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With the Pro­fes­sional Darts Cor­po­ra­tion char­ity fish­ing gig on the hori­zon, I thought I would take out a few of the big names… take them out fish­ing, that is! And I was keen to show them what the com­pe­ti­tion is all about. My team for to­day was to be Rus­sian/Da­gen­ham oli­garch Barry Hearn­ski, sport’s No.1 pro­moter, and the del­i­cate flower that is Jess Harding, ex-heavy­weight big hit­ter.

Imy fish­ing, and I love hav­ing a good old laugh and a gos­sip, so what’s bet­ter than com­bin­ing the lot with a cou­ple of mem­bers of the sport­ing hi­er­ar­chy on a rainy day in Le­ices­ter­shire!

Plan­ning a day’s fish­ing with Barry Hearn­ski, and Dame Jess Harding is not easy in it­self, as they are both very busy peo­ple.

Barry Hearn, to give him his proper name, owns ev­ery­thing in the world, and I sus­pect can’t get on the Forbes Rich List un­til it goes fold-out panoramic for­mat so that they can fit the noughts in. Most of his time now is spent count­ing money, and Jess is just as busy try­ing to col­late a load of leg­endary darts

The Glebe, in Le­ices­ter­shire. It’s one of my favourite venues to visit, not only be­cause it has some fan­tas­tic fish­ing, but it’s just a re­ally nice place to be.

af­ter the freez­ing cold tem­per­a­tures and snow, we are now go­ing to have to en­dure the rain, in bib­li­cal pro­por­tions. Tem­per­a­ture 6 Cel­sius. Wind 8-15 mph north-east­erly.

play­ers to tour around the world.

The thing is, they both share a pas­sion with you and I, fish­ing – they are both mad for it.

For Barry and Jess, it’s a re­lease. Most of their world is oc­cur­ring in dark­ness, in packed-out foot­ball sta­di­ums with heavy­weight box­ers. It’s a see-saw world of multi-mil­lion­pound TV deals, sell-out halls with work­ing class blokes en­joy­ing them­selves shout­ing “180!” un­til their vo­cal chords break. The peace and quiet of the bank­side is church for these two fel­las.

I couldn’t wait to get them both out on the bank, but the weather had con­spired against

LOVE ■ The amount my rod bent was wor­ry­ing, but I’ll not shout at a for­mer heavy­weight bruiser! VENUE: WEATHER:

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