In 1979 and again in 1989, the native of Maiden, North Carolina won the Bassmaster Classic, the biggest event in his sport. He is one of only four anglers to win the event more than once. Additionally, he was the first angler to win the Grand Slam of competitive bass fishing which includes the Classic, B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and B.A.S.S. SuperBass Tournament. Hank finished in the money in 76% of B.A.S.S. tournaments he fished. He was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2006.
For 26 years, Parker has hosted Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine. The program now airs on NBC Sports Network and Pursuit Channel; it has previously aired on Versus (formerly OLN/Outdoor Life Network), ESPN and TNN, The Nashville Network (now Spike TV). He was also featured as an opponent in the video game released for the Super Nintendo entitled "Bassin's Black Bass with Hank Parker." In the game, the player must earn their way onto the pro bass fishing tour, where they compete against Parker.
Parker lives in Union County, South Carolina. He has four sons: Hank Parker Jr. and Billy Parker, who have both driven in the NASCARBusch Series, Ben Parker, and Timothy Parker who is a fighter on the MMA circuit. He also has a daughter named Lucy Parker. Hank Jr. is a two-time race winner and is now a test driver for Roush Racing. Billy has the appropriate nickname "Catfish." The sons also join him for another outdoors show, called Hank Parker 3-D; that show focuses on hunting rather than fishing. The show airs on NBC Sports Network and Pursuit Channel.