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Gary Parsons

Glidden, WI

Gary Parsons, of Glidden, WI, is a professional walleye fisherman, specializing in tournament fishing and walleye fishing promotions. Gary is a “Legendary Angler” inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and one of the co-hosts of the popular The Next Bite TV show (now in its 13th season on air), airing on NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, WFN, and Destination America networks.

Following are a few of his impressive tournament and career accomplishments:

Angler of the Year Titles:

·       The only person to have won “Angler of the Year” titles in three open Professional Walleye Circuits.

·       1988 – Manufacturer’s Walleye Council (MWC)

·       1993 – Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)

·       1994 – Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)

·       Unprecedented Back-to-back titles

·       1995 – North American Walleye Anglers (NAWA)

·       2007 – Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)

·       Three time (PWT), “AOY” title record

·       Along with the regional (PWT), “AOY” never been done before

Championship Titles:

·       1988 – Manufacturer’s Walleye Council (MWC), Dubuque, IA

Championship Qualifiers:

·       2016 NWT Championship Qualifier

·       2015 NWT Championship Qualifier

·       2014 NWT Championship Qualifier

·       2012 AIM Championship Qualifier

·       2012 FLW Championship Qualifier

·       2011 FLW Championship Qualifier

·       3 - Time AIM Championship Qualifier

·       17 – Time Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)

·       9 – Time Master’s Walleye Circuit (MWC)

·       5 – Time North American Walleye Angler’s (NAWA)

·       3 - Time Super Pro (PWT)

First place Finishes:

·       1984 – World Championship Walleye Tournament Circuit (WTC), Sturgeon Bay, WI

·       1987 – Saginaw Bay Walleye Club, Saginaw Bay, MI

·       1988 – MWC, Saginaw Bay, MI

·       1990 – MWC, Bay City, MI

·       1991 – Montana Governor’s Cup, Fort Peck, MT

·       1994 – PWT, Mobridge, SD

·       1998 – NAWA, Green Bay, WI

·       1998 – PWT, Pierre, SD

·       2003 – PWT, Mobridge, SD

·       2004 – Berkley Walleye Cup, Chamberlain, SD

·       2007 – PWT, Winneconne, WI

·       2013 - AIM, Oconto Pro/Partner Challenge

·       Many more not documented

Second place Finishes:

·       1987 – Walleye Weekend, Fond du Lac, WI

·       1990 – MWC, Spring Valley, IL

·       1991 – MWC, Bay City, MI

·       1991 – NAWA, Pierre, SD

·       1993 – PWT, Bay City, MI

·       1995 – PWT, Au Gres, MI

·       2000 – PWT, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

·       2009 – AIM, Saginaw Bay, MI

·       2014 - NWT - Escanaba

Third place Finishes:

·       1987 – Otter Street, Oshkosh, WI

·       1991 – MWC, Dubuque, IA

·       1991 – PWT, Put-in-Bay, OH

·       1993 – PWT, Mille Lacs, MN

·       1994 – PWT, Put-in-Bay, OH

·       1995 – NAWA, Lake Cumberland, KY

·       1996 – NAWA, Lake Cumberland, KY

·       1998 – NAWA, Lake Sakakawea, ND

·       2005 – PWT, Bull Shoals, AK

Fourth place Finishes:

·       1988 – MWC, Lake Oahe, SD

·       1994 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI

·       1995 – NAWA, Lake County, OH

·       1995 – NAWA, Pierre, SD

·       1995 – PWT, Pierre, SD

·       2001 – PWT, Chamberlain, SD

·       2009 – AIM, Akaska, SD – Lake Oahe

Fifth place Finishes:

·       1986 – MWC, Pierre, SD

·       1996 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI

·       2005 – PWT, Bay City, MI

Sixth place Finishes:

·       1988 – MWC, Lake Winnebago, WI

·       1989 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI

·       2007 – PWT, Cass Lake, MN

 

Seventh place Finishes:

·       1989 – MWC, Dubuque, IA

·       1994 – NAWA, Isle, MN

·       2000 – PWT, Bay City, MI

·       2003 – PWT, Bay City, MI

·       2008 – PWT, Sault Ste Marie, MI

·       2008 – PWT, Hudson, WI

·       2010 - AIM, Winneconne, WI

·       2015 - NWT, Devil's Lake, ND

Eighth place Finishes:

·       1992 – NWT, Fond du Lac, WI

·       1988 – PWT, Stockton, MO

·       2007 – PWT, Dryden, OT (Canada)

·       2009 – AIM, Winneconne, WI, Lake Winnebago

·       2010 – AIM, Brimley, MI

Ninth place Finishes:

·       1986 – MWC, Oshkosh, WI

·       1987 – MWC, Spring Valley, IL

·       1997 – NAWA, Fairport, Harbor, OH

·       2002 – PWT, Chamberlain, SD

·       2007 – PWT, Escanaba, MI

·       2007 – PWT, Chamberlain, SD

Tenth place Finishes:

·       1985 – MWC, Pierre, SD

·       1990 – PWT, Saginaw Bay, MI

·       1992 – PWT, Devils Lake, ND

·       2005 – PWT, Russell Springs, KY

·       2008 – PWT, Bay City, MI

·       More than a dozen other Top Ten Finishes not listed

Other:

·       1983 – State of MI, D.N.R., “Master Angler” Award

·       1985 - MWC, 2nd place, “Most Consistent Team” w/ Brother-Doug

·       1986 – MWC, 2nd place, “Most Consistent Team” w/ Brother-Doug

·       1991 – Lowrance Electronics, “Best Educational Article”

·       1992 – Lowrance Electronics, “Best Educational Article”

·       1992 – Book of “Who’s who”

·       1993 – Lowrance Electronics, “Best Tournament Trail Performance”

·       1994 – PWT, “Heavy Weight” Lake Oahe, SD

·       1995 – PWT, “Big Walleye” Au Gres, MI

·       2000 – PWT, “Heavy Weight” Sault Ste. Marie, MI

·       2001 – “Legendary Angler” inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

·       2003 – Storm Lures, “Angler of the Year”

·       2004 – ESPN, Great Outdoor Games, Qualifier

·       2005 – Midwest Outdoors Magazine, “Readers’ Choice” Award

·       2005 – TNB TV, received The Outdoor Channel’s “Golden Moose Award” for Best Freshwater Footage

·       2007 – PWT, “Cool Under Pressure” Dryden, OT (Canada)

·       2007 – PWT, Most Consecutive Top 10 Finishes: 1st, 6th, 8th, two-9th, and 10th * PWT Record

·       2008 – Optima “TOP GUN” Title

·       2011- Named as one of Outdoor Life's 20 Best Anglers on the Planet

 

Appeared on television shows including: “In-Fishermen”, co-host, Bass Pro Shops “Outdoor World”; and co-host “The Next Bite” To name a few.

Featured in publications including: Walleye In-Sider, In-Fishermen, North American Fishermen, Fishing Facts, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports A field, Bass & Walleye Boats, Michigan Fisherman, Outdoor Canada, Dakota Outdoors, Walleye Unlimited of Montana-Fish Tales, Mid-West Outdoors, Walleye Tips & Trips, and many more.

Author of: “Walleye Trolling Secrets” book

15 Magazine covers

Over 1000 or more published articles
Contributor to Faculty of Fishing website

1983 – First Place, first competitive fishing tournament, Oshkosh, WI
1986 - helped Yarcraft Boats design the “Best deep – V boat design” as awarded by Popular Mechanics magazine

Instrumental in the research and development of:
In-line planner board “Willie Board” & “Off Shore Tackle”
Jigs “Jig-a-Whopper”, “Northland Fishing Tackle”, & “Bass Pro Shops”
Soft Plastics “Berkley”
Crank Baits “Storm”, “Rapala”, & “Berkley”
Reels “Diawa” & “Bass Pro Shops”
Rods “Diawa”, & “Bass Pro Shops”
Boats “Yar Craft” “Skeeter” & “TRACKER”
Outboard Motors “Mercury Marine”
Trolling Motors “Minn-Kota” & “Motor Guide”
Hooks “Mustad”

About Gary:
Born: Appleton, WI 1954
Grew up just 6 miles from Lake Winnebago, & 22 miles from Lake Michigan
Practiced Dentistry for 15 years
Retired at the age of 40 to fish professionally
Passions: Walleyes and Whitetail Deer Hunting, Grouse & Pheasant Hunting with his 5-Vizsla pointer dogs, & any time spent with his wife Mary

Favorite fishing technique: Jigging
Most known for: Open water, Trolling
Favorite Bodies of Water: Bull Shoals, AR and Fort Peck, MT – Both are Reservoirs
Biggest Walleye: 13.3 #, Bay de Noc, MI
Biggest Sturgeon: 79” @ 134 Lbs. Through the ice, Lake Winnebago, WI
Biggest Whitetail: 12 Point 310 Lbs, Saskatchewan Canada, 1995
Biggest Black Bear: 450 Lbs, Bow, Ontario Canada, 1982
WI Grand Slam: w/ a bow, whitetail deer, bear 2003 or 4, & coyote

Race snowmobiles for 3-years in his youth
Master field trial gunner for 5-years.
Proudest Moment: Watching son Chase become a Professional Anger
Best Asset: Tremendous Support from wife Mary

Gary is sponsored by:
Mary Parsons (his wife), Tracker/Nitro Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide Electric Motors, Berkley Soft Baits, Berkley Lines, Berkley Hard Baits, Lowrance Electronics, Mustad Hooks, Off Shore Tackle, Strike King, Power-Pole, Moonshine Lures (Shiver Minnows), EGO Nets, Clam Ice Fishing, Ice Armor Clothing, ION Ice Drills, JT Outdoors (Hot Box), G2 Gemini, AIM (Anglers Insight Marketing), and The Next Bite Media.