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Is it the better fisherman or the better equipment?

Several years ago when the swim bait started to become real popular, I wrote about the baits becoming better than the anglers. As technology has far surpassed what I could ever imagine, I've been amazed at how it's changed the way anglers have fished. It seems like every year there's a new bait, technique, or piece of equipment that makes me wonder if catching more or bigger fish is now determined by who has the better equipment, instead of who's the better angler.

April 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Putting your trust in H2O

Russell Chatham wrote, "Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?"

April 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Mickelson gives away a green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The hugs with his family took place on the clubhouse lawn, not the 18th green. That was occupied, and by this time there was nothing Phil Mickelson could do about it.

April 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Hunting with hounds

The older I get, the faster that time seems to fly. It seems like only yesterday that I was chasing my first bear in the woods near Hoopa. It's hard to believe that it's now been over 35 years ago. Last fall my son Donald and I were once again out in the woods running after bears. Without a doubt the best way to catch a bear is to use trained hounds. While it may sound like it's a simple matter to just shoot a bear once the hounds have treed him, nothing could be farther from ...

April 08, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


It’s always best to pack lightly for fishing trips

Some time ago I decided that one fishing pole wasn't enough. Before long I had more fishing poles than I could possibly keep track of.

April 05, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Delayed season opener at New 99 will feature three young Mantecans

Following a one-week delay due to the weather, the New Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season this Saturday night with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 04, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing for right attitude when fishing goes wrong

At about 2 on Sunday afternoon I was writing the 'skunked' column in my frantic, frazzled head.

April 03, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Time for wildflowers

It's wildflower time once again. A couple of days ago I was driving through the countryside, when I was struck by the absolute beauty of the wild Lupine flowers that are in bloom now.

April 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


New fishing partner catches z’s in debut

Last week, I was able to get out fishing. It's been a while since I've been out.

March 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


WoO Sprints back in Merced; 99 opener delayed

The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprints will be returning to the Merced Speedway at The Merced Fairgrounds this Friday night. The national Sprint Car series made its inaugural visit last April in front of a packed house.

March 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Sunday’s sweet smell of success

Before I could even sit in the driver's seat Sunday morning, I was astounded at the smell permeating from my truck. It didn't reek, but the unique odors mixed with such harmony I couldn't help admire it.

March 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Gold & trout: Take your pick

Philosophically, I knew from an early age that gold was sometimes found in trout streams. Practically however, there is a real difference from "book learnin" and actually discovering something yourself. I think the difference was something Socrates discovered about 400 years B.C. If you figure it out yourself you will really learn something.

March 25, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Wishing I was a part of Thomson’s journey to 500

It's something about that Sierra coach that I've always liked.

March 24, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Save money by servicing boat’s engine yourself

My boat's engine was due for a service this year.

March 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Time does not fly when spent flying

Time really flies, except when it doesn't.

March 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


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IN A PINCH

LATHROP – With a tie score, two outs and two pinch hitters due up for Northgate, things were looking pretty good for Salida on Wednesday in the fourth inning of its quarterfinal contest in the District 67 Major All-Star Tournament at Mossdale Landing Park.

June 30, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Busch gets needed win in quest for Chase appearance

Kyle Busch has long been one of the bad boys of racing, often hearing more jeers than cheers from the fans, but the boos were few and far between following his stunning victory in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

June 30, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


New meet records set in Turlock

Bulletin staff reports

June 30, 2015 | | Sports Columns


SWEET VICTORY

TRACY – An error away from combined perfection.

June 28, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Weighing risk against reward on local lakes

This year, more than any other year, I'm really being forced to think twice about where I'm going to go fishing next.

June 26, 2015 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Lyons comes up short of NCAA Championships

Paul Lyons finished strong in his junior season for the Sacramento State men's track and field team, but it wasn't quite good enough for him to make his first appearance in the NCAA Championships.

June 24, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


DELAYING THE INEVITABLE

SALIDA - Do not keep Weston Ranch waiting.

June 24, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Gordon makes emotional return to track where he began career

RIO LINDA (AP) - Controlling his emotions has never been easy for Jeff Gordon, who openly wept during milestone moments early in his career.

June 22, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


CUBS FALL IN TOC

One day after rapping out 12 hits to earn a ticket to the championship round, the Northgate Cubs bats went quiet Sunday as the Cubs scored two runs in the last two innings but that was not enough as the Salida Rockies held on for a 3-2 win for the championship of the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions at Lincoln Park.

June 21, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate Cardinals win Minors TOC title

With Tyler Looney keeping the Manteca Tigers bats quiet and the Northgate Cardinals bats lighting up the diamond, the Cardinals won the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions 14-1 in a mercy-rule four-inning contest Saturday at Brock Elliott School.

June 21, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Tolman competing in Santa Clara Pro Series

SANTA CLARA - Sierra High's Scott Tolman was part of history last month when he competed in the inaugural CIF State Swimming Championships.

June 20, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Manteca minors reach TOC final

The Manteca Tigers will be looking for some revenge this morning.

June 20, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


PATIENCE PAYS

STOCKTON - What started with small ball ended with patience Thursday as the Spreckels Spark Giants defeated the Weston Ranch Rivercats 11-1 in six innings for the championship in the District 67 Junior League Tournament of Champions at Paul Weston Park.

June 18, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Alexander again sets new world records

Manteca resident Kyle Alexander continued his dominant run in the powerlifting circuit last Saturday in the 4th annual FitExpo held at the San Jose Convention Center.

June 18, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


GO DOWN SWINGING

Sometimes, the ball just bounces the wrong way.

June 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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