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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 balance as you wade across a swift stretch of stream. It can be used to bash a rattler that is endangering your kids or dog. I even read of a case in the Pacific Northwest where a lady was walking with her small grandson when he was attacked by a mountain lion. The Grandmother beat on the lion until it dropped the boy and she was able to get him to the hospital in time ...

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 had several of my coworkers ask me how the fishing was. They were obviously implying that I took the day off to go fishing.

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 buddy from Stockton, Leo Gutierrez, who gave a demonstration on making both specialized leaders and making balsa wood bass poppers. Leo's presentation was excellent and I learned a lot. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones.

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 fact, I've listened to countless tournament anglers' talk about a 10-minute window of time when they caught all of their winning fish.

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 Custom Metals 28 proved to be a very worthwhile trip for Manteca's Jacob Gomes.

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 and friends has been interesting. Of course, some of them want me to take them fishing.

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 Union's Dino Cunial Field.

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 night.

September 06, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Discover fossils outdoors or during 99 trip

When my kids were in elementary school, we took them to visit Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal, Utah.

September 06, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Pacific Challenge Series Championship rolls to 99

SACRAMENTO - The Pacific Challenge Series presented by invades Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night for third round of the Tri-Holiday Series and the eighth race for the 2015 championship. Granite Bay's John Moore leads Salida's Mike Beeler by only six markers in the hotly contested championship.

September 04, 2015 | STEVEN BLAKESLEY | Sports Columns

Don’t settle for imitation tackle or you’ll pay for it

When it comes to fishing tackle, I'm just as guilty as anyone for spending more money than I probably should.

September 04, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

DeJesus, Jr. Buffs stampede Atwater

Jacob DeJesus scored two touchdowns for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity in a 28-0 victory over the Atwater Jr. Falcons.

September 01, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Russell sparks Cowboys with early TD run, pick 6


September 01, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Defense anchors Jr. TWolves’ novice victory


September 01, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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Done in by plus tide during Delta tourney

I was faced by my nemesis while fishing a tournament on the Delta recently.

March 16, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Promises turn into paydays in NFL

All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began.

March 15, 2018 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns

Harvick takes a bumpy road to 100 victories

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (- Kevin Harvick once lay in wait for Greg Biffle on the pit road wall at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick was angry - he ...

March 06, 2018 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

99 Speedway season opener postponed

The 2018 season-opening race at the Stockton 99 Speedway today has been postponed due to inclement weather.

March 02, 2018 | | Sports Columns

Shoulder pain won’t stop me from fishing

After hearing about a friend of mine having to have his shoulder operated on, I decided that it was time to get my shoulder checked ...

March 02, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Desert in the Valley? Exactly what it was not too long ago

My wife thinks I'm crazy, but in addition to mountains and oceans, I love deserts. I love the wide empty spaces where there are ...

February 25, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Americans over- promise, under- deliver in S Korea

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - They had their moments, without a doubt.

February 25, 2018 | | Sports Columns

Finishing in the money at Shasta tournament

My recent tournament on Lake Shasta was amazing.

February 23, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Walljasper, LSU visit UOP today

Allie Walljasper is coming home.

February 22, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns

A bronze that feels golden for Lindsey Vonn

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) - Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn's home in Colorado, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice.

February 22, 2018 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Bracing for colder weather at Shasta

One of the nice things about tournament fishing is that you get to fish different places.

February 16, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Potter’s Pebble play: Performance, not pedigree

PEBBLE BEACH ) - This looked like a mismatch to everyone but Ted Potter Jr.

February 13, 2018 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns

Don Moyer can hear a rattlesnake calling his name

Last weekend I took my Grandson Josh out fossil digging along Patterson Pass Road.

February 12, 2018 | | Sports Columns

Early signs of spring bode well for anglers

On my way to work this morning I saw all the signs of spring.

February 09, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Wild pets aren’t legal in California except for fish

As a general rule, wild animals don't make good pets. Although there have been several great articles about humans adopting large wild critters such ...

February 05, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

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