THE star-studded 6th annual PDC Fishing Championships is almost here - at the new venue of 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, 11am to 7pm, and Gold Valley has great facilities as well.

The list of competitors is hugely impressive this year, and is featured below. Main sponsors this year are LiveDarts, Dalroad, Carp Couture, Wickman Group and Aachen Wellness.

Reigning 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.

Cue king Mark Williams, with his World Snooker trophy, is relishing the fishing at Gold Valley. Will his rod be like a magic wand?

Cue king Mark Williams, with his World Snooker trophy, is relishing the fishing at Gold Valley. Will his rod be like a magic wand?

If Mark shows as much form with the rods and poles as he has with his cue in the past year, everyone will surely need snookers!

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

Mark 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!”

What a line up this year!

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 late 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.

World Darts Champ Rob Cross will be at Gold Valley, as will Daniella Allfree (left) and Charlotte Wood.

On target with their casting? World Darts Champ Rob Cross will be at Gold Valley, as will Daniella Allfree (left) and Charlotte Wood (right).

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 helped event organisers Barry Hearn and Jess Harding brush up their angling skills – as seen a few weeks ago in Angler’s Mail.

Your free entry at Gold Valley event

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 www.pdcfishing.co.uk” he added.

Apply for your free tickets by email to: julie@jbdsportsagents.co.uk

Note there is a £10 car parking charge per car, money going to charity.

The venue address is Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot, GU11 2PT.

Boxer Dillian Whyte and top promoter Eddie Hearn will be at Gold Valley. Will they punch above their weight?

Boxer Dillian Whyte and top promoter Eddie Hearn will be at Gold Valley. Will they punch above their weight?

PDC Fishing Champs 2018 line-up

1. Barry Hearn
2. Rob Cross
3. Dillian Whyte
4. Eddie Hearn
5. Sammi Marsh Wade
6. Spencer Oliver
7. Darren Webster
8. Bob Scott
9. Jake Wood
10. Steve Collett
11. Richie Howson
12. Paul Smith
13. Gary Anderson
14. Michael Smith
15. Ian White
16. Chris Quantock
17. Mark Williams MBE
18. Steve Davis OBE
19. Ian McCulloch
20. Ian Burns
21. Chris Mason
22. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
23. Sam Powell
24. Joshua Charnley
25. Steve Brown
26. James Wade
27. Dean Macey
28. Tim Reynolds
29. Daniella Allfree
30. Charlotte Wood
31. Doug Banks
32. Scott Mitchell
PDC chief and all-round sporting promoter Barry Hearn loves his fishing. Maybe 2018 at Gold Valley will be his time to show them how it's done?

PDC chief and all-round sporting promoter Barry Hearn loves his fishing. Maybe 2018 at Gold Valley will be Bazza’s time to show them how it’s done?

Hospitality at PDC Fishing Champs

Gold Valley will be set up to offer a great day for anyone wishing to entertain work colleagues or associates at the PDC Invitational Fishing Championship.
You can invite your clients, colleagues, family and friends along to enjoy the day.

This year’s package includes:

  • Teas, coffees and pastries on arrival
  • Lunch – Hog Roast and vegetarian option
  • Complimentary bar serving unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Reserved table throughout the day
  • Car parking

For VIP package prices, email info@jbdsportsagents.co.uk

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