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Simplified flyfishing

One of my pet peeves is the many myths that seem to surround flyfishing, most of which are hogwash. The idea that flyfishing is difficult is especially bothersome to me.

May 14, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns

Manteca Park GC hosting amateur tourney

One of the most prestigious amateur golf events in Northern California will be played at the Manteca Park Golf Course this Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. The 36th Annual Manteca City Stroke Play Golf Championship attracts the best amateur golfers in the state. Past contestants include current PGA Tour professional Matt Bettencourt of Modesto.

May 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns

Bassin’ Buddies fishing for veterans on Delta

When I joined the military several years ago, one of the things I looked forward to was getting to see different places.

May 03, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

99 Speedway is home sweet home for Holmes

Three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes, of Escalon, grew up watching his father Steve Holmes compete against local legends such as Ken Boyd, David Philpott, Ron Strmiska and Harry Belletto at Stockton's 99 Speedway, so, naturally, the closure of the historic short-track at the end of the 2006 season was a very big disappointment to him.

May 02, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

The whole truth and nothing but

I'll be honest, which in fishing is rare, but only for 547 more words.

May 01, 2012 | | Sports Columns

Mayweather still making fans pay

LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't exactly plan for it to happen this way. The thought of sitting in a jail cell for two months can't be a pleasant one, especially while the entourage enjoys life without him at the Big Boy house.

April 30, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

Ticked off after basking in the sun

I was able to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful weather we've been having recently.

April 27, 2012 | | Sports Columns

How to lose a fish in 10 ways

I'm an expert at losing fish.

April 25, 2012 | | Sports Columns

Fuel prices & the outdoor experience

I recall as a boy that our family would save for our summer vacations in the mountains by saving silver dollars all year. Whenever a silver dollar or "Cartwheel" would show up in the cash register of Dad's store, he would take a one dollar bill out of his wallet and replace the coin with it. The accumulated cartwheels would go into a canvas money bag saved for use on vacation. We would regularly fill up the tank on our jeep for three or four dollars!

April 22, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Mulling cancelation of longtime favorite fishing publication

I recently received a phone call from Bassmaster Magazine's "Buddy."

April 19, 2012 | | Sports Columns

New chassis breeds excitement for IndyCar races

Despite the fact that the new Dallara IndyCar chassis looks somewhat strange – sort of like the bat mobile from the rear – the car is getting a thumbs up from both drivers and fans alike.

April 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

A sunny prelude to summer

Though I started in early December, I feel completely confident and absolutely justified in thinking seriously about summer after this past week of fantastic weather.

April 17, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Bald Eagles make great comeback

Got an email from one of my readers the other day who told me how much he was enjoying my book, "Tight Lines, Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher".

April 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

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

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Elusive hot spots for fish

I received an email last week asking to share some of my fishing hot spots.

October 02, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Ex-MJC teammates reunite

BUTTE, Mont. - They played for rival high schools, teamed up at the community college level and are on opposing sides once again.

September 29, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Sierra surge topples Lancers


September 29, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Ripon girls water polo 3rd

MERCED – The Ripon High girls water polo team overcame adversity en route to capturing third place with a 4-1 record in the El Capitan Tournament ...

September 29, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns

Ripon wins VFL North mid-season tournament title

LODI - Paced by Alex Gonzales' second-place score of 89, Ripon High's girls golf team further established its claim as the top team in the ...

September 29, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Angel Garay did it all for the Manteca Jaguars varsity with three offensive touchdowns, a 51-yard interception for a touchdown, six tackles and a fumble ...

September 29, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Thy rod & thy staff

A walking stick can be a very handy tool if you spend much time at all in the outdoors. It can help you keep your ...

September 28, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Fishing instead of work?

Earlier this week I had to take a day off of work to visit my dentist. The next day when I returned to work I ...

September 25, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Fishing clubs offer bonus for anglers

Last week, I stopped by the Tracy transit Center to attend a meeting of the Tracy Fly Fishers. The scheduled speaker was an old fishing ...

September 20, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Magical time when fish start biting

From as far back as I can remember I was told that there would be a time when the fish would magically start biting. In ...

September 17, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Gomes takes Rocky win on Utah track

The long trek to Rocky Mountain Raceways, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, for last Saturday's Century Motorsports & Marine 122 presented by Retro ...

September 17, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Highland Creek awaits

Highland Creek is a beautiful high alpine stream flowing out of rugged peaks and through flower- studded meadows.

September 13, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Catching those elusive big fish

In the recent months I've been posting pictures of some of my bigger catches online. The responses that I've been getting from family ...

September 10, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Eric Morales ran for 95 yards on Saturday to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity to a 46-0 DYSA win over the Travis Falcons at East ...

September 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Salida’s Beeler claims 100-lap victory

STOCKTON - The New Stockton 99 Speedway closed the books on both the 2015 Tri-Holiday Classic and regular racing season under perfect weather conditions on Saturday ...

September 06, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

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