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Rain will bring muddy waters

As much as I'm enjoying these nice clear winter days, I believe it's just a matter of time before we're going to be hit with a series of storms making fishing even tougher. Usually, by this time of year, our waters are muddied up by a few storms. So far that isn't the case, we've had a pretty dry but cold winter. One of my favorite professional bass anglers used to always say "the toughest condition to fish in is when the water is cold and muddy." In my experience that statement has held true ...

January 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns

Fly tying addiction started innocently

Fly tying is among my many vices. On the surface, you'd think that a hobby that consists of wrapping a few strands of fur, feathers, and thread around a hook would be among the simplest of pastimes. What could be less stressful than sitting at a desk creating beautiful works of art with exotic names like the "Royal Coachman", or the "Pale Sulfur Dun"? Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually fly tying is an addictive form of mental illness from which few people recover.

December 30, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Fishing for post-holiday license gift

Christmas is over and this is the first time in a long time that I didn't receive my annual fishing license as a gift.

December 27, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Taxidermy tips

A couple weeks ago I mentioned Pyramid Lake as a great place to catch a really large trout. I define really large trout as anything over 5 pounds. At Pyramid, you stand a pretty good chance at catching a trout of 10 pounds or more. That's when you want to consider a taxidermy mount. The good news for anglers is that you can catch and release your giant trout and still have taxidermy mount made. Take lots of photos, and measurements like length, girth, and weight and contact a talented taxidermist and let him work his magic.

December 22, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Youth sports encouraging kids to grow up too early

My first encounter I remember with football was as a 6-year-old rolling around in the mud under the bleachers at my brother's high-school football game. And the second thing I remember about this great game is after I got in trouble for rolling around in the mud I was in the stands with my dad when he commented that a runner "really stepped into that hole."

December 21, 2013 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Sports Columns

Catching in cold weather

The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related.

December 20, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Are we playing in the Super Bowl or ‘Hunger Games’?

For all the dire predictions making the rounds, you'd think they were playing "The Hunger Games" at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 instead of the Super Bowl.

December 19, 2013 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

Sad the way things ended for Manteca on & off the field

I slept like a baby Saturday night.

December 16, 2013 | By DAVE CAMPBELL The Bulletin | Sports Columns

The Monster Trout of Pyramid Lake

The exception to the "Giant Trout are impossible to catch" rule, where you stand a really good chance of catching a trout over 8 pounds, is a place called Pyramid Lake and it lies just northeast of Reno, Nevada. Located on the huge Paiute Indian Reservation, Pyramid Lake is populated by Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which can grow to over 40 pounds.

December 16, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Protect your fishing gear from thieves

There's nothing worse than a thief.

December 13, 2013 | by Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns

Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. A book entitled "Ishi" by Theodora Kroeber describes the story of "the last Wild Indian in North America", in it; Kroeber mentioned some ...

December 08, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Road to Super Bowl still through Seattle

It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.

December 08, 2013 | Tim Dahlberg | Sports Columns

Menzel’s tweet ringin’ true for section champs

STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.

December 07, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.

December 03, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Best thing you can do for your boat: Use it

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.

November 30, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

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Buffs tee off VOL season with win over Sierra

Legacy Barnes was low medalist with a 51, but it wasn't enough for Sierra in its Valley Oak League opener against Manteca at Manteca ...

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


STOCKTON – Vanessa Benham and Carlee Mahurin combined to notch 13 aces for Sierra on Tuesday in a 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 sweep over host Franklin in ...

August 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Manteca nets easy win at Laguna Creek

ELK GROVE - Manteca had little trouble getting past Laguna Creek in its nonleague opener Tuesday, rolling to an 8-1 victory.

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Balanced Buffaloes vanquish Livermore

LIVERMORE - It took a balanced effort for Manteca to sweep past its first opponent of 2016.

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Henry Palacios ran wild Saturday with four touchdowns to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity past the Patterson Redskins 40-6 in Cen-Cal action at East Union ...

August 30, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

4 interceptions prove fatal for Spartans

TRACY - Four first-half Lathrop interceptions were too much for the Spartans to overcome as West defeated Lathrop 19-8 on Thursday in non-league freshman football action ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


ATWATER - A blocked punt and an interception led to two second-quarter touchdowns within a minute of each other for Manteca on Saturday and a bizarre ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

More should follow example set by Daniel

There is a Little League field named for my dad in my home town. He did a lot for youth and high school sports when ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


RIPON - Both teams combined for eight turnovers Friday before Sierra's Miguel Sequeira punched in a touchdown from 1 yard out with 1:57 left ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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