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Going to school on fish with aquarium

Five years ago I purchased a 75-gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist.

June 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

Editor's note: Only a portion of Lund's column ran in Wednesday's Bulletin. Here it is in its entirety.

June 06, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

In January, the outdoor itinerary for summer is so ambitious - a schedule of old haunts with dreams of adventures in new spots. But when fall comes, what you didn't get to sometimes outnumbers what you did.

June 05, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Beat the heat by fishing early, or late

The weather has been uncharacteristic for the month of May - lots of wind and cooler temperatures for this time of year.

May 31, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Eagles, Big Foot and bears, oh my!

I know it's summer and I should sleep in, but when you're solar-powered and the sun floods into your room your body doesn't care if it's 4:18.

May 29, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Old PE teacher reminds Ballardo about fly fishing

There are many ways to catch a fish. Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping I ran into my high school physical education teacher, coach Gebhart. He reminded me of a way of catching fish that I've never really gotten into. Coach Gebhart likes to fly fish just as much as he likes to golf. I have a fly rod, which is 27 years old and has sat collecting dust for the past 20 years. I know how old it is because that's what I asked for on my 13th birthday. I'm not sure what condition it's ...

May 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tales of the over-ripe athlete

The ball was over-inflated and under-used, but that wasn't the real issue.

May 22, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Anticipation of summer spurs fond memory

It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.

May 17, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Filling free time with a life

At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.

May 15, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Predicting bite as tricky as predicting weather

When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.

May 10, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Life goes on, thankfully

After your mom has the 7-millimeter aneurysm in her right middle cranial artery fixed, you've watched a You Tube clip of the same procedure on a different brain and your mom starts telling people she'll be home in a week (the doctors smile and say it will probably be a few days longer), your depth of observation increases.

May 08, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Archeology & the outdoor enthusiast

Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.

May 06, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Gomes, Holmes among entries in G-Oil 150 event at Stockton 99

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Stockton's 99 Speedway this Saturday for G-Oil 150, one of the biggest events on the 2013 schedule.

May 03, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Display mounts cost pretty penny

I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.

May 03, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


My world is an ICU

I've never really seen my Mom sick. She's had colds before, but she has epitomized both strength and stubbornness. That's probably why she rarely had health issues - they were intimidated.

May 01, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Manteca Red Sox overpower Northgate Giants juniors

The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...

May 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brigham Young Revolver

Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.

May 02, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Missed bite does not dampen day on Delta

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend.

April 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Golden One Arena will not save Kings

Life is full of regrets.

April 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Considering fishing guide after struggles

Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.

April 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No bites at Lake Pardee despite the low turnout

It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.

April 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Memories, not catches make Amador special

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.

April 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


April breeds excitement, hope for big bass catch

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.

April 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s time to enjoy wildflowers

Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.

March 27, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for friendships

If you ask any fisherman what they like about fishing, they probably wouldn't be able to give you just one answer.

March 25, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips for fishing against wind

Wind has to be one of my least favorite conditions to fish in.

March 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tournament fishing not worth costs

It's been a few years since I stopped fishing bass tournaments.

March 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Night of losers winner for UFC

LAS VEGAS - Her face marked and still red, Holly Holm stared blankly ahead as Conor McGregor walked in, looking a lot worse for the wear ...

March 06, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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