Mark Wright has a lot on his mind. Wright oversees the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo scales. And that requires plenty of preparation. At the same time, Wright's slowly preparing himself for a second deployment overseas.
His latest mission to the Iraqi war zone region begins in a little more than a month.
"I'm not going to worry about it really until it comes," he said. "I'm not going to let it weigh heavily on me."
At Rice Pavilion, Wright weighed the first fish entered in the annual competition. At the 1108th Avcrad hangar in Gulfport, he's been getting ready to repair military helicopters used in Iraq.
"Guys like myself, I mean there is always a level of nervousness for the most part," the National Guardsman said. "Where we're going to be in Kuwait is pretty stable, nothing really to worry about. Iraq is a little unstable right now. We're going to watch ourselves."
Iraq is only on Wright's mind this weekend because he knows his second mission means temporarily leaving his wife and two children again.
"I could probably be at home doing a few things with the family and stuff like that," he said. "But we're down here. My family is used to this. They'll be down here with me. This is our relaxation."
And weighing fish at the deep sea fishing rodeo was exactly how Mark Wright wanted to spend his final summer holiday before deployment.