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EVERETT LAKE, Ind. (WFFT) - Homestead High School senior Jaxton Orr's love for fishing started with his father.
"When I was five years old, I'd always look forwar to my dad getting home from work after school," said the Homestead senior.
He says the two would spend hours fishing on the lake near his grandparents house in Columbia City or on nearby ponds in Fort Wayne.
“We’d just go to our neighborhood ponds and fish for catfish and bass just using round reel, line, a hot dog, having a good time. And it’s just escalated ever since then,” said Orr.
Jaxton began fishing competitively after breaking a record catching a gar at age 13.
His dad says the rest was history.
“I’m extremely proud of Jaxton,” said Jim Orr, Jaxton's father.
But Jim Orr says his son has blended community efforts with his sport on his own terms.
Making philanthropy part of his legacy.
"Jaxton decided that he wanted to do his own charity tournament. So we kind of sat down together and came up with the acronym of KATCH spelled K-A-T-C-H,” said Orr.
Jaxton's 'Katch and Release' Charity Tournament is in its 3rd year.
The anglers or fishermen that place in the top six will select a charity where their winnings will go instead of receiving prize money.
So far, 162 anglers have signed up for the 3-day tournament starting on Sept. 11.
For more information on how to join Jaxton's Katch and Release Charity Tournament, click here.