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Going fishing with Miss Florida USA

Miss Florida USA would rather be fishing

If you're looking to meet the new Miss Florida USA 2016, Brie Gabrielle, head to sea. You might spot her on a boat reeling in a snook or snapper.

Gabrielle, 25, calls herself a "beach baby" and thanks to her gig as co-host of "Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report," she's become an expert angler as well.

"I started fishing when I was little. My dad had a dock at his home in Palm Beach Gardens," she said. "I absolutely love it. It's a total skill that you have to learn. You have to know how to read the water, read the weather, read what's going on with the current."

At 5 foot 8, Gabrielle, a model and actress, is stunning. But you'll most likely find her outdoors on the water surfing or scuba diving, not shopping for clothes at the mall.

"People think all [pageant contestants] are worried about looks, makeup and clothing," said Gabrielle, of Boynton Beach. "So it's exciting that I get to bridge that gap because I'm on a fishing show and I love being outdoors … I would much rather not wear makeup, I'm not a materialistic person and I would rather just wear jeans and a T-shirt."

On the fishing show, which is filmed at Comtel Studios in North Miami and airs weekly on Fox Sun Sports, Gabrielle and host Rick Murphy offer advice on fishing conditions such as weather, safety and tackle. Often she'll go out on trips with fishing captains to prerecord segments used on the show.

She has been on the show for two seasons. Murphy hired her after a job tryout fishing in the Everglades. "She cast three red fish, but more importantly she was accurate with the way she could catch a fish and bait the hook," Murphy said.

"I think the thing I enjoy about most about Brie is that she never has a bad day. She comes in here, she's ready to go to work, writes her own intro and segments," Murphy said from a recent day on set. "I'll say some quirky thing about fishing and Brie hits it out of the park, and that's what our viewers love about her."

Her career in front of the camera started early. When she was 14, she and her mom moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She has appeared on TV shows such as "Cold Case," "Criminal Minds," "My Name is Earl" and "Hannah Montana."

Her most recent stint was on the Netflix series "Bloodline." "That was one of my [television] shows that I booked while living Florida, which was fun because when I left L.A. I said Florida is my home, I miss it and I want to go back."

Gabrielle was born in Miami and has lived in California, Colorado and Ohio. She moved back to Florida after graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

She is no stranger to the pageant world, and was crowned Miss Malibu USA 2012 and was first runner up in the Miss California USA 2012 pageant and second runner up in the 2013 pageant. She also held the Miss Palm Beach USA 2015 title. She'll compete for the Miss USA title next July.

She says there are misconceptions about the pageant world. "I hate the stigma, I really do," she said. "People think [pageant contestants] are stupid, but the girls in the pageant are far from it. Most of them are well-educated, they have amazing jobs and they're doing it to build confidence."

Since being crowned Miss Florida in July, she's been making appearances at charity events and for the Stop Bullying Now Foundation, which she is a spokesperson for. "I had some issues with bullying in middle school and was home schooled because of it."

Her advice to victims of bullying is to seek help and try your best to ignore the people taunting you. "Looking back, if I could tell myself something it would be to just to be yourself and don't let anyone take your sparkle away...your fire. That is what makes you, that's what makes people love you."

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