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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


Whatever floats your boat

Often I overhear fishermen talking about the perfect boat; of course the brand of their boat is the best!

November 16, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Take a kid fishing

I received an e-mail this week asking me to remind everyone to "take a kid fishing." With all the distractions kids have today, very few have ever gone fishing. Some have fished more from their couch while playing a fishing video game, than actually fishing. Growing up there were very few things to do at home and if I stood around long enough I'd almost surely be put to work. At the time I lived around three small ponds, so when I wasn't home, I was fishing or just hanging around the shoreline of one of those ponds ...

August 16, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


99 Speedway heats up

This weekend the SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series returns to the New Stockton 99 Speedway for Johnny Brazil/Jackson Rancheria/Teamsters Night.

August 16, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Better off not knowing

This past weekend while out fishing Clark Fork, I was reminded of the first time I was given an open book test. I remember thinking to myself that it would be easy. I didn't study much because I figured the answers were right in the book, so why study.

August 10, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Boxing’s Olympic fall

It's no secret that the sport of boxing has experienced a dip in popularity. Public perception of the sweet science has soured as newer generations of fight fans redirect their attention towards Mixed Martial Arts, leaving boxing aficionados to ask why.

August 07, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


One last fling with outdoors

As the summer break is winding down it seems like a lot of people - including myself - are attempting to get in one last camping trip before the new school year begins.

August 03, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Only a day trip away

This past week I went and camped out at Clarks Fork with family and friends. It was a 100 mile one way trip to get there, but well worth the drive.

July 24, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Giants' 2014 may end better than it started

The San Francisco Giants have won two of the previous four World Series with Bruce Bochy at the helm. This year, they are chasing history to hopefully make it three of five - but the season has been rocky leading up to the final two months of baseball.

July 29, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Keep on fishing with proper life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere.

July 25, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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