Captain
Ryan Gill

Member since June 2014

Fort Walton Beach, United States

Background
Ryan is a 13 year Air Force veteran. He started Champion Charters after he decided to leave the Air Force and chase his dream of being a charter captain and sharing his expertise with others.
Techniques
Ryan likes to mix it up by trolling and bottom fishing depending on conditions. Additionally, he likes to slow troll live bait over structure and natural bottom.

Hey, I'm Captain Ryan Gill

Fort Walton Beach, United States
Background
Ryan is a 13 year Air Force veteran. He started Champion Charters after he decided to leave the Air Force and chase his dream of being a charter captain and sharing his expertise with others.
Techniques
Ryan likes to mix it up by trolling and bottom fishing depending on conditions. Additionally, he likes to slow troll live bait over structure and natural bottom.
Angler's Choice
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My Charter Listings

Fort Walton Beach
trips from
US$ 700

Fishing Reports

Near Shore Wahoo

May 13, 2015

It was a typical day on the Gulf State waters, plucking away at the bottom fish, trolling over broken and natural bottom, you know the drill. While trolling for King Mackerel about 15 miles East of the Destin Pass,… Read Full Report →


Plenty of Snapper still available

June 10, 2015

Red Snapper season is well under way and most of the public spots have been fished pretty hard. There are still plenty of snapper in state waters to be caught. Knowing what to look for is key to filling… Read Full Report →


Warm Waters = Hot Fishing

July 31, 2015

The waters are just about as warm as they are going to get. Some days reaching nearly 90 degrees. This means the fish will be constantly moving looking for cooler waters and food. The early morning bite has been… Read Full Report →


September and October Fishing Forecast

September 07, 2015

September and October are two of the best months to fish in Destin. The waters are still warm and some exciting species start to come close to shore. We've already hooked up a nice sailfish and expect to see… Read Full Report →


Pre-Spring Break Triggers and Jacks

February 05, 2016

Its almost spring break time again. Unlike last year we are able to keep Triggerfish and they are chewing pretty good! We've also been seeing some nice Amberjack on the artificial wrecks. Mingo snapper are mixed in along with… Read Full Report →


Big Triggers and nice AJs

February 29, 2016

Spring time in the Florida Panhandle can be unpredictable. Sunny and 70s one day and a gloomy 50s the next. Fortunately we have a couple day weather window to get off shore and wet a line. We headed out… Read Full Report →


Early Spring Triggers

March 18, 2016

After a quick check of the radar and determine we had a small window to get the trip in, we headed out of the East Pass in search of triggerfish. After landing and releasing a nice Gag Grouper caught… Read Full Report →


Big jacks and sore backs

April 09, 2016

It started out as a Cobia trip, but my crew and I quickly grew bored looking for them along the East Beach. We made the decision to head south to deeper water after some Amberjack. It didn't take long… Read Full Report →


Opening Weekend of Red Snapper

May 07, 2016

The much anticipated opening weekend of red snapper didn't disappoint. There were a ton of boats out enjoying the near perfect weather. The seas were calm and the fish were chewing! We headed down the West beach towards Pensacola… Read Full Report →


Good variety available now!

June 02, 2016

The red snapper have been a little finicky lately, but with a little work you can find them. Even if they don't want to cooperate, there are plenty of other hungry fish to keep you occupied. The black snapper… Read Full Report →


Big Kings

July 02, 2016

This trip was booked months in advance and moved several times. Probably the most important trip of the year and I didn't make a dime! This trip was specifically for my family, my son Andrew in particular. He had… Read Full Report →


Big Cobia Surprise

July 28, 2016

It started out like most other six hour trips. We made a stop at a known King Mackerel spot to kick things off. After boating a few Macs we spotted a Cobia lurking just below the surface. I sent… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.47 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We told Capt. Ryan that we wanted to catch big fish.  He knew where to go to make sure we had a fishing trip to remember. This was the best offshore fishing trip I have ever been on.  I will definitely use Capt. Ryan whenever I am in the Destin area.  We caught a Nurse Shark and Bonito. It was a great trip!!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, July 8, 2016

Great trip. Really appreciate the fact that the Captain did not waiste our time at non productive spots. He moved us around to find the fish.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 17, 2015

Captain Ryan had warned use that the tide was going to be high and had even offered to refund our payment. Boats under 30ft was advised not to go out but the Champion is over 30ft and our boys had drove down 6hrs after work on Friday getting in after midnight just for this fishing trip on Saturday and was ready to go fishing. It was not a good day to be out fishing but we never felt unsafe at anytime.  Captain Ryan handled the boat very well. We caught several fish but most had to be thrown back. Thanks Captain Ryan for taken my guys fishing.

Fished October 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, August 21, 2015

We had a great time fishing with Captain Ryan. We caught quite a few fish. Captain Ryan was knowledgeable and helpful w/some pretty green fisherman. The boat was as advertised and plenty of time was spent on the water fishing. Captain Ryan was fun to be around and had a great sense of humor. I would definitely recommend Champion Charters.

Fished August 2015

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Ryan Gill (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 24, 2015

Brian, thanks for the great review.  I hope to see you and your crew next year!

Went fishing on Friday, July 31, 2015

Captain Ryan took us out for a 6 hour charter. Ryan was very responsive during the booking and on-time and ready to go when we arrived that morning. The boat was great - including some shade and a small cabin if needed. We had 5 people in our group - experts to novice - and Ryan was able to guide each of us through challenging battles. We got really lucky and caught lots of fish - a few we had to throw back for various reasons, but the majority we kept. Ryan had a great demeanor - part instructor, part good natured teaser. Everyone felt relaxed and in good hands. At the end of the day, Ryan cleaned the fish for us, and we left with lots of fish for our next several dinners. I’d highly recommend Champion Charters and Captain Ryan.

Fished July 2015

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Ryan Gill (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 24, 2015

Bryn, glad you guys had a good time.  I had a blast taking you guys out and hope to do it again soon.

Went fishing on Thursday, July 30, 2015

The fishing was good. We caught several “keepers”. The captain could have been a little more patient with us “first-timers” but after a short while, we found out groove and everything calmed down. We will definitely be going again!

Fished July 2015

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Ryan Gill (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 24, 2015

Peg,

Thanks for the review.  You guys sure kept me on my toes!  Hope to see you again soon.

Went fishing on Thursday, July 9, 2015

Advertised as a 6-hour trip, spent 5 hours on the water.  We caught 4 fish between 6 people.

Robert Weems does not recommend Champion Charters

Fished July 2015

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Ryan Gill (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Robert, I wish we could have put more fish in the box.  I know for certain we spent six hours on the water unless you asked to return early or weather did not allow it.

Went fishing on Sunday, June 28, 2015

CPT Ryan was great. Friendly and accommodating . Found great fishing and helped the notice fisherman. Highly recommend.

Fished June 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, October 17, 2014

This was a nice fishing trip.  No record breakers, but we caught lots of fish. Unfortunately the majority had to go back due to size limits or being out of season. We managed to put some fish in the box for dinner though.

I would say the captain was really good and I would recommend him.

Fished October 2014

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Went fishing on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

refusing to bring certain fish on board such as shark and other fish for pics

Fished October 2014

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Ryan Gill (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Richard, thank you so much for booking with us.  Unfortunately, sometimes we err on the side of caution when dealing with such species as sharks.  We always do our best to take advantage of a photo op, but we are not willing to jeopardize our client’s safety to get a good picture.  Thanks again for your business!

Went fishing on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Captain Ryan,

Thanks for a great day. We caught plenty of fish, unfortunately red snapper had to be released due to the season, but they will be bigger next year. Ryan was great with 4 16 and 17 year olds on board. They caught fish and had fun learning about deep sea fishing. I always recommend fishing with a young ex-military man. Thanks for the day and for serving our country.

Fished October 2014

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Went fishing on Sunday, September 7, 2014

It was an excellent trip. The captain, Ryan, is great fisherman and it was pleasure to go fishing with him. He did a great job and we caught a lot of fish but we have to return almost all of them due to catch and release policy.
Great trip I just gave one star less for overall experience since I couldn’t keep anything for dinner

Fished September 2014

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