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A Big Fish Story for the Ages

I sat down this week with my pal Hank Parker, Sr. for a special edition of my podcast “Stuttering Your Way to Success.”

What a show. What a guy.

Hank is one of the most humble and successful sport champions I have known. He is a man of faith, a man of integrity, a loving father, and a gentlemanly, but fierce competitor. It does not matter whether you are one of the greatest basketball players in the world, when it comes to fishing, don’t mess with Hank. And he has the stories to prove it.

Many regard Hank as one of the greatest professional bass fishermen of all time. He won two Bass Master Classic tournaments, the biggest event in his sport, and is one of only four anglers to win the event more than once. Additionally, he was the first angler to win the Grand Slam of competitive bass fishing which includes the Classic, B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year in 1983, and B.A.S.S. SuperBass Tournament in April 1985.

Hank teamed up with Michael Runnels to create Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine in 1984, which debuted in 1985 on The Nashville Network cable channel. Notable show guests have included Larry Bird, Bo Jackson, Tony Dungy, numerous members of the U.S. Armed Forces and many more. The program now airs on Outdoor Channel and Pursuit Channel. In 1983, he was named B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year. Parker also lent his name and likeness to a fishing video game titled Bassin’s Black Bass with Hank Parker, released in 1994 for the Super NES. Today, Hank lives in Union County, South Carolina, with his wife, Martha. He has four sons: Hank Parker Jr. and Billy Parker, who have both driven in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Our show drops in about a week. You won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned for more details

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Erik Weir