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Correa and fiancée Daniella Rodriguez help get kids hooked on fishing.
Houston Astros star Carlos Correa gave 100 kids the surprise of a lifetime when he and fiancée Daniella Rodriguez showed up at a youth fishing clinic in Katy, Texas earlier today. The event was held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in partnership with Vamos A Pescar™, an initiative by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Fishing’s Future.
“Carlos is an excellent advocate in our mission to inspire and engage the next generation of lifelong anglers and boaters,” says RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Providing education and creating more opportunities for young people to fish and boat in urban areas are crucial steps to securing the future of the sport.”
An avid fisherman who grew up in the fishing village of Barrio Velazquez, Puerto Rico, Correa had plenty of tips and tricks to share about his favorite offseason pastime. He and Rodriguez helped local youth learn essential fishing skills like how to cast a line, bait a hook, identify fish and more – all while graciously starring in many selfies taken with starstruck young fans.
“Fishing is a great way to connect with nature and create memories — not only for Daniella and me, or for me and my family, but also for these kids and their families,” says Correa. “It also teaches you the importance of dedication — a skill that’s been essential for me out on the ballfield. There’s nothing like catching your first fish to teach you the satisfaction of accomplishing something you’ve worked hard for. Partnering with RBFF to pass this on to younger generations is an effort I’m proud to be a part of.”
“Bass Pro Shops is committed to connecting kids and families to nature and inspiring the next generation of outdoor stewards,” said Steve Dooley, general manager of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Katy, Texas. “Partnering with RBFF and Fishing’s Future to teach fishing skills will greatly benefit the future of conservation. We’re proud to host this event and welcome a champion like Carlos, and his fiancée Daniella, to Bass Pro Shops.”
Recreational fishing and boating is key to the preservation of our country’s natural resources because for every fishing license sold, 100 percent of the proceeds are invested directly into state aquatic conservation programs.