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Learning to musky fishSubmitted: 09/22/2014

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SHERMAN - Many people come to the Northwoods to musky fish.

But, for those who have never even held a rod, there are guides to help.

Don Ladubec, loves to fish and specializes in guiding first timers.


"When I get on the water I turn into an optimist. I settle down, I'm not as high strung, it smooths me out," said First Timer's Musky Guide Service Guide Don Ladubec.

Fishing is not all about catching a fish.

"You're here to have fun. It's supposed to have fun. It shouldn't be high stress. Yeah you want to catch a fish and stuff but some days you just don't catch a fish," said Ladubec.

The hunt for a trophy fish keeps many people on the lake.

"I like the challenge. I like going out every day and going I might catch my first 50 inch fish. I don't have a 50 inch fish in Wisconsin," said Ladubec. "It's rewarding and it's a passion."

Don Ladubec runs a guide service to assist people who have never fished before.

"I've taken a lot of kids fishing and getting them their first fish and seeing them smile and seeing how overjoyed they actually get. They get more excited than me and I get pretty excited," said Ladubec.

One of his major suggestions is to perfect your figure eight pattern.

"Make sure you do a good figure eight. When that fish comes up, if your blades stop spinning, that fish is gonna be gone," said Ladubec.

Ladubec likes to guide because he loves helping people catch their first fish.
"It is so rewarding to see somebody catch their first fish. And, know you did it. You helped them," said Ladubec.

The state size limit to legally keep a musky is 40 inches but it can differ lake to lake.

"I would like complete catch and release," said Ladubec. "That way someone else's 9 year old grandson can catch one like mine did."

People like Ladubec find passion in helping newcomers learn to fish.

"When I catch a fish, when my clients catch a fish, do I shake? Is it an adrenaline rush? Absolutely. When I stop getting that feeling I will find another hobby," said Ladubec.


Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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High Sports Weekend RecapSubmitted: 09/21/2014

RHINELANDER - The Tomahawk swimming team had a successful weekend.

They scored 220 points and finished fourth behind three division one schools in the Ashwaubenon Jaguar Invite on Saturday.

They were one of two division two schools who competed in a 12 team field.

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Stevens Point Area Senior High School Cross Country Program Has Strong TraditionSubmitted: 09/20/2014

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Head coach of the team Donn Behnke has been the coach for the past 38 years.

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Marathon handles Tomahawk 40-13Submitted: 09/19/2014

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TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk Hatchets hosted the Marathon Red Raiders.

It was a rough start for Tomahawk.

They're down 8-0 in the second quarter.

Raiders QB Kellen Vetter hands to Ethan Seubert.

He barges through the defense almost untouched to put Marathon up 15-0.

The ensuing drive for the Hatchets.

They face a 4th and 8 in their red zone.

Quarterback Kaleb Kominski keeps it and runs off tackle to the right.

He fights through a few Raider defenders to pick up the first down.

Gutsy call by Tomahawk.

It's now 1st and goal for the Hatchets.

Next play, Kaminski drops back.

He's looking for Jordan Roessler on the comeback.

But it's picked off by Ethan Seubert.

He runs it back for the pick six to give Marathon another TD.

It's his second of the day.

Tomahawk gets the ball back just before halftime.

Just seconds left for Kaminski.

He's looking for his man down the seam.

But he's picked off AGAIN by Seubert.

He takes it to the house.

Marathon cruises to a 40-13 win.

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Merrill Wins Again Submitted: 09/19/2014

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It was a packed house in Antigo

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Crandon Wins Conference Game Against Elcho/White Lake Submitted: 09/19/2014

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The Cardinals may have been up big in the second half but Elcho/White Lake still played defense.

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Tomahawk Hatchets Continue to Carry Momentum Forward Submitted: 09/18/2014

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The team is now 10-0 and is ranked third in the state for D2 swimming.

The Hatchets Head Coach Theresa L'Esperance believes it's the team's attitude that's growing the program.

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Pick-up basketball available at the YMCA of the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - If you're looking for a great way to be active indoors, then pick-up basketball may be perfect for you.

Friendly and competitive pick-up basketball games can be found at the YMCA of the Northwoods.

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Lady Hodag tennis team chasing fifth straight GNC championshipSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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No other Hodag team has ever had that level of success.

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Elcho/White Lake Stays Focused on Winning Submitted: 09/13/2014

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Elcho/White Lake Elcho/White Lake is a team combined of two high schools with about 100 students so they can have enough players for a football team.

The team hasn't won a game since 2012 and scored their first touchdown of the season on Saturday but they fight as hard as anyone.

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Rhinelander falls to Lakeland Union Submitted: 09/12/2014

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MINOCQUA - Lakeland played host to the Rhinelander Hodags tonight.

Lots of rain meant lots of running the football.

Opening drive of the game for the Thunderbirds, quarterback Nick Peterson tosses to running back Sam Killian.

He rumbles through several Hodag defenders for a 30 yard gain.

Lakeland ends up in the red zone a couple of plays later.

The hand-off goes to Sam Jaeger.

He runs off tackle to the right side and barrels into the endzone for a T-bids touchdown.

The aggressive Lakeland offense then goes for two on the QB keeper.

Peterson walks in to make it 8-0.

The rain continues to fall.

That makes the ball nice and slippery.

The ensuing Hodags possession, QB Brandon Reinthaler hands it to Cole Oettinger.

He drops the ball.

T-birds recover, and take control of this one.

Killian and Jaeger scored three touchdowns each.

T-birds win 44 to 13 with more than 300 yards on the ground.

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