Best Bass Anglers

The Top Ten
1 Kevin Van Dam

He had won 4 Bassmaster Classic Championships. And is an idol to 2 generations of fisherman. He is humble, and down to earth. Definitely the GOAT.

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!

91 top ten finishes, 37 first place finishes, 7 angler of the year awards, over 6 million dollars won in bass fishing, holds over half of the B.A.S.S. records, one MLF championship won by 37 pounds, and most importantly 4 BASSmaster Classic wins, very knowledgeable and his baits are great too, simply the best ever

The best I've ever seen and it seems like every other fisherman out there is chasing him always every tournament all you hear them saying is trying to keep up with or beat Van Dam.

2 Bill Dance

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!

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

Pioneer in catch and release so others ( like KVD) can enjoy the sport! Ha!

Bill dance actually inspired me to fish

3 Rick Clunn

We want the Niles North Wide Receivers to catch the ball like Rick Clunn catches Bass fish!

The only other guy to have 4 Bassmaster titles.

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.

Even bill dance and jimi Houston will tell you that Roland is the grandfather of all fishing pros

Roland is the best. Better than KVD because of age and experience he should be number 1. KVD is getting there though.

Roland Martin sneaking up on a dock

5 Jimmy Houston

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

Jimmy Houston Opening a restaurant for deer only. is it good

Jimmy is classically the BEST

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.

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

7 Aaron Martens

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.

Best finesse angler all time!

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.

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.

Exciting and fun to watch. Does a great job of promoting fishing and getting kids involved in fishing.

He's crazy and has revolutionized the sport

9 Gary Klein

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

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!

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

10 Skeet Reese

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

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

The Contenders
11 Scott Martin

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

Love this guy, I have learned a lot watching his you tube channel, would love the chance to fish with him someday!

He is the best I watch him on YouTube him catching all those bass and it makes me happy

A great fisherman and a charming personality I wish he makes it to the top

12 Jacob Wheeler

Jacob Wheeler is a natural . Confident, never quit attitude. Love this guy fun to watch

I have all of has rods and his baits he is the best fisherman I have ever seen

Profession caring and giving overall person.

Best in the business

13 Alton Jones

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

From my hometown of waco tx! Sic em Alton!

14 Gerald Swindle

Because this is Jim Alan good luck at lake Hartwell this weekend

Most versatile fisherman out there!

He is a good person, and role model.

15 Greg Hackney

Too low on the list

Better than #15

16 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

17 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!

18 Ish Monroe

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

19 Mark Zona

Good fisherman, best talk show host

20 Larry Nixon

Top money winner prior to the current $$ being paid...Top five for sure

21 Jordan Lee

Is way higher than most the guys he won back to back bassmaster classics and has multiple top 10 finishes

22 Mark Davis

It's embarrassing he didn't make the list

23 Alex Peric

"I caught that on a piece of lettuce"

24 "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.

25 Al Lindner

The best all around angler in my opinion.

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