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Bill Dance is an outdoors legend. For over 55 years, he has delivered fishing advice on television in his humorous, off-beat way.
Bill has been an avid fisherman since his youth in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Bill always dreamed of working in the fishing industry and in his 20s 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.
Success didn’t come easy, after a tour of TV stations in the South, Bill came back 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.