When Jimmy Houston quit his job as an insurance agent and became a pro bass angler in 1975, no one could have predicted the influence he would have on the sport.
The mopheaded Houston of Cookson was definitely hyperactive. He would fish for countless hours without a break, never missing a cast.
He believed the harder you fished, the more your lure was in the water, the more bass you would put in the boat.
When Houston began his pro career, almost every angler sat in a boat seat with an armrest and made overhand casts. Houston developed a quick, underhanded casting technique so he could make more casts when tournament fishing.
A right-handed caster, Houston seldom lifted his lure more than a foot out of the water before rolling his wrist and shooting the lure back out parallel to the water.
Houston also was among the first tournament anglers to remove the front seat of his boat and would stand to cast. That allowed him to get a better look at bass holding cover and help him set the hook and play the fish.
At the time, many thought Houston was just being his hyperactive self, but now it is a common practice.
Houston, a legend in the sport and one of the best known outdoor personalities in the country because of his television show, Jimmy Houston Outdoors, will headline next month's “Bass Fishing Techniques” classes at Rose State College.
Other instructors will be George Cochran, a two-time Bassmaster Classic champion and former FLW champion; pro bass angler Kenyon Hill of Norman and Oklahoma bass fishing guides Ivan Martin of Afton and Bob Myers of Sulphur.
Classes will be held Feb. 12, 19, 26 and March 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost to attend all four sessions is $99.
To enroll, call Rose State College at 733-7392. For more information, visit www.BassTechniques.org.
Bass Fishing Techniques
All classes will be at Rose State College in Midwest City.
When: Feb. 12
Instructor: Jimmy Houston
Topics: Fishing spinnerbaits, flipping and pitching, techniques for locating bass
When: Feb. 19
Instructor: Kenyon Hill
Topics: Finesse fishing, finesse jig fishing, tackle and tactics for fishing the Carolina Rig and Alabama Rig
When: Feb. 26
Instructor: George Cochran
Topics: Flipping and pitching, topwater fishing, jerkbait fishing and fishing squarebill crankbaits
When: March 5
Instructors: Ivan Martin and Bob Myers