I almost hate to mention that spring is almost here, but it is!
To understand fully the quandary I faced Saturday, I'll have to volunteer that the first time I remember my cell phone ringing while fishing was in 2007. I was trout fishing on the Klawock River back home, where reception is spotty at best. But the call made it through and lit up my pocket. Though I was fishing and I risked setting a precedent, I answered. After all, it was my mom and it was about dinner.
Over the years I've been writing this column, I often refer to the fact that just being outdoors is good therapy for me. Whenever I get wound up and agitated, an outdoor excursion seems to help relieve the tension. Although fishing is my favorite outdoor pastime, I also get peace of mind from hunting, photography, plinking tin cans or just a walk in the woods.
Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.
I stood for a moment atop the steps and looked down at the rows of lodges, outfitters, fly shops and other booths in the fly-fishing building at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.
Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.
Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.
The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.
I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.
Recently there have been several news stories documenting the return of the Grey Wolf to California. So far it's only one wolf, wearing a tracking collar that has definitely been recorded appearing in Siskiyou County and then in Plumas County in Northern California.
After what seemed like the perfect swan song and the picturesque way to hang up his whistle, Bill Slikker tip-toed off into the sunset after a 14-0 Valley Oak League championship run as Weston Ranch head coach in 2008.
A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.
I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.
NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.
It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.
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.
The 4th of July is still two months ago, but there were plenty of fireworks in Saturday night's season opening race at the Stockton 99 Speedway.
It's been a year now since I sold my bass boat, and I can honestly say that there have been times when I wished I never would have parted with it.
Goalie Tatiana Orozco turned in an MVP performance, lifting the Benfica Red 05 girls soccer team to a thrilling third-place finish at the MFC Spring Invitational.
The Benfica White 05 girls soccer team of the Manteca Futbol Club made a splashy debut over the weekend.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.
From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.
As California enters its fourth year of drought, our streams and our ability to fish them is going to be seriously impacted. There will be almost no spring snowmelt and its accompanying high water.
After failing to finish in the top 10 in the opening two races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar schedule, New Zealand's Scott Dixon reversed his early season woes by capturing Sunday's 41st running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Tyres Harper hit the first home run out of the newly refurbished Morenzone Field on Wednesday to lead the Pirates to a 17-7 win over the Nationals in Northgate Little League junior division action.
Brett Lewis has a white-knuckle grip on the lead in the first-ever Coaches Bracket Challenge.
Stephen Curry closes games in the third quarter, not the fourth.
One of the area's youngest coaches has an old soul when it comes to college hoops.
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