Last week I ran down my picks for the sixth through 10th best anglers if the Greatest Angler Debate were held again today. They were, from top to bottom, Bill Dance, Gary Klein, Mark Davis, Hank Parker and Michael Iaconelli.
This week, I'm going to count down the top five, with a brief explanation about why I rank each where they are. I realize there's lots of room for argument here — that's part of the fun — but if you e-mail me to express your difference of opinion (or perhaps even outrage) with my selections, you'd better have some game. I'm making these picks on the merits. I expect you to do the same.
For a little historical reference, here's how the top 10 ranked in the original ESPN Greatest Angler Debate back in 2005: