Author, newspaper fishing columnist and sometime lobbyist Don Moyer of Ripon has an imaginary creel filled with early memories of trout and bass fishing trips and locations of his favorite fishing holes in the valley and foothills.
It's Manteca's Fisherman's Warehouse. And it lives up to its name. It's where anglers can find everything and anything they need to go fishing, except the boat. But they do carry accessories for your water vessel.
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.
For decades, Tom Canales has traveled the Central Valley and Mother Lode by vehicle, using Highway 108 as a portal to the mountains.
To get the most of out of an urbanized hike through Turlock, look no further than Califia.
MODESTO – The hulking glass windows of the Gallo Center for the Arts loom in the background.
This is the story of two friends, both mothers of two-year-old tots. One lives in Ripon. The other lives in Lathrop.
On the way back to family court which was once the JC Penney building I walked the downtown streets of Stockton, getting ready to pick up a dear friend who was there on a summons.
Taking a walk, a bike ride or a healthy jog around the Ripon community can be a pleasant experience.
When Vicente Sconza opened a candy kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1939 as an Italian immigrant he was living the sweetest life possible.
Owner Eddi Marie Julian chuckles every time the sign displayed outside of her Downtown Modesto candy shop causes a passerby to do a double take.
What's sweeter than Toot Sweets?
Nestled amidst the dairies and orchards that line W. Main Street between Turlock and Patterson is the Farmers' Den. Just as the name implies, the restaurant is a gathering place for the area's farmers and ranchers - and on weekends also for those traveling to Interstate 5 or State Route 156.
Sometimes it takes an out of towner to make you realize that some of the finest places to dine are in your own backyard.
Hangouts are those places where friends hang out with friends and Ripon has many from the old Odds Fellow Hall to the ice cream shop, a favorite for school children walking home from school.
TRACY – Mario Figueroa had the mushroom burger.
WALNUT GROVE - A touch of Italy served with a romantic Sunday brunch awaits those venturing into heart of the Delta at the Grand Island Mansion.
Love is in the air with the "Love You Baby Lunch" on Friday, Feb. 13, made possible by the Downtown Stockton Alliance.