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The Captain Experiences Story

Our History

Made by outdoorsmen for outdoorsmen

Captain Experiences was born out of need; it's the product of dozens of years spent in the great outdoors and countless hours spent trying to book fishing and hunting trips.

Back in 2019, our Co-Founder, Jonathan Newar, was working in oil and gas finance in his hometown of Houston. Looking to book a fishing trip for his team, he was reminded how painful it is to find quality fishing guides—from phone tag with captains to outdated charter websites with no price transparency, he knew there had to be a better way…

Fast forward to 2020, when Jonathan teamed up with Co-Founder Attison Barnes to launch Captain Experiences—an online platform that helps people find and book fishing and hunting trips quickly, easily, and with a process they can trust.

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Our Process

Search It, Book It, Live It

The idea is simple: an online platform making booking outdoor sports guides seamless. Our Damn Good Guides are quality, vetted guides, and we know them all on a first-name basis. You can preview the specific details of a trip from target species or skill level down to whether the boat has a restroom or air conditioning. We even back your trip with a 100% Weather Guarantee for your peace of mind.

Our growing network of Damn Good Guides spans across the globe and each one is handpicked by the Captain team. Booking with Captain is so quick and easy, you won't even have time to think about us...until you want to book your next trip.

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“Fresh air is good for the soul, and stepping away from the office for just one morning or afternoon can be the best few hours of your month. It's our goal to Unlock the Outdoors for everyone by making it easy for you to get out there with our Damn Good Guides.”

Jonathan Newar, Co-founder

Our Passion

Minimizing screens and maximizing life

We're avid outdoorsmen, and we're proud to help support and protect the lands we love. We're not just selling trips—we're empowering people to connect with the outdoors and with each other.

We're a new twist on an age-old pastime, blending the excitement and nostalgia of time spent outdoors with cutting-edge tech to make booking a breeze. We're passionate about the outdoors, and about empowering people to find the perfect-match guide for the trip of a lifetime, every time.

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We Cast a Wide Net

586
Destinations
1580
Quality, Vetted Guides
209
Unique Target Species
161,457
Hours Enjoyed
4.9/5
Average Review Score

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Our Team members

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Jonathan Newar
Co-Founder & CEO
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Attison Barnes
Co-Founder & CTO
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Jake Lane
Director of Performance Marketing
Bucket list trip: Devils River Overnight
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Adam Martinez
Web Developer
Bucket list trip: Kona Legendary Sportfishing
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Bryan Smith
Web Developer
Bucket list trip: Tanzania Tiger Fish Safari
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David Izard
Senior Guide Onboarding Manager
Bucket list trip: Premier Bolivian Flyfishing
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Adam Musa
Customer Success Manager
Bucket list trip: Blue Water Spearfishing
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Trey Niedzielski
Customer Success Manager
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Scott Stockdale
Customer Success Manager

We're not just blowing smoke

  • ★★★★★
    Carlos was an awesome guide would highly recommend him if planning on doing an iguana hunt we would definitely do it again

    Matthew S. with Carlos I. of Lantana, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time! Crew made sure that my 8 year old son caught fish. Very accommodating.

    Gary M. with Andrew R. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tom was amazing!! We had such a blast and he put us on the fish! He was kind, fun and knew where to go!! Will definitely use him again! Highly recommend!

    Regan S. with Tom M. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip super personable and knowledgeable definitely will book him again.

    Eddie P. with Arnold L. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Justin was an awesome captain took his time with me and my son until we got into the flow of things and once all 3 of us were on the same page we harvested a lot of iguanas and had way more than enough opportunities to kill some really big ones as well

    Luke B. with Justin N. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our team of 6 went inshore fishing and got plenty of mangrove snappers! The captain Chris was very informative and friendly. He took us to different spots to catch fish and get a nice breezy ride with amazing scenery of Florida keys.

    Iryna B. with Chris P. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My wife and I had a great day on the water with James. He was personable and informative (marine science degree I believe).He obviously knows his way around the Ft Myers waters. Put us on snook, redfish, trout, and even some grouper and mackerel. He even got my wife to fish and we got to watch her fight a big red. Love his preference to catch and release.Highly recommend. Tons of fun. Thanks James

    Glenn K. with James G. of Fort Myers, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely fantastic experience. Fun guys to be on a boat with and top-notch professionals. They were absolutely fantastic with my kids as well.

    Zac R. with Tony Y. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely a five star experience! Capt Doug and his team have certainly done their homework! Put us on fish fast, and kept it coming for eight hrs! His team was fun, yet very professional and attentive to every fisherman on the boat! From beginner to experienced fisherman, you will learn something from this team of anglers! For all you Veterans out there, one Vet to another, Capt Doug has chewed the same dirt and understands our experiences. One of the few charters out of Orange beach that provides a Military discount, thank you Capt Doug for your service and for giving back to all who has served!

    Steven M. with Doug P. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely a five star experience! Capt Doug and his team have certainly done their homework! Put us on fish fast, and kept it coming for eight hrs! His team was fun, yet very professional and attentive to every fisherman on the boat! From beginner to experienced fisherman, you will learn something from this team of anglers! For all you Veterans out there, one Vet to another, Capt Doug has chewed the same dirt and understands our experiences. One of the few charters out of Orange beach that provides a Military discount, thank you Capt Doug for your service and for giving back to all who has served!

    Steven M. with Doug P. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely a five star experience! Capt Doug and his team have certainly done their homework! Put us on fish fast, and kept it coming for eight hrs! His team was fun, yet very professional and attentive to every fisherman on the boat! From beginner to experienced fisherman, you will learn something from this team of anglers! For all you Veterans out there, one Vet to another, Capt Doug has chewed the same dirt and understands our experiences. One of the few charters out of Orange beach that provides a Military discount, thank you Capt Doug for your service and for giving back to all who has served!

    Steven M. with Doug P. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely a five star experience! Capt Doug and his team have certainly done their homework! Put us on fish fast, and kept it coming for eight hrs! His team was fun, yet very professional and attentive to every fisherman on the boat! From beginner to experienced fisherman, you will learn something from this team of anglers! For all you Veterans out there, one Vet to another, Capt Doug has chewed the same dirt and understands our experiences. One of the few charters out of Orange beach that provides a Military discount, thank you Capt Doug for your service and for giving back to all who has served!

    Steven M. with Doug P. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip with Captain Kevin!

    Chris M. with Richard D. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain AJ was awesome! Conditions were tough but AJ still lead us to a productive trip despite the challenge.

    Bowman B. with Aj G. of St. Augustine, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Oh, man, let me tell you about this fishing charter in Galveston. If you want an adventure on the high seas that rivals Moby Dick without the depressing ending, book a trip with Captain Sean and his first mate Abbie. These folks know their stuff. So, we start the day with my stepdad, bless his heart, hooking a stingray. Yeah, you read that right. He thought he was reeling in a sea monster. The water was choppy, and I was starting to think this was gonna be a long day of nothing but stories about the one that got away. But Captain Sean, the Gandalf of the Gulf, says, "Hold my beer," and finds us the perfect spot. The man’s a fish whisperer. I don't know how he does it. One minute, we’re fighting the waves, thinking we’re gonna spend the day swapping sea shanties, and the next, we’re reeling in trout like it’s a fish buffet. Captain Sean knows every nook and cranny of that ocean like it’s his backyard. And let’s not forget Abbie, the deckhand. She’s like the ninja of fishing. You need a new bait? She’s got it before you even ask. Tangled line? She’s on it. The only thing she can’t do is make your stepdad catch anything other than weird sea creatures. By the end of the trip, we had caught our limit. We were tired, sunburned, and grinning like idiots. It was one of those days you remember forever. If you’re looking for a fishing trip that’ll make you feel like you’re in a Hemingway novel, do yourself a favor and book with Captain Sean and Abbie. Five stars aren’t enough for these legends.

    Shirley G. with Shawn W. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Wilder was exceptional in many ways. Don’t be fooled by the simple accommodations. The boat is seaworthy and comfortable even in adverse seas. Captain Wilder is perceptive and sensitive to the needs of all on board. He is an accomplished captain and found us fish where others did not. Great personality and fun to be with for the day. We had a great time. See our catch below.

    David B. with Wilder W. of Dauphin Island, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Terrific Day! We had a great time and full kudos!

    Charles P. with Steven S. of Daytona Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome boat, captain and hand. Jake and Logan were very friendly and flexible with a storm that was brewing through. They were super knowledgeable about the water and where the fish were. I recommend them to anyone wanting to get out and catch some fish!

    Camryn W. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome boat, captain and hand. Jake and Logan were very friendly and flexible with a storm that was brewing through. They were super knowledgeable about the water and where the fish were. I recommend them to anyone wanting to get out and catch some fish!

    Camryn W. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome boat, captain and hand. Jake and Logan were very friendly and flexible with a storm that was brewing through. They were super knowledgeable about the water and where the fish were. I recommend them to anyone wanting to get out and catch some fish!

    Camryn W. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    It was a fantastic trip. Jake is really an experienced guide and was very helpful and professional. I had a great time

    Simon H. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    5 stars. Jake was wonderful. I highly recommend him!

    Simon H. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Mark was very helpful and polite on the trip for our guests. We struck out on any keepers, but sometimes that’s just the way it is!

    Matthew V. with Mark H. of Port Aransas, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great trip out with Captain Marvin. He was great with the kids and helpful with tips and observations well beyond what he needed to be.

    Matt B. with Marvin G. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Austin was fantastic! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get on the fish. Very professional and personable. All around good dude.

    David D. with Austin N. of Jacksonville, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The trip was as great and met my gosls

    Melvin D. with Christian D. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a good time, caught some good fish,would definitely recommend,and do it again.Captain Mike, thanks 👍👍

    Jesus P. with Mike K. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time. Such a great experience and appreciate the help making memories. Captain Derek with Reel man fishing charters was friendly, knew where to go to catch fish and genuinely cared to give us a good fishing experience.

    Paul S. with Meghan B. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    James was very professional and detailed on everything. Great time and awesome guide. Will be booking again with James.

    Barry B. with James W. of Port Aransas, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    100% would book again. My group had the BEST time with Captain Paulie!! He made sure we all caught plenty of fish big and small and that everyone had a great time! We each caught numerous snapper, jack, and even a Barracuda! We HIGHLY recommend Captain Paulie!

    Michael G. with Paulie M. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Patrick was great. Had a great time!

    Hunter A. with Patrick G. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Top notch. Great capt. great deck hand. Will put you on the fish.

    Christopher N. with Ryan S. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Allen is a common sense good guy. He will give you the experience you seek. My son and I had a blast and we're comfortable the whole time. I highly recommend him if you want a laid back but still adventurous time. 5 stars Caught an 8 foot Bull Shark then released. Our choice. Captain Allen is top notch and knows HIS business. Learned it from his dad.

    Justin E. with Alan C. of Panama City, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Justin was awesome. He made every effort to make the day a memorable experience for my husband and my sons. They caught lots of fish and thoroughly enjoyed the iguana hunt. The guys also enjoyed a delicious lunch cooked by the captain himself. They look forward to scheduling another trip with Justin and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a fun day of fishing and/or iguana hunting.

    Luke S. with Justin N. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Storm the day before put the bite off, but we caught lots of Catfish, several near 5 lbs, so my grandson enjoyed that. Capt Mike worked for his money, constantly repositioning the boat to our advantage & taking us out to try for Sharks upon our request. He kept the language clean, which, knowing alot of Sailors, was a bonus...He also made sure my grandson had an approved life vest & hooked and passed a couple of the bigger fish to him. Overall, I'd charter with him again for sure. A+++

    Robert E. with Mike E. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome time on this fishing charter. He was very attentive to making sure we had a good time!

    Paul D. with Jonathan G. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Good trip bait was not available had to wait but Fishing trip was good.

    Gene N. with Jayson P. of Cedar Key, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Amazing family friendly trip. The fishing was awesome and the crew was amazing with our kids. I can’t say enough amazing things!

    Jeff . with Judah B. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our family had a great time with Captain Scott! His first mate Jimmy was so enthusiastic and really wanted to help us all catch big fish. My young adult kids rated the experience an 11 out of 10. Overall we caught 4 King Mackerals (and a few sharks that we threw back). Scott recommended a local restaurant (The Salty Pelican) that would prepare our catch, so we enjoyed a delicious lunch after our morning on the boat.

    Jill B. with Scott T. of Fernandina Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Everything was great! Got on fish right away, got our limit for 5 and then targeted other types of fish for the rest of the trip. We ended with lots of fish and a great experience. I recommend using Captain Randall if you want a cooler full of fish.

    Nathan P. with Randall S. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Me and my friends went on the bot and had a great time. Caught some nice fish. And had a great time on the boat.

    Garrett with Jeremy V. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    James was awesome! He had us a 3 man limit on trout in the first hour on the water. Fishing conditions were amazing though so that really helped! He was extremely knowledgeable in his trade as a fishing guide and extremely fun to hang out with! We will definitely be getting with James again in the near future for another trip!

    Kyle A. with James W. of Port Aransas, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    5 star trip, Kyle was great. Danny was even better! Not a better deck hand on the gulf coast!

    Jerry M. with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip. Pat was very friendly and the weather was perfect! I will definitely be booking another trip with Pat in the future.

    Chris F. with Pat M. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely fantastic trip! Josh and Kurt took fantastic care of us, we caught plenty of fish, and locked into a really nice Amberjack!

    Jon S. with Brantley G. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Guide and Great Trip. Enjoyed the Day

    Kevin J. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    If you want to have the experience of a lifetime then go floundering with Captain Kyle. Amazing trip and grandson will be talking about it for a very long time. We gaffed 8 flounder and a black drum. Best time ever!

    Jan C. with Kyle A. of Port Aransas, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Josh was a great guide! He knew exactly where to go and when it was time to change fishing spots so that we got the most out of our trip. Very personable and knowledgeable about the area. 10/10 recommend.

    Seth M. with Joshua R. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Was a great trip, while we didn't get all we wanted the crew worked there butt off!!! Would for sure book through them again!!

    Travis Z. with Mark B. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    T Roy is a great captain and we would definitely go with him again!!

    Randel B. with Troy W. of Orange Beach, Alabama

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