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Fishing for a cause: fishing tournament honoring life of man killed in 2018 held

Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 12:08 PM EDT
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PANACEA, Fla. (WCTV) -The first annual Gage Pittman Memorial Kickin’ Reds Fishing Tournament is taking place this weekend in Wakulla County in honor of Pittman, who died back in 2018 at a graduation party.

The tournament brings the community together to ensure Pittman’s legacy continues to live on.

Saturday was an emotional but fulfilling day in Panacea for the friends and love ones of Pittman as they hosted the tournament in his honor.

“Gage was very active in fishing,” said event volunteer and emcee, Chris Russell. “He loved to play the guitar. We tied the two together, and what we’re doing here is bringing people together for a good time and for a good cause.”

Hundreds showed up up to participate and be a part of the event, showing the love people have for Pittman

“It’s a blessing to bring everyone together for a memorial for him, and it’s a great opportunity and very touching for the whole community to come together like this and live my brother’s name on,” said Pittman’s brother, Payton Pittman.

Keith Godden, Pittman’s best friend, added, “So just for the turnout to be this big, it’s actually so cool to see what a community can do when it comes together for someone they love and cherish.”

While the tournament prize money is all going back to the contestants, the money raised during the event goes towards a great cause

“The money raise here we go towards a scholarship engage his name. his life is taking too short and we want to make sure the more kids get an opportunity to go on.”

The resilience of the family and the community reminding them of how Pittman carried himself

“It’s kinda like gage’s life quote, ‘just to live a little,’ and it’s day for day. We’re all in troubled waters, we’re just in different boats, so we’re all out here just trying to have a good time and live on through his name,” added Payton.

Payton added, “Man, I love and miss you, Gage, and I can’t wait to see you, “dawg.” I can’t wait to catch some heavenly redfish with you brother, I cannot wait.”

The tournament continues Sunday where they will have their final weigh-ins between one and four.

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