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Collecting more tackle than needed

Last night I was sent to the store to pick up some items that we needed at home. Out of the 10 items I purchased, I ended up finding four of them once I started to put my newly-purchased items away.

July 06, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Dwight Howard, yes, but how about Collins?

The Los Angeles Lakers want Dwight Howard so badly they put up billboards urging him to stay in town, then got Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to get on bended knee before him.

July 05, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Reunion of Wildcats on Alaskan river

When planning an Alaska itinerary for college friends, it is important to consider things like safety.

July 03, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


A newfound appreciation for fly fishing

Coming home from a camping trip is never easy.

June 27, 2013 | By Jarod Ballardo Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Plenty of fish in sea to go around for tourists, sea lions

The first time I fished with Rob Jackson was close to a decade ago.

June 26, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Rain? Who cares, it’s grayling time

When working out an itinerary for mom's retirement trip to Fairbanks and surrounding areas, I had to fit in a float on the Chena River for Arctic grayling. Naturally, a very late ice break up and torrential rains had the Chena swollen to the point the guide called to say the float was in serious jeopardy. I had never fished the area I had no clue what I'd do if the float didn't happen. If the Chena was blown out, then everything else might be unfishable too.

June 12, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Going to school on fish with aquarium

Five years ago I purchased a 75-gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist.

June 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

Editor's note: Only a portion of Lund's column ran in Wednesday's Bulletin. Here it is in its entirety.

June 06, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

In January, the outdoor itinerary for summer is so ambitious - a schedule of old haunts with dreams of adventures in new spots. But when fall comes, what you didn't get to sometimes outnumbers what you did.

June 05, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Beat the heat by fishing early, or late

The weather has been uncharacteristic for the month of May - lots of wind and cooler temperatures for this time of year.

May 31, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Eagles, Big Foot and bears, oh my!

I know it's summer and I should sleep in, but when you're solar-powered and the sun floods into your room your body doesn't care if it's 4:18.

May 29, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Old PE teacher reminds Ballardo about fly fishing

There are many ways to catch a fish. Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping I ran into my high school physical education teacher, coach Gebhart. He reminded me of a way of catching fish that I've never really gotten into. Coach Gebhart likes to fly fish just as much as he likes to golf. I have a fly rod, which is 27 years old and has sat collecting dust for the past 20 years. I know how old it is because that's what I asked for on my 13th birthday. I'm not sure what condition it's ...

May 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tales of the over-ripe athlete

The ball was over-inflated and under-used, but that wasn't the real issue.

May 22, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Anticipation of summer spurs fond memory

It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.

May 17, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Filling free time with a life

At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.

May 15, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Despite controversies, NFL continues to grow under Goodell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Roger Goodell might as well mail this one in.

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Water levels on lakes can be deceiving

Just when I was starting to imagine our lakes being full and our launch ramps being within walking - not hiking - distance from the parking lot ...

February 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ken Stabler’s brain damage intrudes on Super Bowl fun

SAN FRANCISCO - For a guy who loved a good party, it's hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he'd be crashing one this ...

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC

"Thursday Night Football" will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just ...

February 02, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Super Bowl, football & immature celebrations

Well, the Super Bowl will be upon us soon.

January 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Norman Clyde, Dad, & the Dead General

Norman Clyde was possibly the finest mountaineer in the history of the Western Hemisphere.

January 31, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Super Bowl matchip masks an ugly year on field in the NFL

A certain Hall of Fame quarterback in what will likely be his final game. A superstar in waiting on the big stage for the first ...

January 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Don’t let gloomy weather fool you

A lot of anglers are waiting in anticipation for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.

January 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With water levels rising, beware of widowmakers

I'm sure all of you are excited about the rain we've been getting this winter season.

January 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hard to feel sorry for Spanos and the Chargers

It's hard to feel sorry for Dean Spanos, even if he looked like someone had just kicked his dog the other day in Houston.

January 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were ...

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns


Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston ...

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns


You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North ...

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


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