Growing up in on the island of Puerto Rico, Carlos Correa said fishing was basically a family tradition. His grandparents fished and passed the craft to his father, who showed a young Correa how to fish as well. It led to countless memories.
Correa, the All-Star shortstop who a month ago helped the Astros win the World Series, put those skills to good use when he, along with fiancée Daniella Rodriguez, surprised 100 kids at a fishing clinic Saturday morning at a Houston-area Bass Pro Shops location.
“It was fun to see a lot of kids out there trying to learn how to go out there and try to fish,” Correa said. “It was fun to see kids and be able to interact with them and spend some time.”
The event was put on by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, TakeMeFishing.org, Fishing’s Future and Bass Pro Shops. Correa showed off his fishing skills by reeling in a plastic fish during a demonstration, but Rodriguez showed her fishing prowess as well.
“I was never that great at it, but I caught a fish my first time doing this, so it’s all about practicing,” said Rodriguez, who received Correa’s marriage proposal on the field in the moments following Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.
Correa said he would fish for everything growing up, scouring local rivers for shrimp and trying to reel in salmon and sea bass out of the ocean. He’s not one to come up with a sensationalized fish story.
“The biggest fish I caught — I don’t remember the size — but it was not that big,” he said. “My dad and my grandad did a better job.”
Even though there’s plenty of saltwater and freshwater fishing in southeast Texas, Correa said he hadn’t been fishing since coming to Houston.
“It’s been so busy with baseball and everything and traveling back home and back to Houston,” he said. “It’s been crazy.”
Last weekend, Correa and Rodriguez traveled to his hometown in Puerto Rico for a charity event to help local residents still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
“The most important thing we’ve done is helping others and being able to impact other people’s lives,” he said. “We had a lot of fun and impacted a lot of kids. There were over 1,000 kids over there and we handed out a lot of gifts for the people in my hometown, and they were running short on supplies, so we were able to bring a lot food for the kids. It was just awesome.”