Coming Saturday to a pond or riverbank near you is the ninth annual Craig White Fishing Tournament.
Participants are invited to fish from the bank of Peabody Country Club or from a favorite fishing hole to catch a fish capable of winning them a prize.
The tournament is held each June with the proceeds going to the Craig White Fund for those in need. White’s family established the fund in his name because he was generous with people who had hard times and needed a hand.
“Craig was a giving person,” White’s brother, Todd Henderson, said. “He always was willing to help someone who was having a rough go of it.”
Although the family does not publicize the names of those who receive help, recipients have been victims of illness, accident, loss of a job, or just an unexpected expense that depletes their resources.
“He would have gotten lots of satisfaction out of being able to distribute the money to people who needed it,” Henderson said. “In the nine years since we started this fund in his name, many people have been helped.”
Each fishing tournament participant must have a valid Kansas fishing license. Kansas creel limits apply. Sign-in will be at 8 a.m. at the country club and weigh-in will be 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Absolutely no late weigh-ins will be allowed.
Two-man teams will pay $20 per team. Teams do not have to fish at the Country Club, but those teams that do will have to confine their fishing to the lake banks. Only flatheads and channel catfish qualify; no bullheads. Fish may be released to the Country Club Lake.
First- and second-place plaques will be given in several categories. A drawing for other prizes donated to the tournament will take place after the weigh-in.
The entry fee entitles the participants to hot dogs, chips, coffee, or soda after the tournament.
Entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse with music by Code Blue Blues Band.
For more information or to donate to the raffle or meal contact Henderson at (620) 983-2451, Mark Levering at (620) 983-2221, or Brett O’Dell at (620) 983-2097.