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The world’s best fly

A short while ago, I wrote a column about which rifle cartridge I considered as the best all-around caliber. Some of you agreed with me and some did not. It was a fun exercise in part because it gets people thinking about why they prefer one gun over another.

December 30, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Rising cost of license may deter future anglers

Another Christmas has passed, and this year I got my annual fishing license as a gift from my parents.

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


It’s not really about the fishing, is it?

Facebook tried to tell me what my 20 biggest moments were in the past year, but it was close only when I considered the list was drafted by a program made by people who don't know me. Technology thinks my year can be reduced to pictures and subsequent "like" clicks from "friends". Impossible.

December 26, 2012 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


NFL’s ‘nice little story’ gets even better

The Colts were a nice little story six weeks ago.

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


’Tis the season to stay warm

I can't say I've ever been fishing on Christmas Day, although I went out on Christmas Eve once.

December 20, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tis the season of rejection

He had probably washed the dishes, made the bed and been exceedingly polite. Not solely because of the question/statement he'd later ask, but maybe.

December 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Handicapped and the outdoors

Like a lot of subjects, my views regarding being handicapped and participating in outdoor activities have evolved over the years. Probably the single biggest factor in my awakening to the opportunities in the outdoors for those with handicaps was when I met Arvel Gipson. Old Arv had fallen off a high transmission line and broken his back, which left him using crutches for the rest of his life. The odd thing was, Arvel refused to let his handicap stop his enjoyment of the outdoors.

December 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


‘Keep things simple’ in tackle box

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

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


Being bad can be a good thing

I don't remember my first-ever fishing trip, but I do recall the early days of fly-fishing in which hitting the water while standing in it was difficult for me.

December 12, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Give a Big Mack for Christmas

I'd like to share with you a gift idea for someone that you hold very dear. It's best suited for kids, but it also it suitable for spouses, best friends, or anyone you really care for. I began to fish when I was quite young. In fact I was so young that I don't remember when I caught my first fish, nor when I got my first fishing rod. But I do remember Big Mack.

December 10, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Making a promise of responsibility

Today, I picked up my new Remington shotgun.

December 04, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Giving gifts of yourself

On Christmas of my 12th year, I received a brand-new, shiny Winchester .22 rifle from my parents.

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


Is Kaepernick worth the risk this year for 49ers?

It was just a few months ago - also known as forever in NFL time - that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh stood in front of the media and proclaimed his love for Alex Smith.

December 02, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Tis the season for poaching

I'm not sure the exact reason, but this is the time of year when I see the most arrests being made for poaching on the water.

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


Column: The Big 3 deserve a big no in Hall vote

It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.

November 28, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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Shopping for loaded truck built to last

I've been truck shopping lately.

July 01, 2016 | | Sports Columns


LEGENDS OF THE FALL

The 2015-16 school year may be remembered as the best ever for prep sports in the Manteca area.

June 30, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


NGLL Braves force ‘if’ game in majors final

The Northgate Braves were looking for a strong pitching performance from Romeo Torres on Monday night. They got it and then some.

June 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home ...

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to ...

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season ...

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a ...

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the ...

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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