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Rain? Who cares, it’s grayling time

When working out an itinerary for mom's retirement trip to Fairbanks and surrounding areas, I had to fit in a float on the Chena River for Arctic grayling. Naturally, a very late ice break up and torrential rains had the Chena swollen to the point the guide called to say the float was in serious jeopardy. I had never fished the area I had no clue what I'd do if the float didn't happen. If the Chena was blown out, then everything else might be unfishable too.

June 12, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Going to school on fish with aquarium

Five years ago I purchased a 75-gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist.

June 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

Editor's note: Only a portion of Lund's column ran in Wednesday's Bulletin. Here it is in its entirety.

June 06, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

In January, the outdoor itinerary for summer is so ambitious - a schedule of old haunts with dreams of adventures in new spots. But when fall comes, what you didn't get to sometimes outnumbers what you did.

June 05, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Beat the heat by fishing early, or late

The weather has been uncharacteristic for the month of May - lots of wind and cooler temperatures for this time of year.

May 31, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Eagles, Big Foot and bears, oh my!

I know it's summer and I should sleep in, but when you're solar-powered and the sun floods into your room your body doesn't care if it's 4:18.

May 29, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Old PE teacher reminds Ballardo about fly fishing

There are many ways to catch a fish. Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping I ran into my high school physical education teacher, coach Gebhart. He reminded me of a way of catching fish that I've never really gotten into. Coach Gebhart likes to fly fish just as much as he likes to golf. I have a fly rod, which is 27 years old and has sat collecting dust for the past 20 years. I know how old it is because that's what I asked for on my 13th birthday. I'm not sure what condition it's ...

May 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tales of the over-ripe athlete

The ball was over-inflated and under-used, but that wasn't the real issue.

May 22, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Anticipation of summer spurs fond memory

It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.

May 17, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Filling free time with a life

At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.

May 15, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Predicting bite as tricky as predicting weather

When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.

May 10, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Life goes on, thankfully

After your mom has the 7-millimeter aneurysm in her right middle cranial artery fixed, you've watched a You Tube clip of the same procedure on a different brain and your mom starts telling people she'll be home in a week (the doctors smile and say it will probably be a few days longer), your depth of observation increases.

May 08, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Archeology & the outdoor enthusiast

Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.

May 06, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Gomes, Holmes among entries in G-Oil 150 event at Stockton 99

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Stockton's 99 Speedway this Saturday for G-Oil 150, one of the biggest events on the 2013 schedule.

May 03, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Display mounts cost pretty penny

I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.

May 03, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home ...

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to ...

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season ...

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a ...

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the ...

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Schmidt holds off Gomes to take Classic

Roseville's Eric Schmidt took maximum advantage of a late race caution to capture an improbable victory in Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic Pacific Challenge Series ...

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Expect heavy traffic on lakes for holiday weekend

It's the last week of school and Memorial Day weekend is also coming up, so expect the waterways to be crowded if you're ...

May 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even ...

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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