I'm asked all the time whether I fish with live or artificial bait.
I fished with my Dad Saturday, even though we were separated by two states and a foreign country. The experience was exactly the second time it was cool to have a cell phone while fishing. The first was a few years back when our engine died, and we were drifting helplessly toward those hard rock things that tend to hurt boat hulls.
Brian Rohles, a 2005 Manteca High graduate, has been named to the seventh National Association of Interscholastic Athletics All-American football team, earning honorable mention.
"Should've been here yesterday," is what they said to me as I was pulling my boat out of the lake.
The under-12 Storm scored two shutout victories in Manteca Area Soccer League Bill Meyer League play on Saturday.
It's not really asking for trouble when you're some place you know you should be, but a failure to prevent detrimental circumstances bodes well for the fruition of trouble.
If you ask any serious angler what he or she would love to be doing for a living, they most likely would respond by saying "fishing."
Since I'm not buying gear and fuel requires money, my adventurous nature led me eight steps out the backdoor, armed with a book.
Over the Christmas break I visited the in-laws who live in Arizona.
How many snowmen did Jack London make?
I contemplated writing some heart-felt anecdotal crap about my family checking our trap lines on Christmas Day, and tie it in with the simplicity and spirit of the holiday season.
One of the biggest concerns anglers seem to have is the water levels of our local lakes.
As the first real cold snap of the year has occurred, a lot of anglers have put their boats away until next spring.
Resolutions are stupid, nothing more than an excuse for me to flippantly amble through the last weeks of the year waiting for Dick Clark to announce it's time for the newest version of my half-hearted attempt at self-betterment.
STOCKTON - Stockton's quest for the United States Arena Soccer Open Cup Championship begins Saturday when the Cougars host Vicente Figueroa and Santa Clara at Stockton Arena.
Turlock returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never trailed in a 24-12 varsity Cen-Cal win over the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes at Guss Schmiedt Field on Saturday night.
The Manteca Cowboys varsity racked up 26 first-half points on the way to a 43-0 DYSA win over the host Central Valley Panthers on Saturday in Modesto.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity defeated the Hayward Monarchs 20-7 in Delta Youth Football action.
Two turnovers sealed the fate of the Ripon Chiefs varsity in a 36-22 Motherlode Valley Football League loss to the Calaveras Redskins on Saturday.
The Ripon Knights varsity ended the Central Saints' 40-game Trans-Valley League Youth Football win streak Saturday with a last-second goal-line stand to preserve a 22-20 victory.
Nick Stanley returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a Manteca Cowboys touchdown Saturday to set the tone in a 36-0 DYSA varsity win over the host Lathrop Lions at Bennie Gatto Field.
STOCKTON - Before the engines were fired up for the start of last Saturday's program at the Stockton 99 Speedway, PA announcer Wayne Pierce stood on the track at the start/finish line and told the fans about his former racing rival and good friend Ron Strmiska Sr., who passed away last Wednesday.
In a rematch from the 2013 clash of the unbeatens, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity turned the tables and downed the host Oakdale Stampede 28-24 Saturday in Cen-Cal action.
Teejay Gordon helped East Union's football team make the postseason for the first time in 18 years during his senior season.
The Ripon Knights varsity used a balanced offense and stingy defense to pummel the Patterson Ravens 44-6 in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action.
Michael Solario scored four touchdowns for the Ripon Chiefs varsity in a 36-2 Mother Lode Valley Football League win over the Tuolumne Bears.
The Modesto Empire Vikings spoiled the shutout bid by the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves with a last-minute score as the Timberwolves posted an 18-7 win Saturday in novice Delta Youth Football League action.
The National Pro Grid League has canceled its next two competitions, including the match between the San Francisco Fire and Boston Irons on Sunday.
Miguel Sequira had 73 yards on five carries with two touchdowns and was 3 for 3 passing to lead the Manteca Jaguars to a 35-6 win over the host Livingston Wolves on Saturday in Cen-Cal play.
BERKELEY - The San Francisco Fire burst onto the National Pro Grid League scene on Thursday night, defeating the road weary Philadelphia Founders.