Countless anglers have been considered the best, but only one name rises to the top.
Ernest Hemmingway, Ted Williams, Rick Clunn, Roland Martin, Curt Gowdy; the list of influential anglers goes on, but there can only be one leader of the pack.
Kevin VanDam is argued to be the best angler in the world and looking back on his successful career, few would allege otherwise.
Raised in Kalamazoo, Mich. VanDam has been competing in fishing tournaments since he was a teenager. Urged by his older brother Randy to compete, VanDam found a natural talent and an insatiable love for fishing.
In 1990 he became the youngest angler awarded the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, at 23. Since then VanDam has claimed four Bass Master Classic titles, seven Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year awards, 102 career Bass Master Tournament finishes in the top ten, and has earned over $5 million from angling competitions.
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ESPN Outdoor Commentator, Mark Zona, recently claimed:
When it comes to professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is as close to perfection as I’ve ever seen in my mind, he is the best of this era and will be the best I cover as long as I am a commentator.
To date, no other competitor has accomplished what VanDam has in his commendable career, many claim him to be the best angler in the world and he will continue to serve as a source of inspiration to anglers for years to come.