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Be prepared to get hooked

Several years ago while fishing with a newcomer to the sport, he hooked a striped bass and brought it into the boat. As he was unhooking the fish it started to thrash around and managed to send his hook right through the inside of his index finger. Once we put the fish back into the water he looked at me and said "take it out." I told him that I would try and proceeded to get a line set for the yank technique.

July 26, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Going with what's biting

In the past I strictly fished for bass and nothing else. That's all changed in the last four or five years, putting together this weekly column has made me want to try fishing for what was biting at the time.

July 23, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


First time golfer

I tried golf for the first time in my life in June, expecting it would be as easy as when I played miniature golf. But when I got to Stevinson Ranch to meet Chris Christensen for a three hour personal lesson I quickly realized that I was wrong.

July 09, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Scott seven for seven in 2013

Matt Scott ran his 2013 record at the Stockton 99 Speedway to a perfect seven for seven by taking a hard earned checkered flag in Saturday's Tri Holiday Series 51Fifty Energy Drinks Firecracker 125 Western Late Model feature.

July 09, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Not enough time for a tackle box

Last night I was sent to the store to pick up some items that we needed at home. Out of the 10 items that I purchased, I ended up finding four of them once I started to put my newly purchased items away. On one hand, it was nice to know that I had extra but on the other hand, I wished I would have known that we already had half of the items that I needed.

July 05, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thorn nabs third win of season

Lakeport's Derek Thorn continued his domination of the Spears SRL Southwest Tour by cruising to the win in last Saturday's Big Brothers and Big Sisters 125 at the LoanMart Madera Speedway.

July 02, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fly fishing: Mission accomplished

Coming home from a camping trip is never easy.

June 28, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Truex passes up Gordon at Sonoma; snaps 218-race win draught

Martin Truex Jr. (#36 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota owned by Michael Waltrip Racing) ended a 218 race NASCAR Sprint Cup victory draught with a convincing win over Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards in Sunday's 25th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. In doing so he became the ninth consecutive unique winner on the twisting 1.99-mile road course at Sonoma.

June 25, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Gordon breaks in Gen 6 car at Sonoma

Always one of the highlights of the racing season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Sonoma wine country for the 25th consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, as the best stock car drivers in the world take on the twisting 10-turn, 1.99-mile Sonoma Raceway road course. The 16th stop on the 36 race 2013 schedule, Sonoma is the first of only two road course races (along with Watkins Glen) and it marks the final west coast appearance of the series until it returns in November to Phoenix International Raceway.

June 21, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Hot day of racing ends with cool wins

Matt Scott remained perfect for 2013 by taking both ends of the twin Western Late Model features while veteran drivers Jay Lindstroth and Scott Winters split the spoils in the twin Modified mains that highlighted the five division NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

June 11, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Lessons learned from kid's fish tank

Five years ago I purchased a 75 gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist. I got a really good deal on it, my son was five at the time, and what kid doesn't want a fish tank?

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


Fish smarter, not tougher

The weather lately has been really uncharacteristic for the month of May, lots of wind and cooler temperatures for this time of year. According to the weatherman, temperatures are supposed to top out at 100 degrees today. If we do reach 100 degrees it will be the first 100 degree day of the year.

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


Scott stays out of trouble, takes flag at 99

Matt Scott of Pine Grove survived some early race carnage to drive to a convincing victory in Saturday night's opening round of the annual Tri-Holiday Classic at Stockton 99 Speedway.

May 28, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


When best guesses go wrong

When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man. A weather man does his best to predict the weather but is often wrong. His viewers or readers know that predicting the weather is tricky, so his job must be pretty stress free.

May 10, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Sato takes Long Beach; next stop: Indy

Takuma Sato was already a well known icon in Japan from his years in Formula One and near victory in last year's Indy 500, when he slammed into the outside wall after making contact with winner Dario Franchitti on the final lap of the race. But his celebrity status reached new heights in his homeland after his dominating victory in last weekend's 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

April 26, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


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