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24 November 1961
Smethwick, West Midlands, England
Matthew "Matt" Hayes (born 24 November 1961 in Smethwick, UK) is a renowned British angler who has been making television angling programmes for the last 20 years featuring mainly on the digital TV channel, Discovery Real Time. Due to his television work and the numerous fishing articles he has written, Hayes is one of the UK's most famous and recognisable anglers. He is often seen on TV alongside his fishing companion and fellow programme contributor Mick Brown. He has a Law degree from Wolverhampton University and he lived in Shropshire, the UK for several years but moved to reside in Norway several years ago where he has built up a business based around salmon fishing there.
In his early years on his program Total Fishing with Matt Hayes, his co-presenter was Jan Porter. He has written a weekly column in the Angling Times for almost ten years and is the current President of The Carp Society.
Coarse Fishing with Matt Hayes (26 Jun 1995)
He has done a series of TV programmes with fellow angler Mick Brown also known as 'The Duke of Market Deeping', 'Sir Michael' and 'Steptoe'. These programmes include: The Great Rod Race, The Greater Rod Race and Wet Nets. These are both about 30 day challenges from the west coast of Ireland, to the east coast of England.
Matt also starred in the TV series 'Mainstream', travelling down the UK's most famous rivers from 'source to sea', wetting a line or two along the way.
He also starred in 24 Hour Rod Race (Series 1 - June 2012) and also 24 Hour Rod Race (Series 2 - October 2013)) in which he has no companion. Both series involve episodes with Matt being set a target which he has to meet within 24 hours of the task being set.
Also he has starred in the multi-series 'Total Fishing' series.
- "Let's play: Matt Hayes' Fishing". BBC News. 2002-02-26. Retrieved 2012-08-27.