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Tips for catching coldwater fish in hot conditions

Trout are coldwater fish.

August 04, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


The key to having fun: Keep your keys close

In the rush to join Ryan, Josh, Eli and Nate, I frantically threw two bottles of water into my pack that was already stuffed under the bungee hold on the front of the kayak.

August 03, 2010 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Prestigious tournament marred by cheating

This past weekend, the tournament fishing world received a serious black eye, as an angler accused of stuffing lead weights down the throats of his catch was disqualified.

July 30, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Based on a true story? Just a matter of perspective

During vacations there are usually moments or locations that provide inside jokes and stories that only make true sense to those that were there, or have been there at one time or another.

July 28, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Clark Fork offers a different experience

­Last weekend, I was able to get out with my family for a night of camping.

July 23, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Backpacking for trout Moyer’s favorite method for fishing

Largemouth on a flyrod can truly be a heart stopping experience, and is actually the primary reason I bought a home within walking distance of the Stanislaus River.

July 23, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Like a (Howard the) Duck to water

Howard Walcott plucked the ball from an opponent and took off down court.

July 21, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


No need to stock up on the same bait

­ A friend of mine sent me a picture of his recent purchase of baits.

July 16, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


The joys of writing about the outdoors

For the past 31 years I have been fortunate enough to write my outdoor column Tight Lines as a weekly column. It began innocently enough one spring day in 1979 when I stopped by The Tracy Press to grab lunch with my buddy Steve Wampler and the Press Sports Editor Tom Mauldin.

July 15, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Bad day fishing isn’t bad, but a broke rod is

On the heels of my most productive day around the house - in which I used 46 screws, a power saw, drill, ax and shovel - Steve the cook, Joe and I drove to Whale Pass for salmon.

July 14, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Montana FPW working to revive wolf population

On June 2, I attended a meeting in Great Falls, Mont. at the Region 4 office of Montana Fish, Parks and Wildlife.

July 13, 2010 | Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Overpacking defeats purpose of experiencing outdoor trips

A close relative of mine mentioned to me that he was going camping for two days at one of the local lakes.

July 09, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Old Bob’ the toughest guy I’ve ever known

Growing up as an outdoor addict is, for the most part, a wonderful experience if you survive it.

July 08, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Reunion with old fling worth nine-month wait

Everyone has a song about their summer girl - the seasonal fling or even the one that got away.

July 07, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


The perfect weekend getaway in Sonora

This past weekend I received a hot tip on a camping location located slightly above Sonora. Being that it was going to be almost 20 degrees cooler up there than in Manteca, I was open to the idea of spending the day someplace cooler. With my wife and son open to the idea of going for a little trip, we loaded the car with some essentials and off to Fraser Flat we went. While driving we watched as the outside temperature went from nearly 100 degrees all the way down to 86 degrees.

July 02, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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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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