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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


What the heck is Front Sight?

­ Over the past few years I have increasingly heard about a firearms training school called Front Sight located near Las Vegas, Nevada. The first few times I heard of the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute I didn't think too much about it. So what, if there's another training school out there? How much different could it be from all the other schools that offer to train you to shoot. Still, I kept running into folks that had attended the school and they had great things to say about it. I decided to check it out. Going to the ...

July 01, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Seasons change, from trout to salmon

Heading upstream, the Thorne River runs pretty snug, if not tight for the first few miles then opens dramatically after a spot I call 'the pinch'.

June 30, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Dances with possums

With apologies to Kevin Costner and Jeff Foxworthy.

June 29, 2010 | By Don Moyer Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing at night has its advantages

School is finally out, and this is the time of year when night fishing can be the best choice for anglers looking to beat the crowds and the heat.

June 25, 2010 | By JARDO BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Front Sight much more than typical gun school

­Over the past few years I have increasingly heard about a firearms training school called Front Sight located near Las Vegas.

June 24, 2010 | By DON MOYERS Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Ocean or land, fishing is fishing

For the past seven days, I have alternated delicate fly fishing on rivers and ocean fishing for halibut and king salmon, alienating myself from the world in seven to ten hour increments.

June 23, 2010 | by Jeff Lund Outdoor Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Secret spot’ aided Davis’ first-place finish in tourney

This past week, the FLW Nation Guard Western Division Series Tournament was held on the Delta.

June 18, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


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


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