Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Fishing Tournament set to begin Thursday

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Local anglers will be taking aim on five-thousand dollars, the first place prize in the speckled trout category in the Spraberry-Schankin Memorial fishing tournaments.

Promoter John Rea says you could also drive off with a new truck.

"Butch Oustalet Ford has stepped up and put up a 2014 Ford F-150 for if you break the state record of 10 Ibs. 10 ounces," stated Rea.

The tournaments are held in memory of Chris Spraberry and Raymond Schankin and the money raised from the fishing events will go worthy causes.

He said,"University Medical Center in Jackson will receive a $5,000 donation in Chris' name and we donate $5,000 to the University of Southern Miss in Raymond's name. We also donate $2,000 to Gulf Research Lab for speckled trout studies."

There is a mandatory captain's meeting for all anglers participating.. at the Dock Restaurant on Seaway Road at 7 :00 Thursday night.

The weigh-in scales open from 4 till 6:00 Friday and Saturday night at the Dock.

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