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Sage advice: Plenty of fish in the …

January is an interesting month for fishing.

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


Steroid stars Bonds, Clemens will get in. Bet on it.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will get into the Hall of Fame someday, and without using the side entrance, either.

January 09, 2013 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Cures for cabin fever January 2013

Some folks think that there is no such thing as Cabin Fever. They are dead wrong. If Alferd Packer was still around, they could ask him about it. Good old Alferd (that's really how he spelled his name) was the noted cannibal who ate several of his companions after being trapped with them while snowbound in Colorado in 1874.

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


New year with same old routine

So I went fishing yesterday. Shocking, I know.

January 02, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


New year with same old routine

So I went fishing yesterday. Shocking, I know.

January 01, 2013 | | Sports Columns


The world’s best fly

A short while ago, I wrote a column about which rifle cartridge I considered as the best all-around caliber. Some of you agreed with me and some did not. It was a fun exercise in part because it gets people thinking about why they prefer one gun over another.

December 30, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Rising cost of license may deter future anglers

Another Christmas has passed, and this year I got my annual fishing license as a gift from my parents.

December 27, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


It’s not really about the fishing, is it?

Facebook tried to tell me what my 20 biggest moments were in the past year, but it was close only when I considered the list was drafted by a program made by people who don't know me. Technology thinks my year can be reduced to pictures and subsequent "like" clicks from "friends". Impossible.

December 26, 2012 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


NFL’s ‘nice little story’ gets even better

The Colts were a nice little story six weeks ago.

December 23, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


’Tis the season to stay warm

I can't say I've ever been fishing on Christmas Day, although I went out on Christmas Eve once.

December 20, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tis the season of rejection

He had probably washed the dishes, made the bed and been exceedingly polite. Not solely because of the question/statement he'd later ask, but maybe.

December 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Handicapped and the outdoors

Like a lot of subjects, my views regarding being handicapped and participating in outdoor activities have evolved over the years. Probably the single biggest factor in my awakening to the opportunities in the outdoors for those with handicaps was when I met Arvel Gipson. Old Arv had fallen off a high transmission line and broken his back, which left him using crutches for the rest of his life. The odd thing was, Arvel refused to let his handicap stop his enjoyment of the outdoors.

December 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


‘Keep things simple’ in tackle box

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Being bad can be a good thing

I don't remember my first-ever fishing trip, but I do recall the early days of fly-fishing in which hitting the water while standing in it was difficult for me.

December 12, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Give a Big Mack for Christmas

I'd like to share with you a gift idea for someone that you hold very dear. It's best suited for kids, but it also it suitable for spouses, best friends, or anyone you really care for. I began to fish when I was quite young. In fact I was so young that I don't remember when I caught my first fish, nor when I got my first fishing rod. But I do remember Big Mack.

December 10, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


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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