If you've read this column for any length of time you may have read that I catch rattlesnakes on a regular basis. I usually turn them into hatbands; sometimes I have them mounted as taxidermy specimens, I even make rattlesnake rugs as a wall mount. Occasionally I'll even eat a sackful of rattlers for dinner. While I am a big advocate of catch and release fishing, I do not practice catch and release rattler catching. My long-time outdoor companion Donald F, however is a much kinder and gentler person than I and regularly releases the snakes he catches.
Very seldom can I walk into the offices of The Manteca Bulletin and be excited about work – especially about a day that is 24 hours away. I mean, even though my gig is pretty sweet, the worries of today are usually more than enough to keep me occupied.
I had just finished my fifth elk hair caddis pattern in a size 12, because anything smaller looks like a blender caddis, so until I am better, I stop there.
Here it is late April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. There's still a lot of snow up there in the mountains and when we get a sunny day it begins to melt. Streams can be running high and swift and your favorite fishing hole can be a raging torrent. How do you cope with such conditions? Here are a couple early season tips that I've discovered over the years that might help.
After doggedly pursuing pole-sitter Greg Pursley through the first 133 laps of last Saturday's Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150 at Roseville's All-American Speedway, defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon had his fourth career win at his home track within his grasp only to see it slip away in the final laps.
There was nothing particularly interesting or noteworthy about the creek my buddy Chris and I fished, and I do use the word "creek" very loosely, because from Google Earth this system looks like an infected wound lathered in mud as if someone actually believed that rubbing dirt on it would make it better.
LATHROP – For some strange reason, the days of playing baseball simply for fun and to crack smiles have been replaced with $300 bats and Major League Baseball expectations as early as coach-pitch. That's probably why rolling into James Matas' free pitching clinic was so refreshing.
It was deja vu all over again as Australian Will Power, driving the #12 Verizon Wireless car for Team Penske, grabbed the pole position for the third consecutive year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.
This morning on my way to work, I saw two bass boats filling up at the local gas station. I couldn't help to think what their costs were for the day. My bass boat holds 52 gallons of gas, and my truck holds 23 gallons. If I were to fill them both up, it would cost me around $300.
I read about Alaska a lot because as a fisherman, writer and subscriber of multiple fishing magazines, the state tends to gets at least a casual mentioning if not a full-grown piece of feature writing every month.
A strong field of 23 late models kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.
Fishing in the rain for a lot of anglers is out of the question.
A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.
In high school, my buddy Lawrence and I put 85 miles on his truck driving around the biggest town on the island.
I was about 12 when I began to seriously fish for trout. Prior to that time I was simply accompanying my Dad along the stream and reeling in an occasional trout or two that he had hooked. While it was great fun splashing in the stream, picking wildflowers & harassing the frogs & tadpoles, it took awhile for me to appreciate the challenge of spotting a feeding fish, and then successfully planning & executing a successful stalk to outwit him with my hand-tied flies.
Three of seven hits were triples for the Manteca Little League Tigers, who ran away from Tracy American 14-5 Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions at Brock Elliot School.
STOCKTON - The Salida Giants took advantage of two Manteca Giants errors in the first inning Sunday to score three runs on the way to a 13-2 Salida win in consolation action of the District 67 Juniors Tournament of Champions at Paul Weston Park in Weston Ranch.
Stellar pitching buoyed by outstanding defense helped the Northgate minor Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the White Sox on Saturday on Bassi Field and gave the Cardinals the league championship.
Manteca native Scott Speed survived a rough and tumble main event to capture the gold medal for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team in Saturday's Red Bull Global Rallycross at X Games Austin, Texas.
Isaac Searcy threw all but two pitches for the Cardinals and hit a pair of doubles to help defeat the Red Sox 6-3 on Friday for the Manteca Little League major division championship.
Hayden Beier was the lone three-event winner in individual races for the Manteca Dolphins, who placed second in a Mid-Valley League tri-meet at the Ervin Zador Aquatics Center in Ripon last Saturday, May 30.
Luke Abrew and Tyler Looney of the Cardinals combined to three-hit the White Sox on Thursday in a 7-2 win for the White Sox in Northgate minor playoff action on Bassi Field. The Cardinals win sets up a winner-take-all showdown between the two teams on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Aysia Cortez added another achievement to her already-impressive 2015 run on the wrestling mat.
The White Sox pounded out three hits to start the fifth inning Wednesday and took advantage of two Brewers errors to put up three runs in the frame to come from behind and post a 7-5consolation win in the Northgate Little League major tournament.
Pitcher Lucas Stackpole kept the Spreckels Park Little League minor-division Angels in check Tuesday and led the Astros to a 13-3 five-inning win in an elimination contest at Brock Elliott School.
The White Sox patiently put up six runs in the sixth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays and slammed the door shut in the bottom of the frame to pocket an 11-8 come-from-behind win in opening-round action of the Spreckels Park Little League major division playoffs.
Some of my earliest and `best fishing memories are of a great fishing river, the
The dominant pitching and hitting of Tyres Harper led the Pirates to a 12-2 win over the Rangers in Northgate Little League junior division action.
The Northgate Little League Pirates beat the Nationals 12-2 behind the stellar complete-game pitching of Marcus Sequeira.
With the end of the school year in sight, all the talk around my household has been on where and when we're going camping.