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About orange-tailed rattlers

If you've read this column for any length of time you may have read that I catch rattlesnakes on a regular basis. I usually turn them into hatbands; sometimes I have them mounted as taxidermy specimens, I even make rattlesnake rugs as a wall mount. Occasionally I'll even eat a sackful of rattlers for dinner. While I am a big advocate of catch and release fishing, I do not practice catch and release rattler catching. My long-time outdoor companion Donald F, however is a much kinder and gentler person than I and regularly releases the snakes he catches.

May 01, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Manteca Vs East Union II: Worth watching

Very seldom can I walk into the offices of The Manteca Bulletin and be excited about work – especially about a day that is 24 hours away. I mean, even though my gig is pretty sweet, the worries of today are usually more than enough to keep me occupied.

April 29, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Pondering the perfect pattern

I had just finished my fifth elk hair caddis pattern in a size 12, because anything smaller looks like a blender caddis, so until I am better, I stop there.

April 27, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Opening day tactics

Here it is late April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. There's still a lot of snow up there in the mountains and when we get a sunny day it begins to melt. Streams can be running high and swift and your favorite fishing hole can be a raging torrent. How do you cope with such conditions? Here are a couple early season tips that I've discovered over the years that might help.

April 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Holmes denied 4th win at All-American Speedway

After doggedly pursuing pole-sitter Greg Pursley through the first 133 laps of last Saturday's Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150 at Roseville's All-American Speedway, defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon had his fourth career win at his home track within his grasp only to see it slip away in the final laps.

April 23, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A carpy day of fishing

There was nothing particularly interesting or noteworthy about the creek my buddy Chris and I fished, and I do use the word "creek" very loosely, because from Google Earth this system looks like an infected wound lathered in mud as if someone actually believed that rubbing dirt on it would make it better.

April 20, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


WINNING IN LIFE

LATHROP – For some strange reason, the days of playing baseball simply for fun and to crack smiles have been replaced with $300 bats and Major League Baseball expectations as early as coach-pitch. That's probably why rolling into James Matas' free pitching clinic was so refreshing.

April 17, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Will Power Captures Pole at Grand Prix of Long Beach

It was deja vu all over again as Australian Will Power, driving the #12 Verizon Wireless car for Team Penske, grabbed the pole position for the third consecutive year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.

April 17, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Getting around the rising cost of fuel

This morning on my way to work, I saw two bass boats filling up at the local gas station. I couldn't help to think what their costs were for the day. My bass boat holds 52 gallons of gas, and my truck holds 23 gallons. If I were to fill them both up, it would cost me around $300.

April 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


(Re)fund the trip of a lifetime

I read about Alaska a lot because as a fisherman, writer and subscriber of multiple fishing magazines, the state tends to gets at least a casual mentioning if not a full-grown piece of feature writing every month.

April 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Philpott breaks up Belletto family’s 1-2 finish

A strong field of 23 late models kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.

April 12, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Fishing in the rain can bring surprising results

Fishing in the rain for a lot of anglers is out of the question.

April 08, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sprint Car veterans shine on Central Valley tracks

A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.

April 07, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Getting rid of gas

In high school, my buddy Lawrence and I put 85 miles on his truck driving around the biggest town on the island.

April 06, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Why catch & release when you trout fish?

I was about 12 when I began to seriously fish for trout. Prior to that time I was simply accompanying my Dad along the stream and reeling in an occasional trout or two that he had hooked. While it was great fun splashing in the stream, picking wildflowers & harassing the frogs & tadpoles, it took awhile for me to appreciate the challenge of spotting a feeding fish, and then successfully planning & executing a successful stalk to outwit him with my hand-tied flies.

April 03, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


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Bonds deserve to be in Cooperstown

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.

April 26, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Sports Columns


Best time of the year

From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.

April 24, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bloods Creek good fishing option in this drought year

As California enters its fourth year of drought, our streams and our ability to fish them is going to be seriously impacted. There will be almost no spring snowmelt and its accompanying high water.

April 19, 2015 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Dixon dominates at Long Beach Grand Prix

After failing to finish in the top 10 in the opening two races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar schedule, New Zealand's Scott Dixon reversed his early season woes by capturing Sunday's 41st running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

April 19, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Harper nails 1st home run at refurbished Morenzone

Tyres Harper hit the first home run out of the newly refurbished Morenzone Field on Wednesday to lead the Pirates to a 17-7 win over the Nationals in Northgate Little League junior division action.

April 19, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Arizona loss opens door for Challenge field

Brett Lewis has a white-knuckle grip on the lead in the first-ever Coaches Bracket Challenge.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Warriors’ Curry is hands down NBA’s Most Valuable Player

Stephen Curry closes games in the third quarter, not the fourth.

March 31, 2015 | By TIM KAWAKAMI San Jose Mercury News Sports columnist | Sports Columns


Young coach rides NCAA’s old horses

One of the area's youngest coaches has an old soul when it comes to college hoops.

March 24, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


World of Outlaws returns to Stockton Dirt Track

The local racing season is set to begin this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday with a full weekend of racing action.

March 18, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Dire day for floundering 49ers

Monday was momentous at 49ers headquarters. And not in a good way.

March 10, 2015 | By MARK PURDY San Jose Mercury News sports columnist | Sports Columns


Cedano, Cotton MVPs of MUST all-star game

Sequoia's Jorge Cedano and Widmer's Mary Cotton were named the MVPs of the sixth Maryann Wallace Pangburn 7/8 Grade All-Star Classic on Saturday.

March 01, 2015 | | Sports Columns


NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

February 24, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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