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You can never have enough fishing gear

At least once a year my family has a garage sale. We pull out the normal garage sale items like clothes, small appliances, tools, furniture, and anything else that's been taking up space. Usually, I set up a table with old fishing gear. This year I didn't have much time to prepare, so I left out my fishing gear. I did put out some old rain gear and a box full of plastic baits that I wanted to get rid of.

May 18, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Change of heart from angling to trolling

I've come to sort of a crossroad; I'm doing more trout fishing lately than bass fishing. There was a time not too long ago where I would toss back every fish I caught in my pursuit of catching bass. I've always known there was great trout and kokanee fishing around us but never quite had an interest. Call it old age or just being lazy, but sitting back while waiting for the fish to come to you is a whole lot easier than being pounded by the sun's rays while standing on a deck of a ...

May 11, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Valley driver looking forward to Stockton 99 homecoming

Three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon grew up watching his father Steve Holmes compete against local legends such as Ken Boyd, David Philpott, Ron Strmiska and Harry Belletto at Stockton's 99 Speedway so, naturally, the closure of the historic short-track at the end of the 2006 season was a very big disappointment to him.

May 04, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Small tick, big trouble

Recently I was able to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful weather we've been having. Unfortunately it came with a cost, while showering over the weekend I discovered that I had been bitten by a tick. I've experienced ticks before so I got my tweezers and removed it. What was different about this one was that the area where I had been bitten was more swollen then I can remember previous tick bites being.

April 27, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Local motorsports action heats up

Following a one week delay due to the weather, the new Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season tonight with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 06, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


A man, his dog and a fishing boat

Last week I was able to get out fishing, it's been a while since I've been out. My partner became ill the night before, leaving me to fish by myself. I had my dog with me, but she wasn't much help lying on the bottom of the boat dead asleep most of the day. At one point I even heard her snoring!

March 30, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Pre-spring fishing helps fill football void

The end of football season marks both a happy and sad time for me. Although I fish year round, football helps fill the void when I'm stuck at home unable to fish. The nice thing about the end of football season is the beginning of spring and with the weather we've been getting lately, we just may have an early spring.

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


Ricky runs no more

Ricky Williams. The enigmatic running back remembered by many as that one guy who retired from the NFL to burn trees. The Heisman Trophy winner, one time pride of the University of Texas and former first round pick has retired for the second, and seemingly last, time.

February 07, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


NFL predictions — take two

So, my earlier predictions did not exactly pan out.

January 17, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


I’m no Nostradamus, but I’ll give it a shot

The NFL's regular season is over and it's time for the playoffs, that special three-week stretch that ends with the grandest of events - The Super Bowl.

January 03, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Canine fishing partner

Every once in a while I see someone out on the water with a dog in their boat. I've always wished that I could one day have a dog that would keep me company while out on the water. Unfortunately, all of my attempts at making our family's pet a fishing buddy have never quite worked out.

December 23, 2011 | 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.

November 25, 2011 | BY JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Back in the boat

I was finally able free up some time on Veterans Day to go fishing. It's been a while since I've been out. Actually, since football started back in June, I've been pretty busy until now. So, I was able to convince one of my mentors, Coach Dudley Kinlaw, to get on the boat with me and go out for a few hours.

November 18, 2011 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


New chapter in Journal sports

Turlock has been my home practically my entire life. I've watched this town grow and expand as fields turned into shopping malls and housing developments. I grew up on Turlock sports, my childhood consisted of wrestling in the winter and football in the fall. I spent six with the Turlock Youth Wrestling Program and played five years with the Turlock 49ers. When I wasn't on the mat or the field I was at home watching and rooting for the Oakland Raiders and booing the Dallas Cowboys.

November 15, 2011 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Goodbye, Turlock

Though I grew up in the Central Valley, I knew very little about Turlock. I knew it had a college, a couple high schools, good places to eat and shop … and that was about it. Call me naïve back then.

November 10, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


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