NY Steamfitter and Autism Advocate Shows Off Angling Skills on National Outdoor TV Show


Nashville, TN – Jay Rodriquez, a steamfitter, autism advocate and former Navy Recruitment Chief Petty Officer from Rocky Point will star in a Montauk fishing episode on the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s new TV show, Brotherhood Outdoors at 8 p.m. ETon Thursday, July 28 on the Sportsman Channel.

Hosted by noted outdoorsman, Tom Ackerman, Brotherhood Outdoors puts American workers in the spotlight, giving them the opportunity to join Ackerman for a quality outfitted North American trip of their choosing or to act as his guide, taking him to their favorite hunting or fishing location.

A life-long angler, Rodriquez opted to take Ackerman fishing to show off one of his family’s favorite traditions. Ackerman and Rodriquez took their chances and set out for Montauk Harbor just before Hurricane Earl was slated to come through the area.

“Going from working in the chaos of the city to fishing out in Montauk is pretty similar,” said Rodriquez.  “It can be so busy, so fast—you just have to be alert.”

The churning, pre-hurricane waters stirred up the stripers, blues and false albacore bringing them to the top of the water and providing unmatched fishing for Ackerman and Rodriquez.

“I’ve spent a lifetime chasing striped base—I even guide up in Maine—and I have never seen anything like that,” said Ackerman. “I could live to be 100 years old and I will never forget what we saw on that trip.”

In addition to the exhilarating fishing excursion, viewers will also get an intimate glimpse into the life of Rodriquez, a blue-collar character with a passion for the great outdoors and a desire to make a difference in his community.

A steamfitter with UA Local 638 in New York City, Rodriquez became a widower in his twenties after his wife died unexpectedly. Left to raise a young son on his own, Rodriquez left the navy, moved to New York and later remarried. His youngest son, Justice, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old prompting the family to start the nonprofit Justice 4 Autism, which works to raise awareness as well as imperative funding to support autism based programs and activities.

Tune in to the Sportsman Channel at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 28 to see how Ackerman and Rodriquez fare in the waters of Montauk Bay on this exciting episode ofBrotherhood Outdoors.

For more information visit http://www.BrotherhoodOutdoors.tv orhttp://www.unionsportsmen.org.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a Union-dedicated outdoor organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the Union community to expand and improve hunting and fishing access and wildlife habitat throughout North America. For more information, visithttp://www.unionsportsmen.org or http://www.facebook.com/unionsportsmen.

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