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Artificial baits over real fishing acumen

Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.

January 27, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A day at the International Sportsman’s Expo

I stood for a moment atop the steps and looked down at the rows of lodges, outfitters, fly shops and other booths in the fly-fishing building at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.

January 25, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


After 61 years, he deserved better

Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.

January 23, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Concealed carry ballot measure

Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.

January 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Not your father’s 49ers

The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.

January 19, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Face to face with skunking

I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.

January 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Wolves in California

Recently there have been several news stories documenting the return of the Grey Wolf to California. So far it's only one wolf, wearing a tracking collar that has definitely been recorded appearing in Siskiyou County and then in Plumas County in Northern California.

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


BACK AT THE RANCH

After what seemed like the perfect swan song and the picturesque way to hang up his whistle, Bill Slikker tip-toed off into the sunset after a 14-0 Valley Oak League championship run as Weston Ranch head coach in 2008.

January 13, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Winter drought may soon come to an end

A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.

January 12, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A sign of things to come?

I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.

January 11, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Title game brings closure to long season

NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.

January 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


2012 resolution: fish more!

It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.

January 06, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tebow Time has already come and gone

It was fun in a way the NFL often isn't, a midseason diversion that sent fans into a frenzy in Denver and prompted people around the country to drop to a knee. Even if you didn't believe in Tim Tebow, it was hard to take your eyes off him as he found ways to win despite passes that fluttered about like balloons on a windy day.

January 04, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


A new story for the same feeling

The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year.

January 03, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Arizona waters offer new fishing experience

Just about this time every year I find myself in Arizona.

December 30, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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First-time buyer of used boat

A friend of mine recently purchased a used boat for the first time.

August 28, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Gomes wins feature race

STOCKTON - Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger and Jacob Gomes, of Manteca, held the front row of the stellar 16 car field lined up to take the ...

August 24, 2015 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Special to the Bulletin | Sports Columns


Fishing with Bubba Paris in the Delta

I got an email awhile back from a fellow named William Paris Junior.

August 24, 2015 | by Don MOYER | Sports Columns


MFC Benfica takes 2nd at Davis Clasico

Bulletin staff reports

August 21, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Love for fishing runs deep

It's finally starting to set in for me that summer break is officially over. The days of being able to fish any day of ...

August 21, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca FC Dash claims Clasico crown

For a third straight year, the Manteca FC Dash under-11 girls soccer team reached the final round of the Davis Legacy Super Clasico Summer Edition ...

August 20, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


TOP GUN

By JONAMAR JACINTO

August 07, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Ripon’s Oliver secures 2 golds in Kids World

Bulletin staff reports

August 07, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Avoiding growing traffic on Delta

I've never fished in such pressured waterways as what I experienced this last weekend while on the Delta.

August 07, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


SUMMER SPLASH

By JONAMAR JACINTO

August 04, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Use snake shots to stay safe

I'm planning to take my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids fishing. We're going to a couple ponds up in the foothills near Lake Comanche ...

July 27, 2015 | by Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Taking boat for a spin

When I was a kid I used to look at a car's speedometer believing that the highest number represented how fast that car could ...

July 24, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Local coach, players earn top honors

The accolades keep pouring in for the East Union softball team.

July 21, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Little League team burned by bad calls

I was never on a championship football team. I played on a few championship Little League and high school basketball teams, but in Little League ...

July 21, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beier, 9 Sea Lions seize high-point crowns at MVSL meet

TRACY - Manteca Dolphins standout Hayden Beier punctuated his dominant run through the Mid-Valley Swim League season in Saturday's championship meet held at West High ...

July 21, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


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