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No bites at Lake Pardee despite the low turnout

It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.

April 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Memories, not catches make Amador special

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.

April 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


April breeds excitement, hope for big bass catch

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.

April 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s time to enjoy wildflowers

Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.

March 27, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for friendships

If you ask any fisherman what they like about fishing, they probably wouldn't be able to give you just one answer.

March 25, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips for fishing against wind

Wind has to be one of my least favorite conditions to fish in.

March 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tournament fishing not worth costs

It's been a few years since I stopped fishing bass tournaments.

March 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Night of losers winner for UFC

LAS VEGAS - Her face marked and still red, Holly Holm stared blankly ahead as Conor McGregor walked in, looking a lot worse for the wear himself.

March 06, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Submission for record catch rejected

Several days ago I was sent a link to a video that showed two professional bass fishermen catching what seemed to be the new world record spotted bass.

March 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Pro boxing in Rio? A bad idea in so many ways

Not that long ago boxing was on the verge of being kicked out of the Olympics because corruption, ineptitude and head-shaking decisions had made a mockery of the sport.

February 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Don’t let boat ‘sit’ over winter

This is the time of year when the launch ramps are beginning to get crowded.

February 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hamlin finally in spotlight after Daytona win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Denny Hamlin burst onto the scene a decade ago when he showed up at Daytona International Speedway as a rookie and won the first exhibition race of Speedweeks.

February 23, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Expect unexpected when relying on buddy to take lead

I've learned over the years to expect the unexpected when fishing with childhood friends.

February 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Covering the Super Bowl

They call it Super Bowl Sunday but it is more like a month-long endeavor. The entire Bay Area was affected by hosting the big event this year in many ways. The minute the 49ers lost their last game the NFL took over the stadium and began their preparations. The cities of San Francisco, Santa Clara and surrounding areas were all gearing up for the event in early January even though it was a month away. All of this pointed to Super Bowl Sunday. I for one didn't even realize the magnitude and how it is much more than a ...

February 14, 2016 | HANK VANDER VEEN | Sports Columns


Enjoy nice weather, but don’t expect it to last much longer

When I was growing up, a few houses down from us lived an older retired gentleman and his wife.

February 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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The Good Lord outdoors

I probably shouldn't admit this, but occasionally I play hooky from church to spend time outdoors rather than listen to a sermon in a ...

January 21, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Trusting your instincts may be the best plan

My first tournament of 2018 is in the books.

January 19, 2018 | | Sports Columns


Nick Saban’s 6th championship is the best of all

ATLANTA - Nick Saban saved his best for No. 6.

January 09, 2018 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Danica Patrick shifts careers, courts new fans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Danica Patrick's days as a race car driver are pretty much over. She says she has two races left in her ...

January 09, 2018 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Great to see youth catch ‘fishing bug’

Recently, while checking out of a hotel we were staying in, I spotted a boy who was no older than 12, sitting there with a ...

December 29, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca Raiders accepting signups

Coming soon: The Manteca Raiders.

December 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


About knives, razors, stones & strops

In a previous column I mentioned possible gifts for the outdoor enthusiast. High on the list for an outdoor related gift has got to be ...

December 17, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Smooth on field, Derek Jeter struggles in Miami’s front office

Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could ...

December 17, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Reading the water

In my heart of hearts, I am a stream fisher. While I love plugging for bass in a farm pond, or trolling a big reservoir ...

December 11, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


State should institute 12-month licenses

Last week, I had the opportunity to get together with a few childhood friends for a day of sturgeon fishing.

December 01, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the NFL

Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on ...

November 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Woods is back, but maybe not the guy on TV

NASSAU, Bahamas - Tiger Woods couldn't have scored more points with his two children than when he took them to Miami this summer to watch ...

November 28, 2017 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports Columns


Holiday gift ideas for your outdoorsmen

I'm having trouble believing it, but I actually went shopping on Black Friday.

November 27, 2017 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Delta striped bass fishing improving

Fishing on an empty stomach is something I've never experienced the day after Thanks-giving.

November 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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