About Your Guide

Brian Nelli - Florida Sportsman

Brian was raised in the North West Suburbs of Chicago. His passion for fishing started at a young age catching Bluegill, Carp and Bass in neighborhood lakes and rivers. During his adolescence he made a yearly kayak fishing trip to Minnesota in search of Walleye, Northen Pike, Crappie and Muskie. From age 13 to 18 he was making yearly trips to Florida fishing the beaches for Snook and Tarpon. 

 

Once Brian graduated college he decided he needed to make the move to the place where fishing could be a year-round activity. Since 2006 Brian has been kayak fishing the inshore, nearshore and offshore waters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. Since 2009 he has been offshore fishing in kayak tournaments all around Florida. Brian is sponsored by some of the biggest companies in the industry including Hobie, Frogg Toggs, D.O.A. Lures, Eagle Claw, Catch Fishing and Yozuri. Brian is a true Florida Sportman and he loves the thrill of the hunt and to share his passion of fishing with others.

Some Tournament Accomplishments Include:

2022 – 1st Place – EKFT – Sailfish Smack Down – Pompano Beach

2021 – 3rd Place – GOAT – Navarre Beach

2020 – 2nd Place – GOAT – Navarre Beach

2019 – 3rd Place – EKFT – Summer Slam 1 – Pompano Beach

2019 – 1st Place – IFA Kayak Tour – New Smyrna Beach

2019 – 1st Place Kingfish – EKFT – Sailfish Smackdown – Pompano Beach

2018 – 6th Place – China Open – Sichuan Province, China

2018 – 1st Place Mahi – EKFT – Sailfish Smack Down – Pompano Beach

2017 – 3rd Place – Beach & Boards Fest – Cocoa Beach

2017 – 2nd Place  – KBF Trail – Toad Fest on the Marsh – Fellsmere
2016 – 1st Place Kayak Division – Shields Inshore Open – Jensen Beach
2016 – 2nd Place Small Boat (Kayak) – Big Dog Fat Cat – Riviera Beach
2016 – 2nd Place Slam – DOA Paddlers Tournament – Stuart
2016 – 2nd Place – EKFT – Sailfish Smack Down – Pompano Beach
2015 – 1st Place – EKFT – Battle in Bahamas 
2014 – 1st Place – EKFT- Battle in Bahamas
2013 – 1st Place – EKFT – September Slam – Pompano Beach
2013 – 2nd Place – EKFT- May Madness – Pompano Beach
2013 – 1st Place Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge – Offshore Division
2013 – 2nd Place Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge – Inshore Division
2013 – 4th Place Slam – DOA Paddlers Tournament – Stuart
2012 – 1st Place Trout – Shields Inshore Open – Jensen Beach
2010 – 1st Place Redfish – IFA Kayak Tour – Punta Gorda
2010 – 1st Place Redfish – IFA Kayak Tour – Sarasota
2010 – 1st Place – Flotilla Offshore Kayak Challenge
2009 – 1st Place – Flotilla Offshore Kayak Challenge
2009 – 1st Place Slam – DOA Paddlers Tournament – Stuart

Kayak Fishing Trip | Battle in the Bahamas Champion
Offshore Fishing | Sailfish Smackdown Champion -
Kayak Fishing Trip | Battle in the Bahamas Champion