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Lake Pardee cow superstition tested and failed

Last week while reading the fishing report from Lake Pardee, I read that some of the regulars believed that if the cows were lying down in the morning, fishing was going to be tough; if they were standing, the bite was supposed to be good. So, on my way up to the lake I looked for the first cow nearest the lake and, to my joy, it was standing.

May 16, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

After two decades, it's time for a new ride

I'm in an unfamiliar place right now, for the first time in nearly 20 years, I'm boat less.

May 02, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

How ‘bout that Stanley Cup, eh?

It is that time of the year, for many Americans and local San Jose Sharks supporters, to get behind their favorite hockey squad as the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing.

April 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns

Chasing a legacy at State

Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.

March 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns

Spring storms bring great fishing

Don't let this current storm fool you, if anything it's going to improve the fishing.

February 28, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Super Bowl 48: A house divided

The big game is one day away, Super Bowl 48 between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Football fans have been waiting months for the second of February to arrive, and while a majority of locals are still upset with Seattle's defeat of San Francisco in the NFC Championship game, the Super Bowl and all the food and fun that accompany it is sure to smooth over any ruffled feathers.

January 31, 2014 | BY FRANKIE TOVAR AND EDDIE RUIZ Turlock Journal | Sports Columns

Santa forgot my fishing license

Christmas is over and this is the first time in a long time that I didn't receive my annual fishing license as a gift.

December 30, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

2013: Sports Year in Review

Kaepernick becomes part of 49er history

December 27, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns

What I will remember of The Stick

A new dawn of time in San Francisco for the loyal red and gold is underway-what many 49er fans call the Niner Faithful. Monday's 34-24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons marked the 36th Monday Night Football game that Candlestick Park has hosted since opening in 1971, the most of any stadium in NFL history. This was the official regular season home finale game for the 49ers at the historic stadium.

December 26, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns

Tackle box spring cleaning

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

December 06, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Don't let your boat sit too long

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly. Upon starting my boat, everything seemed to be working great, until I looked at my fuel gauge. It was stuck on empty, I tapped on it, and looked for loose wires, but nothing seemed to work. Knowing that I had enough fuel for the day, I wasn't going to let a fuel gauge stop me from fishing; it did make ...

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

Time for a bait change

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle. I have a couple favorite colors and a couple favorite baits that I've convinced myself that if they aren't working, the fish aren't biting. Over these past few years though, I've really begun to question my decision to stick to a handful of colors and techniques.

November 12, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

The draw of year-round fishing

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked "are there always this many bugs around?" I knew then that it was going to be a short trip and that the Delta was off the list when planning to take her fishing.

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

Patterson tribute race to end track season

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Nov. 2 with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

October 18, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns

Delta bearings easy with GPS

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who's not familiar with where they are going. I can remember my first couple of years fishing the Delta. I made sure to never stray too far from the launch ramp, but always wondered where all the other boats were heading out towards.

October 15, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

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