Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – The Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Fishing Tournament is set for Tuesday, June 9. Country music artists and celebrities will again be paired up with the top male and female professional bass anglers for a day of fishing on Nashville's J. Percy Priest Lake. The weigh-in will take place at 3 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Opry Mills, with a special concert by young bluegrass sensations "Green on the Vyne" and other special guests at 2 p.m. The weigh-in and concert are free and open to the public.
Emerson Drive's Brad Mates and Phoenix Boats founder Gary Clouse will pair up again this year in an attempt to unseat band mate Dale Wallace, who won last year with 21.8 lbs. of bass. The Mates/Clouse boat was only .20 lbs. ahead of second place finishers Bryan White and Ron Colby who will be returning this year, as will Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Jeff Cook, Jon Randall and Trent Wilmon. Newcomers to this year's event include Little Jimmy Dickens, Eric Church, Dean Brody, Sammy Kershaw, Mica Roberts, Daryle Singletary, "Biggest Loser" winner Dan Evans and ESPN's popular commentator Marty Smith.
Top-finishing females last year were country star Rebecca Lynn Howard and pro Emily Shaffer at 12.7 pounds, and pro Lisa Craig won the "Big Bass" award with a 5.15 pounder.
Porter loved to bass fish, and it was in his honor that we put this tournament together last year," said Gary Shiebler, who along wit h Julie Schuster and Craig Campbell, is organizing the tournament. "It's a great way to remember one of country music's greatest legends."