Jim Van Hook

Professional guide, tournament fisherman, & outdoor writer

Nice mid-Fall largemouth
          I started fishing Table Rock Lake in 1985 and have been guiding here since 1992. Prior to moving to the Branson, Missouri area, I was heavily involved in an almost 400 member fishing club in the Chicago area, the South Side Muskie Hawks chapter of Muskies, Inc. Over the years I have fished a large number of bass and musky tournaments, different circuits, open tournaments, charity tournaments, and the Professional Musky Tournament Trail. I am a life member of Muskies, Inc. and Operation Bass. I have written various fishing articles for Midwest Outdoors, Outdoor Notebook, and Muskie Magazine. I really enjoy teaching people about fishing and helping them put those lunkers in the boat.

My philosophy of a good day on the water consists of the following, in order of importance:

You have a safe day

You have an enjoyable day

You learn something about fishing, if you care to, and,

Hopefully, the fish cooperate!

Jim Van Hook

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