Ryan Banta

Meet Captain Ryan Banta

Meet Captain Ryan Banta and Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter

Captain Ryan Banta is a seasoned angler with a deep-rooted passion for fishing and the outdoors. With 25 years of experience fishing the local waters of East Tennessee, Ryan has honed his skills and knowledge, making him a trusted guide for fishing enthusiasts. His decision to start guiding fishing trips was driven by his desire to share the beauty of nature and the thrill of fishing with others. Ryan's genuine love for the sport is evident in his approach, as he takes great joy in seeing the excitement on an angler's face when they hook their first big fish.

Known for his expertise and enthusiasm, Captain Ryan Banta goes above and beyond to ensure his guests have an unforgettable fishing experience. His guided trips not only provide an opportunity to catch a variety of fish but also offer a chance to appreciate the stunning landscapes of East Tennessee. Whether you're a novice angler or a seasoned pro, Captain Ryan's trips are tailored to meet your needs, promising a day filled with excitement, learning, and appreciation for the great outdoors.

Captain Ryan Banta is well-versed in a variety of fishing techniques, including light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. His expertise in these techniques allows him to adapt to different fishing conditions and target a wide range of fish species. Whether you're looking for a thrilling fight with deep-sea fish or a relaxing day of bottom fishing, Captain Ryan has the skills and knowledge to make your fishing trip a success.

Boat Details:

Captain Ryan's boat, the Sun Chaser, is a 23-foot motorboat powered by a single 150-horsepower Honda engine, offering a smooth and comfortable ride on the water. With a guest capacity of 6, the Sun Chaser is spacious enough to accommodate your fishing party while providing ample room for casting lines and enjoying the scenic views of East Tennessee's waters. Whether you're chasing after trophy-sized bass or cruising along the lake, the Sun Chaser is the perfect vessel for a memorable fishing adventure.

Captain Ryan's second boat, the Seaark (Dual console), is a 24-foot motorboat equipped with a powerful 250-horsepower Suzuki engine, ensuring a thrilling and fast-paced fishing experience. With a guest capacity of 4, this boat is ideal for smaller groups looking for an intimate fishing adventure. The Seaark features a dual console design, providing ample space for guests to move around comfortably. Additionally, the boat is equipped with a fighting chair and bait tank, making it perfect for anglers looking to hook big fish. Whether you're an experienced angler or new to the sport, the Seaark promises an exciting and productive day on the water.

Soonest Trip Availability


Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter Available Trips


Expertise & Attributes

28 Years of Experience

fishing Attributes

Master Guide
Nature / Wildlife Views
Freshwater Fishing
Good with Large Groups
Good with New Anglers
Good with Families
Good with Kids

Gear & Equipment

Available Fishing Gear

Fishing Poles
Live Bait

Good to Knows

Trip Includes: 

- Rods, Reels & Tackle 

- Lures (When Applicable)

- Live Bait (When Applicable) 

- Catch Cleaning & Filleting


What to bring: 

- Hat, Sunscreen, Polaroid Sunglasses 

- Wear weather appropriate clothing 

- Food & Drinks 

- Fishing License 


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


BALANCE: We only accept CASH payments for the remaining balance of each trip.


GUEST CANCELLATION: In the event that you must cancel your booking, you must do so 7 days prior to your trip date to receive a refund on your deposit. 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. 


boat Type: Motorboat (engine-powered)

boat Guest Capacity: 4

boat Length: 24

Manufacturer Name: Seaark (Dual console)

Model Year: 2020

Number of Engines: 1

Horsepower per Engine: 250

Maximum Cruising Speed: 50

boat Registration: Not Given

Features: GPS, Fish Finder, Fighting Chair, Wireless Trolling Motor, Livewell / Live Bait Tank

boat Type: Motorboat (engine-powered)

boat Guest Capacity: 6

boat Length: 23

Manufacturer Name: Sun Chaser

Model Year: 2019

Number of Engines: 1

Horsepower per Engine: 150

Maximum Cruising Speed: 20

boat Registration: Not Given

Features: GPS, Fish Finder, Wireless Trolling Motor, Livewell / Live Bait Tank