Brian Lemelin

Meet Captain Brian Lemelin

Meet Your Tampa Bay Fishing Charter captain and His Boat

About Captain Brian Lemelin:

Capt. Brian is originally from Lake Luzerne, NY in the great Adirondack Mountains, where his passion for the outdoors started. While serving in the US Air Force, he had the opportunity to fish and hunt in various locations around the world. He moved to the Tampa Bay area 27 years ago and fell in love with the great fishing opportunities the bay and gulf waters provided. He honed his skills as a charter captain by fishing and first mating for many of the best Captains in Tampa Bay.

Capt. Brian has won and placed in numerous fishing tournaments in Tampa, Florida. He also gives back to the community as a sponsor, participant and volunteer. These include the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Wounded Warriors in Action, Veterans in Action, Martha Mary’s House for Abused Women, to name a few.

Capt. Brian is also the owner of South Shore Watersports (SSWS). Located at the beautiful Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin, Fl. SSWS provides all your water sport needs with Jetski, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Jetski tours, cruises, tubing, and bike rentals are also available. When you are finished fishing for the day, rent a kayak or jetski and explore the Florida mangroves even more!


Capt. Brian specializes in inshore fishing targeting Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Cobia, Mackerel, Sharks, Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, Grouper and various other species throughout Tampa Bay. Shark Fishing is very popular as well as snook fishign in Florida, redfish fishing, and Tarpon season in Florida!

Most Suitable Guests:

Whether you’re an experienced angler looking for a great fishing experience or a beginner looking to learn more about fishing, Capt. Brian will make sure your fishing charter is a success. He has the skills and knowledge necessary to accommodate any level of angler. He can also provide jetski, kayak, and paddleboard rentals and tours, allowing you to explore the Florida mangroves even more!

Soonest Trip Availability


Optimus Fishing Charters Available Trips


Expertise & Attributes

8 Years of Experience

fishing Attributes

Master Guide
Nature / Wildlife Views
Saltwater Fishing
Live Bait
Technical Fishing
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
Drift Fishing
Good with Large Groups
Good with New Anglers
Good with Families
Good with Kids

hunting Attributes

First Aid&cpr Certified
First Time Hunters
Group/Party trips
Long Rangers
Mountain Hunting

Gear & Equipment

Available Fishing Gear

Fly Box
Fly Lines
Insect Repellant
Leader Tippet
Live Bait
Medical Supplies

Good to Knows

Trip Includes: 

- Rods, Reels & Tackle 

- Fishing License 

- Live Bait

- Lures

- Catch cleaning & filleting

- Dinks

- First Mate


What to bring: 

- Hat, Sunscreen, Polaroid Sunglasses 

- Wear weather appropriate clothing 

- Food & Drinks 

DEPOSIT: A deposit is required for all bookings and will be applied at checkout 


BALANCE: The remaining balance is due on the trip date as either Credit Card or Cash. 


GUEST CANCELLATION: In the event that you must cancel your booking, your deposit is non-refundable. Rescheduling is encouraged and dependent on guide availability. 


GUIDE CANCELLATION: In the rare event that your guide must cancel due to inclement weather, health, or equipment issues, you will have the option to reschedule your charter for a later date or receive a refund on your deposit. 


TIPPING: Tips to your guide are greatly appreciated for your quality trip. 




Optimus Prime 2

Boat Type: Motorboat (engine-powered)

Boat Guest Capacity: 6

Boat Length: 24

Manufacturer Name: Kencraft

Model Year: 2021

Number of Engines: 1

Horsepower per Engine: 200

Maximum Cruising Speed: 40

Boat Registration: Not Given

Features: GPS, Fish Finder, VHF Radio, Wireless Trolling Motor, First Mate, Livewell / Live Bait Tank