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Fishing Report

The best thing about rain this time of the year is that it knocks down the fog. The worst thing about it of course is staying dry. When it comes to purchasing rain gear, you get what you pay for. The least expensive gear might hold up for a trip or two but it's definitely not going to be comfortable. Years ago, I purchased a top of the line rain suit that still provides me comfort and dryness to this day. This morning I was awoken to the sound of rain beating down on ground. As always when seeing ...

December 17, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Fishing Report

This year, while celebrating Thanksgiving, I mentioned to a family member that I was excited about my upcoming fishing trip. He responded by saying "most guys can't handle waiting six or more hours without getting a bite." I responded by saying "I've waited days for a bite in the past." My trip was set, rain or shine, I was going to go Sturgeon fishing. I was particularly excited about this trip because I was going to be reuniting with friends that date back to Jr. High. We ended up having a great time but unfortunately the bite that ...

December 10, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Over the years there have been several poaching arrests on our local waters. As I was launching my boat several years ago I witnessed an older gentleman unloading a cooler into a car which was passing by; what seemed strange is that he continued to fish afterwards. Several days after while watching the news, I saw that several people were arrested in Stockton for poaching. They were caught with bags full of Bluegill and Striped Bass. As much as I've seen my fair share of anglers who seem to be taking more fish than they are supposed to, I ...

November 26, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It's been a long time since I've actually planned a fishing trip. Usually, I decide the night before, or the morning of, and am in a mad scramble to get everything ready for a day of fishing. Consequently, that leaves me a lot of times, making last minute phone calls to friends and family searching for someone to fish with. When I realized Veterans' Day was going to be celebrated on a Tuesday this year, I immediately decided that I was going to go fishing that day. The day couldn't have worked out better for me, I ...

November 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

If you're waiting for the weather to cool down a little bit before getting out fishing you're likely to miss out on some of the best fishing of the year. What a lot of anglers don't understand is that the temperature outside is not as important as the temperature of the water. Our day time temperatures may not seem like much of a seasonal change but our days have been getting shorter and our nights longer resulting in less sunlight on the water combined with cooler night time temperatures. Our lake and river temperatures continue to drop ...

November 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Finally, we had some rain in the forecast and it actually fell on us as well. Like a lot of you, I'm already imagining what the lakes are going to look like once full again and am hoping that this past weekend's rain is the beginning of a record setting rainfall year. Like any change in the weather there are dangers associated with it. One that comes to my mind more than any is the importance of driving safely while trailering a boat in the rain. Without rain to wash it down, the roads become dirty over time ...

November 05, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


United Squads Face Tough Test At Turlock Tournament

In the Turlock Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend – all games were played at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon – a trio of Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams battled hard, coming way with different results.

October 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Watch out for the duck hunters, duck hunting season has begun. What's different than years past is that there are very few places locally to safely launch a boat anymore, making the Delta the only option for a lot of boaters and duck hunters. This of course has caused an increase in boat traffic and if you were to ask a duck hunter what they hate the most about hunting the Delta, they would surely say the boat traffic. During my last outing as I was navigating through a foggy stretch of water, I heard four gun shots. I ...

October 29, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I just recently celebrated a birthday; I won't tell you which one. I've heard it said a thousand times, "how fast time has passed." Like most of us celebrating a birthday it's hard not looking back. I was reminded of my past recently while I was searching high and low for my birth certificate. I came across an old picture of myself taken while I was in the military. For some reason my roommate took a picture of me while I was reading a Bassmaster Magazine. At that time, I would have never imagined that someday I ...

October 22, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing. I've been reading about the salmon that are being caught in the North Delta as well as the striped bass that are being caught pretty much everywhere in the Delta. Like a lot of anglers, I wanted to catch my first salmon of the year but also wanted to make sure that I caught something. So, off to Fisherman's Warehouse I went. It's been a while since I've been there; it hasn't changed much over the years. If you ...

October 15, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Martinelli Enters Hall Of Fame

For years Bill Martinelli was the face of Oakdale in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Now that legacy has taken him to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Fishing Report

With the water levels being so low my choices for fishing this weekend have really been limited. Fortunately the bite in the Delta is finally starting to pick up and soon the water will be too cold for everyone to swim in except for the fish. This year is different than the last 20 in that I'll be targeting stripers, salmon, and possibly a sturgeon before the end of the winter. I've got an idea of what I want to do and how I'm going to do it but I've yet to try it out on ...

October 08, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thursday morning on my way to work I was surprised to see rain clouds in the distance and a little mist in the air. Working with children, rainy days can be quite the challenge as they all want to play in the rain. Fish on the other hand aren't going to get anymore wet, but they do become more active when it rains. The rain has several effects on them. As the water rises, it not only provides them more area, but it washes bugs and debris into the water. The smaller fish are attracted to the food being ...

October 01, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out that quickly become the hot item. Back in the mid to late 80's, it was the Salt and Pepper Grub. They couldn't make them fast enough. Now, I don't know anyone that uses them. I've always wondered how something that was so effective in years past can lose its effectiveness. Most anglers will tell you that the fish have become conditioned to that particular bait and can no longer be fooled by that bait. My response to that argument is that there are very few if ...

September 24, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Soccer Boys End Preseason On High Note

Oakdale's varsity boys soccer team improved their record to 5-2-3 on the season after back to back home victories this past week.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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OHS Alum Parker Graduates Texas Southern University

Former Oakdale High School softball standout, Brianna Parker, graduated from Texas Southern University on May 16. Parker played for the university's softball team all four seasons and helped her team win the South West Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship the last two seasons. She was named to the All-SWAC All-Tournament her senior year.

May 28, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Gunners U16 Soccer Boys Capture Presidents Cup

Oakdale's competitive travel team, the Gunners Under 16 boys competitive soccer squad, has made big waves this season, including winning the Presidents Cup in NorCal state competition recently.

May 28, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Swimmers Take Final Laps Of Season

Eleven of Oakdale's finest competed in the 2015 CIF Section qualifier swim meet recently, bringing their season to an end. Swimmers, fans and family gathered at the pool at Tokay High School in Lodi over the two-day meet to cheer on their teams. Four women and seven men represented Oakdale for the right to advance to the State meet. Oakdale turned in great performances but none of the 11 hopefuls punched their ticket to state.

May 21, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Soccer Girls Ousted By Eventual Champion

Oakdale faced off against a familiar foe in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff semifinals when the fourth seeded Lady Mustangs took on the top seeded East Union Lady Lancers. Like everyone else in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale fell to East Union twice during the regular season, and the playoff outcome was no different as Oakdale lost a tough contest, 3-1 on Wednesday, May 13 at East Union, ending the season for the Lady Mustangs. East Union went on to defeat VOL foe Manteca 2-0 in the Section final on Saturday, May 16.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


No Section Title Repeat For Varsity Softball Girls

The hopes of repeating as CIF Section champions came to a screeching halt when the Oakdale Lady Mustangs fell to Cordova on Tuesday night, May 12. Oakdale came out on the short end of a 6-1 score at the Sacramento Softball Complex in Sacramento to the Lancers.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Baseball Mustangs End Season With Playoff Loss

Home field advantage was not enough to hold off Yuba City as the 11th seeded Honkers came to town and knocked off the Mustangs 10-5, to eliminate the Oakdale varsity baseball team from the 2015 CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III playoffs.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Hager, Mustangs Slam Jaguars In VOL Finale

Oakdale brought big bats to their home and home series against Kimball. With their 7-0 home win followed by an 11-6 road win in the 2015 regular season finale, Oakdale finished second overall in the Valley Oak League (VOL) standings.

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


VOL Championship Run For Track, Field Girls

Oakdale hosted Manteca in the regular season track and field finale on Tuesday, May 5 at The Corral. The varsity girls entered the day winners of 78 consecutive dual meets, and with a chance to win their 11th Valley Oak League title in a row. In front of the home crowd, the girls accomplished this feat with a convincing 93-43 victory over the Buffaloes.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Varsity Softball Lady Mustangs Fall In Extra Innings

A much anticipated regular season finale against undefeated East Union lived up to the hype on Wednesday evening, May 6. Oakdale traveled to Manteca to clash with the first place Lady Lancers for a share of the Valley Oak League title. The stage was set, a rematch from last year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game, in which Oakdale won, and a rematch from this year's season opener in which East Union prevailed on Oakdale's home field. In a clash of the VOL's best this time around, East Union edged out Oakdale 7-6 in nine innings. The ...

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Lady Mustang Soccer Makes Final Four

Home field advantage – even in the rain – proved sweet for Oakdale, as the varsity soccer team notched a pair of playoff victories in front of a supportive home crowd this past week.

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Vegas Event Features Double Win For Enders-Stevens

The 16th annual NHRA Summit Nationals featured several upsets and close racing in all three of the professional categories.

April 22, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Oakdale Rodeo Draws World Class Competitors

Thousands of fans packed the Oakdale Saddle Club rodeo grounds for the toughest two days in sports, April 11 and 12, for the 64th annual Oakdale PRCA Rodeo.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report 04-08-15

Why is it that every time the weather is absolutely perfect for fishing, that I have something else planned or I'm working? Then of course, when I finally get some time to get out fishing, a wind storm or some other type of change in the weather occurs. Don't get me wrong, I've had my fair share of perfect weather days out on the water but they're hard to come by, especially in the spring. I used to have a friend who told me that he was a fair weather fisherman. Needless to say, he didn ...

April 08, 2015 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report 04-01-15

Every angler has his or her favorite fishing spot, I'm no different. Last weekend while fishing Lake Pardee, which is full by the way. My son and I were struggling to get any bites. We moved around from spot to spot until I decided that we try an old spot that I've been fishing since I was a kid. There was a time when that spot was the only place that I would fish on the lake, but as my boats have gotten bigger and more reliable, I've since ventured out. After fishing a while, my son ...

April 01, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


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