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Parting with once sought-after boat a tough sell

Years ago when I purchased my first boat it didn't take long before I wanted something a little bigger.

November 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Making up for lost trout

I know you're not supposed to get too personal when it comes to fishing, but there was something about that silver brick flashing right before it threw the hook that made me want to go back to that trout's riffle the next morning regardless of the winter weather warning.

November 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hello Jack Sparrow, here’s a magazine

I don't get too worked up about things like Halloween.

November 02, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Unhealthy fish?

I got an email the other day from reader Jim Canning who had been fishing at one of the foothill area reservoirs and caught a couple trout that had some red sores on them. Jim was concerned that maybe the fish wouldn't be safe to eat. Ironically, just a few weeks earlier, I had written a column entitled "They Are What They Eat" which discussed the concept that how a wild critter tastes is a direct reflection of what they've been eating. The old Jim Croce song admonished, "You don't tug on Superman's cape, You don ...

October 30, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Occupy Wall Street: River Edition

There are aspects of America that really put leaks in my waders.

October 26, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Calm nerves and a little luck key to fishing

You just never know how your day is going to go while on the water.

October 21, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


I’m packed, now what did I forget?

I don't like wishing days away, but October 7-14 needed to end.

October 20, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War Two almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium-priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all; while great rods were individually hand-made and ...

October 16, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Know where you’re going

Every year about this time I'm reminded of the time I came across two lost anglers while fishing the Delta. While fishing, they approached my boat and asked me if I knew where the launch ramp was? When I asked them which ramp they were looking for, they had no idea of the name of the ramp they launched out of. They then began to describe the launch ramp to me and after a process of elimination; I realized where they must have launched from. As I began to give them directions, it was obvious to me that they ...

October 14, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Old Man and me: Art imitating life

The Old Man second-guessed the gamble of sailing far out into the sea as he watched sharks dissect the biggest catch of his life - and first in 84-days - with carnivorous brutality.

October 12, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


The Deer Valley Road

In 1857 and 1858, an emigrant road connected what is now the Ebbets Pass road with Carson Pass. Pioneers coming to California used it for 2 years until the new Ebbets Pass was opened and then the abandoned road began to be reclaimed by the forest from which it was carved. The famous mountain man, John "Snowshoe" Thompson used the route to carry mail over the Sierras in winter when all the roads were closed by snow. For a hundred years the road sat unused and pretty much unknown, lost in the mists of time. The road ran from Hermit ...

October 09, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Fish are smarter than anglers think

This sudden change in the weather definitely wasn't expected.

October 07, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca’s Strmiska edged out in Enduro finale

Although the bulk of the 2011 Stockton 99 Speedway champions had been previously determined, there was still a bit of unfinished business to take care of at the fabled ¼-mile last Saturday night.

October 06, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A shameless plug for beloved 49th state

I've had a few more than a ton of people ask me about taking trips to Alaska.

October 05, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


They are what they eat

Corn-fed was a prison guard. In all my life I have never seen a better convergence of a person, a name and an occupation. Corn-fed was built very much like a steer that stood on two legs; he was huge. In his occupation as a prison guard his size was a great asset. The inmates did what he told them to do and didn't give him any trouble. It was as if he was made for the job.

October 02, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


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We reside in cougar country

Last September a family was hiking on a popular trail near Cupertino when their 6 year old boy was attacked by a mountain lion.

July 20, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


HOW SWEET IT IS

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 20, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brooks dominates for national No. 1 plates

By JONAMAR JACINTO

July 17, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


SPLL juniors outpitch Amador West

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 ...

July 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Helping fellow angler via Internet

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 ...

July 17, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca stopped short of Section 6 crown

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 ...

July 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca majors force winner-take-all

TRACY – Bang, bang, bang.

July 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca majors recover well from tough loss

TRACY – What a difference a day makes.

July 14, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


PASSING THRILLER

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 ...

July 13, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Reverse call mars Manteca majors loss

TRACY – The cheers turns to jeers in a hurry for the Manteca Little League fans Sunday as the go-ahead run for their team was overturned ...

July 12, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate wins 9-10 title

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate forces winner-take-all final

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


FULL PLATE

The Northgate 9-10 All Stars scored in every inning Tuesday - including six in the second and eight in the fifth - on the way to a ...

July 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SPLL takes Junior pennant again

TRACY - Spreckels Park is going to need to get a bigger flag pole.

July 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Timbers beat Earthquakes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jack Jewsbury scored in second-half stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday ...

July 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns


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