Lauren Alvarez lives on Anna Maria Island off of Florida’s west coast. She currently works in sales and marketing “until my fishing TV show takes off!” she says. It’s no surprise that in her free time Lauren likes to go fishing. She’s also into collecting shark’s teeth. “It’s a little nerdy, but I’m addicted,” she says. Keep it up Lauren, the sport needs more ladies who can throw a cast net!
Q:How did you get into fishing?
A: I grew up fishing Tampa Bay with my dad for redfish and snook. He asked what I wanted for my ninth birthday and I said I wanted to go on a tarpon charter. He took me to Boca Grande, Florida, and I hooked and landed my very first tarpon on my exact birthday! The moment the fish came out of the water for its first jump, it was all over for me — I was hooked. One of my most memorable moments for sure.
Q: Cool. What’s your favorite type of fishing?
A: I love it all but I’m an inshore and tarpon kind of girl. Fishing schools of tarpon on the beach is my absolute favorite. I love beach snook and would love to get over to the East Coast when the cobia are on the rays!
Q: Ah, that sounds like a hint. Tell me about your ideal day on the water. Where would you go, what would you fish for?
A:Any day on the water is an ideal day but I would love to catch an 80-pound roosterfish! Costa Rica or Panama maybe. Gotta dream big. An ideal fishing day at home would be chasing the big schools of tarpon along the beaches of Anna Maria Island in crystal-clear water, using crabs and plenty of sunshine!
Q: Nice. How has the sport of fishing introduced you to new things or people?
A: The fishing industry is so closely connected and its awesome how almost everyone has heard of or knows each other. Sam Root has introduced me to so many people. Social networking in the fishing industry is really big also. It’s really cool to see and meet all the girls that are into fishing these days. The connections are incredible.
Q: So, do you hope to make a living fishing?
A: I absolutely do! It’s all I’ve ever wanted as a matter of fact. I would love for the show that Sam and I are working on, 3F Adventures, to really take off and be able to travel the world and check off every species from of my fishing bucket list! I would love nothing more.
Q: Tell us more about the 3F Adventures show.
A: It showcases whichever fishery we are fishing that day. We spend time at a local eatery as well and we include some adventure on the way. So far we have filmed bonefishing down in Biscayne Bay with Capt. Joe Gonzalez, redfish from a kayak with Capt. Jason Stock and offshore snapper and amberjack with Capt. Tim Noe. We’ve eaten at some great places and done some pretty cool stuff in between the fishing, so make sure to check it out! We’re looking forward to shooting some more awesome stuff soon.
Q:Does fishing on TV take some of the fun out of it?
A: Not at all! How I am in front of the camera is exactly the same as how I act when it’s not rolling. What you see is what you get. The only difference is that you get to share the experience with others and document your catches so it makes it that much better. And, Sam always has his still camera with him and gets some incredible photos.
Q: So, what’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on the water?
A: Oh man… there are so many! Those monster hammerheads always amaze me though. Especially when they are chasing free-swimming tarpon! I love watching the acrobatics.
Q: Ever been chased down by any sharks?
A:Yeah, being a tarpon angler I’ve seen and encountered my fair share of sharks! The hammerheads are awesome and pretty cool to watch. The bullsharks… not so much. They pack up and the show is over in no time.
Q: Got any cool trips coming up?
A: Actually I do. I’m planning on catching some swordfish in the Florida Keys with Capt. Brandon Mullar. I’m beyond excited about it. Being a west coast Florida girl I don’t get to fish the deep water as much as I should. This trip should be a lot of fun.
To see more of Lauren in action, visit 3fatv.com or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/3fatv.
And, a special thanks to Sam Root for letting us use these photos of Lauren. Check out Sam’s website, www.saltyshores.com, for more of his photography.