The Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Speckled Trout World Tournament will be held this weekend at the Farmers Market in Gulfport.
The tournament honors the memory of two friends and avid fishermen: Dr. Chris Spraberry and Raymond Schankin. Proceeds from the tourney help fund a Dr. Chris Spraberry endowment 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.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Fishing Tournament Director Johnny Rea expects a solid tournament.
"It appears the Bonnet Carre Spillway has pushed large speckled trout into the area," Rea said. "It always make for a banner year for speckled trout in the area."
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is sponsoring the Kids Division. Every child will receive a free rod and reel, tackle box and first- through third-place trophies.
Weigh-in scales will be open 5 to 6 p.m. Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Market at Jones Park in Gulfport. Anglers must be in line by 6 p.m. Saturday to have their catch registered and be eligible for prizes.
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 pickup truck, 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 pickup truck, courtesy of Turan Foley Cadillac-Chevrolet.
First place in flounder and redfish each awarded $750. If a state record in flounder is set, an angler will drive away with a new Blazer Bay boat with a 150-hp Suzuki motor, 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.