About the Captain

FP-Chris & OmieAbout the Captain – Chris Gornell

Chris has been fishing for a living for 18 years and has held a Captain position for 8 years. He has his 100-ton Master’s License. Before taking on a Captain’s role, Chris mated for Brynner Parks on the Smoker and for Ronnie Fields on the D.A. Sea. Chris’s boat has had the distinct honor of being named the Top Private Boat for most billfish released and placed in the top 3 of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament several times. Some of Chris’s best days fishing include releasing 36 White Marlin fishing out of Ocean City and releasing 74 Sailfish while fishing out of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Fishing has taken Chris all over, from the Outer Banks to Ocean City to Florida, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and throughout the Carribbean. Chris has won tournaments throughout the U.S. as well as in the Bahamas, Panama and Turks and Caicos.

When Chris isn’t on the water, he spends his time with his wife, Lauren Gornell, and their daughter, Omie, who is named after Lauren’s grandfather, the legendary Outer Banks fisherman Omie Tillet.

The First Mate on the Fin Planner is Danny Prettyman. FP-DannyDanny has been a professional mate for over a decade, has fished all over the world, and has been fishing with Chris for 3 years. Both Chris and Danny are hard working, yet easy-going. They’re focused on serving your needs to make your experience on the Fin Planner truly unforgettable!