If you're just a beginner angler, or maybe even just thinking about pursuing this relaxing hobby, there are a number of things that you can do to make your introduction to this pastime as pleasant as possible, financially and otherwise.
As a youngster growing up in Stockton, Jerry Mullen had an early introduction to fishing.
ANGELS CAMP - If you're looking for the Wild West, you could do no better than to go to a place that was once the home of Mark Twain and even memorialized in one of his short stories. Lucky for California residents, Calaveras County is a reasonable drive from both north and south and puts a lot of Gold Rush history all within a few square miles.
STOCKTON - Memories of World War II, photographs from the archives of The Associated Press is a spectrum of 126 photographic reproductions from all theaters of the war and the home front, ranging from photographer Joe Rosenthal's classic Iwo Jima flag raising in 1945 to scores of pictures not seen in decades.
MODESTO – It's one thing to stare up at the artist's name you're seeing that night on the marquis out front. It's another when his tour bus is parked right outside the front door.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will once again present Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on Saturday, June 2. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel.
The Manteca Sportsmen's facility on South Airport Way is a beehive of activity year-round.
The Turlock Concert Association will close this season with a performance by the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra at the historic Turlock Community Theatre located at 1574 E. Canal Drive in Turlock on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
JACKSON – As a five-time Grammy award winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray's impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
First time visitors to the Turlock Gun Show might be surprised at what they see, said the event's organizer, Peggy Smith of Code of the West Promotions.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Civic Theatre will present the popular production of "On Golden Pond" beginning Wednesday, May 2, and running through Sunday, May 27.
Sonora - If stories of Donner's Pass and snowy blizzards in the Sierra Nevada are keeping you at lower elevations during the winter months, try venturing just a little ways into the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
NEWMAN - Trapshooting - which began in the early 1790s as a sporting event where gunmen would shoot passenger pigeons - is one of the country's oldest sports.
GROVELAND - While Yosemite National Park is the tourist-attraction star player in the region, there are myriads of visitors' destinations that are just satisfying, visually and otherwise, just as outside of the ancient granites' gates.
A brand new shooting range has opened in Ripon at the Barnwood Arms gun shop centered in Ripon's old downtown.
STOCKTON – The patio at Valley Brew during the summertime is fickle.
RIPON – Water parks do a great job of copying it.
When the weather sizzled up to 106 degree last week, Wendy Deulus took her workout to the swimming pool.
Locals looking to beat the heat without traveling to a nearby lake or pool can still cool down at the local parks in Turlock, two of which boast water facilities.
Lake Don Pedro is a favorite summer hotspot for locals looking to beat the heat and enjoy several activities lakeside but this year the ongoing drought has posed a small impact on the lake's recreational facilities.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.
LATHROP – You'd notice that big, toothy grin anywhere.
Weber's BBQ & More may be still considered "out of sight, out of mind."
Mark Twain mined – pun intended – the foothills of Northern California for inspiration.
Venture to the Southern Golden Country in the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
It's a city with a small-town charm. And that's just scratching the surface when it comes to the mining of all the visual and historical – among many other things – attractions that draw visitors in droves to the city of Jackson nestled in the heart of the Mother Lode. The proof is in the numbers. While this quaint and quiet city in Amador County is home to just 4,300 residents, the number swells up to more than 15,000 on the weekends when the tourist traffic is at its busiest.
Columbia State Park just outside of Sonora is a gem of a tourist attraction with its stage plays in the Fallon House Theatre in addition to its Main Street "City Hotel" and restaurant, gold panning and an occasional stage coach ride.
The cruising excitement of past years continues to be an integral part of Manteca's history as three longtime members of the community recalled where they were in the 1940s to the 1960s and what they were doing.
MODESTO - The spirit of vintage cars and cruising is eternally captured in Modesto: the hometown of George Lucas and location where famous film American Graffitti was shot just over 40 years ago. While Lucas' famed film may not be in theaters anymore, locals keep the spirit of American Graffiti alive through the annual summertime American Graffiti Festival presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club.
If you squint your eyes you can see a little bit of Al Nunes in Paul Le Mat's character from American Graffiti.