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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


Fishing memory lane

Sometimes no matter how a place may change over the years, the memories you have of it always seem to remain the same. This week I was able to fish Lake Amador with my son. I pretty much learned to fish on Lake Amador and have so many memories of family camping trips, fishing through the night, swimming in the lake with cousins, or just walking the bank in search of lost treasures.

March 29, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Stockton 99 takes on the dirt in 2013

With the rebirth of the New Stockton 99 Speedway now successfully entering its fifth year, promoters Tony and Carol Noceti are also taking it to the dirt in 2013 with a new three-eighths dirt oval, located inside of the horse racing track, at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

March 15, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Central Catholic fans cross the line

The purpose of this column is to not condemn Central Catholic High School's entire student body.

January 29, 2013 | BY DALE BUTLER Turlock Journal | Sports Columns


Patience a virtue, but coffee helps

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.

January 18, 2013 | | Sports Columns


The golden Kap card

I pulled the Holy Grail of Colin Kaepernick rookie cards a year ago.

January 18, 2013 | BY DALE BUTLER Turlock Journal | Sports Columns


Sage advice: Plenty of fish in the …

January is an interesting month for fishing.

January 11, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The compounding costs of fishing

Another Christmas has passed, and this year I got my annual fishing license as a gift from my parents. I was reminded of when I was 12 years old; it seemed like yesterday when I didn't have to worry about a fishing license. The only thing I worried about back then was getting a ride to my favorite fishing spot.

December 28, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Turlock sports: Year in Review

In only a few days noise makers, confetti, and kisses will usher in the New Year; marking the end of 2012 and signaling the beginning of 2013. But before the celebrations and doomed resolutions consume our lives, it's important to look back on the year that was and the events that helped shape it.

December 28, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


'Tis the season to stay warm

I can't say I've ever been fishing on Christmas Day, although I went out on Christmas Eve once.

December 21, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


'Keep things simple' in tackle box

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 14, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Expect the unexpected

I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing.

November 23, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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