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Catching up with old friends but not catching fish

It was nice to finally get out and going fishing with some of my childhood friends.

December 02, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Of Ray Bradbury and Black Friday

I wonder if Ray Bradbury was morbidly happy.

November 30, 2011 | by JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Test everything before heading out

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly. Upon starting my boat, everything seemed to be working great, until I looked at my fuel gauge. It was stuck on empty, I tapped on it, and looked for loose wires, but nothing seemed to work. Knowing that I had enough fuel for the day, I wasn't going to let a fuel gauge stop me from fishing; it did make ...

November 24, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thankful for fish, family and fiberglass ax handle

I am thankful.

November 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


The use of the Stetson hat

Several years ago I was fishing one of my favorite brook trout streams and began to smell smoke drifting down the stream. As I got closer, the smoke grew thicker and soon I came upon a streamside camp fire that had not been completely extinguished by the idiot who hade made the fire.

November 20, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Veterans’ Day fishing trip yields striped bass and raindrops

I was finally able free up some time on Veterans' Day to go fishing.

November 18, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


No need to get snappy

I was ready for the end of trout season in October.

November 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Giving thanks

By sundown on the third Thursday in November, Thanksgiving dinner will probably be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt. You may be ensconced in your recliner in front of your flat screen T.V. watching the big game while snacking on a piece of pumpkin pie.

November 14, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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