I won't waste your time with a top list of anecdotes since Monday was my birthday, or break into a 'Best of', because authentic existence has little to do with embellishment-laced highlights. A life is a non-stop series in reactions. So for those wondering what the life of an outdoor columnist is really like, here's what has highlighted my journey to 30.
If you've read this column for any length of time you may have read that I catch rattlesnakes on a regular basis. I usually turn them into hatbands; sometimes I have them mounted as taxidermy specimens, I even make rattlesnake rugs as a wall mount. Occasionally I'll even eat a sackful of rattlers for dinner. While I am a big advocate of catch and release fishing, I do not practice catch and release rattler catching. My long-time outdoor companion Donald F, however is a much kinder and gentler person than I and regularly releases the snakes he catches.
Very seldom can I walk into the offices of The Manteca Bulletin and be excited about work – especially about a day that is 24 hours away. I mean, even though my gig is pretty sweet, the worries of today are usually more than enough to keep me occupied.
I had just finished my fifth elk hair caddis pattern in a size 12, because anything smaller looks like a blender caddis, so until I am better, I stop there.
Here it is late April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. There's still a lot of snow up there in the mountains and when we get a sunny day it begins to melt. Streams can be running high and swift and your favorite fishing hole can be a raging torrent. How do you cope with such conditions? Here are a couple early season tips that I've discovered over the years that might help.
After doggedly pursuing pole-sitter Greg Pursley through the first 133 laps of last Saturday's Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150 at Roseville's All-American Speedway, defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon had his fourth career win at his home track within his grasp only to see it slip away in the final laps.
There was nothing particularly interesting or noteworthy about the creek my buddy Chris and I fished, and I do use the word "creek" very loosely, because from Google Earth this system looks like an infected wound lathered in mud as if someone actually believed that rubbing dirt on it would make it better.
LATHROP – For some strange reason, the days of playing baseball simply for fun and to crack smiles have been replaced with $300 bats and Major League Baseball expectations as early as coach-pitch. That's probably why rolling into James Matas' free pitching clinic was so refreshing.
It was deja vu all over again as Australian Will Power, driving the #12 Verizon Wireless car for Team Penske, grabbed the pole position for the third consecutive year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.
This morning on my way to work, I saw two bass boats filling up at the local gas station. I couldn't help to think what their costs were for the day. My bass boat holds 52 gallons of gas, and my truck holds 23 gallons. If I were to fill them both up, it would cost me around $300.
I read about Alaska a lot because as a fisherman, writer and subscriber of multiple fishing magazines, the state tends to gets at least a casual mentioning if not a full-grown piece of feature writing every month.
A strong field of 23 late models kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.
Fishing in the rain for a lot of anglers is out of the question.
A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.
In high school, my buddy Lawrence and I put 85 miles on his truck driving around the biggest town on the island.
It's been a little over a year since I've been bass fishing.
PARIS (AP) - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.
By DAVE CAMPBELL
LATHROP – With a tie score, two outs and two pinch hitters due up for Northgate, things were looking pretty good for Salida on Wednesday in the fourth inning of its quarterfinal contest in the District 67 Major All-Star Tournament at Mossdale Landing Park.
Kyle Busch has long been one of the bad boys of racing, often hearing more jeers than cheers from the fans, but the boos were few and far between following his stunning victory in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Bulletin staff reports
TRACY – An error away from combined perfection.
This year, more than any other year, I'm really being forced to think twice about where I'm going to go fishing next.
Paul Lyons finished strong in his junior season for the Sacramento State men's track and field team, but it wasn't quite good enough for him to make his first appearance in the NCAA Championships.
SALIDA - Do not keep Weston Ranch waiting.
RIO LINDA (AP) - Controlling his emotions has never been easy for Jeff Gordon, who openly wept during milestone moments early in his career.
One day after rapping out 12 hits to earn a ticket to the championship round, the Northgate Cubs bats went quiet Sunday as the Cubs scored two runs in the last two innings but that was not enough as the Salida Rockies held on for a 3-2 win for the championship of the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions at Lincoln Park.
With Tyler Looney keeping the Manteca Tigers bats quiet and the Northgate Cardinals bats lighting up the diamond, the Cardinals won the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions 14-1 in a mercy-rule four-inning contest Saturday at Brock Elliott School.
SANTA CLARA - Sierra High's Scott Tolman was part of history last month when he competed in the inaugural CIF State Swimming Championships.
The Manteca Tigers will be looking for some revenge this morning.