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.
Additionally, Parker is a crowd and fishing industry favorite. He was voted as one of the top 10 greatest anglers of all-time in ESPN's Greatest Angler Debate and listed as one of 35 Legends of bass fishing's modern era by Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.).
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 Outdoor Life Network, The Outdoor Channel, Pursuit Channel and NBC Sports. For 2015, Hank's show will air on Outdoor Channel and Pursuit Channel.
Hank and Martha Parker and their grandkids enjoy a day of fishing at the annual
Parker Family picnic.
Front row (left to right): Anna & SaraBeth
Middle row (left to right): Lilly, Hank, Cade, Martha, Ellie, Boone
Back row (left to right): Madison, Jake, Alec, Ashlyn, Alex