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Sarasota mom becomes spearfishing star

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SARASOTA (FOX 13) -

It is a dangerous job, but Lisa Rollins lives for it.

"Once I fall into the water, all those worries and concerns go away and I'm focused on the now moment and surviving and doing my job," she said.

Rollins is the only female spearfishermen on the Weather Channel's newest show called "Catching Hell."

"As a woman in this male dominated sport, we always have to prove ourselves. At least we feel like it," she said.

The ten-week program follows spearfishing divers as they go on the hunt off the waters near Hudson in Pasco County.

Before diving into the water, Rollins was busy climbing the corporate ladder as the owner of a court-reporting agency.

"My mind is always cluttered with things to do, places to be, responsibilities and obligations," she said.

The Sarasota single mom needed a getaway.

"I hit a crossroad where I said I need to find balance and wanted to tap into what was really important," she said.

She found it under the water.

"I loved it so much that I wound up getting hours and hours of experience, and when you get lots of experience, you get good and I just never stopped," she said.

Last year, she was hired by a local captain as a spearfisherman.

“I give a lot of credit to Captain James for hiring me. There are not a lot of guys would have hired a woman to work on their boat," she said.

As she gets ready for her big TV debut, she hopes her role will influence other women to follow their passions.

"I hope other women will look at that and say, if she can do that then I can do that too," she said.

"Catching Hell" debuts Sunday, June 1, at 9 PM on The Weather Channel. A red carpet premiere party will be held at the Daiquiri Deck on Siesta Key. The party starts at 7 p.m. June 1.

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