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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


Anglers, it’s duck hunting season again

Duck hunters, beware. There are going to be anglers out on the water and you must not disturb their fishing areas. Unfortunately, it's the anglers that must beware as duck hunting season is now open. Over the years I've developed a sort of love-hate relationship with duck hunters. Once the hunting season ends many of the hunters' blinds are abandoned until the next year. I've caught some of my biggest fish while fishing around abandoned duck blinds. During hunting season anglers usually avoid fishing around the blinds in fear of disturbing a hunter. Consequently, the fish become ...

October 22, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, warm clothing and frozen poo

Since Manteca Unified School District has more high school students than Prince of Wales Island has residents you probably didn't hear about the 75-mile per hour winds that knocked out power on the entire island, isolating it from mail and cutting ATM machines off from the money bags that supply them. I contemplated calling mom's school weak for giving kids and teachers the day off in light of there being no power, because we've gone without power here for part of the school day, but the argument was a little too unreasonable.

October 20, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Out with the old, in with the new

Recently, I had a garage sale and was able to sell a lot of my unused fishing tackle. Most of the items I sold were practically brand new.

October 15, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Nothing like camping conflict

After the afternoon on the Upper Sacramento in which I couldn't conjure up better circumstances without being unreasonable, I became jealous that night, of the people next to me that had real hot dog skewers and tinfoil.

October 13, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Play it safe by preparing for thunderstorms before fishing

Last night was the first night in a while that we've had thunder and lightning.

October 08, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO The Bulletin | Sports Columns


Seeking solitude on Upper Sac

­ Looking down from the Interstate-5 bridges, the calm fingers of Shasta Lake eventually become the churning waters of the Sacramento River over a series of inconspicuous turns.

October 06, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Giants win NL West; now the real fun starts

I really dig being a Giants fan right now.

October 05, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Get ahead by picking up on fall behaviors

If there's one thing that I can never predict, it's the weather.

October 01, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Getting the most out of two bucks

Two dollars bought me a polar shrimp that was sawed beyond recognition by the teeth of Alaskan cutthroat and Dolly Varden.

September 29, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Tips for fishing near boat docks

Every so often I've gotten onto a good pattern where boat docks seem to be holding the better fish.

September 24, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


A little advice from Uncle Jeff

"I'm enjoying my baby girl."

September 22, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Best fishing spots can be the unappealing ones

Often I see fishermen point at an area or spot and say, "It looks good over there!"

September 17, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


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


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