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.