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About Your Captain at MjHartmans Guide Service


I grew up in Clute Texas a small town about an hour South of Houston, on the Texas Coast. I spent most of my time Saltwater Fishing in the Bays. Growing up near San Luis Pass and Christmas Bay. Fishing is a way of Life down there there are boats everywhere. When I was younger I used live, and cut-bait. Most of that bait consisted of fresh dead, shrimp and squid for all types of species. When I was younger I thought game fish only preferred live Shrimp, Mullet and Croaker.

As I got older my passion for freshwater fishing for Black Bass Continued to grow and grow. I spent time Fishing small local farm ponds and Lakes. I also spent a lot of my time with my Grandfather at Lake Somerville fishing the Ponds, Creeks and the main Lake with Artificial Lures. We also spent time fishing for Catfish in these areas too with rod and reels and running trot/jug lines in the Colorado River as well. Eventually my passion for artificial lures spilled over into the world of Saltwater fishing for the main game fish Specked Trout, Redfish and Flounder. and I no longer had to use live bait to fish for The fish I wanted to catch. Honing my skills as a Young man I became very proficient In the bays, nearshore ,and offshore. When I moved to the Dallas area in 1990’s  I discovered the Lakes Texoma, and Tawakoni  for the closest lakes to me that had brute fish in it like Striper and Hybrid Striper. Fish that had the fight of a Redfish, and I did not have to drive 5-6 hours to do so  .I have spent a lot of time networking on fishing forums, researching online, reading fishing magazines, meeting new people and guides. Helping with big group trips for Veterans, Children with Disabilities and Taking out my Friends and Family for years. I got noticed and stared helping with Guided trips. I have been fishing both Lakes Part to Full Time since the late 90’s. Almost all of my jobs have had a three to four day work week so that has allowed me to make my Hobby and Passion into my own Business. It never gets old. This is what I was born to do!

Fishing both Lakes I also fished ,and Guided trips for Huge Trophy Blue Catfish, or a mess of Chanel ,or Blue Cats in the eater size (Less than Ten pounds) for a good fish fry..I have spend a lot of time on the water at Lake Texoma ,and Lake Tawakoni Fishing with different tactics. I prefer artificial lures this is the way we will fish most of the time. (except for requested Catfish trips ).I am not stubborn Some days ,and different times of the year require different forms of presentations.We may even use live bait .I will discuss with you how you would like to fish ...I will let you know what is working for me ,and other guides at the present time then we can come up with a game plan for your trip. We are going to fish the way we can have fun ,and catch fish !!!