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Nashville's Percy Priest Lake Set to Host Major League Fishing Foundation Family Fishing Days

Special Guests include Rising Country Star Laine Hardy, Singer Gem Ceasar and YouTube Star Señor Bassfishing

The Major League Fishing Foundation (MLF Foundation), which connects America’s youth to their natural resources and promotes education, conservation and an active lifestyle, will host two events in the Nashville, Tennessee area for students of all ages and their families. The events, held in conjunction with two Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournament weigh-ins, will be held at Fate Sanders Marina, located at 3157 Weakley Lane, in Smyrna, Tennessee, on the shores of Percy Priest Lake on April 23 and May 14 from Noon to 3 p.m. Attendees will hear seminars, learn fishing techniques, fish from the bank and watch the tournament weigh-in at 2 p.m. The event is free and will also include prize drawings for some lucky youth anglers. The first event, April 23, will feature two musicians who will perform and visit with attendees. Country music artist Laine Hardy, the 2019 winner of American Idol, will be playing hits from his debut album, Here’s to Anyone. Also performing will be artist Gem Ceasar, showcasing his newly released music that is a reflection of his love for hunting and fishing. The May 14 event will feature YouTube star Señor Bassfishing. an avid bass angler with more than 325,000 YouTube subscribers. Originally from El Salvador, Juan Carlos “Señor Bassfishing” Chacon lives in Atlanta, Georgia and films his popular videos all around North America. His channel provides entertainment and showcases and teaches fishing to a Spanish speaking audience.

For more information and to register, please visit event links below: April 23 - May 14 -

The MLF Foundation recently issued seven $1,000 grants to Nashville area high schools to help establish new fishing clubs and offer more students the opportunity to learn about fishing and the outdoors. The grants were made possible via partnership with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund is a grant program that funds state and local initiatives that focus on engaging Hispanic families in fishing, boating and conservation activities. “These two events were planned to not only serve the new clubs that received the grant money, but also provide an opportunity for everyone in the Nashville community to come out and enjoy a day out at the lake to celebrate fishing and the outdoors,” said Scott Ellison, MLF Promotions Manager. “We have three excellent special guests lined up for attendees to hear from, and we’re sure to see some big fish brought to the MLF scales during the tournament weigh-in on Percy Priest.” About the MLF Foundation The MLF Foundation has the mission to further the sport of bass fishing and protect the waters we all love to fish. The MLF Foundation is a 501c3 and will be leading the bass fishing industry to make sure our sport is carried on for generations to come. About Laine Hardy A native of Livingston, Louisiana (pop. 2,000) Laine Hardy was six when he picked up his first guitar and later joined his brother playing in local clubs and bars for upwards of six hours a night, inspired by artists ranging from Luke Combs and Elvis Presley to Mark Broussard. After winning American Idol in 2019, Laine focused on songwriting and touring, headlining shows in Denver, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Lexington and more. Laine’s 2020 Ground I Grew Up On” virtual tour made 20-plus online stops, with views at 2 million and counting. The 21-year old made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, August 28 and spent the fall and winter on his Monster Energy Outbreak headlining tour. For more information about Laine Hardy, visit and join his journey @TheLaineHardy. About Major League Fishing Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019, MLF expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh, and immediately release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement, and fish care.


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