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Bill Dance is an outdoors legend. For over 30 years, he has delivered fishing advice on television in his humorous, off-beat way. To the avid fisherman, Bill represents the best that fishing has to offer. Even for people who don't know much about fishing, Bill Dance is the one name that stands out.

 

Bill's History
Bill has been an avid fisherman since his youth in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Bill always dreamed of working in the fishing industry and in his 20's he began to fish competitively. His fishing ability was so great that he won over a third of his first 15 events, and finished in the top 5 of the others. He used this success as a springboard to a career in television.

"I was offered my first full-time position with a nationally-known lure manufacturer," Bill says.. Among other things, "they wanted me to develop and market a television fishing show....I dove into the project headfirst."

But success didn't come easily. After a tour of TV stations in the South, Bill came back rejected and discouraged. But he didn't give up. Finally, a local ABC-TV affiliate told him that if he found a sponsor, they would give the show a shot. He did and the rest is fairly well-known.

Bill Dance Outdoors was born in 1968 and progressed from a local to a regional and finally a national program. Today, Bill Dance Outdoors is seen on Versus.

"My success is also due to the superb efforts of many talented people that I have worked with," Bill says. "But I also know that it would never have come to pass, if I hadn't eliminated the word "can't" from my vocabulary."

Bill's Accomplishments

  • A member of the International Game Fishing Association's Hall of Fame
  • 23 National Bass Titles
  • 8-Time Bass Master Classic Qualifier
  • 3-Time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year (1969,1974, 1977)
  • 1978 Congressional National Water Safety Award
  • 1986 National Freshwater Hall of Fame
  • Biggest fish was a 13 lb. 2 oz. Largemouth Bass.
  • Wrote seven (7) fishing books plus many articles in major outdoor magazines
  • Spokesperson for at least 25 companies and organizations

Bill's Personal History
Wife: Dianne
Children: Bill, Jr; Paul, Patrick and Pamela
Hometown: Collierville, Tennessee
Birthdate: 10/07/40
 

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