Johnson remembered

He loved life, fishing, family, friends

From Larry Nors:

What can be said about Jimmy that has not already been said? Jimmy was the friend of a lifetime. No matter what happened or what I needed, I could always rely on Jimmy to be there – anytime of day or night. 

It's been said that "a person will only have five close friends throughout his/her lifetime that they can always count on through thick and thin." Unfortunately, I have lost one of those rare friends that cannot be replaced. I have not lost just a friend but a brother, father, neighbor, fishing buddy, fishing competitor and a mentor. He was all those to me wrapped up in one unforgettable man.

I have a lot of great memories of Jimmy over the past few years. We were getting ready to add more - we were going to fish the Bassmaster Central Opens next year. I had been undecided as to whether or not I was going to fish them until the Saturday prior to his passing. I sent Jimmy a text message while he was driving to Mississippi and let him know that I had decided to fish the Opens next year. 

Mona said Jimmy was ecstatic over the news. She said while Jimmy was driving that he kept looking at her and then back at the road until finally she asked him, ‘What are you thinking about?’

He told Mona that he enjoyed her company at the Opens, and not to take it personally, but, ‘Me, PaPa (Craig Crim) and Larry (Nors) are going to have a blast next year!’

Then, after hearing the news about Jimmy, I decided not to fish the Opens next year. I just didn't have the desire to do it without him. But after hearing what Mona told me, I knew I couldn't let it go.

I will not only be fishing for myself but for Jimmy. He will be on my mind and in my heart every time I pick up a fishing rod. This is one of the things that I admired about Jimmy; he would get me so excited and pumped up to go fishing.

Again, I will miss my friend. I will miss talking to him about life in general, not just fishing.

—Larry Nors, Ganado, Texas