Jimmy Houston, Americas Favorite Fisherman has been on national television with Jimmy Houston Outdoors on VERSUS(OLN) (will be NBC Sports January 1, 2012), 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. Included are Chevy Trucks, Duracell Batteries, Ranger Boats, USReel, Booyah, PRADCO, Trilene, Mercury, Humminbird, Blakemore, Bass Pro Shop, Tracker, Lure Saver, South Fresh Feeds, Toad-a-Flauge Camo, Morrell Targets, Daiichi Hooks, Southeast Pond Management , Foster Grant Sunglasses, Line Keeper, Lucky Buck Minerals, Color-c-Lector, All Day Energy, Power Pole, Oklahoma Tourism, EZ Red Company, U.S.Reels, Toad-A-Flage Camouflage, HiTech Rods, Envirofit Rainwear and many more.
Jimmy is well known as the hardest working pro in the country. A deacon at First Southern Baptist Church of Keys, Jimmy speaks at many 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. He still fishes the FLW Series.
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. He was inducted into the IGFA Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2008. Jimmy was named King of Sports for Fishing in 1989. 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 was a #1 selling fishing book. "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 top female bass anglers. Chris won seven Bass-N-Gal Anger of the Year titles, three Bass-N-Gal Classics and fished all 21 Bass-N-Gal Classics. She won numerous Bass-N-Gal tournaments as well as several 2nd and 3rd place finishes and many big bass awards. Chris was named to the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2005, the only woman named to this Bass Fishing Hall of Fame to date. In 2008, she was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.
They have a son, Jamie (Amanda), and daughter, Sherri (Johnny). 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 and a photographer; and Kyle who will graduate from NSU in 2012. They also have a granddaughter, Jordyn; three great-grandchildren, Kutler, Merrick and Avarie.