her teammates have a fantastic time this year.
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Solomon Dacres
Solomon Dacres

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

27 year old heavyweight boxer Solomon Dacres makes his first appearance in the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The former GB elite squad member has recently turned professional and has won two fights thus far. Standing at 6"5' Solomon possesses good skills compounded with decent power. He has looked highly impressive and should go far in his chosen profession. We are unsure whether Solomon has fished before, but as with everyone out on the lake, he will be very keen to impress.

Beth Dix
Beth Dix

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 5th
Total Fish Caught: 10
What can we say Beth smashed it outta the park last year ! Having never fished before Beth, along with the rest of her Team Netball squad fished superbly and at one stage were leading the championship. Professionally the Strathclyde Sirens wing attack is having a great year with her team sitting 5th in The Sky Sports Netball Super League. The 23 year old makes a welcome return this year and we can only expect a repeat performance from Beth and her team mates, It would be great to see the Netball team walk off with the team title in 2021.
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