The CBS Morning Show best described Hank Parker when introducing him as "the rod-n-reel answer to Michael Jordan,
in popularity and talent!" Hank has enjoyed a storied professional bass fishing and outdoor television host career that continues to grow each season! His accomplishments on the professional bass fishing tournament trail support the fact he is one of America's greatest bass fishermen to ever compete.
Hank's professional fishing career started in 1976 when he began fishing the National Bass Association Tournament Circuit, winning their national championship in his first season. The following two years he fished both the National Bass Association and American Bass Association. With this success and help from newly acquired sponsors, Hank fished the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. During his time on the Bassmaster circuit he won the Bassmaster Classic in 1979 and 1989. Also, he was the first angler to win the Grand Slam of Bass Fishing, which includes the Classic, B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, and the B.A.S.S. SuperBass Tournament. Amazingly, Hank finished "in the money" in 76% of all the tournaments he fished during his B.A.S.S. career. In 2003, Hank was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Then, in 2006 he was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Hank's television series, "Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine," launched in 1985 with national syndication. The following season the series moved to The Nashville Network. In following years the series has aired on the National Network, The Outdoor Life Network, The Outdoor Channel, and NBC Sports. For 2014, Hank's show will air on Destination America and Pursuit Channel.
Hank and Martha Parker and their grandchildren include: (standing left to right) SaraBeth, Madison, Alex, Anna
and Boone, (seated left to right) Jake, Ashlyn, Ellie, Cade, Lilly and Alec.