Hank Parker, Sr.
Bryant Gumbel, former host of "CBS Morning Show," best described Hank Parker when introducing him as, "The rod-and-reel answer to Michael Jordan in popularity and talent." Hank has enjoyed a storied career in the world of competitive bass fishing and outdoor television programming. His accomplishments on the world's premier competitive bass fishing trail support the fact that he is one of America's greatest bass fishermen to ever compete. His fishing television show, "Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine," is among the most popular on television today and continues to entertain and educate viewers of all ages and skill levels.
A Storied Professional Career
Hank's professional career began in 1976 when he fished the National Bass Association Tournament Circuit where he won the organization's national championship during his first year. The following two years he fished the National Bass Association and American Bass Association trails. Hank then made the move to the national stage by fishing the Bass Angler's Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) Tournament Trail with help from newly acquired sponsors.
His move to B.A.S.S. spelled success due to the fact that he won the Bassmaster Classic in 1979 and 1989. Also, he was the first angler to win a B.A.S.S. Grand Slam which includes winning a B.A.S.S. qualifying tournament, Bassmaster Classic, B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title and B.A.S.S. SuperBass Tournament. Amazingly, he earned a payout in 76 percent of the B.A.S.S. tournaments he fished.
Hank lives in Union, S.C., with his wife, Martha.