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Spawning fish tricky to catch in springtime

What a difference a week can make.

February 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Food, folks, philosophy and fishing

No one can take the simple act of fly-rod contemplation and digress into philosophical mumbo jumbo like my buddy Klinger.

February 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Outdoor emergency preparedness

I believe the outdoors is remarkably safe, yet no matter what you do, there are risks involved. It doesn't matter if you are commuting to work, or driving a forklift on the job, teaching in a classroom, there are risks involved & you could get hurt. You & I are probably much more likely to get in an auto accident, or slip & fall at work than we are likely to get injured while out fishing, hunting, or hiking. The difference is that outdoor pursuits are often solitary in nature and you are often in a remote location far from medical help ...

February 07, 2011 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Better days ahead after tough years for anglers

I've been exchanging emails with a cousin of mine from Oklahoma.

February 04, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Expo aftermath: The search for cheaper options

The fly-fishing section of the International Sportsman's Expo was an entire building complete with casting pond and corner stage for presentations by experts.

February 02, 2011 | By Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Buffs still competing without Kiwi Gardner

Kiwi who?

January 29, 2011 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Be mindful of speed while on the water

With all the fog that we've been having recently, I'm reminded of how important it is that we slow down on the water.

January 28, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A day at the Expo: Part 1

I was at a pretty good place mentally as I headed into a two-story building laced with the scent of preserved animals and musky hunters.

January 26, 2011 | By Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


The Dropper Fly technique

About 100 years ago, my Grandfather earned his living for several years as a professional flyfisher. He would fish the trout streams of Colorado with his flyrod, & sell the fish to the mining & logging camps. Since it was his livelihood, Grandpa's primary concern was catching as many large fish as possible, & he utilized numerous techniques to fill his fish sack. One of the most effective techniques Grandpa used was the dropper fly, which consistently produced more and larger fish. The dropper fly is still an amazingly effective technique today.

January 24, 2011 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Cougars ward off Andrade, Sierra

WESTON RANCH – There's hot, and then there's Eddie Andrade hot.

January 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Players could use crowd support every night

I obviously wasn't the only person excited about Friday night's marquee matchup between the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams.

January 22, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Practice patience when fish don’t bite

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.

January 21, 2011 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Cooking is certainly a fishy undertaking

When I was 8, I put a filet of salmon in the microwave.

January 19, 2011 | By Jeff Lund "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Thoughts on the tragedy in Tucson

Last weekend I was as shocked as almost everyone else in the nation to learn of the shootings of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people in Tucson, Arizona.

January 17, 2011 | By Dom Moyer Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Sometimes even Doug Flutie can’t help

When up to your pelvis in a river, and the insert in your waders is bunched at the toe, its annoying. Not debilitating but something you will surely address next time you are on shore.

January 13, 2011 | By Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


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Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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