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Opening day tactics

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.

April 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Holmes denied 4th win at All-American Speedway

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.

April 23, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A carpy day of fishing

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.

April 20, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


WINNING IN LIFE

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.

April 17, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Will Power Captures Pole at Grand Prix of Long Beach

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.

April 17, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Getting around the rising cost of fuel

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.

April 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


(Re)fund the trip of a lifetime

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.

April 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Philpott breaks up Belletto family’s 1-2 finish

A strong field of 23 late models kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.

April 12, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Fishing in the rain can bring surprising results

Fishing in the rain for a lot of anglers is out of the question.

April 08, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sprint Car veterans shine on Central Valley tracks

A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.

April 07, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Getting rid of gas

In high school, my buddy Lawrence and I put 85 miles on his truck driving around the biggest town on the island.

April 06, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Why catch & release when you trout fish?

I was about 12 when I began to seriously fish for trout. Prior to that time I was simply accompanying my Dad along the stream and reeling in an occasional trout or two that he had hooked. While it was great fun splashing in the stream, picking wildflowers & harassing the frogs & tadpoles, it took awhile for me to appreciate the challenge of spotting a feeding fish, and then successfully planning & executing a successful stalk to outwit him with my hand-tied flies.

April 03, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Smart shopping for cash-strapped anglers

It's been a while since I've purchased any new equipment.

April 01, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Your final exam is a river in Alaska

My buddy Daniel is coming up to Alaska this summer and wants to trick trout with flies, but he's never done it before.

March 30, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


WOLVES ON THE PROWL

Professional football is once again going to be a reality in Stockton.

March 25, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


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Anglers should be excited by spring rain

Don't let this current storm fool you. If anything, it's going to improve the fishing.

February 27, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bass fishing ‘Super Bowl’ kicks off

Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.

February 20, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns


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