had hooked up with a two pounder,” he said. “My draw for the day was a guy named Troy Anderson, and when we both had caught our limits, we could still see some of the tournament boats driving to their first spots.” Dance would lead the first two days of that inaugural B.A.S.S. event, eventually finishing in 2nd place behind Stan Sloan. However, his first tournament caught bass would forever be known as the first caught in the history of the organization.
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Dance became a sought after angler quickly, and it wasn’t long before well known lure manufacturers were seeking his services. He received offers from Bagley’s and Heddon before settling on someone who had impressed he and his wife. “Nick Crème flew Dianne and me to Shreveport, Louisiana where they met us and drove us back to their shop around Toledo Bend,” said Dance. “We stayed with Nick and his wife Cosma from Friday through Sunday, and decided to take his job offer. I’d been catching about 60% of my fish on a Flip Tail worm, and decided that was the best thing for me to do. For his services, Dance would receive a company station wagon, and double his salary from the hardware distributor. Best of all, he would get to fish the tournaments, and the rest of his time was spent fishing with writers. “Between tourna- ments, Nick would have me go down to Toledo Bend and host writers and sporting goods buyers on the water,” he said. “I taught them how to fish Crème worms, and the slip sinker rig.” Dance would work in that role for a couple of years before he thought of making a change. “I thought about what I was do- ing for Nick, and felt that if I could do it for him, I could do it for myself,” which Crème said he would bless. “Nick told me when I left that the door swung both ways, so together with Charles
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