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BILL DANCE HONORED BY TWRA
Bill Dance, a Tennessee native and national fishing icon, has been honored
for his many contributions to the sport of fishing and as a long-time
proponent and supporter of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and its
efforts to manage and improve fishing in the state.
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission and TWRA expressed their
gratitude to Mr. Dance with a resolution during the January TFWC meeting
that was held at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters in Memphis.
TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter read the resolution that listed many of
Mr. Dance’s contributions and accomplishments through the years and
presented him a plaque engraved with the resolution.
“It is an honor and privilege to have known Bill for so many years and
honor him,” Director Carter said. “He has brought people into our state to
enjoy all the different things it has and so many people into the sport of
fishing. We (the TWRA) have called on Bill many times throughout the
A native of Collierville, Mr. Dance is known as Bass Fishing’s “First
Superstar.” He is the winner of 23 National Bass titles, and Bassmaster
Classic qualifier eight of nine years with an “in the money” finish
percentage so high he was able to retire from competition at age 39.
He has enjoyed a television career spanning more than 45 years, producing
more than 2,000 educational and comedy “blooper” programs. His popular
television series have included Bill Dance Outdoors on Destination America
and Bill Dance Saltwater, which airs on The Outdoor Channel.
Dance wears the famous “Power T” hat on every show which has raised a
greater awareness for the University of Tennessee and the state. He
continues to be a spokesman and ambassador for Tennessee through the
Department of Tourism, inviting visitors from across the United States and
around the world to come to the state and fish and enjoy all the beauty
and activities that the state offers.