SAF Club Spotlight: Dover Youth Fishing – AR

Club name: Dover Youth Fishing
Date Club Began: May 2009
School Name & Mascot: Dover Public Schools , Pirate
City/State: Dover, Arkansas
Club Website:
Club Mentor: Ray Scheide
Club President: Blake Beck
Number of members: 75
How often does your club meet? 2 times a month
How did your club get started? Ray & Michelle Scheide wanted to put a team together for the High School World Championship. They went to the high school and spoke with youths in 8th – 12th grade. 28 High School Anglers signed up to fish the World Championship. They met once a week over the next couple of months to raise money and prepare for the tournament. It was such a success that those youth went back to school and told their friends. Ray & Michelle were getting so many calls about joining that they opened it up to youth 11yr – 18yrs so that the youths could fish the National Guard Jr. Championship. The club is up to 75 youth anglers and 30 boat Captains.

Club’s favorite lake and why? Lake Dardanelle, because its in our back yard.

Describe TBF tournaments, community service and/or conservation projects your club has or plans to have? Our club will be sending 42 youths to the Arkansas Jr. State championship, We will have 12 teams in the Arkansas High School State Tournament and 15 teams in the High School World Championship. We also hold 6 youth club tournaments, a Big Buck Contest, and a Turkey hunt challenge.

We had our first conservation project last September where the club went to Lake Dardanelle to pick up trash and clean up about a mile of shoreline. Our next conservation project is scheduled in April.
In June we are planning a benefit tournament.

Has your club done any fundraising? Yes we sell Solar Bat sunglasses and Blue & Gold Sausage Co.
Any local sponsors that help support your club?, PDQ, Taylor Oil, Shred-It,, Yamaha Motors, ConAgra Foods, Denali Custom Rods, Beacon Tire- cooper Tire, Bailey Electric, Sugar Creek Foods, NWTF, Ray Dotson Logging, Blackkat Creations, Hartzell Photography, Hull Construction, CenturyLink
Where do you get your volunteer boaters from? Local Bass Clubs, Teachers, Family (dads, brothers, grandfathers)
Tell us something unique about your club! We are mentored by a Professional FLW Angler Ray Scheide