Ted Takasaki

A top professional angler, Ted won the 1995 PWT Top Gun Angler Award and the prestigious PWT Classic Championship in 1998. In 2002, he smashed the all time, one day PWT tournament record with a limit of 5 walleyes that weighed 53.2 pounds. He's a leading walleye expert.

Watching the Ice Go Out

Posted by: Ted Takasaki Updated: April 7, 2010 - 1:01 PM

It was quite the experience watching the ice recede from the shoreline last week since my office is facing the lake.  Monday, the 29th, the ice was was 10 feet from shore.  Tuesday, 30 feet.  Wednesday, 80 feet at noon.  The wind started to blow and by 1:30, the bay was completely open just like that...complete with white caps and weeds all over my beach.

I also drove around the northern shore of Mille Lacs last Saturday and with the strong southwest to westerly winds, there was open water just out of Garrison with the ice pack pushed into the northeast shoreline. 

There is no doubt that this the earliest ice out since I've moved to Minnesota over 10 years ago.  And from what I have read, this is one of the earliest ice outs in recent history.

With the quick departure of ice on the lakes and warm temps, it is my prediction that this year's walleye opener will be one of the best ever.  Warmer water temps will translate into a more aggressive bite.  Throw in the week later than normal walleye opener, May 15th, and you have the formula for active fish, potential better weather, and a fantastic weekend of fishing!

So, get your rods ready, Lindy Rigs wrapped onto your Lindy Riggers, and spool on some new line.  Let's go fishing!!!  Oh no... we've still got a month to go... for walleyes anyway on inland waters.

Lake Winnibigosh

Posted by: Ted Takasaki Updated: February 22, 2010 - 5:20 PM

I recently spent a couple of days on Lake Winni in north central Minnesota where I was greeted by one of the friendliest persons I have ever met.... Kim Leonhardt, who with her husband, Rick, owns and operates High Banks Resort.  Her smile is contagious and her demeanor is perfect for the resort business. 

When it comes to running a resort, it is a full time, non stop job - 24 by 7.  In addition, she raises a couple of young boys, ages 4 and 2, Carson and Cade.  With customers constantly coming in, phones ringing, and serving drinks/meals, I sat and marveled at the way she was able to juggle about a hundred different tasks...always with a big smile and a "can do" attitude. 

I asked her how she does it and she replied, "I like helping people and things have to get done".   That's the life of a resort owner, making their customers happy. 

So, when you're looking for a place to go fishing and where you will feel welcome, then High Banks Resort is the place to go.  Look them up at:  www.highbanks.com.

Ice is Nice while warm

Posted by: Ted Takasaki Updated: January 5, 2010 - 12:55 PM

After spending the last week on the ice of Lake Thompson in bitter cold temperatures, one can appreciate fishing from the comfort of a permanent fish house, like the one I was in... The Lodge by Distinct Builders.  This is one awesome fish house and I was completely impressed by the way it was insulated and kept me warm overnight in 25 below zero temps.  It just would not have been fun fishing outside or in portables in this kind of weather.
The little things that are built into the Lodge is often overlooked by most anglers... the ability to trailer at 70mph, spray-in insulation which seals all of the little openings, amenities of home just like fishing out of a living room.  Pretty cush!

Oh... and the fishing.  Well, it wasn't fast and furious, but just enough action to keep it interesting.  Watching tv or a movie kept me occupied while the fishing was slow... not too bad since I was still fishing!

St Paul Ice Show

Posted by: Ted Takasaki Updated: December 6, 2009 - 9:51 AM
Well, it is day 3 of the St. Paul Ice Fishing show and it has been a barn burner.  Tons of deals, people and new products for ice fishing.  It sure seems that ice fishing has by passed the current state of the economy as there are anglers all over looking forward the hard water which is on its way.

Cold weather all across the upper part of the midwest is starting to crank out some ice and we will soon be walking across many lakes, if not already. 

I've been excited about a fish house company called the Lodge.  It is a truly deluxe shack with all of the amenities.  When it's sub zero temps, there's nothing better than to sit in a good fish house, drink coffee, and catch a few fish.

Lindy's new Darters and Slick Jigs have been the hit of the show.  I have personally seen hundred of anglers purchase these new lures. 

It's not too late... come on over the the show and see me at the Lindy booth.

Cold Weather and Walleyes

Posted by: Ted Takasaki under Fishing Updated: October 15, 2009 - 4:41 PM
This cold snap and brutal weather at this time of the year has a silver lining within.  I'm excited about the prospects of a fall feeding frenzy.  Feeding and fattening up for a long winter is on the minds of most walleyes during the late fall.  Some of the biggest fish of the year can be caught at this time.  I love the fall because of the change in color on the trees, the cool days, and the absence of mosquitos. 

This is Lindy Rigging time with bigger chubs.  Watch your electronics carefully for marks just off the bottom near structure (points, humps, and saddles).  Work your rig slowly and lift up and hold the chub right in front of the fishes' mouth.  Try tail hooking your minnow.  This gets the minnow to struggle against your hook. 

I'm stoked about fall walleye fishing!


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