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Trip down striper memory lane

With the stripers beginning to make their way through the Delta, once again I'm reminded of my first time ever fishing for them.

October 04, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


49ers should worry, but not freak out

When the NFL schedule was released earlier this year, the San Francisco 49ers weren't expecting to enter Week 4 against the St. Louis Rams with a 1-2 record, but that's exactly where the defending NFC Champions find themselves.

September 24, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Miller takes first win at Stockton 99

Turlock's Wes Miller cruised to his first victory of the season in the 17-car Modified feature at Stockton's 99 Speedway last Saturday.

September 06, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Voss avoids wrecks to win at Stockton 99

Jeremy Voss of Upper Lakes, Calif. was able to successfully navigate his way through a series of wrecks to take the checkered flag in the caution-filled 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51Fifty Energy Drink at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

August 20, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Fall fishing coming soon

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning to me that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is. Fall fishing is just as good or better than spring fishing. Just about all the species of fish become active while trying to prepare themselves for the winter.

August 16, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Luck is learning from past experience

Over the years I've been surprised more than once by a fish willing to bite at the strangest moments. Countless times, I've set my rod down to reach for something to drink or eat and to my surprise I had a fish on the other end of the line.

August 09, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Knot good enough for me

Every angler has his or her favorite knot. The first knot that was taught to me I still use today. It's a simple knot that I find myself using more out of sentimental value than ease of tying or effectiveness.

August 02, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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Two men, one boat equals one great day

These past few weeks my older sister, her husband, and two boys were visiting all the way from England. I was able to take my brother-in-law out fishing with me twice. Both times we limited out and really had a great time.

April 17, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


In search of fishable water

I'm pretty sure that all the talk amongst fishermen lately has been dominated with the water levels in our local lakes. It's definitely a concern of mine as I can't help to not think about how many of my summer fishing spots are already above water.

April 10, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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