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Fishing in the wintertime brings its own challenges

This morning brought the first real cold snap of the year. For many anglers, the colder temperatures bring the fish closer to the surface. For others, fishing is only going to get tougher as their species of choice will most likely be hunkering down for the winter. Fishing the wintertime can be extremely tough and for the inpatient person, unbearable. When I think about fishing during the wintertime I immediately think of slowing down and downsizing my line. Unless I'm lucky enough to find an active school of fish the bites are going to be far and few and ...

November 26, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Observing Thanksgiving as intended

­ By the time you read this column, Thanksgiving dinner will be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt.

November 25, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Ankles, anecdotes & attitude adjusters

Frightened or appalled by the prospect of walking up an escalator that dared to stop working, the lady stepped aside and allowed the guy with a frayed deltoid ligament on his left ankle and the other guy with a chewed up meniscus to hike up the stuck steps.

November 24, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Moyer afflicted with ‘Bear Fever’

For almost five decades, I have been afflicted with Bear Fever.

November 21, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Morning fishing trip a Thanksgiving tradition

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I've kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.

November 19, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Snagging a great story

The fish took off with only a slight rhythmic list from left to right. The barb was stuck securely in its dorsal fin, which did little to stop his down-river run.

November 17, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hunting licenses, venison sausages and wedding anniversary

If you are one of the thousands of out-of-state hunters who have been coming to Montana to hunt with an outfitter, those days are gone.

November 17, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


Sometimes, you still have to fight back

Even before Del Oro boarded its bus in Loomis, the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section knew what to expect from the Golden Eagles in their SJS Division-III playoff debut. East Union knew more so than anyone, yet the Lancers still had a job to do.

November 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Four-wheel drive feature not required to tow bass boat

Over the years I've had a variety of different tow vehicles.

November 12, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Ex-Wildcat’s wild weekend with wings

Since Buffalo Wild Wings opened, I'd planned on an afternoon of college football there.

November 10, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Rising early has its perks

Over the years, I've developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.

November 05, 2010 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thanks, Dwight Gooden, we finally won the big one

I was likely the only person in Northern California who could not stop thinking about Dwight Eugene Gooden during the San Francisco Giants' victory parade Wednesday in San Francisco. It was a young, gifted Gooden who escorted me towards my newfound greatest moment in sports.

November 04, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Sawing out the soreness

I had breakfast with my external abdominal obliques Saturday. I had no choice.

November 03, 2010 | By Jeff Lund Outdoor Columnist | Sports Columns


Today’s youth stuck inside looking out

Working with teenagers, I'm amazed at how many of them have never been fishing yet.

October 29, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Nothing to fear but Otter Man himself

A ton of horror movies make me laugh - adolescent girls with unwashed waist-length black hair climbing out of televisions slower than a slug in salt and still catching dudes that appear to be capable of easily busting out a 5k run.

October 27, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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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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