A native of Long Island, NY, Captain Tom Cornicelli has been professionally guiding for more than 20 years and he has received widespread acclaim for his combined talents as an artist and full time waterfowl and fishing guide.
As a high profile charter boat captain and angler, Tom
is a five-time I.G.F.A. (International Game Fish Association) world record holder on the fly rod and his
accomplishments on the water are unrivaled.
During the off-season, Tom is a full time wildfowl artist and has been creating his art since 1987.
It all started in the salt marshes of Long Island.
In those days Tom
carved decoys for hunting.
After being urged by a friend to attend some of the local carving shows, Tom's work quickly became competitive at the "world class" level of competition.
Since 1992 he
has consistently placed in the numerous carving shows throughout the county.
In 2004 he
was awarded "Best in Show" World Gunning Pairs and "Best in Show "at the Ward Foundations Chesapeake Challenge competition Silhouette Division.
At the Ward Foundations
2005 World Carving competition he
again was awarded "Best in Show "honors in the World Gunning Pairs Division.
His energy and enthusiasm for his craft have never been greater and have not gone unnoticed as recently, he was recruited by Avery Outdoors to compliment their Greenhead Gear line of decoys and carved the Over-Size Canvasback Drake that was introduced in 2005.
A much sought after speaker and consummate teacher, his
presentations on waterfowling are unparalleled and he
looks forward to bringing his
wealth of knowledge to Avery's Pro-Staff
Whether it is open water hunting for divers, gunning puddlers or field shooting for geese, this veteran guide is considered by many to be one of the best in the business and his
passion for waterfowl is exhibited in his
art, photography and career.