Capt. Cooper Hartmann is originally from Johnson City, TX, where he grew up fishing small rivers and lakes in the surrounding Texas hill country. As a boy, his passion was bass fishing, but that all changed while on a family vacation down in Port Mansfield, TX. That’s when Cooper learned a lot about sight-casting to redfish, and consequently fell in love with saltwater fishing. Capt. Cooper hasn’t looked back since that family vacation to the south Texas coast, and today has even made it to the top of the competitive saltwater fishing community by winning the coveted Rudy’s Redfish Championship, as well several other top-5 finishes in the Elite Redfish Series, and other tournaments too numerous to list. Capt. Cooper enjoys his ability to make a living at doing what he loves to do most in life, and he’s been doing it for the past 13 years as a member of the team of professional Bay Flats Lodge guides. His teaching skills allow him to share with guests the proper way to fish that, in turn, gives them the best opportunity at catching fish. Capt. Cooper’s personable attitude provides guests with a sense of comfort the moment they meet him, and his top-of-the-line equipment and boat help in maintaining his guest’s comfort throughout the entire day on the water.
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