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    Posted January 31, 2014 by
    cortez, Florida

    Young angler also a philanthropist


    A Manatee County teen is using her love of fishing as a way to help those in need.

    Chasten Whitfield, 14, from Cortez, got hooked on fishing at the age of two.

    “I like to fish,” said Whitfield. “It’s very fun. It’s relaxing, but hard at the same time.”

    Now more than a decade later, the 8th grader at King Middle School is a force to be reckoned with.

    While out on the water, this teenage girl is proving this isn’t just a male dominated sport.

    “I’ve caught a 35-inch cobia with my dad, a 20-inch kingfish with my mom, and more,” said Whitfield.

    But for Chasten fishing isn’t just a hobby, it’s also a way to help those in need. When she participates in fishing tournaments, she doesn’t pocket the cash prizes. Instead, she donates it to local charities.

    “I like the feeling of giving back,” she said.

    Acts of kind ness her mother says is inspiring.

    “I’m proud beyond belief,” said Kapi Whitfield. “It’s incredible.”

    Whitfield has been a philanthropist since the age of five. That’s when she started selling lemonade, holding garages sales and emptying her piggy bank to help those who need it most.

    But now she said she found her niche, using fishing to raise money for charity.

    The young angler said she hopes to start her own fishing show soon as well as organize some local kids fishing tournaments.

    In addition to fishing for charities, Chasten also teaches fishing seminars and writes fishing articles.

    For more information about Chasten, visit her website.
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