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Experience, adaptability can improve your luck

I'm beginning to see more and more boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 14, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


McFish plentiful but no bite

If the situation requires, I stop at the travel center in Corning.

February 12, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Springtime crappies in foothills & Delta

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.

February 10, 2013 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Early signs of spring give anglers the itch

What a difference a week can make.

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


At the very least, you fished

I've fished four days so far this year. At this time last year I had been out three times that.

February 05, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


First aid for your vehicle

One of the primary reasons I get out in the wilds to hunt, fish, or just explore the back country is to get away from the crowds. The fishing is almost always better, the game less skittish, and the trails seem to have more wild flowers. In order to get out "back of the beyond" you often have to take your vehicle onto roads less traveled. The great part about driving on untraveled roads way back in the boondocks is that you often have great fishing and solitude. The bad part about being way out in the middle of nowhere ...

February 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Learning from the past

I opened my fly box, but knew it wasn't there. Rain started to soak the chenille, marabou and thread of the flies I didn't need in the box opened like a book with the best pages torn out. I had comets, bosses, polar shrimp, Babine Specials, fish tacos, October Hiltons, Silver Hiltons and a Deschutes Madness. No egg-sucking leeches. How can you be fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout in Alaska without an egg-sucking leech?

January 29, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


GETTING IT WRIGHT

For Ripon boys basketball coach Rod Wright, winning his 100th Trans Valley League game was about as meaningful as a rerun of The Jerry Springer Show.

January 27, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Empty the tackle box; less can produce more

I was looking through some of my tackle the other day, and it was sad to see once-popular baits no longer being used.

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


Finding inciting incident in graduate school

A good story starts with an inciting incident - an event that gets the plot moving.

January 22, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Critter watching expeditions

Although trout fishing and bass fishing are my favorite excuses to get out in the great outdoors, there are many times when just watching the wild critters is pretty darned good entertainment.

January 20, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Patience a virtue, but coffee helps

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.

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


The joy of cheap dreams

If I can't be on the Thorne River, I'd take the Upper Sacramento, McCloud or Pit. If I can't be on any of those, or outdoors period, the next best place is to be at the annual Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.

January 15, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Ravens win is one for the ages

Just before the sixth quarter of one of the most fascinating and improbable NFL playoff games you'll ever see, Justin Tucker trotted out onto the field and did something you hardly ever see.

January 13, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Sage advice: Plenty of fish in the …

January is an interesting month for fishing.

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


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It’s called fishing for a reason

Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything.

August 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


‘The Beast’ wins Golden Gloves Jr Nationals belt

Vincent Avina isn't as active as he wants to be in the ring, but "The Beast" makes it count when he does step into ...

August 04, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Beating the heat is being smart

Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat.

July 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


INDIAN SUMMER

First-year head coach Chris Musseman is putting his own stamp on Ripon's football program.

July 28, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Motivated Weston Ranch shines in offseason competitions

Seth Davis is reminded of a painful end to the 2015 season every morning when he goes on his run.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


LATHROP RAISES EXPECTATIONS

Joe Pirillo needed just one season to change the culture of Lathrop High's football team.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


HIGH-WATER MARK

TURLOCK - Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at ...

July 26, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


NORTHGATE RUN ENDS

Fernando Alaniz's two-RBI double tied the game for Northgate in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, but Cambrian of San Jose answered back ...

July 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


IOC bows to Putin and Russian dopers

Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.

July 24, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Wild turkeys along banks of Stanislaus

I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have ...

July 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


DIAMOND DANDIES

The awards keep coming for league MVPs Marco Gonzales, Travis Vander Molen and Mikaela Ferreira.

July 22, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Keeping it simple is the answer

A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated.

July 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


RIGHTING THE SHIP

TURLOCK - Scoring early, scoring often and making no errors is a pretty good game plan, and that is exactly what Northgate did Tuesday in a ...

July 20, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SWEPT AWAY

STOCKTON - The ball did not bounce Northgate's way Monday, and when it started to Morada right fielder Nathan Brookins was there.

July 19, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Troon trumps Turnberry with better golf

TROON, Scotland (AP) - Turnberry had the bigger stars. Troon had the better golf.

July 19, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


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