Dylan Kyle Poche’s family is trying to turn his violent death into something positive. They hold an annual memorial fishing tournament, which funds a scholarship set up in Dylan’s name through NSU.
Tragically, his life was cut short when Dylan was murdered at a Sibley Lake boat landing in Natchitoches on Jan. 31, 2016. A night of fishing with his brother Kaleb and friends turned in to a horrific nightmare that changed many lives forever.
The second annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, March 25 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cypress Bend Boat Launch on Toledo Bend Lake. All boats must weigh-in by 3 p.m. Scales will open at 2 p.m.
Dylan was born March 10, 1997, to Luther “Burt” Poche, Jr. and Misty Ott in Natchitoches. He had two brothers: Kaleb and Brayden. Later down the road, Shelley Delrie Poche came into their lives and became stepmother to the three boys. Family was a key part of Dylan’s life, and he enjoyed spending quality time with all of them.
Everyone knew that being outdoors is what Dylan loved. Dylan’s joy for hunting and fishing began when his dad would take him and his brothers hunting and fishing in the pond behind their Pawpaw’s. In high school Dylan focused on fishing, joining the Natchitoches Central High School fishing team.
That’s where Dylan knew he had found his niche. In 2013, he placed 2nd in the TBF Louisiana High School Fishing State Championship on Caddo Lake. He went on to fish in the High School World Finals in Pickwick Ala. in 2015, where he and his fishing partner, Reagan Maxey, placed 17th out of over 100 boats.
By fishing many tournaments throughout the state during his high school years, Dylan became such an accomplished angler. Upon his graduation from NCHS in 2015 with honors, Dylan decided to attend Northwestern State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Dylan’s dream and passion, however, was to become a professional angler one day. He joined the NSU Fishing Team and partnered up with Cain Hamous. Dylan fished his first FLW Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Lake in 2016 and placed 4th, with his biggest weight ever of 22lbs 8oz.
First place at the fishing tournament will receive $5,000. Additional payouts will be made. Other activities include a DJ, raffles, a bounce house and food and fun for all ages. The entry fee is $150 (max two people per boat). There will be an optional Big Fish for $20 per boat.
Register by mail: Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fund, 471 Riverview Dr., Natchez, LA 71456. Mail-in registrations must be received by March 23. Register in person Friday, March 24 from 2-6 p.m. at Toledo Tackle or on the morning of the vent from 4:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. FORMS BELOW
For more information contact Burt Poche at 318-652-3176 or 318-652-7192.