Loading

59°F

57°F

62°F

58°F

60°F

61°F

62°F

61°F

56°F

60°F

61°F

62°F
Search
TOP STORY

Store in Land O'Lakes sells antique fishing items Submitted: 05/01/2015

Play Video
LAND O'LAKES - Al Soczka from Land O' Lakes has been collecting pieces of fishing history in the North Country.

"The greatest part about all of it is I'm doing what I absolutely love," said Soczka.


Soczka vacationed as a child in the Northwoods. After 30 years of working in southern Wisconsin, he retired to Land O' Lakes in 1994. Now he has owned an antique fishing shop for 17 years.

"It all revolves my whole lifetime thing of fishing and fish lures and fishing tackle," said Soczka.

Soczka has a collection of lures and other fishing goods from Lac Du Flambeau, Mosinee, Michigan, and other parts of Wisconsin. He has one lure that dates back to the 1800s. He collects them to preserve the fishing history. Some are worth more than a $1,000.

"'Cause if no one shares the history of all this stuff we lose it, so we got to have guys like me who collect this stuff and share it with everybody else 'cause if we don't it gets lost," said Soczka

Soczka has collected the Wisconsin fishing regulations books for every year from 1899 through 2015 except for two. He says that collection is even larger than the DNR's.

Not everything in Soczka's shop is old and collectible. For instance, he has a muskie swap board that allows a muskie fisherman to bring in two lures and swap them with one on the muskie swap board.

"We keep looking for a magic lure and keep hoping that we can spend $25 and throw it in the water and catch fish," Soczka said. "It ain't ever going to happen, but we still keep looking for it. That's just part of the muskie mystique."

You won't find Soczka in his shop Saturday morning.

"Tomorrow morning if you come here the sign will say 'Closed, Gone Fishing,'" Soczka says, "because tomorrow morning at 5 I am going fishing."



Story By: Nolan Blair

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story

Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com

 LOCAL SPORTS

MINOCQUA - Many kids want to become all-star athletes when they grow up.

That's why many of them work hard at a young age to perform well, but for young baseball pitchers, that hard work could lead an increased injury risk.

+ Read More

Play Video

LAKELAND - Lakeland Union High School's Nick Garcia will head to UW-Green Bay on a swimming scholarship this fall.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERCER - The Northwoods takes pride in being a place for people to learn more about nature.

The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department shows the Spirit of the North by teaching students about the unique environment we live in.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - A local athlete will head to Schaumburg, Illinois to play baseball in an independent minor league this summer.

Zach Wendorf, a left-handed pitcher from Merrill, has been working to fine-tune his arm for the season at the Riverside Athletic Club in Merrill.

+ Read More

MADISON - The Wisconsin Badgers football program likes to recruit players from Wisconsin and develop them into good football players.

One player from Medford has an opportunity to use that strategy to make an impact on the offensive line in 2015.

The offensive line only returns two starters.

"We're not nearly where we want to be, I think there are some guys who have grown and done some good things right," Wisconsin Coach Paul Chryst said. "We don't have the depth that maybe you'd like to have. But we've got some guys who did a lot of things this spring."

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - The cold weather looks like it's finally behind us, which means it's a perfect time to start golfing, and Timber Ridge Golf Club in Minocqua has a special thank-you for its customers: It's offering all golfers a free round of golf until the end of April.

+ Read More

Play Video

TOMAHAWK - The cooler temperatures don't hold back high school golfers from participating in an invitational at Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk Friday.

+ Read More
+ More Local Sports



 REGIONAL SPORTS

RHINELANDER - The Milwaukee Brewers own the worst record in Major League Baseball, and you could blame injuries to key players for their slow start.


+ Read More

MADISON - The Wisconsin Badgers attracted nearly 10,000 fans to their spring football game over the weekend.

Fans were interested to see how the team will look under new coach Paul Chryst.

+ Read More

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will start the 2015 regular season off playing the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Packers will also play the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints during the preseason.

The entire regular season schedule is below.

+ Read More

CHICAGO - The Bucks will look to even up the series tonight against the Chicago Bulls.

Milwaukee lost the first game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday 103 to 91.

The Bucks hope to play tonight's game more to their style of play.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - The Brewers are off to a rough start so far this year.

Another loss to the Pirates yesterday completed a series sweep for Pittsburgh and dropped the Brewers to 2-10 for the season--the worst record in the majors and the worst start in franchise history.


+ Read More

BRISTOL - Matt Kenseth won the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer on Sunday

+ Read More
Brewers swept by the PiratesSubmitted: 04/19/2015

PITTSBURGH - The Milwaukee Brewers (2-10) fall to the Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6) 5-2 on Sunday.

The Brewers have the most losses in the league.

The team has also scored the least amount of runs in the league.

The Brewers pitching has given up the most runs in MLB.

+ Read More
+ More Regional Sports
Search: