Known for his angling skills, he showcased his talents on multiple television programs, including his own show, Total Fishing with Matt Hayes.
He earned a J.D. from England's University of Wolverhampton.
He and fellow angler Mick Brown co-hosted such television shows as Wet Nets, The Great Rod Race, and The Greater Rod Race.
He was born in Smethwick, West Midlands, England.
He and "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin both hosted nature-themed television programs, though Irwin was more concerned with preserving wildlife and Hayes with exploring different methods of fishing.