THREE LAKES - To keep busy after work, people find many different leagues to join. Golf, bowling, softball. In the Northwoods, there are Musky fishing leagues.
The Monday Night Musky League has been around for 21 years. This year there are 10 teams competing, with 6 fishermen per team.
They go out on the Eagle River Chain and rotate between other area lakes. The league lasts for 12 weeks over the summer... and there are awards given each Monday and at the end of the season.
It's a unique way to spend time on the water.
"It gives you a reason to fish instead of sitting at home after working all day," said Gary Myshak of Eagle River. "After fishing from 4pm until 9pm every Monday night, you have a designated and everyone meets and brags about their day."
Wednesday night at 10pm in our Northwoods Spotlight, we'll meet the oldest angler in the league. He's 83 years young.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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