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Hank Parker

Hank Parker“…Pro bass fishing comes complete with its own heroes.  Hank Parker is the rod and reel answer to Michael Jordan, in popularity and talents.” CBS host Greg Gumble used this quote in introducing Hank Parker to a national television audience viewing the CBS Morning Show.  Mr. Gumble’s introduction couldn’t have better described Hank’s impact on the bass fishing industry!

Hank Parker is a two-time BASS Masters Classic Champion and host of one of America’s highest rated and most popular outdoor programs, Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine.

Hank’s career began in 1978 when he competed on both the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society ( B. A. S. S.) Tournament Trail and the National Bass Association circuit (NBA).  In his firs year of competition, Hank won the NBA Angler of the Year and kicked off a very successful career on the B. A. S. S. Tournament trail.

During the course of the next 13 years Hank entered more than 120 B. A. S. S. events and finished “in the money” in over 76% of them!  Hank won the prestigious BASS Masters Classic on two occasions, 1979 and 1989.  He also won the 1983 B. A. S. S. Virginia Invitational and 1988 B. A. S. S. Missouri Invitational tournaments, as well as the 1985 B. A. S. S. Super Bass Tournament, the predecessor of the Mega Bucks events.

In addition to these accomplishments, Hank was the first professional angler to ever win the prestigious B. A. S. S. Grand Slam which includes the BASS Masters Classic,
B. A. S. S. Angler of the Year, and Super Bass.

Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine Television Series premiered in 1985 in syndicated markets throughout the country.  A year later Outdoor Magazine entered into what was a long relationship with The Nashville Network as Outdoor Magazine aired through its 18th season on TNN.  In 2004, Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine moved to Outdoor Life Network to be part of their sports block.  Beginning January 2005 through December 2007 Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine will join the Outdoor Channel to reach an audience which includes all areas of sports enthusiasts.

Hank’s goal then and now is to produce an outdoor program not only showcasing his knowledge of the outdoors in general and fishing in particular. He and his sons, Hank Jr. and Billy now host a hunting show entitled, Hank Parker 3D. Both shows highlight family and promote enjoyable outdoor experiences.   It is safe to assume these objectives have been well met as viewership numbers and consumer response to Outdoor Magazine and  Hank Parker 3D continue to be most impressive!