James “Jimmy” Johnson was a legendary and universal fisherman, said his friend, Jimmy Burns, owner of the Waterloo Rod Company USA in Victoria.
“Customers would come through here and ask, ‘Is Jimmy Johnson fishing?’ They knew he was the guy to beat. He was top notch,” Burns said.
Johnson, 56, was shot and killed Sunday night while in Jackson, Miss.
He was there to compete for a third time in the Bass Pro Shops’ Bassmaster Central Open tournament on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. He was ranked 11th after two events.
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