Best Bass Anglers


The Top Ten

1 Kevin Van Dam

He is the best statistical and smartest bass angler of all time (meaning his statistics prove he is the best bass fisherman ever, which they do and he is), most classics, most wins, most money, and most AOY's prove everything! Not to mention all the other records, and he makes amazing lures!

He's on a whole different level on the mental side of the sport.

Probably the best of all time behind roland martin

He's just that good

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2 Bill Dance

Had the most dominant tournament stretch of all time. Definite top 2!

Bill dance actually inspired me to fish

Greatest of all time

Inspired me to fish. Great guy, great angler, and followed me on Instagram and likes my photos regularly. 7 BASS wins and 3 AOY’s, as well as 23 tour level national titles and around 70 percent of the time he was in the money. Definitely think his spot on this list is good though, as VanDam barely edges him out even though he keeps widening the gap! True legends!

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3 Rick Clunn

The only other guy to have 4 Bassmaster titles. - Shakester

4 Roland Martin

Roland is like a fishing encyclopedia. He is a master at every form of the art. He has done a fantastic job bringing Scott into the ranks. Fantastic Dad. Incredible fisherman. Really nice man.

19 tournaments won, 9 B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the-Year titles. - Shakester

He's JUST awesome he's GREAT AT WHAT HE DOES

He is by far the best

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5 Jimmy Houston

15 BASSMaster Classics and won the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title in both 1976 and 1986 - Shakester

6 Woo Daves

Many relate Woo to crappie fishing, but this guy was dominant on the BASS circuit. He won the 2000 classic and has an extensive tournament record. - Shakester

Finished top 5 all 3 years in hometown on James river,good ol guy that made it big WOO WOO WOO!

7 Aaron Martens

Best finesse angler all time!

BASS angler of the year title in 2004, 6 wins, 55 top-ten finishes (including three 2nd place finishes in the Bassmaster Classic as of 2010), and over $2 million in career winnings across FLW and BASS. - Shakester

8 Mike Iaconelli

Ike is one of the most exciting anglers on the planet. He has truly bettered the sport by attracting younger people to fish by utilizing his wild charisma and "never quit" attitude. Ike is one of the best, hands down.

He's crazy and has revolutionized the sport

One of the more colorful characters on the circuit, but the guy can also fish. He has a Bassmaster Classic win to prove it. He placed 2nd in 2009 and won Angler of the Year in 2006. - Shakester

eat my ass

9 Gary Klein

One of the most accurate casters out there, extremely talented and knowledgeable and understands every part of the game well!

Brought flipping to the bassmasters, as well as popularizing the drop shot. Insane fisherman and great guy!

One of the true legends of the sport. Co-founded Major League Fishing and had qualified for 30 bassmaster classics. Great guy and amazing fisherman!

10 Skeet Reese

Skeet reese has designed many top of the range lures and rods for bass, he is one of my favorite bass fisherman drawing with dave mercer

He only has one Bassmaster Classic title, but plenty of other wins and earnings. - Shakester

The Contenders

11 Alton Jones

The 2008 Classic champion which was overdue after making it to 11 of them. - Shakester

From my hometown of waco tx! Sic em Alton!

12 Scott Martin

Great personality I enjoy watching his YouTube videos it's almost like your in the boat with him. Definitely a icon!

I love your videos

Best bass angler

He is the best

13 Gerald Swindle

Most versatile fisherman out there!

14 Hank Parker

High percentage, in big tournaments fished. He could have stayed in and won lots more!

Isn't Hank the only angler to win the triple crown? Lol

The best all I got to say!

2 time classic winner 79 and 89 and y'all have him at 12

15 Greg Hackney


Better than #15

16 "Lunker" Bill Murphy

Never fished tournaments, but was THE pioneer in the "monster bass" fishery in San Diego. Caught more bass over 16 pounds than anyone in history.

17 Ish Monroe

An infamous shallow-water angler, Ish Monroe utilizes frogs to catch big fish and haul in tournament wins.


18 Mark Davis

Its embarrassing he didn't make the list

19 Mark Zona
20 Edwin Evers

Just won his first classic so he can't be in the top ten, but he deserves to be somewhere, but KVD is still the best bass angler of all time!

21 George Cochran

2 time BASS Master Classic Winner with multiple too 10 finishes in Classic and the 2005 FLW Champion. Over 20 BASS master classic appearances

22 Gord Pyzer
23 Kelly Jordan

A great fisherman could find fish in a bath tub! I should know prefished flw tournaments with him. His advice helped me win a co angler tournament. He has the drive an knowledge to beat you on most any water. A great friend. Good luck kj

24 Kevin Lucas
25 Larry Nixon
26 Stephen Browning
27 Tommy Biffle

Very good angler, one of the best anglers of all time when it comes to flippin, using that ole biffle bug!

28 Alex Peric

"I caught that on a piece of lettuce"

29 Mitch B
30 Justin Lucas
31 Dave Mercer
32 Virgil Ward

He taught all the above!

33 Stephen Mui
34 Orlando Wilson
35 Colin Bennett
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