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7/22/2014 5:59:00 AM
Bordens milk striper fishing trip to Lake Mead for all it's worth
Ryan and Laura Borden with their striper haul.
Ryan and Laura Borden with their striper haul.

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors

Those who know me will tell you that in many ways, I am tough when it comes to kids.

I am "old school" and don't believe that things should always be just given to kids.

Sure, we as parents, grandparents, and guardians must provide for their basics in life, but when it comes to a lot of other things, I think we have a responsibility to teach the kids about learning to earn what they want. I call it teaching them life skills - they should never expect that the things that they enjoy will be given to them.

I do not agree with this "entitlement generation" mentality, where kids just expect to be given anything they want.

Today's story is about a pair of youngsters from Golden Valley who are learning how life really works.

Ryan Borden is 16 years old. His dream is to work in some capacity with wildlife. His sister Laura is a perky young lady, full of energy.

I met Ryan through the Arizona Hunter Education program. He is a volunteer for the Kingman team of hunter education instructors.

Each summer I am faced with a task of cleaning up and maintaining my homes in both Kingman and Meadview.

I have found that having the assistance of some young folks makes these chores a lot easier.

I offer the kids who help two choices. Help with the yard work and be paid; or work and then go on fishing trips and receiving some of the perks that go with those trips, like owning new fishing equipment.

In the case of the Borden kids, they opted to go fishing. This, of course, was all done with the full consent and permission of the kids' parents.

As part of our latest swap, the kids and I worked in the morning at the house and then headed to South Cove.

The plan was to go swimming and then chase striper boils 'til dark, then maybe fish at night for a few more hours.

The weather was hot, but almost perfect when we got to the lake.

The wind wasn't blowing very hard, so we could see stripers chasing shad all over the main basin of the lake.

First order of business was to take the kids to Sandy Point, where they could cool off by going for a quick swim.

Then it was off to chase stripers.

The fun started when we quietly motored in and around huge numbers of stripers that had pushed up thousands of small shad to the surface and were methodically slashing and feeding on them.

We were using jerk baits, with Ryan and Laura both using new equipment that I had got for them.

The action was fast and furious!

In just 2.5 hours, the kids enjoyed a fishing experience like nothing they'd ever had. We almost filled up two ice chests with 39 of the voracious predators we landed.

Laura, whose previous best had been one or two fish, with none using lures, put nine stripers in the boat.

Ryan, who has been on a number of trips with me this summer chasing boils, put 10 of the silverline sides in the boat.

Several times, all of us were hooked up with a hard-fighting fish.

It was a lot of fun!

After the fishing frenzy was over, it was back to the beach where the kids took another swim to cool off.

We decided that we had plenty of fish to filet so we opted not to do any more fishing that night.

Since the Borden family already has a freezer full of stripers from previous trips, these fish would be given to Dr. Mahmoud Khan, who had asked for some fresh fish.

It was back to the house in Meadview, where we were cleaning fish 'til almost midnight.

If you ask the kids if they had fun on the trip and if doing yardwork was worth it, I'll bet they will agree.

I think it demonstrates to the kids that fun things in life hardly ever come free.

But with hard work, there will still be time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Jack Hommel

Outstanding! It's wonderful to see young people with goals and ideals who are willing to work hard toward those goals.
This world needs more youngsters like these!

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Bernice Martin

I am also proud to say that I know these kids and the Borden family very well. My first encounter with Ryan was in 2007 when we first moved here. My son Matthew was in boy scouts with Ryan and they were on the same shooting team. I thought how great it was that Ryan's dad was always there to support everything Ryan did. It wasn't until a few years later that I had the great pleasure to meet the rest of the family. These kids are very responsible and respectful (great job Duncan and Amber). Thank you Mr. Martin for showing the community that kids here do have options and the can be great kids like Ryan and Laura. Way to go kids!!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Rhonda Brooks

I am proud to know these young people.They are hard workers, polite, and respectful. Golden Valley is lucky to have them as representatives of our community. Don Martin, good on you too.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Debra edwards

We need more "MEN" in this community like Mr. Martin. Sharing his time and encouraging our youth to do positive things, is invaluable. It is also nice to see that he treats both the boys and girls the same. This is a positive way to encourage , reach, motivate, and teach our younger generation that positive actions and effort lead to positive reactions from others. Whom knows how many teenagers Mr. Martin will make a life difference for. Thanks Mr. Martin..for just being a stand up, great kinda guy!!!!

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