Andrew Tutt, right) and Austin Prazak recently won the TBF Texas Junior State Championship on Lake O’ the Pines to qualify for the TBF Junior World Championship set for Aug. 8-10 on the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The newly formed East Texas Sportsman’s Club will host its inaugural banquet/fundraiser on July 26 at The Barn in Nacogdoches.

An affiliate of the Dallas Safari Club, the organization was formed last fall and has a blossoming membership comprised men and women who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle. Their mission: to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands, educate youth and the general public, promote and protect the rights and interests of anglers and hunters, and to adhere to the highest standards of game and fish stewardship.

“More specifically, the organization gives back to communities in rural East Texas,” said Vikki Boatman, ETSC membership chairman. “In March 2019, ETSC made its first donation to the Pineywoods Service Association, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for deserving veterans through fishing, hunting and other outdoors activities.”

Boatman says the upcoming fundraiser will be get begin at 6 p.m. There will be bucket raffles and live and silent auctions for primo items like fishing/hunting trips, vacations, two safari adventures, a handgun training course, ladies furs, jackets and purses. There also will be a five-gun raffle, a helicopter/predator control hunting trip, boxing gloves signed by world heavyweight champion George Foreman and much more.

Tickets cost $50 with limited numbers available. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, sportsmansclubmembership@gmail.com.

Youth anglers in world championship

Two East Texas youth anglers recently earned berths to The Bass Federation Junior World Championship set for Aug. 8-10 on the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Andrew Tutt, of Longview, and Austin Prazak, of Hallsville, qualified for the upcoming team world championship by winning the TBF Texas Junior State Championship on June 8 at Lake O’ the Pines in eastern Texas. The anglers weighed in 21.86 pounds. Tutt and Prazak, both 13, caught their fish on Zoom Ol’ Monster worms, magnum shaky heads and Rapala DT 10 crankbaits, according their team captain, Jim Tutt, of Longview.

“It was pretty nerve-racking,” Tutt said. “All I was allowed to do was drive the boat, net fish and help them cull. I wasn’t allowed to give any advice. The kids made all the decisions about where to go, when to leave — everything. They did a great job.”

The upcoming junior world championship will be held in conjunction the with the 2019 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs.

The full field competes for two days from their own boats and boat captains.

The top team from each region will advance to the championship round and compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship money. Each team will appear on the FLW Cup main stage on Aug. 10.

Wilson runs away with ‘Rayburn Costa

Montgomery bass angler Kris Wilson weighed in 72-8 over the three days to field of 124 pros in the Costa FLW Series held June 13-15 on Sam Rayburn. He earned $37,586.

Wilson said he relied on a Carolina rig creature bait and Texas rig worm to the damage on hard bottom structure in 12-15 feet of water.

Rounding out the Top 5 finishers were Josh Besema of Willis, Justin Morton of Etoile, Cole Moore of Anacoco, La., and Albert Collins of Nacogdoches.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email at mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.