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Jimmy Houston
Jimmy Houston, Americas Favorite Fisherman, is in his 31st year on national television with Jimmy Houston Outdoors on VERSUS(OLN), America One; Faith TV; America Media Group; Lone Star Network and National Religious Broadcasters. and Jimmy Houston's Adventures on America One; Faith TV; AMG Network; Lone Star Network and National Religious Broadcasters. His show (JHO) consistently ranked as the #1 outdoors show on ESPN for 20 years and now on VERSUS(OLN) and the other networks.
A huge crowd favorite at bass tournaments and over 120 personal appearances a year, Jimmy represents most of American's top outdoors related companies.
A deacon at First Southern Baptist Church of Keys, Jimmy speaks at many large churches around the country.
Since winning The Oklahoma State Championship as a college senior in 1966, Jimmy Houston has gone on to win over a million dollars in bass tournaments. He has fished 15 BASSMaster Classics and won the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title in both 1976 and 1986.
A legendary angler, Jimmy was inducted in to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002 and will be inducted into the IGFA Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008. Jimmy was named King of Sports for Fishing in 1989. Jimmy’s wife Chris became the first woman inducted into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2005.
In June of 2004, the Jim Thorpe Association recognized Jimmy as the Jim Thorpe Man of the Year.
Jimmy has written five books including "Caught Me a Big'un" which is the #1 selling fishing book of all time. "Hooked for Life" and "The Reel Line" are spiritual and inspirational collections taken from fishing situations. His latest book, "Catch of the Day", is a 365 day daily devotional built around fishing tips, tales, and events.
Jimmy's wife of over 40 years, Chris, is one of America's winningest female bass anglers..
Jimmy and Chris own two boat dealerships in Oklahoma. All operate under the name Jimmy Houston Marine. They also own Jimmy Houston Travel and Jimmy Houston Productions, both national leaders in their respective fields. The Jimmy Houston Outdoors Store, a one-stop gas, tackle, and grocery stop on the way to Lake Tenkiller, is another of their business ventures.
They have a son, Jamie, and daughter, Sherri. Both are active in the company's businesses. America's first couple of fishing have two grandsons; Jeremy, working with Jimmy Houston Outdoors television in marketing and attending NSU and Kyle is a freshman in college. They also have a 10 year old granddaughter, Jordyn and two great-grandsons, Kutler and Merrick.