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Collecting more tackle than needed

Last night I was sent to the store to pick up some items that we needed at home. Out of the 10 items I purchased, I ended up finding four of them once I started to put my newly-purchased items away.

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


Dwight Howard, yes, but how about Collins?

The Los Angeles Lakers want Dwight Howard so badly they put up billboards urging him to stay in town, then got Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to get on bended knee before him.

July 05, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Reunion of Wildcats on Alaskan river

When planning an Alaska itinerary for college friends, it is important to consider things like safety.

July 03, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


A newfound appreciation for fly fishing

Coming home from a camping trip is never easy.

June 27, 2013 | By Jarod Ballardo Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Plenty of fish in sea to go around for tourists, sea lions

The first time I fished with Rob Jackson was close to a decade ago.

June 26, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Rain? Who cares, it’s grayling time

When working out an itinerary for mom's retirement trip to Fairbanks and surrounding areas, I had to fit in a float on the Chena River for Arctic grayling. Naturally, a very late ice break up and torrential rains had the Chena swollen to the point the guide called to say the float was in serious jeopardy. I had never fished the area I had no clue what I'd do if the float didn't happen. If the Chena was blown out, then everything else might be unfishable too.

June 12, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Going to school on fish with aquarium

Five years ago I purchased a 75-gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist.

June 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

Editor's note: Only a portion of Lund's column ran in Wednesday's Bulletin. Here it is in its entirety.

June 06, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Destination: Black Bear Lake — maybe

In January, the outdoor itinerary for summer is so ambitious - a schedule of old haunts with dreams of adventures in new spots. But when fall comes, what you didn't get to sometimes outnumbers what you did.

June 05, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Beat the heat by fishing early, or late

The weather has been uncharacteristic for the month of May - lots of wind and cooler temperatures for this time of year.

May 31, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Eagles, Big Foot and bears, oh my!

I know it's summer and I should sleep in, but when you're solar-powered and the sun floods into your room your body doesn't care if it's 4:18.

May 29, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Old PE teacher reminds Ballardo about fly fishing

There are many ways to catch a fish. Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping I ran into my high school physical education teacher, coach Gebhart. He reminded me of a way of catching fish that I've never really gotten into. Coach Gebhart likes to fly fish just as much as he likes to golf. I have a fly rod, which is 27 years old and has sat collecting dust for the past 20 years. I know how old it is because that's what I asked for on my 13th birthday. I'm not sure what condition it's ...

May 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tales of the over-ripe athlete

The ball was over-inflated and under-used, but that wasn't the real issue.

May 22, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Anticipation of summer spurs fond memory

It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.

May 17, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Filling free time with a life

At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.

May 15, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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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


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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