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Brian Nelli with Pushin' Water Kayak Charters

Brian Nelli

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 Sportsman and he loves the thrill of the hunt and to share his passion of fishing with others.

Brian Nelli Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Champion

Tournament Accomplishments

  • 2022 – 2nd Place – EKFT – Summer Slam – Pompano Beach
  • 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

Interested in Kayak Fishing?

Posting this on behalf of my husband Jeff. If you are looking for a great off shore kayak fishing experience in South Florida, Brian of Pushin’ Water is your guy. I had an amazing time today, Brian is a great guide and got me on the fish of a lifetime; my first Sailfish ever! I definitely will be planning another trip with Brian, when I am back in South Florida in the future. Thank you Brian, I am reliving my day over and over in my head. So cool!

Ruth Semlak

Awesome experience coming out for a week vacation package and fishing with Brian. Him and Kelly were gracious hosts, we ate amazing food, and the fishing was insanely good especially at the house! Highly recommend you figure out a way to get on one of these bucket list trips you’ll never forget. Thank you for having us and we’ll see yall again here soon.


Brian is a true professional! Flew down from Tennessee and he was able to put me on my very first sailfish! Absolutely incredible time. Recommend 100%!!! Will be coming back!