The most difficult decision local anglers have to make this time of year is where to go.
When I was in first grade or so, my buddies and I put some candy in a little basket with an anonymous note professing our love to a set of sisters who won at least two, maybe three state basketball championships.
One program has a Sac-Joaquin Section title in its back pocket and is chasing another.
A couple of weeks ago, I somehow managed to find myself in Australia. As an incurable outdoors enthusiast, I wanted to get a taste of outdoor experiences Down Under. Australia is such a huge and diverse country, it is impossible to see it all in a short time.
Last week I was able to get out for a few days on the Delta. The bite wasn't the best but we did manage to catch our limits. As far as the weather, it was absolutely amazing.
Bill Callaway picked quite a time to play a hunch.
Sometimes you don't think things through. You allow yourself to be oblivious to consequences and thus you can't be completely surprised when confronted with them. Other times you meticulously plot and pour over details in order to reach a desired end.
One of the most common mistakes anglers make during the spring is not being properly prepared.
I know it doesn't make a lot of sense, but in the afternoon of the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton Saturday, with all the other locations featured, I went into the destination theater showing Alaska.
For the next month or two, California's wildflowers will be putting on a magnificent show for all of us to enjoy. The price of admission is a tankful of gas and some wear and tear on your boots. While the high Sierra get all the attention of trout fishers, skiers, and hunters, the most prolific wildflowers are actually a little lower down the mountain.
Last year I started fishing for trout and kokanee, and before I knew it time had passed and my bass boat just sat there.
Usually about this time of year, I attend the annual fundraising dinner for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. If you have never been to one of the many outdoor fund raising events of this nature, I highly recommend it. I attend every year and it's a great time for the whole family. Many of the major conservation groups have such dinners: Ducks Unlimited, The Mule Deer Foundation, California Waterfowl Association, Ctrout Unlimited, California Trout, and The California Striped Bass Association, are just a few that come to mind.
I'm beginning to see more and more boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.
If the situation requires, I stop at the travel center in Corning.
About this time every year, I start getting to the limit of my ability to stay indoors and have to get out afield, even if it is too early. Fortunately, early spring time sometimes has some great crappie fishing. While there is great crappie fishing in both the Delta and the big foothill reservoirs, small farmponds are best this early in the season, because they are smaller and usually shallower, farmponds get warm sooner than the bigger deeper waters.
Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.
The 2014 local racing season is just around the corner and Stockton 99 Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. A total of 15 Saturday night events are slated for the historic quarter-mile paved oval that opened in 1947.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.
Last week, I wrote about conservation efforts to benefit Rocky Mountain Elk and a host of other animals. I didn't want to neglect the fishes however, hence today's column.
Don't let this current storm fool you. If anything, it's going to improve the fishing.
Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.
About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.
It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The announcer in the Shayba Arena was trying to pump up the crowd between periods of yet another Olympic women's hockey mismatch, though her heart didn't really seem to be in it.
Quite often when it comes to sports, my opinions are in the minority.
This time of year is one of anticipation. The traditional winter hunting seasons have come and gone. If you are a big game hunter who is crazy enough to seek deer, elk, or bear, you will have either a freezer full of meat with which to feed your family, or a host of excuses as to how the critters out-witted you. The bass boats are covered and safely stored and the trout streams of summer are blanked with snow. It is at this time of year that cabin fever can strike you. While some folks laugh and pretend it isn ...
Here comes the rain, at least I hope so.
A lot of anglers are waiting for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Down at the end of a hotel hallway, about 50 people gathered along with a dozen television cameras to record the thoughts of a running back who doesn't much like the idea of sharing his thoughts.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - There was never any shortage of people willing to tell Derrick Coleman what he couldn't do. If there's any consolation to being the latest of three deaf players to ever make it to the NFL, it was that: He didn't have to listen.