Hunt Smart, Fish Hard

Here is a press release from The Western Virginian Outdoor Show being held Feb. 25-27, 2022. Also headlining is R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere —Swamp People. Mark these dates down. The last time I met Mr. Parker was at the Beast Feast a few years ago. He had a great testimony to his faith.

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 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. Hank’s professional fishing career began 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 the American Bass Association. With this success and help from newly acquired sponsors, Hank began fishing the Bass Anglers’ Sportsmen’s Society (B.A.S.S.) Tournament Trail, winning the BassMaster’s Classic in both 1979 and 1989. He also was the first angler to win the Grand Slam of Bass Fishing, which included 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 percent of all the tournaments he fished during his B.A.S.S. career.

There’s more to this in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Support local journalism by purchasing the issue at a local newsstand or subscribing at to receive the print edition or view the full article in the e-edition version.