I really dig being a Giants fan right now. And if you think I'm talking about Eli's team after the Gigantes just clinched the NL West, you should move to Turlock. After a tooth-and-nail fight for an entire season, the San Francisco Giants finally closed the door on their first trip to the postseason since 2003. For as many Giants-Dodgers games that I have watched that have meant something on the final day of the ...
If there's one thing that I can never predict, it's the weather. Now that we are officially into fall, of course we are greeted with unseasonably high temperatures. I'm not really sure what effect the weather has had on the fish. The water temperatures, I'm sure, have risen a little, but not as drastically as you would expect. Our nights are longer now and our mornings have been cool. From my experiences, the fall-type behaviors ...
Two dollars bought me a polar shrimp that was sawed beyond recognition by the teeth of Alaskan cutthroat and Dolly Varden.
Every so often I've gotten onto a good pattern where boat docks seem to be holding the better fish.
"I'm enjoying my baby girl." "Wait, what?" My brother had left a message during school that labor was underway, so when I called back I was a bit surprised that Rachel had answered, especially with the downright shocking news. Baby girl? I'd spent the last two months suggesting boy names to my brother and sister-in-law: Sven, Magnus, Thor. Now all of a sudden the little critter changed sexes? Mag ... na? "Oh...you're enjoying the epidural." ...
Often I see fishermen point at an area or spot and say, "It looks good over there!"
Anyone that has driven the Chico-to-Red Bluff section of Highway 99 is aware of the asphalt's multiple personalities.
Two close friends of mine recently lost their father due to an unexpected illness. I've known them since I was in junior high. Although, the last time I saw their father he barely remembered me. He was instrumental in a lot of my childhood fishing exploits. He worked at Lawrence Livermore Lab, and on his way to work in the morning he would often drop us off at Lake Del Valle. We would stay there ...
I'm sorry about not having a column in last month's paper. I had rotator-cuff surgery for the second time, on the same shoulder … after injuring it again.
It occurred to me just before I fell asleep that the sugar pine that stabbed at the speckled night above me would, if hollowed out, make a perfect mailing tube for shipping submarines.
Every once in a while I run into people who talk about eating their catch. Usually, the first question I ask is, "Where did you go fishing?" Aside from all the warnings about mercury found in all local bodies of water, there really is a difference in taste from place to place. I rarely eat my catch, but every once in a while I do bring a few home for the dinner table. In my ...
Depending on what kind of hunting you examine, hunting can be either a rich man's sport or a poor man's sport.
I've never shot a caribou, or moose for that matter, though I have had a moose burger with caribou chili in Talkeetna, which is reason enough to head back.
Over the past several years, I have developed a couple educational programs for presentation to the general public.
This past weekend, a close friend and I decided to enter a local tournament instead of just going out and fishing for the day.
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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