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Looking Back on a Legend

Updated: May 7, 2008, 4:06 PM ET
By Ken Duke

Bill Dance was professional bass fishing's first superstar. After a second-place finish in the first modern bass tournament — the 1967 All-American on Beaver Lake in Arkansas — the former furniture and hardware salesman from Memphis, Tenn., never looked back. He parlayed his tournament success into Bill Dance Outdoors, an immensely popular television fishing show that is still in production and still one of the most popular in the world.

Dance took the tournament world by storm. ...

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