It was 10 years ago when a young, local driver from Oakdale claimed the Funny Car title at the Toyota/Sonoma Nationals event. His name was Eric Medlen and he drove a team car for John Force Racing. That same weekend, a friend of his won the event title in Top Fuel. That friend was J.R. Todd. A year later (2007), Medlen lost his life in a testing accident, prior to this event. John Force was able to win the event in 2007, thus defending Medlen's title and helped to raise the spirits of all the fans and ...
August 03, 2016|
By MIKE BURGHARDT
Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat. Call it what you want, "I call it being smart." Rarely have my fishing trips gone past noon this summer. Yesterday for example, I was on the water before 6:30 a.m. and off the water at noon. I was able to catch fish, enjoy the morning, avoid the traffic, and didn't come home feeling completely drained of energy. In the past I would stay out from sunrise to sunset which would usually result in me taking at least a day to recover. My mentality ...
With the temperatures rising to triple digits, Oakdale's youth swim club, the Gators, cooled off by hosting a meet on Saturday, July 23. Oakdale hosted Lodi, Davis and Turlock at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center.
With the young Stampede football and cheerleading season getting ready to start soon, the youth organization hosted its inaugural Stampede Meet and Greet over the weekend. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, alum, families and board members gathered at Kerr Park in Oakdale for the event on Saturday and had a large turnout.
A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated. To me, this explains how someone with limited experience and skill can catch fish on days where others are struggling to get a bite. The longer I've been fishing, the more I'm starting to realize that I've wasted a lot of time trying to outthink a fish. The first mistake I've made was eliminating areas that didn't look good to me. The major flaw in that type of thinking was that everything that I'm looking at above the water line, the fish don't even see ...
In a marquee match on July 13, Michael 'Mayday' McDonald entered the octagon at UFC Fight Night, ultimately losing the bout to John 'Hands of Stone' Lineker. The event took place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in front of a sold out crowd and worldwide on FS1.
Warmer weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses each and every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything in between.
An article regarding the Gators swim team in the July 13 edition of The Leader indicated their meet was at Tokay High School in Lodi; the swim meet was actually hosted at Lodi High School. The Leader apologizes for the error.
I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have been spotting turkeys there as well as seeing them in the foothills on both sides of the Central Valley for about 20 years and wondered how widespread they were. In checking both online and with experts at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, I have determined that turkeys are actually quite plentiful in the golden state.
Throughout the years there have been significant changes, improvements, and new inventions that have changed the way we fish. If you were to examine the basic tackle that's been used to catch fish for thousands of years, hook, line, and pole. Two of the three have had significant changes over the years, while the other hasn't changed much in 40,000 years when it was first carved out of bone. If you guessed the "hook," you're right. That's all about to change thanks to Trapper Tackles "Trapper Hook." Former Bassmaster Elite Pro, and local angler Vince ...