The Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Speckled Trout World Tournament will be held next weekend.
The event will be held from May 20 to May 21 at the Farmer's Market in Gulfport.
The tournament honors the memory of two friends and avid fishermen: Dr. Chris Spraberry and Raymond Schankin. The tournament helps fund a Dr. Chris Spraberry endowment fund at Jackson's University Medical Center and The Raymond Schankin Golden Eagle scholarship fund at Southern Miss. In addition, $2,000 will be donated to Gulf Coast Research Lab for speckled trout studies.
The entry fee is $75 per angler. Children 12 and under can fish for free in all four categories: Speckled trout, Red fish, Flounder and Cobia.
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is sponsoring the Kid's Division. Every child will receive a free Rod & Reel, Tackle Box and first through third place trophies.
Final registration is Thursday from 5 p.m to 7 p.m., followed by a mandatory captain's meeting at 7 p.m at the Island View Casino.
Fishing can begin immediately after the meeting.
Weigh-in scales for the tournament will be open 5-6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Farmer's Market at Jones Park in Gulfport.
Anglers must be in line by 6 p.m. on Saturday to have their catch registered and be eligible for prizes.
"We're hoping for good weather,'' Mississippi Gulf Coast Fishing Tournament Director Johnny Rea said. "The weather hasn't cooperated the last two years. It appears the Von Carrie Spillway pushed large speckled trout into the area. It always make for a banner for speckled trout in the area."
First prize in the speckled trout category is $10,000. If anyone sets a new state record for speckled trout, they will drive away with a new Ford F-150 courtesy of Butch Oustalet Ford.
First place in cobia pays $1,000. If anyone sets a new state record for cobia, they will drive away with a new Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of Turan Foley Cadillac-Chevrolet.
First place in flounder and redfish each awards $750. If a state record in flounder is set, an angler will drive away with a new Blazer Bay w/150 HP Suzuki courtesy of Darrin's Auto and Marine. The prize for setting a state record in Redfish is a new Honda Pioneer 700 courtesy of Coast Cycle World.
Fishing is allowed in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana waters only.
The fish entered must be caught between 7 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. May 21.
All fish entered must comply with Mississippi State DMR Regulations.
All fish entered must also become property of the Tournament to get donated to the Gulf Coast Research Lab for Research and the Gulf Coast women's center for charity. No fish will be returned for mounting purposes.
Island View and the City of Gulfport are the Fishing Tournament's premier sponsors.