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Mark Hooker

Fishing

It didn’t take long for a 4 year old boy to become a Bass Fishing Fanatic, especially since that was when Mark caught his first of many 6 pound Bass.  On that fateful day in April during the late 60’s, Mark bested both his Dad and Grandfather, and from then on was “Hooked” on the sport of Bass Fishing!

Cutting his teeth in the early 80’s, Mark began guiding both Waterfowl and Fishing trips in 1983, working for two of the major outfitters in the Houston Area until 1995.  It was in 1996 that Mark decided to start his own outfitting business Web & Fin, specializing in Dove & Waterfowl hunts, as well as Bass Fishing excursions on Private Lakes.

Mark joined the Hobie Fishing Team in 1998, keeping his original lucky pair of Sportsman Sightmasters & Photocoppers in his boat at all times.  Mark now wears almost exclusively Baysides out of the Heritage Glass collection, but always keeps several other pairs handy for customers to try out while fishing.

Mark’s Tournament history spans over thirty years, starting with the old Redman series in the 80’s.  Competing off and on over the years, Mark has earned championship berths in such prestigious events as the BFL Regional, Everstart (FLW Series) National Championship, Bassmaster Week-End Series Regional, as well as local numerous regional team trail championships such as Bass-N-Bucks, Bass Champs, and the Bud Light Team Trails.  Another tournament highlight occurred in October of 2012, where Mark was called up off of the waiting list for an FLW Tour event, cashing a check in his first appearance on this prestigious tournament trail. 

Mark has recorded 6 Top 10 finishes, 24 Top 20 finishes, and 54 times he has come in the Top 50 in tournaments with over 100 boats, many times exceeding 200 boats in the field.  However, one of Mark’s proudest moments in Bass Fishing occurred this past year, when he “Coached” his local High School Fishing Team to the Houston Area High School Conference Championship.  Defeating 11 other Houston Area High School Fishing Teams, and mentoring and guiding the youth of the Montgomery High School Fishing Team to be the HHFC Conference Champions was a very gratifying experience for him.

Besides being on the Hobie Pro Fishing Staff, Mark is also sponsored by Strike King & St. Croix Rods, and has a “Title” sponsorship agreement with the Regional Company  Shipley Do-Nuts, having both a wrapped boat and suburban from Shipley Do-nuts, which also proudly features Hobie Polarized.

Mark has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, namely the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express, as well as Field & Stream, Bassmasters, and the Texas Outdoors Journal, just to name a few.  To learn more about Mark and his outfitting business, we invite you to visit his website, www.webandfin.net