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Test everything before heading out

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly. Upon starting my boat, everything seemed to be working great, until I looked at my fuel gauge. It was stuck on empty, I tapped on it, and looked for loose wires, but nothing seemed to work. Knowing that I had enough fuel for the day, I wasn't going to let a fuel gauge stop me from fishing; it did make ...

November 24, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Thankful for fish, family and fiberglass ax handle

I am thankful.

November 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

The use of the Stetson hat

Several years ago I was fishing one of my favorite brook trout streams and began to smell smoke drifting down the stream. As I got closer, the smoke grew thicker and soon I came upon a streamside camp fire that had not been completely extinguished by the idiot who hade made the fire.

November 20, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Veterans’ Day fishing trip yields striped bass and raindrops

I was finally able free up some time on Veterans' Day to go fishing.

November 18, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

No need to get snappy

I was ready for the end of trout season in October.

November 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Giving thanks

By sundown on the third Thursday in November, Thanksgiving dinner will probably be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt. You may be ensconced in your recliner in front of your flat screen T.V. watching the big game while snacking on a piece of pumpkin pie.

November 14, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Parting with once sought-after boat a tough sell

Years ago when I purchased my first boat it didn't take long before I wanted something a little bigger.

November 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Making up for lost trout

I know you're not supposed to get too personal when it comes to fishing, but there was something about that silver brick flashing right before it threw the hook that made me want to go back to that trout's riffle the next morning regardless of the winter weather warning.

November 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Hello Jack Sparrow, here’s a magazine

I don't get too worked up about things like Halloween.

November 02, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Unhealthy fish?

I got an email the other day from reader Jim Canning who had been fishing at one of the foothill area reservoirs and caught a couple trout that had some red sores on them. Jim was concerned that maybe the fish wouldn't be safe to eat. Ironically, just a few weeks earlier, I had written a column entitled "They Are What They Eat" which discussed the concept that how a wild critter tastes is a direct reflection of what they've been eating. The old Jim Croce song admonished, "You don't tug on Superman's cape, You don ...

October 30, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Occupy Wall Street: River Edition

There are aspects of America that really put leaks in my waders.

October 26, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Calm nerves and a little luck key to fishing

You just never know how your day is going to go while on the water.

October 21, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

I’m packed, now what did I forget?

I don't like wishing days away, but October 7-14 needed to end.

October 20, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War Two almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium-priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all; while great rods were individually hand-made and ...

October 16, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Know where you’re going

Every year about this time I'm reminded of the time I came across two lost anglers while fishing the Delta. While fishing, they approached my boat and asked me if I knew where the launch ramp was? When I asked them which ramp they were looking for, they had no idea of the name of the ramp they launched out of. They then began to describe the launch ramp to me and after a process of elimination; I realized where they must have launched from. As I began to give them directions, it was obvious to me that they ...

October 14, 2011 | | Sports Columns

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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

Thy rod & thy staff

A walking stick can be a very handy tool if you spend much time at all in the outdoors. It can help you keep your ...

September 28, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

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