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Remembering the first catch like it was the last

One of my first impressions of fishing was when I was around 6 or 7 years old while camping at Lake Camanche.

October 25, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rivalry game takes on new meaning for Chambers

For years I was intertwined in the Oakdale-Manteca rivalry.

October 25, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Dangerous way for kids to emulate pros

What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.

October 24, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Deciding where you wade

It is a very confusing time to be a fisherman.

October 23, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Technology a distraction when trying to enjoy quiet time on lake

The last time I took my son fishing he brought along his handheld video game.

October 18, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hogging Carolina's pulled-pork

New Bern, N.C. - Food is vital. I'm not just referring to the obvious need of nutrient ingestion to remain in good standing health-wise; I am talking about food as a part of an experience.

October 16, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Joe Wilson’s old ammo

Joe Wilson was a living legend in Tracy.

October 15, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Communication key for anglers, duck hunters

Duck hunting season is now open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 11, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The great debate on replacing gear

I wanted a better ending. It should have been honorable, dignified. But it wasn't.

October 09, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Governor signs law to outlaw hunting bears & bobcats using hounds.

Last week, California Governor, Edmund " Jerry" Brown signed Senate Bill 1221 to outlaw the traditional hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds. Effective January 1, 2013, the new law will ban any hunting of bears or bobcats by using hounds.

October 07, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Unspoken rule of fishing: Mind distance from others

If you have ever been bowling you know that there are some do's and don'ts that new bowlers should be made aware of.

October 04, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A’s write a script good as ‘Moneyball’

Forget the movie about these Oakland A's. Already been done and, besides, Brad Pitt has moved on to other things.

October 04, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


From resourceful to ridiculous

Last week after shaving a rather large sliver off a rock, my lawnmower quit and smoked.

October 02, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Combating the effects of fall-time turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term 'turnover' used.

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


Finding the right words

It's a little uncomfortable writing about myself sometimes.

September 25, 2012 | | Sports Columns


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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


Franks Tract hot spot for bass in Delta

Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the ...

May 20, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fishing trips are more meaningful with son

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."- Henry David Thoreau

May 13, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Unused equipment is treasure for another

There's an old saying that "one man's junk is another man's treasure."

May 06, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca Red Sox overpower Northgate Giants juniors

The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...

May 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brigham Young Revolver

Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.

May 02, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


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