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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


Predicting bite as tricky as predicting weather

When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.

May 10, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Life goes on, thankfully

After your mom has the 7-millimeter aneurysm in her right middle cranial artery fixed, you've watched a You Tube clip of the same procedure on a different brain and your mom starts telling people she'll be home in a week (the doctors smile and say it will probably be a few days longer), your depth of observation increases.

May 08, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Archeology & the outdoor enthusiast

Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.

May 06, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Gomes, Holmes among entries in G-Oil 150 event at Stockton 99

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Stockton's 99 Speedway this Saturday for G-Oil 150, one of the biggest events on the 2013 schedule.

May 03, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Display mounts cost pretty penny

I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.

May 03, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Unused equipment is treasure for another

There's an old saying that "one man's junk is another man's treasure."

May 06, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca Red Sox overpower Northgate Giants juniors

The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...

May 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brigham Young Revolver

Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.

May 02, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Missed bite does not dampen day on Delta

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend.

April 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Golden One Arena will not save Kings

Life is full of regrets.

April 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Considering fishing guide after struggles

Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.

April 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No bites at Lake Pardee despite the low turnout

It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.

April 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Memories, not catches make Amador special

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.

April 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


April breeds excitement, hope for big bass catch

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.

April 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s time to enjoy wildflowers

Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.

March 27, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for friendships

If you ask any fisherman what they like about fishing, they probably wouldn't be able to give you just one answer.

March 25, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips for fishing against wind

Wind has to be one of my least favorite conditions to fish in.

March 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tournament fishing not worth costs

It's been a few years since I stopped fishing bass tournaments.

March 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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