It only takes a few consecutive days of 80-plus degree weather to send crowds of boaters towards our local waterways.
I won't waste your time with a top list of anecdotes since Monday was my birthday, or break into a 'Best of', because authentic existence has little to do with embellishment-laced highlights. A life is a non-stop series in reactions. So for those wondering what the life of an outdoor columnist is really like, here's what has highlighted my journey to 30.
If you've read this column for any length of time you may have read that I catch rattlesnakes on a regular basis. I usually turn them into hatbands; sometimes I have them mounted as taxidermy specimens, I even make rattlesnake rugs as a wall mount. Occasionally I'll even eat a sackful of rattlers for dinner. While I am a big advocate of catch and release fishing, I do not practice catch and release rattler catching. My long-time outdoor companion Donald F, however is a much kinder and gentler person than I and regularly releases the snakes he catches.
Very seldom can I walk into the offices of The Manteca Bulletin and be excited about work – especially about a day that is 24 hours away. I mean, even though my gig is pretty sweet, the worries of today are usually more than enough to keep me occupied.
I had just finished my fifth elk hair caddis pattern in a size 12, because anything smaller looks like a blender caddis, so until I am better, I stop there.
Here it is late April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. There's still a lot of snow up there in the mountains and when we get a sunny day it begins to melt. Streams can be running high and swift and your favorite fishing hole can be a raging torrent. How do you cope with such conditions? Here are a couple early season tips that I've discovered over the years that might help.
After doggedly pursuing pole-sitter Greg Pursley through the first 133 laps of last Saturday's Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150 at Roseville's All-American Speedway, defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon had his fourth career win at his home track within his grasp only to see it slip away in the final laps.
There was nothing particularly interesting or noteworthy about the creek my buddy Chris and I fished, and I do use the word "creek" very loosely, because from Google Earth this system looks like an infected wound lathered in mud as if someone actually believed that rubbing dirt on it would make it better.
LATHROP – For some strange reason, the days of playing baseball simply for fun and to crack smiles have been replaced with $300 bats and Major League Baseball expectations as early as coach-pitch. That's probably why rolling into James Matas' free pitching clinic was so refreshing.
It was deja vu all over again as Australian Will Power, driving the #12 Verizon Wireless car for Team Penske, grabbed the pole position for the third consecutive year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.
This morning on my way to work, I saw two bass boats filling up at the local gas station. I couldn't help to think what their costs were for the day. My bass boat holds 52 gallons of gas, and my truck holds 23 gallons. If I were to fill them both up, it would cost me around $300.
I read about Alaska a lot because as a fisherman, writer and subscriber of multiple fishing magazines, the state tends to gets at least a casual mentioning if not a full-grown piece of feature writing every month.
A strong field of 23 late models kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.
Fishing in the rain for a lot of anglers is out of the question.
A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.
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.
The local racing season is set to begin this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday with a full weekend of racing action.
Monday was momentous at 49ers headquarters. And not in a good way.
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