Five Questions for Jimmy Houston

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 Oct 4th, 2012 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Oct 4th, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Anybody with a pulse, who enjoys fishing and watches the occasional outdoor show, knows Jimmy Houston is the longtime host of Jimmy Houston Outdoors on NBC Sports. Houston is also a former two-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and one of the most accomplished promoters in recreational fishing.

Jimmy Houston

Jimmy took a few minutes away from his pecan trees and planting his food plots for deer and elk to answer five questions.

DL – Do you consider yourself a professional angler or a professional promoter?

JH – Yes and Yes. I’m definitely a pro fisherman, although I’m not sure when that occurred. Before that title started being used, I definitely was a promotional angler or promoter.

I started fishing tournaments in my senior year of college. I’ve been fishing them ever since. I was selling boats right out of college and promoting products. I definitely was a promoter before I was a pro fisherman.

I never really considered myself a tournament angler. I enjoy fishing them. I’ve done well and made quite a bit of money. I certainly enjoy them as part of how I make a living.

DL – Who is the best angler you’ve fished with?

JH – That’s a tough one. I will give you three names, in no particular order.

Roland Martin comes to mind. He is a friend and I feel the best tournament bass angler of all-time. Not currently the best, he is still good, but all-time in my opinion.

Larry Nixon is another one. He is just very good. Actually, he is extremely good. Plus, he recently won and FLW event. He is still a top finisher after all of these years.

The third is my wife, Chris Houston. She won so many Angler of the Year titles with Bass’N Gals. She is very, very good.

I get to fish with the three I mentioned quite a bit. Whether in tournaments, preparing for tournaments or just for fun. They are all so gifted. For me, Roland is probably the top of the list, but it’s hard to say that for sure.

DL – What is the best breakfast you’ve had while on tour?

JH – You’re not gonna believe this, but Hardee’s biscuits and gravy with tater tots and extra gravy. Anything from Cracker Barrel, too.

I actually don’t eat or drink during tournaments. I know it’s not good for you, but except for coffee in the morning, I just never take the time to eat or drink.

DL – Which member of the younger generation of pros reminds you of yourself?

JH – That is a difficult question. I’d say Dave Lefebre. He is quick witted, has a great sense of humor, fishes hard. He’s just a great tour angler. He is definitely a leader like I was. He whines a bit, like most of the younger guys nowadays.

The one thing I don’t like much about some of the younger guys is the whining. Quit bellyaching. I bet we whined a lot, too when we were coming up, but the guys now are worked up over some odd things.

At the Chevy pro staff meeting, many of the younger guys were getting all worked up over the lack of a DVD player in the Suburbans we got. I can’t believe anyone would complain about a loaded $65,000 vehicle you don’t pay for. You don’t even pay for the insurance. Just a very odd thing to complain about.

DL – Will the Chicago Cubs ever get back to and win the World Series?

JH – Not in our lifetime! I know that’s a terrible answer to give, isn’t it? But, it’s true, I think. The whole world pulls for them. I bet out of all of the MLB teams the Cubs have the most fans around the world. I just don’t see it in my lifetime. I guess since the Red Sox did it, there is some hope for the Cubs. Baseball is like tournament fishing. There is always another opportunity to win.

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