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Kids rewarded with fishing trip on Mead

KINGMAN - Last August, a 10-year-old youngster from Glendale named Michael Pope was selected as the top honor graduate from a two-weekend hunter ed class that was held at the Mohave Sportsman Club's 7 Mile Hill Range

His sister, 13-year-old Zhara, was selected number two in the class, which had more than 40 students.

As a result, Michael and his father, Victor, who also attended the class with his children, were awarded an overnight fishing trip at South Cove on Lake Mead.

However, considering how well that Zhara did in class, I decided to also let her experience the fishing trip as a reward for her performance in class.

Since the Popes were coming all the way up from Glendale, which is more than four hours away from Meadview, I decided that if they wanted, we would fish for two nights.

So it was that the Pope family showed up for a couple of days fishing at Lake Mead.

After dinner at the Crow's Nest, we headed off for the lake.

Neither Victor nor his children had ever fished on Lake Mead, so this would truly be a new experience.

Once we got anchored, it didn't take long for the hungry stripers to seek out our baits.

I caught a few, and then Zhara got into the game and brought in a dandy striper.

Michael and Victor also started catching fish, and in about four-1/2 hours, we managed to catch 100 fish, including 92 stripers and eight catfish. Our largest striper weighed just under 3 pounds, and Michael got the largest catfish of the night.

I should note that there is no limit on stripers under 20 inches long on Lake Mead.

A number of the smaller stripers were released, but the Popes wanted to take home a lot of fillets, so we filled both of the fish ice chests before we called it a night.

The next day was spent cleaning up the boat and filleting the fish.

The kids were a big help and pitched right in with all the chores.

The second night out, we were all a little tired, and while we didn't catch as many fish, we still had a good time and put a lot of stripers in the boat. Zhara took top fish honors with a striper that weighed 2-1/2 pounds.

These are good kids, and their parents have raised them well.

Their enthusiasm, good behavior and performance in the hunter ed class was obviously no fluke.

They enjoyed the fishing at night, and once they got the hang of it, they were putting fish in the boat left and right.

The trip was supposed to be a reward for them.

But in reality, it was a reward for all of us.

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