Bill Dance

Category:
Honorees
Year Honored:
2006

Biography

When it comes to competing on the professional level, no other Tennessean is more widely known as the international leader in his sport. Bill Dance, born in Lynchburg, Tennessee, is the legendary bass angler who turned pro in 1970. Bill Dance has fished the rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans of our world. His awards and titles are legendary – winning 23 National Bass Titles; three time Angler of the Year; winner of The Congressional National Safety Award joining fellow recipients Lloyd Bridges and Jacque Cousteau; National Freshwater Hall of Fame; professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame; international Fishing Hall of Fame; U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander’s Achievement Award for Water Safety; serving as Spokesman for United States Coast Guard; and named by Field and Stream as one of “The 50 Most Influential People in the Sport of Fishing.” With fellow fisherman Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston, he formed the company Th3 Legends to sell signature products. In 2005, Dance was named third in “The Greatest Angler of All Time” contest on ESPN. Bill currently resides in Eads, TN with his wife, Diane. 

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