School is in session and cooler weather is on the horizon. It must be football season. But wait, it's August. That's right, folks, football now begins two weeks earlier than we're used to, so if you have the feeling that the season is fast approaching, well, it is. The countdown to kickoff begins now. 5 seniors poised for breakout season Matt Burrows (Manteca QB; 6-1, 241) is Manteca's unquestioned starter after limited, yet ...
Kyle Harman is the type of player that will go find the tee he used when practicing his drives at the range, even though he bought a bag of 100 for $4.99. Just because he has a scholarship to play college golf, doesn't mean he is above such a thing as recycling tees.
Several years ago I took a friend out fishing on the Delta. He proceeded to catch the biggest bass of his life that day. Funny thing was that he just got back from a guided trip in Mexico for trophy bass. His biggest fish during his Mexico trip was half the size of the one he caught that day. We weren't in a tournament or under any type of pressure; we were just two friends ...
Plenty of people have inquired as to how I am maintaining buoyancy after returning from Alaska, to which I have responded something to the effect of, "I am okay with it."
Fishing, for me, is primarily a solitary pursuit. Of course, I almost always fish with a partner, but a true fishing partner becomes an extension of one's self. I have fished on party boats in salt water where one goal is to win the boat's pool for the biggest fish. I enjoyed camaraderie and have repeated the experience numerous times. But at its core, I believe that angling should be largely a solitary sport. Over ...
Surrounded by conversations of whales, sailing, the Panama Canal and authentic Scottish whiskey, I spend the last moments in the Alaskan time zone reading.
Trout are coldwater fish. Depending upon which species of trout you examine, trout thrive in water temperatures ranging from the low 40s for Brook Trout, up to the mid 50s for Brown trout, with the Rainbows, Cutthroats, Goldens, and more exotic species falling in between. While optimum temperatures for trout only cover about a 15-degree range, they can survive in waters both colder and warmer than their preferred range. It's much the same as we ...
In the rush to join Ryan, Josh, Eli and Nate, I frantically threw two bottles of water into my pack that was already stuffed under the bungee hold on the front of the kayak.
This past weekend, the tournament fishing world received a serious black eye, as an angler accused of stuffing lead weights down the throats of his catch was disqualified.
During vacations there are usually moments or locations that provide inside jokes and stories that only make true sense to those that were there, or have been there at one time or another.
­Last weekend, I was able to get out with my family for a night of camping. My parents were camping at Clark Fork Campground, so the wife and I decided to join them. Camping at Clark Fork is a different type of camping than we were used to. Being that it's a forest campsite there were very few amenities that most lakeside campsites have. On the other hand, there were some definite advantages. Just about ...
Largemouth on a flyrod can truly be a heart stopping experience, and is actually the primary reason I bought a home within walking distance of the Stanislaus River.
Howard Walcott plucked the ball from an opponent and took off down court. "Go for it Duck!" a teammate yelled, prompting Howard to attempt a dunk. He missed. Off the back of the rim. If one were so inclined, one could look at the Howard's black Carhartt overalls stained with paint, grease and a weeks worth of filth and say Howard is just another fisherman. Another case of someone that learned a trade out of ...
­ A friend of mine sent me a picture of his recent purchase of baits. In the picture he had close to 10 of the same three baits. I joked with him by saying, "If you have more than three, they'll stop working." He responded by saying, "You're probably right." I was immediately reminded of a time about 25 years ago when we were really hit badly by a series of storms here in the ...
For the past 31 years I have been fortunate enough to write my outdoor column Tight Lines as a weekly column. It began innocently enough one spring day in 1979 when I stopped by The Tracy Press to grab lunch with my buddy Steve Wampler and the Press Sports Editor Tom Mauldin.
It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.
At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.
When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.
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.
Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.
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.
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.
I've never really seen my Mom sick. She's had colds before, but she has epitomized both strength and stubbornness. That's probably why she rarely had health issues - they were intimidated.
From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season is officially under way at the Stockton 99 Speedway, and a couple of Manteca drivers are off to hot starts.
My grandparents used to call it "visiting".
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