Fishing Chick Lace Allenius
BD got a chance to chat with Capt. Lace Rose Allenius about her accomplishments and how she has merged her love of fishing with a career as a journalist.
Q: Where do you call home and what do you do for a living?
A: I live on the west coast of Florida, and also maintain a residence in Manhattan, NYC. I work as the Business Development Manager for Extreme Fishing Adventures TV show on NBC Sports.
Q: Does fishing leave time for other hobbies?
A: Besides competitive sport fishing, I play classical piano and I’m always up for a game of chess!
Q: You mentioned competitive fishing, what tournaments come to mind?
A: I just got back from Grand Cayman, where Capt. Jimmy Nelson and I competed in the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament. Check out the upcoming issue of Gaff Magazine, where you can read about it in my column, ‘Escape from the Big City Life’.
Q: How did this love of fishing begin?
A: I grew up fishing in the Florida Keys with my father. My first memory is the colorful schools of parrotfish swimming by the seawall in my backyard. I’ve been fishing my entire life, and it’s always been a source of pure happiness for me.
Q: Do you have a favorite?
A: Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite kind of fishing is, it’s a tough question. Going for sharks on the Florida flats, battling the fiercest tuna and billfish of the tropics, diving to snag some lobster, snapper or hogfish, and surfcasting for stripersfrom the lighthouse on Montauk, NY are definitely some of my favorite kinds of fishing.
Q: Are there any goals you have set for your fishing future?
A: I would like to spend my life trying to put my hands on as many different species of fish as possible. Oh, and of course I’m itching to plan my trip to go diving with Great White Sharks!
Q: What aspect of fishing appeals to you?
A: I like the fact that it is a lifelong journey. There will never be an end to the adventure. Also, it’s a passion that you’re born with. One can never realistically master every type of fishing for every species of fish in the world, and see every inch of the underwater planet, so as a fisherman, my life will be filled with a quest for knowledge that has no expiration date.
Q: Tell me about EFA and how you are involved.
A: I work for NBC Sports’ TV show Extreme Fishing Adventures as their Business Development Manager. We shot two shows (inshore and offshore) in the Florida Keys, where I was the guest Captain, and it was an awesome experience!
Q: Describe one of the most memorable moments in your fishing experience?
A: I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to glide out on a paddleboard next to a mother and baby humpback whale. We were in Mexico on a Salt Life trip, and I was there as a team journalist. They were fin smacking on the surface, and it was a beautiful experience.
Q: Is there a highlight of your career so far?
A: As a journalist, being on the cover of Gaff Magazine in order to introduce my column was a proud moment for me. It’s an amazing feeling to know that you can be a strong woman on the outside, and people are reading what’s on the inside of the magazine to appreciate the strength of your thoughts and opinions.
Our thanks to Capt. Lace for taking the time to share her experience with us at BD. You can follow her adventures at www.fishingadventureswithlace.com.