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Fish can sense change in bait, lures

Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.

November 14, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Thinking of veterans & the outdoors

I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for their families with the firearms they used in the war.

November 11, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Ripon Christian earns respect even in defeat

RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.

November 09, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Adjusting to change can help

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

November 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


The handiest gun revisited

In my book, guns are neither good nor evil; they are simply inanimate tools that do what their owners use them to do. Over a lifetime outdoors I have come across numerous situations in which a gun has been extremely handy. I have killed coiled rattlers that were about to strike, and chased away bears that were raiding our icebox. A gun can indeed save a life.

November 03, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Stockton track honors Patterson

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Saturday with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

November 01, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Anglers are adjusting to fall turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

November 01, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s mating time for tarantulas

This is the beginning of tarantula mating season. If you take a drive some fall evening into the hills separating California's Great Central Valley from the coastal regions, you can spot the male tarantulas crawling across the roads in search of females. If you live in Central California, take a drive up into the hills to the west of the Valley. Almost any of the main roads will do: Patterson Pass Road, Corral Hollow Road, or any similar roads that head west from the valley. Drive slowly along the roads at dusk and keep a sharp eye out for ...

October 27, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Weather can be fascinating

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked, "Are there always this many bugs around?"

October 24, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


ANYONE HOME?

Duck hunting season is open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 18, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Finding your way around the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they are going.

October 10, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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With truck back home, it’s time to head back out on fuller lakes

It has been a while since I've been so excited to go fishing.

January 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hall vote shows some stains last longer than others

The takeaway from this year's Hall of Fame balloting is Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens likely will get in within the next five years ...

January 18, 2017 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Mayweather in search of attention, not a fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight.

January 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Predicting weather is like predicting fish

It's hard to believe that this time last year many of us were hoping that we would have enough rain to finally end the ...

January 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spieth set high expectations for youth around him

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jordan Spieth made it tough on everyone in his age group, including Justin Thomas.

January 09, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Amid abuses, sometimes colleges get it right

TAMPA, Fla - Deshaun Watson wanted to be first.

January 08, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Here we go again: All 4 NFL divisional games are rematches

There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first ...

January 08, 2017 | HOWARD FENDRICH | Sports Columns


Towing trailers takes practice

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever had was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control.

January 05, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL Clash: Should he stay or should he go in 7 cities

Should he stay or should he go?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Bigger stakes produced better games in ‘16

Don't you love it when the game lives up to the hype?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Big-time college sports keeps falling on its face

Grayson Allen sure picked a lousy week to take college sports on a bad trip down memory lane.

December 26, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Purchase gift cards to avoid long lines

If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, my best advice for you is purchasing gift cards.

December 23, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Angling in winter is cool but its also cold

Wintertime fishing can be one of the most peaceful times to be on the water. The waterways are usually a lot less crowded and it ...

December 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No more Lady Gaga, & that might not be a bad thing

I'll make this clear before anyone begins to get too upset: Bullying and hazing have no place in organized sports, or in civil society ...

December 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Time to make Russians pay for Olympic doping

There are really only two possible explanations why two members of the Russian women's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics had urine samples that ...

December 11, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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