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Fall magic on the Delta

This time of the year is magical on the Delta.

September 27, 2013 | | Sports Columns


One more catch for the road

We weren't in much of a hurry Saturday, so we stood at the tailgate of Nate's truck and retold the highlights of seven years worth of fly fishing trips. Whenever we've been together lately it's been like this. Our memories are told with increased vigor and embellishment as my move nears.

September 25, 2013 | Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Keeping up with the latest and greatest

I continue to be amazed at how far technology has advanced and its impact on fishing.

September 20, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Heading into the wild blue yonder

Outside of fishing trips, I get column ideas from everywhere.

September 18, 2013 | Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Hunting’s opening day in Sierra set for Sept. 28

Not long ago I heard a story about a school teacher in Montana who asked students on a quiz to name the four seasons. The most common answer she got was Trout Season, Deer Season, Elk Season, and Duck Season. That's sort of the way my mind works too. Opening Day of both deer season and bear season for the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Saturday, Sept. 28. Deer season runs six weeks until Nov. 3, while bear season lasts until Dec. 29.

September 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fishing, football fanatic hunting for new hobby

Fishing and football have been two of my deepest passions since I was a youngster.

September 12, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Notebook: Sanders shines for Sierra

We knew Sierra's Bryson Sanders would be one of quarterback Jake Pruitt's favorite targets.

September 11, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


No idealistic life change here

Last week I discussed Into the Wild with my buddy Nate's junior Advanced Placement class during my prep period.

September 11, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Keeping pace with change of seasons

With the summer-like conditions we've been having lately, the inexperienced angler tends to believe that the fishing conditions are the same as the summer. After all, the days are just as hot and the waterways are as busy as any other summer day.

September 06, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Lund not one to wear many hats

When I was chastised for wearing a Simms Fishing Products hat while deer hunting this summer, my hunting buddy, who will remain nameless, didn't mention the trout silhouette on the front.

September 04, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Life jacket a must for holiday boaters

Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers.

August 30, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


A quiet birthday of memory

Dad would have turned 63 on Saturday. 


August 21, 2013 | Leff Lund | Sports Columns


Hunt of a Lifetime vs. Make-A-Wish

I watched the evening news the other day and saw where a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts were having a Sunday ride to raise money for charity. Despite the bad press that motorcyclists occasionally suffer from, I have found them to generally be a compassionate, caring group of people. My brother, Chris, rode a Harley until his death and it seemed that his motorcycle club was always raising money for kids or veterans. The motorcycle folks are all right. I wonder though, if they are aware of the discriminatory policy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation when it comes to granting kids ...

August 19, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Cooler temps mean better fishing

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is.

August 16, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca drivers Strmiska, Gomes in contention

The popular SPEARS Southwest Tour Series returns for its final 2013 appearance at the Stockton 99 Speedway this Saturday night for the 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink.

August 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


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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


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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