Carlo Correa, fisherman

Carlo Correa with children

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 on Dec. 2. 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 ball field. There’s nothing like catching your first fish to teach you the satisfaction of accomplishing something you’ve worked hard for.”