I almost hate to mention that spring is almost here, but it is!
To understand fully the quandary I faced Saturday, I'll have to volunteer that the first time I remember my cell phone ringing while fishing was in 2007. I was trout fishing on the Klawock River back home, where reception is spotty at best. But the call made it through and lit up my pocket. Though I was fishing and I risked setting a precedent, I answered. After all, it was my mom and it was about dinner.
Over the years I've been writing this column, I often refer to the fact that just being outdoors is good therapy for me. Whenever I get wound up and agitated, an outdoor excursion seems to help relieve the tension. Although fishing is my favorite outdoor pastime, I also get peace of mind from hunting, photography, plinking tin cans or just a walk in the woods.
Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.
I stood for a moment atop the steps and looked down at the rows of lodges, outfitters, fly shops and other booths in the fly-fishing building at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.
Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.
Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.
The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.
I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.
Recently there have been several news stories documenting the return of the Grey Wolf to California. So far it's only one wolf, wearing a tracking collar that has definitely been recorded appearing in Siskiyou County and then in Plumas County in Northern California.
After what seemed like the perfect swan song and the picturesque way to hang up his whistle, Bill Slikker tip-toed off into the sunset after a 14-0 Valley Oak League championship run as Weston Ranch head coach in 2008.
A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.
I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.
NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.
It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
I'm planning to take my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids fishing. We're going to a couple ponds up in the foothills near Lake Comanche ...
When I was a kid I used to look at a car's speedometer believing that the highest number represented how fast that car could ...
The accolades keep pouring in for the East Union softball team.
I was never on a championship football team. I played on a few championship Little League and high school basketball teams, but in Little League ...
TRACY - Manteca Dolphins standout Hayden Beier punctuated his dominant run through the Mid-Valley Swim League season in Saturday's championship meet held at West High ...
Last September a family was hiking on a popular trail near Cupertino when their 6 year old boy was attacked by a mountain lion.
By DAVE CAMPBELL
By JONAMAR JACINTO
TRACY – Spreckels Park used a pitching-by-committee approach while taking advantage of 17 walks on the way to a 14-5 second-round victory over Amador West of ...
Nearly 10 years ago, when I first started writing this column, I wrote about a new product that was being advertised throughout the fishing community ...
TRACY – The Manteca Little League major all-stars battled for eight innings Wednesday but lost a 6-5 heartbreaker to Delta for the championship of the Section ...
TRACY – Bang, bang, bang.
TRACY – What a difference a day makes.
MODESTO – East Union went 3-1 Saturday in the 2015 MJC Pirate passing tournament, losing only to eventual champion Downey A. The Lancers defeated Turlock 27-12 ...