Vote for your favorite to kiss a bass

His orange, truck-er-style cap with a capital “T” on the front was something I never wanted to wear. However, I used to lie on the floor in front of the TV and dream about pulling lunker bass into a boat the way he could. You see, Bill Dance was winning fishing tournaments, designing lures and hosting his own fishing show before I drew my first breath.

He’s a true legend on the water. Even if you’ve never been bass fishing, you probably know his name.

While we’re on the subject, another favorite was Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine. His show in the late '80s also would lure you to the tube. And he didn’t wear
an ugly, orange hat. But today, it’s about Bill Dance, the first person I ever saw kiss a bass.

Most of you know my feelings about the Soque River. This magnificent resource is known for the best trout fishing in Georgia, and there’s a good chance, if you’re reading this, the river provides your drinking water. So, when I got a visit about helping raise money for the Soque River Watershed Association (SRWA), of course, I said yes.

This week, I learned I’m competing against three other people to see who can raise the most money for SRWA: Habersham County Sheri Joey Terrell, Bill Gresham and Kathy Nichol- son. The person who raises the greatest amount will kiss a bass. So, I’m casting a line to ask for your support in the contest. All money raised will go to support a great cause, our very own river and the source of our drinking water.

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And if you want to see one of us pucker up like Bill Dance, well, that will take place on Saturday, May 19, at the Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville. Folks, remember, this is for a great cause: our water.

Alan NeSmith is publisher of The Northeast Georgian. Email him at

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