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Think before you eat what you catch

Like a lot of those reading this, I used to take every fish home to be cooked up for dinner. After a while, I got tired of having to clean fish after a long day of fishing so I just threw them back. Once I started tournament fishing, I'd always throw them back in hopes of catching them again during a tournament.

January 23, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


The angling brotherhood

We anglers are a fortunate bunch. We belong to a brotherhood and sisterhood of helpful gregarious souls who are almost always willing to chat with a stranger and share local fishing information. The past week, I've found myself out in Salt Lake City, accompanying my wife at a genealogy conference. Usually my trips to the Salt Lake area are in warmer weather without snow on the ground. On an ordinary trip, I'll end up fishing the either Provo River or the Green River for a couple days, but this trip I figured it would be too cold and ...

January 19, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Pick your fish species this winter

Fishing in the winter is tough.

January 09, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Rain will bring muddy waters

As much as I'm enjoying these nice clear winter days, I believe it's just a matter of time before we're going to be hit with a series of storms making fishing even tougher. Usually, by this time of year, our waters are muddied up by a few storms. So far that isn't the case, we've had a pretty dry but cold winter. One of my favorite professional bass anglers used to always say "the toughest condition to fish in is when the water is cold and muddy." In my experience that statement has held true ...

January 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Fly tying addiction started innocently

Fly tying is among my many vices. On the surface, you'd think that a hobby that consists of wrapping a few strands of fur, feathers, and thread around a hook would be among the simplest of pastimes. What could be less stressful than sitting at a desk creating beautiful works of art with exotic names like the "Royal Coachman", or the "Pale Sulfur Dun"? Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually fly tying is an addictive form of mental illness from which few people recover.

December 30, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Fishing for post-holiday license gift

Christmas is over and this is the first time in a long time that I didn't receive my annual fishing license as a gift.

December 27, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Taxidermy tips

A couple weeks ago I mentioned Pyramid Lake as a great place to catch a really large trout. I define really large trout as anything over 5 pounds. At Pyramid, you stand a pretty good chance at catching a trout of 10 pounds or more. That's when you want to consider a taxidermy mount. The good news for anglers is that you can catch and release your giant trout and still have taxidermy mount made. Take lots of photos, and measurements like length, girth, and weight and contact a talented taxidermist and let him work his magic.

December 22, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Youth sports encouraging kids to grow up too early

My first encounter I remember with football was as a 6-year-old rolling around in the mud under the bleachers at my brother's high-school football game. And the second thing I remember about this great game is after I got in trouble for rolling around in the mud I was in the stands with my dad when he commented that a runner "really stepped into that hole."

December 21, 2013 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Sports Columns


Catching in cold weather

The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related.

December 20, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Are we playing in the Super Bowl or ‘Hunger Games’?

For all the dire predictions making the rounds, you'd think they were playing "The Hunger Games" at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 instead of the Super Bowl.

December 19, 2013 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Sad the way things ended for Manteca on & off the field

I slept like a baby Saturday night.

December 16, 2013 | By DAVE CAMPBELL The Bulletin | Sports Columns


The Monster Trout of Pyramid Lake

The exception to the "Giant Trout are impossible to catch" rule, where you stand a really good chance of catching a trout over 8 pounds, is a place called Pyramid Lake and it lies just northeast of Reno, Nevada. Located on the huge Paiute Indian Reservation, Pyramid Lake is populated by Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which can grow to over 40 pounds.

December 16, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Protect your fishing gear from thieves

There's nothing worse than a thief.

December 13, 2013 | by Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. A book entitled "Ishi" by Theodora Kroeber describes the story of "the last Wild Indian in North America", in it; Kroeber mentioned some ...

December 08, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Road to Super Bowl still through Seattle

It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.

December 08, 2013 | Tim Dahlberg | Sports Columns


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Would give anything to strap it up 1 last time

The calendar is turning to September, and with that football season will be in full swing. And while guys get made fun of for this ...

August 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

Coming off a historic season, Sierra isn't thinking about championships going into Friday's 2016 opener at Ripon.

August 25, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Cowboys kick off DYSA season with sweep

The Manteca Cowboys varsity defeated the Lodi Titans 14-2 in DYSA action at East Union's Dino Cunial Field on Saturday.

August 23, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


The simple fix for golf that isn’t so simple

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - For all the praise of golf's return to the Olympics, there was no shortage of suggestions to make it better.

August 23, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Manteca’s Mast wins Bomber Main

In a race that had more plot twists than a Ryan Lochte night on the town, season points leader Larry Tankersley, of Gridley, picked up ...

August 21, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Handicaps outdoors

About 30 years ago my next door neighbor, Arvel, and I spent a lot of time together in the outdoors. We cut firewood for our ...

August 21, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


BACK TO BASICS

RIPON - Ripon's water polo program enjoyed an historic 2015 campaign despite depth issues.

August 19, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Paying for boat annually

It's that time of year again when San Joaquin County taxes me for having a boat.

August 19, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


LEADING LANCER

One of Kim Brooks' greatest motivations for coaching is her own regret.

August 18, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


NFL threatens to suspend 4 players

The NFL is still seeking an audience with the four linebackers it's investigating for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.

August 15, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Philpott wins in season debut

Although he was making his first start of the season, Tracy's Justin Philpott showed no signs of rust as he blazed to a win ...

August 14, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


TALL TASK

LATHROP - Few people get to live their dream, but everything comes at a price.

August 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Coalition aims to preserve local fisheries

There's an automated letter online at www.water4fish.org/savebass, rejecting the proposed bag limit because it will surely have an adverse effect on ...

August 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Warriors, Cavaliers to clash on Christmas

Kevin Durant will return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11 and join the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Finals rematch at Cleveland on Christmas.

August 11, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


LeBron James has agreed to 3-year deal with Cavs

LeBron James is going to hang around home for a while.

August 11, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


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