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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

Visit to old fishing spot brings back memories

This past weekend while attending a friend's wedding, I was taken back to the neighborhood where I grew up.

September 30, 2011 | | Sports Columns

No bad blood, just bad golf

There was a time when simply kicking rocks into puddles could turn into a vicious competition ending in an altercation, but since my brother Mark has spent the better half of the last decade with the Navy we have proven our parents correct with regards to all that "one day you will appreciate each other" type stuff.

September 28, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Iron kettle

Oftentimes when you're out afield, you happen across things that may have no bearing upon hunting or fishing but which enhance the overall outdoor experience. The iron kettle is a perfect example. For decades my Dad and I fished a particular stretch of stream that had great fishing largely because it was difficult to get to. We walked down a trail that followed the main river for 2 miles and then fished up a tributary creek about 4 miles to an old immigrant road that was abandoned in 1858. We walked back 4 more miles along the route of ...

September 26, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

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Manteca (15-8) heads to El Capitan of Merced tonight for what will be its first postseason appearance in four years, and the Buffaloes have a ...

November 10, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Team Penske battling each other with NASCAR title on line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR's playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last ...

November 10, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Weston Ranch’s Huerta first in subsection race

Thomas Huerta of Weston Ranch won the boys Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Subsection Cross Country Championship at Frogtown in Angels Camp on Saturday, completing the ...

November 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Pucker factor

I love being in the outdoors, especially in the wilderness. Along with the wilderness however come isolated incidents that I refer to as the pucker ...

November 08, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Tough draws for section qualifiers

ROSEVILLE - Local competitors drew tough first-round assignments Thursday morning in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns


STOCKTON - Weston Ranch has the talent to compete, but in its wild come-from-behind victory in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs ...

November 06, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Sierra comes up short at Livingston

LIVINGSTON - The ball did not bounce Sierra's way in the final minutes of its road loss in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section ...

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Patterson shuts down East Union

PATTERSON - A free kick midway through the first half was the difference in East Union's 1-0 loss to third-seeded Patterson on Thursday.

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Bass Pro’s Phillip helps with knots

I don't know a more stubborn angler than myself. I'm often so concerned with keeping things simple that I end up missing out ...

November 06, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Road trips ahead for Manteca, East Union; RC back in Division V

It has been four years since East Union and Manteca have made the playoffs for volleyball, and their reward for ending that skid are road ...

November 05, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

East Union, Sierra to face WAC’s best

East Union (12-3-2) and Sierra (16-8-2) are taking on the best of the Western Athletic Conference tonight when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs resume. Both contests ...

November 05, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


The Manteca High girls tennis team is advancing in the postseason for the first time under ninth-year coach MaryAnn Tolbert after ousting visiting Central Valley ...

November 05, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity sinks Buccaneers in playoffs

The Manteca Cowboys varsity throttled the Tracy Buccaneers 40-8 Saturday in second-round DYSA playoff action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

EU senior shoots 71

STOCKTON - Steady rain coupled with cold and some winds made conditions at Monday's 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament less than ideal.

November 02, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns

NASCAR needs consistency to quell ‘wild West’

CHARLOTTE, N.C - When Matt Kenseth steered Joey Logano into the wall, the crowd roared its approval as a veteran driver delivered old-school payback.

November 02, 2015 | | Sports Columns

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