THIS WEEK’S MISSION
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: