About NBCF

Naples Backcountry Fishing was founded by Capt. Kevin Merritt nearly 20 years ago after a career as a fishing and hunting guide in his home state of North Carolina. Capt. Kevin’s passion for fishing began in his childhood fishing with his father and brother. His love for the outdoors led him to pursue his education in environmental studies which included a semester at UC Santa Barbara studying coastal land use. He became a fishing guide to share the experience of the outdoors and spends more than 200 days on the water. Naples Backcountry Fishing clients often fish with tackle created by Capt. Kevin including custom rods, soft plastics, jigs and flies.

Today Naples Backcountry Fishing can count anglers from all over the world as clients, including several prominent celebrities from beginning level to the championship-level. From small children whose parents want to share the mastery of nature with them to lifelong fishermen, Naples Backcountry Fishing tailors each charter to suit that client’s ability and preferences.

“One of the reasons I love guiding out of Southwest Florida is that it’s one of the last Lewis and Clarke type locations. In a thousand lifetimes you could never see every piece of water in Everglades National Park. And with the Ten Thousand Islands to the south, Estero and Pine Island to the north, the constantly changing dynamic of nature in this area is constant state of flux. It forces professional guides to never settle for an average day.”

   — Capt. Kevin Merritt



My Story
My Story

Quick Facts About Capt. Kevin Merritt

Orvis-endorsed backcountry fly fishing instructor since 1999
USCG Master Licensed Captain
Noted national speaker on fishing, fishing destinations and the fishing industry
Four-time Inshore Tournament of Champions qualifying guide
Credited with two IGFA world record catches on fly tackle
Frequent competitor in local and national level tournaments
Author of travel articles on fishing, the fishing industry and fishing destinations
Frequently featured on local and national television and radio shows