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09/23/2011
    Uncharted Waters - Elite Hopeful Parker Wants To Be Role Model For Girls
Appearing at bassfan.com on Friday, September 23, 2011 http://www.bassfan.com/news_article.asp?id=4071


Aspiring tour-level angler Janet Parker can already claim one distinction that many established pros cannot: She's been approached for on-the-water advice by four-time Bassmaster Classic champion Rick Clunn.

"When we were at the Arkansas River, I went up to him and thanked him for making the Rico (topwater bait), and I showed him the one I used to catch my fish," she said. "Then a little bit later, we were in our boats getting ready to trailer to Bass Pro for the weigh-in and he said, 'Janet, come over here for a second, I need to ask you some girlie advice.'

"I walked over and he asked, 'How do you keep knots out of your ponytail while you're fishing.' I thought that was pretty cool."

The free-spirited Clunn has sported long hair at several junctures of his lengthy career and is in one of those phases now. He got the following tip from Parker:

"I told him I get knots in my pony if I have it positioned too low and it rubs back and forth against my lifejacket or coat, so you have to position it high enough that it doesn't rub against your clothing."

On Historic Path

Through two of the three Bassmaster Central Opens, Parker has outfished Clunn and a whole bunch of other current and would-be tour pros. After a 6th-place finish at Lake Lewisville and a 10th at the Arkansas, she trails only Californian Chris Zaldain in the points.

The resident of Little Elm, Texas is in prime position to become the first woman to ever qualify to fish the Elite Series. A placement among the Top 50 or so in next month's rescheduled finale at Table Rock will likely secure her an invitation to compete on B.A.S.S.'s top tour in 2012. If that happens, she'll accept without hesitation.

"I'd be lying if I said that being the first female to qualify wouldn't be one of the motivating factors," said the 40-year-old former physician's assistant who also spent a 3-year stint as a junior high school science teacher. "But the big thing is I'd like to become a role model for young women and show them that they can do this – it is a possibility – and that's something that I didn't have as a young girl.

"I don't feel like gender is an issue in this sport. It's not you against the men or you against the other anglers. It's you against the fish, and do you have the skills to trick those fish into biting and then get those fish into the boat? That's where the competition is."

She concedes that a woman might face a very slight physical disadvantage, but says that can be overcome with the proper equipment.

"Women don't have the same upper-body strength as men and we have shorter arms, so we need to make some adjustments for that. For one thing we need stiffer rods, and I'll always use fluorocarbon or braided line, or at least a fluorocarbon or braid leader (to eliminate the stretch that's inherent with monofilament).

"That way we can compensate for that lack of strength and get a better hookset. It makes a big difference."

Determined to Succeed

Parker has fished since she was a small child and got her first taste of the competitive aspect of the sport when she joined a women's-only club in the Dallas area during her teaching days. She looked at it as primarily a stress reliever for her day job ("I loved the kids, but the parents drove me nuts," she said), but also wanted to develop and utilize the techniques she'd read about in Bassmaster Magazine.

She figured the club would be focused on learning, but says she quickly found out that wasn't the case.

"The women who had the knowledge and experience wanted to beat the ones who didn't know any better and take their money," she said. "I said, 'Fine. If you won't teach me, I'll go and learn on my own, and then I'll come back and take your money.' And that's what I did."

She joined the Women's Bassmaster Tour when it launched in late 2005 and won the 2009 event at the Ouachita River. She also fished the FLW Tour and FLW Series as a co-angler and said she gleaned a tremendous amount of knowledge from fellow Texans Mike Hawkes and Sean Hoernke during that period.

"I owe them so much. They allowed me to pre-fish with them and hang out and watch how they got ready for tournaments. What I learned from them probably accounts for 90% of my fishing ability."

Won't be Intimidated

Parker said intimidation won't be a factor if she gets to compete on the Elite Series next year. She's had plenty of interaction with tour pros to this point and is certain that she'll receive the same amount of respect she shows to her fellow competitors.

Her dealings with them thus far have been nothing but cordial. She points to an example on day 2 at Lewisville, when Jeff Kriet had arrived at a point she'd fished the previous day before she did, but then surrendered it to her due to her higher position in the standings.

She'd planned to just fish down the adjacent shoreline, but Kriet would have none of it.

"He told me, 'You take it, but if you leave, it's mine,''' she recalled. "He certainly didn't have to do that, but I have a great amount of respect for him for doing it."

Notable

> Parker is the VP of a marketing company and spends most of each summer in Minnesota running corporate fishing events.

> She said he greatest strength as an angler is fishing soft plastics and her primary weakness is deep cranking.

> She's never competed at Table Rock, but pre-practiced there in April before the Open was rescheduled due to high water. "About a week before the rains came I was consistently catching 15- to 17-pound stringers," she said. "But after the water began rising and got muddy, I struggled. I was extremely relieved when B.A.S.S. postponed the event."

> She's been sharing information with Paul Ferguson, another Texas angler, for the Central Opens and said that arrangement has been a big help.

> Her wrap sponsor is rent-to-own retailer Aaron's. Other backers are Ranger, Evinrude, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Rapala and Dobyns Rods.
09/18/2011
    Best Story of 2011? Janet Parker and the Elite series
From Tournament Fishing Radio at www.tournamentfishingradio.com. Interview with Janet airs 9/19/2011

The Wellman incident, high water canceling tournaments, drought conditions across Texas, chemical spills killing fish, invasive species taking over, tournament organizations going under, "This Economy".....ARRRGGGG. How about a good story for 2011? Enter BASS Open Angler Janet Parker. Two top ten finishes in the Central Open series and Parker is poised to become the first female angler to QUALIFY to fish the BASS Elite Series. Standing in second place in the Central Open series a decent finish in the final event on Table Rock and Parker will truly qualify for the Elite series.


Big deal? Hell yea! Parker isn't taking a short cut, she is competing and qualifying just like everyone else trying to make it to bass fishing's highest level. Unlike Kim Bain-Moore who qualified for the Bassmaster Classic a few years ago through the now defunct WBT, Parker is fishing in a male dominated sport through an entire season.


Parker's season includes a sixth place at the ultra tough Lake Lewisville event, besting more than ten current Elite Series anglers. Then on the Arkansas River Parker opted for an aluminum rig with a jet motor and made the same run as eventual winner Tommy Biffle everyday to notch a solid tenth place finish, again beating more than ten Elite anglers in the process. This isn't a publicity stunt, Parker is competing with and beating some of the best anglers on the planet and earning her way to the highest level.

This year we've had a series of negative stories; flooding and high water canceled or moved tournaments, the Wellman fines and suspension, massive chemical spills in Louisiana and the never ending "bad economy" affecting the boating and fishing industry. Parker's story stands out, a great story of an angler chasing a dream and coming closer than anyone else has. Parker estimates a top 50 finish will give her the birth into the 2012 Elite series, she ready with a corporate wrapped boat and has schedule that keeps her on the road over 40 weeks of the year. "If I can get that eligibility, I want to fish the Elites, I want to make history as the first female." Parker said.

Professional fishing needs a story like Parker's. It brings positive media attention and could draw average people to the sport. Michelle Wie and Danika Patrick drew mainstream media focus to the PGA and Auto Racing. Unlike Wie and Patrick, Parker is competing and out performing her male counter parts making her story more compelling and more important.

Janet Parker is ready for the Elite series but is she ready for the media attention qualification will bring? Bain-Moore was deluged by the media, between TV, radio and internet Bain-Moore had little time to prepare for the Classic and her 47th place finished was a result. Parker has quietly made her way to second place year to date, the media has started to pay attention and an Elite qualification will increase the spotlight. How she handles that attention will determine her success on tour as much a her ability as an angler.

In a year of negative stories and bad decisions Professional Fishing needs a story Like Janet Parker's.

Janet Parker will appear on Tournament Fishing Radio, September 19, 2011. Hear the interview live on KGMY 1400 in Springfield, MO @ 5:30 pm or on line @ www.espn1400.com or on iTunes.
09/14/2011
    Janet Parker's Shot at the B.A.S.S. Elites
The following appeared on Bass Utopia. Posted by Jason Holmer.

By now most of the fishing industry has taken note that, wait for it, a...oh my goodness, a...gasp, a woman is in strong position to qualify for the 2012 Bassmaster Elites Series through the Central Opens. After finishing 6th on Lake Lewisville in the first event, and following up with a 10th place finish on the Arkansas River, Janet Parker finds herself in 2nd place in the Angler of the Year race in the Central Division of the Opens, 24 points ahead of her closest competitor. It certainly looks like, barring a collapse in the third event, that Ms. Parker will be facing the big boys next year on the Elite Series trail.

Initially, my reaction to this story was pretty even keeled. I read the various articles and blog posts on the topic with interest since this is, after all, technically a historic event. In case you have been living under a rock, or not following the sport at all, there has never been a woman competing on the Elite level. Pretty cool, right? Of course it is, but I have some concerns.

Kim Bain-Moore broke the barrier initially with the berth through the short-live women's side of the B.A.S.S. circuit. The media was buzzing with "A woman will fish the Classic!" stories and human interest pieces. Bain-Moore was on everything bass. Magazine covers, internet blogs and websites, interviews, you name it she was covered by it. The fishing media was falling all over itself trying to get their piece of Kim and make their predictions. Even TIME Magazine wrote an article about Bain-Moore called "The First Lady of Bass Fishing". Of course, it was set up from day 1 of the tournament season with an automatic berth, but that's besides the point...she is a woman!


So how did Kim Bain-Moore fare? After two days of competition, Kim weighed in 12.2 pounds, good for 47th out of 51 anglers. Pretty underwhelming. Obviously women can't compete at that level, right?

Of course that is ridiculous. Think about the pressure that the media put on Bain-Moore. Think about the non-stop interviews, the questions at the landing, the radio and TV spots, the new demands from her sponsors as the event neared. Why so much pressure? Because she is a woman. Essentially, the media that built her up and held her on the gender pedestal probably got so much in her way that she really couldn't do her job the way she would have liked. Skeet Reese won the event that year. Do you think Reese had even one tenth the media attention that Kim had going into the event? Not a chance.

Now back to Janet Parker.

A few women have ventured across the gender barrier in other sports. Michelle Wie did it in golf and Danica Patrick does it in racing, but both have struggled or have fallen on their faces. Most sports are based on an element of strength. It's not sexist to say that professional male golfers hit a golf ball farther than professional women do. Just look at the numbers. The same argument could be made in most other sports as well, and they would be correct, and in those cases, a woman competing would be pretty amazing.

Not in fishing.

Fishing, unlike most competitive sports, is played against a field of anglers trying to all best a common opponent: a living creature looking for a meal. There is no competitive advantage that a gender brings to fishing. Does anyone think that Kevin Van Dam is better because he is a male and might have a larger build of be physically stronger that a woman? No way. KVD is the best because of his understanding of his aquatic opponent, his decision making, and his mental toughness. So why is it so surprising to some people that a woman might qualify? Since the name of the game is brains and mental toughness, does that mean that women aren't as mentally capable as men? Trust me, if you met my wife and I you would know who the brains are in my house, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who would admit that. Of course women are as bright and mentally tough as men...in my experiences they might even have an edge on us guys in that category.

So why is it so surprising that a woman is set to qualify?

Parker is not getting an automatic berth through an all women's circuit. She is doing it by beating the boys. She is doing it on a level playing field. Parker is just straight up having a tremendous season! I've fished an Open event, and I have many friends and contacts who compete on them currently. These tournaments are no joke. They are a grind from the time you leave your driveway until the end of the long drive back home. Finishing as high as she has in the first two events is a testament to her abilities on the water as well as her mental toughness.

The point I'm trying to make is simple, let's focus on the fact that Janet Parker is a top notch angler who is kicking tail in one of the toughest circuits in the country. It doesn't matter if she is a woman, man, donkey, or lima bean, she's good. Period. I for one hope that she makes it to the Elites, not only because she is a woman, but because she will be a force to be reckoned with.

Sure, it's hard not to get caught up in a story like this. It's intriguing, and I find myself rooting for her to make it. Who doesn't like the "against all odds" story line? In the meantime, let's all sit back and let her do her job. Leave the media pressure on the sidelines until after the event, and then let's get our story and leave her to her job come Elite season should she make it.

Go Janet!


Posted by Jason Holmer at 9:24 PM
09/12/2011
    Parker Poised to be First Female Elite Series Pro
Parker poised to be first female Elite Series pro...from 9/14/2011 The Fishing Wire (by Melissa Dixon)

Janet Parker has a clear shot at becoming the first woman to compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

From Little Elm, Texas, Parker said if she qualifies she won't hesitate to commit for the 2012 Elite Series season.

"I am on top of the world," she said. "I can't tell you how excited I am to have this chance."

Parker took a big step toward the Elite Series on Sept. 10 with a 10th-place finish on the Arkansas River in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open division. The high finish jumped her from sixth to second place in the points standings. If she can stay in the Top 5 through the end of the season, she'll be among the Open invitees for the 2012 Elite Series.

To be Elite, she figures she needs a 50th-place or better finish in the one remaining tournament on the 2011 Central Open schedule, the Oct. 20-22 event on Table Rock Lake out of Branson, Mo.

"If I can get that eligibility, I want to fish the Elites. I want to make history as the first female," she said.

Parker has 536 points to the Central Open leader's 567 points. (The No. 1 position is held by another Elite Series hopeful, Chris Zaldain, a pro who makes a long drive from California to compete in the Central Opens.) Parker is 33 points ahead of the No. 5 angler.

A former Bassmaster Women's Tour (WBT) pro, Parker joined the 2010 Opens when the women's tour disbanded after the 2009 season. She had competed in all four seasons of the women's tour's existence, garnering a win on the Ouachita River in 2009 and qualifying for the championship.

"After the WBT, I decided that the Opens would tell me if I am ready to fish at the Elite level. With the last three tournaments in the Opens, I've had strong finishes, and I've been competing against Elite guys who have opted to fish the Opens too. I've got a lot to learn ... but I'm never going to improve if I don't continue to challenge myself."

"If I don't make it, I'll look on it as a sign that I wasn't ready, and I'll be happy with that too - but I'm really hoping that I'm ready."

Parker said that between her fishing career, sponsor and charity appearances, and a job with a company that organizes corporate fishing events, she's on the road 42 to 48 weeks a year, so a hectic Elite Series schedule would not be a lifestyle change. She has been running a wrapped rig for years sponsored by Aaron's, the rent-to-own retailer, so a wrap isn't an obstacle. She said she realizes that being under a microscope as the first Elite Series woman pro could be a heavy demand on her time.

"I'll just have to learn how to say 'no,'" she said. "I realize none of it will be easy - it's going to be grueling and exhausting - but it's something I want to do."

Parker isn't the only woman faring well in the 2011 Central Open season. Lisa Sternard of Clarksville, Tenn., was in 19th place in points after the Arkansas River event. Sternard, also a successful women's tour competitor, would have to make up some ground at Table Rock to get an Elite Series invitation; her standing at 434 points is 69 ticks away from the current fifth-place holder's 503 points.


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04/19/2011
    EVINRUDE E-TEC LAPS TALLADEGA WITH JANET PARKER IN THE AARON’S DREAM MACHINE

Minneapolis, Minn. (April 19, 2011) – BRP’s Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines, is proud to be the new sponsor of professional bass angler, Janet Parker and her Aaron’s Dream Machine. The iconic Aaron’s Dream Machine was a leader in the NASCAR parade lap at Talladega this weekend.

Janet Parker has the new 2011 Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O. on the back of her Z-520 Ranger Boat. “I’m excited to run the new Evinrude E-TEC engine,” shared Parker from inside the track at Talladega. “And what a great place to showcase this spectacular new boat and outboard motor.”

The enthusiasm is reciprocal. “We’re thrilled to sponsor Janet Parker, one of the most elite professional bass anglers out there,” added Krista Heidgerken, tournament coordinator for Evinrude. “She not only knows her equipment, but she knows what it takes to compete and win in this professional environment. Her visibility and strong fan following extends far beyond the weigh-in, like this event at Talladega. It’s a great fit to pair up the Evinrude E-TEC engine with Janet Parker and the Aaron’s Dream Machine.”

Like the Evinrude E-TEC H.O. Series, Parker likes to push it to the max, and maximum performance and reliability is exactly what a focused angler is looking for in a competitive environment. Like Parker and her Aaron’s Dream Machine, Talladega exudes power and performance.

Parker has always worked hand-in-hand with organizations that support U.S. Veterans. She invited two wives of wounded Vets to accompany her on the Talladega parade lap. “While loved ones are deployed, the spouses left behind are fighting their own battles so our service men can focus and do their job to protect our country,” shared Parker. “I’ve set a goal to bring awareness to the sacrifices the families of our deployed and injured make. They are often overlooked but are heroes also.”

See www.evinrude.com for complete information about the 2011 line-up of outboard motors. Janet Parker’s sponsors include Aaron’s, Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines, Ranger Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Rapala and Dobyn’s rods.
02/26/2011
    Janet Parker finishes 6th place at 1st 2011 BASS Central Open
Janet Parker is in the running to become the first woman in history to qualify to fish the BASS Elite Series after a successful BASS Central Open tournament at Lake Lewisville Feb 24-26. On day one Parker was one of only twelve competitors that weighed in a five fish limit, day two produced a large 4lb. 12oz. fish, and her final day gave her two more fish to bring her tournament total to 22lbs. 10oz., good enough for 6th place.

Fishing was difficult with water temperatures ranging from 45 to 60 degrees. Fish were in multiple patterns from winter pattern to bedding. With the wide range of weather conditions, Parker decided to focus on pre-spawn bass positioning on secondary points near deep water with close spawning areas. She had noted that her bites were not happening until after 11:00.

On tournament day one Parker was boat number 68. Considering her fish did not “turn-on” until after 11:00, Janet decided to go try areas that she felt should be holding fish that she had not tried during practice. Within fifteen minutes at her first stop, two keeper fish were in the live well and one short. At stop two she caught ten additional “keepers” over 14 inches. All fish were caught before 11:00. The wind started gusting around 30 mph with 20+ sustained winds. Her day-one five fish totaled 13-11, putting her in third place. Janet was one of only twelve competitors that weighed in a five-fish limit.

Day two brought extremely different weather conditions; high pressure post front with high sun and wind. Repeating her fishing locations from day one, only two shorts were produced at stop one. When arriving at location two, the conditions were looking very promising, shad activity was present and fish were feeding. On her first cast, she caught one short fish. Then in the back ground she heard the sound of a small outboard motor and the voice yelling at her. When acknowledging the crappie fisherman behind her, she let him pass her through the narrow water way and into the small area, assuming he was picking someone up on the bank. To her surprise, the man placed out four “minnow rigs” and began trolling in the small area. This caused the shad and fish to leave the shallow area and move to deep water. With one hour until weigh in Parker decided to try one deep water area that had isolated boulders in 17 to 20 ft. of water. This decision produced one fish that weighed 4-12 putting Parker in sixth place and qualifying her to fish in day three of the tournament.

Day three was a mix of day one and two weather conditions; cold, high pressure with high winds. Within fifteen minutes at stop one, Parker hooked into a fish that weighed an estimated seven to eight pounds. Unfortunately, the fish became airborne and shook the hook from its mouth before it could be netted. It was a grind, but Parker weighed two fish giving her a tournament weight of 22-10 for a sixth place finish. Parker was using the same fishing pattern and technique as the tournament champion

Parker is now headed to begin pre-fishing for the FLW Central Everstart on Lake of the Ozarks.
04/10/2010
    BASS Central Open Stop 1
B.A.S.S. Central Open Series
Post Tournament Report
April 8-10, 2010

Janet Parker

After taking the 38th place slot in day one of the Bassmasters 2010 Central Open Division’s first tournament of the year, Janet Parker’s second day mechanical problems on treacherous water dropped her back to the middle of the field, fishing against some of the best in the country.

This was Parker’s first time competing as a pro in a male dominated tournament, after a career in the Bassmaster Womens Trail since 2005. Fellow competitors included some of the top pros in the country, among them Bassmaster Classic qualifiers, FLW Tour, and Elite Series professionals.

Fishing in about 25-mile per hour winds, with the water whitecapping, she lost more than three hours of fishing after breaking down at 2 p.m. On the second day she fished lake pockets using plastic lizards, six and seven- inch Senkos, and a 10-inch plastic worm. While her time on the water was cut short, she still managed to weigh in a two-day total of more than 26 pounds, claiming the 106th spot.

There were 202 pro anglers competing on the state’s second largest lake April 8-10, for more than $52,000 in cash and prizes. Those in the co-angler division competed for a $34,000 Triton/Mercury boat package.

Parker came to the scales with an 18.14 -pound bag of fish on day one, placing her in the money, on a day when the biggest weights of the tournament were weighed. Fishing in bluebird sky conditions, with no wind, she floated Senkos and boated a five-fish limit, including one exceeding six pounds.

But by day two the lake – known for conditions that can defeat the best anglers – greeted the contenders with a vengeance. The winds disabled several boats and handicapped the best plans of those who used the calm conditions of day one to bringing hefty bags to the scales.

“I couldn’t access some of my best spots I wanted, and after breaking down it is a good thing I didn’t,” said Parker. Some of her strategy plans had included running 15 miles through open water.

“Amistad is an incredible fishery,” said Parker. “I feel I could have repeated yesterday’s performance if it wasn’t for the electrical and mechanical issues.”
Parker said she is looking forward to the second stop for the division, which will be June 3-5 on the Red River out of Shreveport, La. Parker has spent considerable time on that body of water during her preparation for the 2009 WBT Championship.

The lake is an international reservoir and recreation area containing 890 miles of shoreline, 540 in the U. S. and 350 in Mexico, created with the impoundment of the Rio Grande, Pecos and Devils rivers. At normal conservation level (1117 ft above sea level), Lake Amistad contains 67,000 acres of water, extends 74 miles up the Rio Grande, 24 miles up the Devils River and 14 miles up the Pecos River. Tournament headquarters were located near Del Rio, on the border of the two countries.
04/25/2009
    Parker Wins Wire to Wire!
Janet Parker won her first WBT Tournament Wire To Wire on the Ouachita River. For the complete story go to http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/tournaments/wbt/news/story?id=4100781
    Best Story of 2011? Janet Parker and the Elite series
from "Tournament Fishing Radio" 9/18/2011 -- airing 9/19/2011

The Wellman incident, high water canceling tournaments, drought conditions across Texas, chemical spills killing fish, invasive species taking over, tournament organizations going under, "This Economy".....ARRRGGGG. How about a good story for 2011? Enter BASS Open Angler Janet Parker. Two top ten finishes in the Central Open series and Parker is poised to become the first female angler to QUALIFY to fish the BASS Elite Series. Standing in second place in the Central Open series a decent finish in the final event on Table Rock and Parker will truly qualify for the Elite series.


Big deal? Hell yea! Parker isn't taking a short cut, she is competing and qualifying just like everyone else trying to make it to bass fishing's highest level. Unlike Kim Bain-Moore who qualified for the Bassmaster Classic a few years ago through the now defunct WBT, Parker is fishing in a male dominated sport through an entire season.


Parker's season includes a sixth place at the ultra tough Lake Lewisville event, besting more than ten current Elite Series anglers. Then on the Arkansas River Parker opted for an aluminum rig with a jet motor and made the same run as eventual winner Tommy Biffle everyday to notch a solid tenth place finish, again beating more than ten Elite anglers in the process. This isn't a publicity stunt, Parker is competing with and beating some of the best anglers on the planet and earning her way to the highest level.

This year we've had a series of negative stories; flooding and high water canceled or moved tournaments, the Wellman fines and suspension, massive chemical spills in Louisiana and the never ending "bad economy" affecting the boating and fishing industry. Parker's story stands out, a great story of an angler chasing a dream and coming closer than anyone else has. Parker estimates a top 50 finish will give her the birth into the 2012 Elite series, she ready with a corporate wrapped boat and has schedule that keeps her on the road over 40 weeks of the year. "If I can get that eligibility, I want to fish the Elites, I want to make history as the first female." Parker said.

Professional fishing needs a story like Parker's. It brings positive media attention and could draw average people to the sport. Michelle Wie and Danika Patrick drew mainstream media focus to the PGA and Auto Racing. Unlike Wie and Patrick, Parker is competing and out performing her male counter parts making her story more compelling and more important.

Janet Parker is ready for the Elite series but is she ready for the media attention qualification will bring? Bain-Moore was deluged by the media, between TV, radio and internet Bain-Moore had little time to prepare for the Classic and her 47th place finished was a result. Parker has quietly made her way to second place year to date, the media has started to pay attention and an Elite qualification will increase the spotlight. How she handles that attention will determine her success on tour as much a her ability as an angler.

In a year of negative stories and bad decisions Professional Fishing needs a story Like Janet Parker's.

Janet Parker will appear on Tournament Fishing Radio, September 19, 2011. Hear the interview live on KGMY 1400 in Springfield, MO @ 5:30 pm or on line @ www.espn1400.com or on iTunes
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Janet Parker
Hello, and welcome to my website.

My name is Janet Parker, and I live in Little Elm, Texas. You are invited to join me for my second season in the BASSMASTER Central Open Series, after four years fishing the Women's Bassmaster Tour as a Professional Angler.

Fishing is, and has been, my one constant passion. It offers whatever the participant wants -- from relaxing on a shady shore with a bucket of minnows, making friends and fellowship in a local fishing club, or the adrenalin rush from intense competition, you can find it as an angler. It is yours for the taking!

My love of fishing began at the age of 18 months. After mastering the art of walking, my God Grandparents began taking me, my bag of cloth diapers, and a bucket of minnows with them fishing every afternoon. Several years later, and after my first 8 pound Largemouth Bass, it is official . . . I am addicted for life!

Hopefully, through this website, I can convey my love of fishing; inspire others to experience this wonderful sport, and, with the calendar, allow my mother, sponsors and friends to keep up with me and my busy schedule!


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