ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrity mom Alexa PenaVega has made a name for herself on the screen, but these days she's making a name for herself on the water—as a fisherwoman. Together with her husband Carlos and the couple's 18-month-old son Ocean, and just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week, PenaVega is helping fellow moms across the country plan their own outdoor family adventures with the Top Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat. Created by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ brand, the list features family-favorite fishing holes in all 50 states, as selected through a nationwide vote by thousands of moms.
"Fishing and boating have been important parts of my life since childhood," said PenaVega. "Now that I'm a mom, I'm proud to help elevate the voices of other moms across the nation to announce this fantastic resource. We love taking our son fishing to relax and reconnect as a family." PenaVega rose to stardom in 2001 with her role as Carmen Cortez in "Spy Kids," later starring on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" alongside her husband.
An active millennial parent, PenaVega knows firsthand how important it is for families of all kinds to have opportunities for safe, fun outdoor recreation. A Mom-Approved Place to Fish and Boat is driving-distance from urban areas and has ample family-friendly amenities such as play areas, easy parking and picnic facilities, as well as safe water and boat access. And of course, Mom-Approved Places are packed with plenty of fish to catch.
In addition to announcing the Top Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in each state, RBFF is launching a nationwide vote for the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the country. Everyone is invited to cast their vote at TakeMeFishing.org now through Friday, June 29. Each vote is an entry to win a family fishing and boating trip to sunny Fort Myers, Fla. The Top 10, to be announced in July, will reign supreme on the national stage.
"It's not just dads taking the kids out fishing anymore," said Stephanie Vatalaro, Vice President of Communications at RBFF. "A recent Aquatic Resources Education Association and RBFF Report shows that kids today are more likely to go fishing with their moms. Alexa PenaVega is a prime example that now more than ever, women are shattering the 'bass' ceiling."
Families are invited to try out Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat near them June 2–10 during National Fishing and Boating Week, an event highlighting the important role recreational fishing and boating play in sustaining our country's natural resources. As part of National Fishing and Boating Week, states around the country will offer Free Fishing Days when anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without needing to purchase a fishing license. For a calendar of Free Fishing Days, visit TakeMeFishing.org.
About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation's aquatic natural resources. RBFF's recently announced 60 in 60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport by the end of 2021. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation. These campaigns help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org and TakeMeFishing.org/es, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.
SOURCE Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation