In 2005, ESPN conducted what was called the Greatest Angler Debate. It was a very interesting production that started with a list of 35 top-notch bass fishing pros. That list of 35 was submitted to a "blue ribbon" panel of outdoor writers who have covered the sport for a long time and pared down to the Top 10.
Here, in alphabetical order, are the 10 they selected: Denny Brauer, Rick Clunn, Bill Dance, Mark Davis, Gary Klein, Roland Martin, Larry Nixon, Hank Parker, Kevin VanDam and Jay Yelas.
After the list was cut to these 10 anglers, the contest was opened to the general public so they could vote for their favorites. As you probably know, Rick Clunn won the title with Roland Martin finishing second. Bill Dance was third, followed by Brauer, VanDam, Nixon, Parker, Klein, Yelas and Davis.