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 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trip for his team, he was reminded how painful it is to find quality fishing guides—from phone tag with captains to outdated charter websites with no price transparency, he knew there had to be a better way…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 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

Quality, Vetted Guides
Unique Target Species
Hours Enjoyed on the Water
Average Review Score

Our Team members

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Jonathan Newar
Co-Founder & CEO
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Attison Barnes
Co-Founder & CPO
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Adam Martinez
Software Engineer
Bucket list trip: Kona Legendary Sportfishing
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Bryan Smith
Software Engineer
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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Ian O’Shaughnessy
Guide Success Manager
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Elena Gehle
Adventurer Success Manager
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Jake Lane
Director of Performance Marketing
Bucket list trip: Devil's River Rafting Rodeo
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Hannah Shebat
Director of Brand Marketing
Bucket list trip: Ketchikan Multi-Day Fishing

We're not just blowing smoke

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Patrick did a great job of keeping our whole party engaged and catching fish. He was very knowledgeable of the area and the types of fish we were going after. He made sure everyone had a fun memorable fishing experience. I would highly recommend him and we plan to use him again in the future.

    Audie D. with Patrick G. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time! Mike really knew his stuff and my son and I were able to pull in a number of fish. Would definitely go out with Mike again.

    Jason S. with Mike P. of Dauphin Island, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing trip! Captain Russell was so knowledgeable and helpful! We had our 7 year old grandson too, and captain Russell was so patient with him! We highly recommend this trip and this captain too!!!

    Steve M. with Russell F. of Panama City, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Angel and his crew mate were fantastic they worked very hard to put us on fish but it didn’t work out. One high point was when we returned to the marina Captan Angel spotted some Tarpon so he baited a rod and tossed it in and then let my 7 year old Grandson reel it in. He was really excited to fight that tarpon and talked about it all night. Thank you Captain Angel for your kindness.

    Jim S. with Angel M. of Caguas, Caguas

  • ★★★★★
    This guys passion and dedication to doing what he loves is absolutely incredible and 100% genuine. Fantastic trip for my Son and I to be a part of Jason getting this 8’ 7” Tiger Shark notched in his belt this year.

    Daniel G. with Jason G. of Corpus Christi, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great trip. Captain Jerry & Deckhand Fisher were amazing. They put us on the fish & helped this momma out. Will definitely use them again.

    Chadna G. with Seth W. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Shannon put us on fish. All had a good experience. Caught nice speckled trout.

    John B. with Shannon L. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Capt. Andrew was fantastic. He was great with my daughter and helping her learn.

    Matthew C. with Andrew C. of Inez, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had an absolute blast on our trip. The captain is a retired sergeant major and offers discounts for active and reserve military. If you want to have a great day on the water and catch some fish then Captain Phillip is your guy. 10/10 would recommend.

    Jonathon T. with Philip R. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Sean was a fantastic guide. He's very personable and we had great conversation in addition to catching a lot of fish! His boat was clean and spacious, I'll definitely be booking him again.

    Josh H. with Sean S. of Lorain, Ohio

  • ★★★★★
    We had Brandon as our Captain and he was great. we probably covered 80 miles looking for Tarpon and found 5 schools but we couldnt get them to bite. We did hook a couple of different fish in a school but they got off. Our captain did everything he could and was none stop looking to try and get us on fish. I would for sure go back out and try again. Thanks for experience and hope to see you again sometime in the future.

    Allan M. with Brandon S. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Bobby was our captain and he treated myself, my son and my grandson like we owned the boat. He was very professional and courteous and answered all our questions. He gave us choices which no other service has in the past. This was much appreciated and I plan on returning again.

    John P. with Shaun U. of San Diego, California

  • ★★★★★
    Great captain, wife wanted to see some dolphins and he found some dolphins. Caught a few fish would have been nice to go for the reds but the weather was not on are side that day.

    Jeremy A. with Juan H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tyler and his mate Mikey were outstanding. They were very knowledgeable and friendly. They got us on fish and kept us on fish.

    Charlie C. with Tyler B. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tom was great! I took my 15 and 11 year old boys and we started catching fish as soon as we got set up! Great trip, great captain! We caught fish while boats around us were not! Captain Tom new where to be, what bait to use, and most importantly he put us right on the fish! When we come back the orange beach area we will be booking with him again!

    Nicholas E. with Tom M. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome trip. Can't wait to visit again.

    Jerry G. with Tony M. of Biloxi, Mississippi

  • ★★★★★
    Our fishing experience with Captain Yoan was excellent. Our day total was well over 30 fish. His knowledge, experience and keen eye helped us catch fish throughout the day with at least 5 lunker peacock bass. He taught us a couple of fishing tricks that we'll be using on our future trips. Captain also kept us entertained with stories from his pro bass fishing circuit days during thunderstorm while we were fishing under the bridge.,

    Vitali B. with Yoan A. of Palmetto Bay, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    This was so much fun!!

    Ashley D. with Jerry W. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    This was so much fun!!

    Ashley D. with Jerry W. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    This was so much fun!!

    Ashley D. with Jerry W. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    This was so much fun!!

    Ashley D. with Jerry W. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time. Captain Adrian was knowledgeable and interactive. One of our best trips.

    John A. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Best first experience couldn't have had a better time put us right on the fish and captain Patrick was super fun we all loved it especially the kids!

    Shelly S. with Patrick G. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip! Caught some really good fish. Will use this charter again!

    William T. with Jacob M. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Liam and Cleb were absolutely professional with extra jokes to add. Everyone was comfortable and felt safe with these pros. Well worth the money and great fishing. This was an experience of a lifetime. These guys had us on fish within 30 minutes. They knew what we could keep and what we couldn't. They took over the poles when we got the fish to the boat. Completely awesome experience. Thanks again fellas.

    Christopher V. with William M. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Bryce hands down was the best guide!

    Taylor N. with Bryce W. of Rockport, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    These guys were awesome. Had my 70 year old parents, wife, 4 and 6 year old kids and this crew could not have been nicer to all of them. They got the kids on some red snappers and never looked back. Sincere thanks to this crew for the memories today.

    Nedra S. with Seth W. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    The crew was wonderful. They were helpful and accommodating for my 90 year old father. This was definitely the highlight of our Keys vacation. Would definitely recommend!

    Patricia H. with Paul J. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Overall great guide. He definitely put us on the fish. Boat was very nice and clean. Captain is a funny guy.

    Jet D. with Alex C. of Port Aransas, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Me and my son had a great time fishing with Captain Jeff as our guide! He is very energetic and knowledgeable in what he does to help his clients catch fish. He has a quality that helps with teaching important fishing techniques without making the fisherman feel ignorant. We will definitely use the services of Captain Jeff in the future! Kenny Luse, Poolville Tx.

    Kenny G. with Jeff H. of Aransas Pass, Texas

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