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Good catch can come at unexpected moments

Over the years, I've been surprised more than once by a fish willing to bite at the strangest moments.

August 12, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

You can’t fish from the couch

Saturday morning when I couldn't sleep past 6:30, I decided to head east because even though the water would be high - still - and there would be a ton of people, I hate excuses.

August 10, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Ethics and respect for others in the great outdoors

One of the neat fringe benefits of writing an outdoors column is the responses I get from my readers. Thank you to all those folks who had suggestions for me on how to get the stuck musket ball out of my muzzleloader. Thanks too, are in order to all the folks who write or email me with observations and suggestions on my columns.

August 07, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Switch up your strategy if fish are not biting

People who know that I like to fish often assume that the fish are always jumping in my boat.

August 05, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Gomes tops on Southwest Tour point standings

Manteca's Jacob Gomes picked up his third victory of the season and reclaimed the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship lead last Saturday night in the "Century Boatland 115" in front of a capacity crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

August 05, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Reading between the lines

Yesterday started innocent enough.

August 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Keep your powder dry

A couple of weeks ago, I took my nephew Jacob Barr with me to introduce him to black powder shooting. We set up some targets and got the muzzle loading musket out of its case. I explained each step to Jacob as we got ready to shoot. Pour the scoop of black powder down the barrel of the musket, then place the cloth patch under the lead musket ball and ram it snugly down the barrel with the wooden ramrod. Then you place the percussion cap on the nipple, cock the hammer, aim, squeeze the trigger and wait for the ...

August 01, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Flip flops keep feet cool, but not stable

I see a lot of anglers opting to wear flip flops while out fishing.

July 28, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Giant void filled with Beltran trade

If you don't think the San Francisco Giants just became a better club by acquiring the services of National League All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, you are likely a hater, or worse, a Dodgers fan.

July 28, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Ready or not it’s time for some football

There was a brief moment where I actually contemplated what we would do if the members of the National Football League were unable to reach common ground with the collective bargaining agreement.

July 27, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

The city that never sleeps, but New York does fly-fish

Before I could completely recover from the two drives, two boat rides and two flights that returned me to the Central Valley, plus the general melancholy that accompanies the departure from Alaska, I was en route to New York City, the antithesis of dense sprawling nature, for a wedding.

July 27, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Mom's ashes

When I think of a vacation, I naturally think of going right back to the same place I have always gone for vacations, Hermit Valley at the top of Ebbetts Pass. Of course, to most normal folks that would be pretty dull. I never get to Hawaii, haven't been to Paris, and probably will never cruise the Caribbean in a sailboat. It's pretty poor ammunition for chatter at cocktail parties, too. When others are talking about the magnificent view of the Alps, I really don't make much of an impression when I casually mention that the view ...

July 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

‘Manteca Missle’ wins 100th race at 99 Speedway

A nice crowd of nearly 2,000 was on hand at Stockton's 99 Speedway for last Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program and tribute to Manteca racing legend Johnny Brazil.

July 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Best bites are at night during summer months

A lot of anglers will tell you that their favorite time of the year to fish is in the spring.

July 22, 2011 | | Sports Columns

My Cherry Creek odyssey

Ordinarily, I don't write precise directions to a good fishing spot. Under most circumstances, revealing a great fishing hole in print will inundate it with so many anglers that the fishing will be ruined. That won't happen in this case, however, because my secret fishing hole is so difficult to get to almost no one is crazy enough to go back.

July 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | 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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