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Texas Fishing Guide of the Week: Captain Kurt Dohmann

Captain Kurt

Lake Texoma is teeming with world-class striped bass, and Captain Kurt Dohmann knows how and where to catch them.

Lake Texoma in north Texas has dozen of fish species to catch, but it’s best known for its world-class striped bass.

And if there’s one guide who knows how to target stripers in “The Striper Capital of the World”, it’s Captain Kurt Dohmann.

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Dohmann, who goes by Captain Kurt, operates Sport Fishing Texoma, a small guide service based out of Dennison, Texas.

Like any pro fishing guide, Captain Kurt’s guide service is the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of work.

“Guiding fishing is a lifelong dream come true for me. It’s my passion,” Dohman said.

He’s not just a fishing captain; Captain Kurt also works as a captain with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

We talked with Captain Kurt about his guiding experience in this installment of Texas Fishing Guide of the Week.

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How long have you been a fishing guide? 

2 years as a certified Merchant Mariner Captain. I’ve been fishing all of my life.

What are the biggest challenges with being a fishing guide?

Weather. It constantly changes and every day is different. It makes it a challenge to put fish in the boat everyday, and I enjoy a challenge.

Favorite place to fish?

Lake Texoma or Maui for Marlin.

What are your favorite species to fish?

Striped bass, blue Marlin and Mahi Mahi.

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What kind of boat and other equipment do you use?

I use a 2012 22-foot Blue Wave Pure Bay with a DF175 Suzuki Marine and any assortment of fishing gear for bait fishing, trolling, slabbing and deadsticking.

What do you do with your time off?

I play poker, especially at the World Series of Poker. And I bow hunt.

What advice can you give to clients?

Come prepared, the weather is always changing. Rain gear would be #1 and drinks and snacks is #2.

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Favorite trip you’ve guided?

Camp Cavett for critically ill and chronically ill children. My wife Gail and I volunteered to take these kids and counselors fishing and it was a blast. The kids mostly wanted to go see Texas, which we did. And we caught some big stripers.

Any advice for aspiring guides?

When you can catch fish consistently for 2 months then you would be ready to start. Get your US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Captain license.

Best Client?

A couple of good ole Aggies who caught their first stripers and the very first one was 32 inches and 12 pounds. That’s a great first fish.

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Worst Client?

Can’t say that I’ve had any. People who like to fish generally get along well.

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Texas Fishing Guide of the Week: Captain Kurt Dohmann