STARS and catches galore are expected at the 6th annual PDC Fishing Championships which has moved to Hampshire’s mega prolific Gold Valley Lakes.

Spectators are also expected to flock to Gold Valley for the charity event run by the Professional Darts Corporation.

It’s on Tuesday, August 28, and Gold Valley has great facilities as well.

Former World snooker champion Mark Williams has confirmed he will be trying to retain the PDC Fishing crown he won last year at Manor Farm in Bedfordshire with 15 lb 6 oz.

But with huge numbers of carp to 20 lb-plus at Gold Valley, Mark will have to up his catch rate.

Mark, pictured above lifting his 2017 title, joked: “I will give everyone an 8 lb start to make it interesting. I’m looking forward to Barry Hearn giving me that trophy again this year, I still remember his face when he presented it last year.

“The thought of him handing me that trophy again is too much. Knowing Barry, I’m surprised I’m not banned this time!”

Also confirmed to fish at Gold Valley are William Hill World Darts champ and keen angler Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross and snooker legend Steve ‘Interesting’ Davis will be there.

Angler’s Mail can confirm there will be many other sport stars at Gold Valley who you’ll recognise from regular appearances on TV.

The organisers’ current listing (subject to change) includes darts heroes Gary ‘Flying Scotsman’ Anderson and Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith, and Chris Mason (the ITV4 pundit with great taste in shirts).

Popular walk-on girls Daniella Allfree and Charlotte Wood will be there again. They  were recently and controversially dropped from events including darts’ Premier League.

Rugby League will be represented this time with top players Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Josh Charnley and Sam Powell.

Also lined up are former boxing champs Spencer Oliver and Paul Smith Jnr, who have both shown angling skills in the past. More names are still to be announced.

Former PDC Fishing champions include Steve Collett, the unique Angler’s Mail print magazine columnist.

Steve has been helping event organisers Barry Hearn and Jess Harding brush up their angling skills – as seen in Angler’s Mail, with more to come!

Organiser Jess Harding explained: “Going to Gold Valley will be great with superb fishing and facilities.

“We are very proud to be supporting Parkinson’s UK as our chosen charity for this years.

“It is free entry, with parking at £10 per car, but with 100 per cent of the money going to charity.

“If you can’t make it, it is also going to be televised on Sky Sports 3. For full details please go to our website” he added.

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