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Switch up your strategy if fish are not biting

People who know that I like to fish often assume that the fish are always jumping in my boat.

August 05, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Gomes tops on Southwest Tour point standings

Manteca's Jacob Gomes picked up his third victory of the season and reclaimed the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship lead last Saturday night in the "Century Boatland 115" in front of a capacity crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

August 05, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Reading between the lines

Yesterday started innocent enough.

August 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Keep your powder dry

A couple of weeks ago, I took my nephew Jacob Barr with me to introduce him to black powder shooting. We set up some targets and got the muzzle loading musket out of its case. I explained each step to Jacob as we got ready to shoot. Pour the scoop of black powder down the barrel of the musket, then place the cloth patch under the lead musket ball and ram it snugly down the barrel with the wooden ramrod. Then you place the percussion cap on the nipple, cock the hammer, aim, squeeze the trigger and wait for the ...

August 01, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Flip flops keep feet cool, but not stable

I see a lot of anglers opting to wear flip flops while out fishing.

July 28, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Giant void filled with Beltran trade

If you don't think the San Francisco Giants just became a better club by acquiring the services of National League All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, you are likely a hater, or worse, a Dodgers fan.

July 28, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Ready or not it’s time for some football

There was a brief moment where I actually contemplated what we would do if the members of the National Football League were unable to reach common ground with the collective bargaining agreement.

July 27, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

The city that never sleeps, but New York does fly-fish

Before I could completely recover from the two drives, two boat rides and two flights that returned me to the Central Valley, plus the general melancholy that accompanies the departure from Alaska, I was en route to New York City, the antithesis of dense sprawling nature, for a wedding.

July 27, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Mom's ashes

When I think of a vacation, I naturally think of going right back to the same place I have always gone for vacations, Hermit Valley at the top of Ebbetts Pass. Of course, to most normal folks that would be pretty dull. I never get to Hawaii, haven't been to Paris, and probably will never cruise the Caribbean in a sailboat. It's pretty poor ammunition for chatter at cocktail parties, too. When others are talking about the magnificent view of the Alps, I really don't make much of an impression when I casually mention that the view ...

July 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

‘Manteca Missle’ wins 100th race at 99 Speedway

A nice crowd of nearly 2,000 was on hand at Stockton's 99 Speedway for last Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program and tribute to Manteca racing legend Johnny Brazil.

July 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Best bites are at night during summer months

A lot of anglers will tell you that their favorite time of the year to fish is in the spring.

July 22, 2011 | | Sports Columns

My Cherry Creek odyssey

Ordinarily, I don't write precise directions to a good fishing spot. Under most circumstances, revealing a great fishing hole in print will inundate it with so many anglers that the fishing will be ruined. That won't happen in this case, however, because my secret fishing hole is so difficult to get to almost no one is crazy enough to go back.

July 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Much can be learned when fish don’t bite

This week, I had the opportunity to fish a pond that's pressured daily by visiting vacationers.

July 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Stay calm, frustrated fishermen catch no fish

Competition can be a key ingredient in success, though being too worried about results can ruin a great fishing trip.

July 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Warranties on outdoor gear

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things go wrong afield and one of your favorite pieces of gear malfunctions. I recall once as we were trekking across the old Immigrant Road that runs from Highway 4 in Hermit Valley to Deer Valley off of Highway 88.

July 10, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

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East Union overcomes forfeiture to beat Jags

East Union managed to hold on and beat visiting Kimball 5-4 despite having to forfeit a singles match Thursday.

October 09, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Manteca ended its busy week 3 for 3 with its four-game victory over visiting Kimball on Thursday.

October 09, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns

Getting lost in the Delta

Every year, about this time, I'm reminded of when I came across two lost anglers while fishing the Delta.

October 09, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Manteca volleyball alone in 3rd after sweeping Cougars

Stockton- Manteca High's volleyball team started a busy four-day stretch Monday with a sweep of Weston Ranch that broke up a third-place tie between ...

October 06, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Sierra's Eddie Aguilar converted a direct kick in the game's 72nd minute Monday to complete his hat trick and salvage a 3-3 tie ...

October 06, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Lancers ward off dangerous Manteca

East Union soccer coach Victor Polanco watched as the head official raised his hand with eyes trained on his watch and whistle pressed between his ...

October 06, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Jaguars bury 49ers during Cen-Cal play

Jakub Kawakami was perfect Saturday.

October 06, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Elusive hot spots for fish

I received an email last week asking to share some of my fishing hot spots.

October 02, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Ex-MJC teammates reunite

BUTTE, Mont. - They played for rival high schools, teamed up at the community college level and are on opposing sides once again.

September 29, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Sierra surge topples Lancers


September 29, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Ripon girls water polo 3rd

MERCED – The Ripon High girls water polo team overcame adversity en route to capturing third place with a 4-1 record in the El Capitan Tournament ...

September 29, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns

Ripon wins VFL North mid-season tournament title

LODI - Paced by Alex Gonzales' second-place score of 89, Ripon High's girls golf team further established its claim as the top team in the ...

September 29, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Angel Garay did it all for the Manteca Jaguars varsity with three offensive touchdowns, a 51-yard interception for a touchdown, six tackles and a fumble ...

September 29, 2015 | | Sports Columns

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