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Ted Takasaki Chat
chatman- Ladies and Gents please welcome our guest tonight, The Bill Blass of walleye fishing, Ted Takasaki!
chairman- Ted, talk about the no-snag
Ted Takasaki- Well that's an extremely exciting topic
ebijack- Ted ,how did you like the championship tourney
Ted Takasaki- The NO-SNAGG sinker has been an incredible success for Lindy
Ted Takasaki- Thanks
Ted Takasaki- The NO-SNAGG has sold so well because it works
chairman- You know I like it. I even bought some!
Larry Z.- Ted, my partner and won a tournament on the Miss. this with NO SNAG this year!
chairman- Where did the idea come from Ted?
Slapshot- it works extremely well in a lot of different situations!
ebijack- you going to make it to the Huron get together Ted?
Ted Takasaki- I have heard about so many situations like that
Ted Takasaki- I will not be able to get to Huron this year
Dunn- Ted, What sizes do the No-Snaggs come in?
Ted Takasaki- 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 3/4 and 1 oz
scooty- Have you fished Erie lately?
Ted Takasaki- It's great to be here
Ted Takasaki- I was at Erie this past spring
Ted Takasaki- Really Really big fish!
Walleyeman- any plans for a 1.5 oz
ebijack- Ted, your no snagg have even been written up about using them for "Carolina rigging" for bass
Ted Takasaki- Maybe
Dunn- Ted, Is there any future plans for larger ones?
ebijack- Ted, how are you doing running little lindy joe and fishing the full circuit
chairman- I will use them at a FLW in Fla. January Ted
Dunn- Ted, How did you like the RCL? And if they follow through with a circuit what do you think of that idea?
Juls- Ted, what are some of the new products for 2001
Ted Takasaki- It's been great working at Lindy and still doing the tournaments
chatman- Let's give Ted a little time to answer the questions.....
Ted Takasaki- A real challenge though doing both
Ted Takasaki- The RCL was an excellent experience. I really believe that they will do a great service for walleye anglers
Ted Takasaki- I wish that I could have done better though. Had a good pre fish but lacked execution
Swat1- Hey Ted You don't have to answer this but Lindy should come out with a crank bait to replace the Wiggle Wart
Ted Takasaki- We have some more blockbuster products for this coming year
chatman- Any hints Ted?
Slapshot- The RCL was a huge stepping stone for all walleye anglers.
Ted Takasaki- The NO SNAGG Timb'r Rock jig, the NO-SNAGG hook, a new marker buoy, fishing glove and The Rattl'r jigging spoon
ebijack- those jigs designed for the Detroit river Ted :)
Juls- Timber jigs are my favorites...- -)
Dunn- Ted, Any plans to go into terminal tackle such as trolling equipment?
Ted Takasaki- Lindy today is a jig, rig, and float company. We'll keep it that way until we are not growing and maybe cranks will be in our future then
Juls- excuse me..Timber Rock jigs...- -)
Dunn- Thanks for the answers Ted.
Ted Takasaki- The Timb'r Rock jig is more suited for casting and horizontal presentations vs. vertical jigging
chairman- I saw some of them at the CSI show last week Ted, Nice stuff
ebijack- is the PWT still against hand lining?
Ted Takasaki- Our Jumbo Fuzz E Grub would work better on the Detroit. John Campbell won the PWT on the Detroit that last time with Jumbo Fuzz E Grubs
Ted Takasaki- The PWT has banned hand lining from our tournaments
Juls- he also did an excellent job with them at the RCL...john Campbell that is
chatman- Can you give us a description of the No snagg hook Ted?
Ted Takasaki- The NO SNAGG hook is an ultra sharp octopus style hook that has a 7 strand snag guard attached to it
Ted Takasaki- It deflect snags yet hooks and holds the fish
Sheila- That's what I need!
chatman- Sounds like a winner for spinner rigs in grass.....
Ted Takasaki- Ron Lindner tested many different configs before determining with Greg Bohn that the 7 strand was the best
Ted Takasaki- I was talking to an angler who tied spinners on Green Bay that won it with NO SNAGG hooks
chatman- The same 7 strand Greg uses on his jigs?
Ted Takasaki- Kept the zebras from clumping on the hooks
Driftr- is the 7 strand the coated leader material?
Ted Takasaki- 7 strand is not coated
Ted Takasaki- It is a form of the leader material though
Ted Takasaki- What is the maximum number of chatters that can come on line at any one time?
Dunn- The Host asking questions, a 1st. lol. j/k
Ted Takasaki- It is the same 7 strand as Bohn's jigs
ebijack- Ted, any new rule changes for the PWT in 2000
Dunn- Ted, You tried to make the long run on the 2nd Day of the RCL didn't you?
Ted Takasaki- I did run about 38 miles on the second day
Ted Takasaki- Big mistake
Juls- hahah then you were 8 miles past us Ted....it was a rough one for
Ted Takasaki- I went to the river the first day when I should have gone to
Dunn- Ted, Did you come back after fishing for a while, or did you just turn around and come back?
Ted Takasaki- Unbelievable
Ted Takasaki- I was still 36 miles away from fishing
Ted Takasaki- 2 hours of travel
Ted Takasaki- figured that I wouldn't have any time to fish
Slapshot- not a good feeling
chatman- I'll tell ya what, that stretch of Green Bay between the island and long tail point is the worst place on earth when it gets bumpy
ebijack- Ted, what was the winning technique for the RCL
Dunn- Ted, That's one long run, especially in those waves.
Ted Takasaki- Casting cranks on the rocks by the river
Ted Takasaki- Just like fishing it at night in the spring
chairman- kinda like Sharpe eh Ted?
Ted Takasaki- I was right there next to Glorvigen and Campbell on the 1st day
Larry Z.- Ted, do you know what kind of cranks he was using?
Ted Takasaki- There were only 10 to 12 anglers fishing as close to the dam as I was
Ted Takasaki- Floating Rapalas, Shad Raps, and Wally Divers
chatman- Were you between the power lines and the buoy line Ted?
Ted Takasaki- Yes
Walleyeman- Ted have you tested the new Rapalas?
Ted Takasaki- The new Tail dancers are really cool with great action and nifty finishes
ebijack- Ted, have you seen much difference in fish location with the lower water levels
Dunn- Ted, What's your opinion on the Shad Rap RS'?
Ted Takasaki- That was really my first time to Green Bay
Ted Takasaki- So I haven't had experience with higher water levels
jerry- what was your impression ?
chairman- back to no-snag tell us some fine points with them Ted
Ted Takasaki- The Shad Rap Rs is an excellent bait. Great action and loud rattles. Dives deeper
chatman- I have spent a great deal of time there, the fish are still basically in the same locations in the river
Dunn- Thanks Ted.
chatman- They eyes are more current dependent than anything in the dark water
Ted Takasaki- The NO SNAGGS... what can you say. I have received so much positive feedback from fisherman that I am more convinced than ever that they work
chairman- I used them with floaters at Lake o woods
Ted Takasaki- As for the Fox River, I found that you had to fish closer to the dam when the water was high, further away and cast deeper cranks when it was low
Ted Takasaki- Throw into the riffles/current areas
ebijack- Ted, do you spend more or less time pre fishing than you used to
chatman- I know when we first got the no snaggs Max was really skeptical, but after the first tourney, he could not get enough of them
Larry Z.- We used them in snag infested areas on the muddy Miss this year & never got hung up.
Ted Takasaki- It's the same story I hear over and over again.
chatman- It is important to note,The Fox river will fluctuate a foot or more based solely on wind direction and speed
chatman- A good point EBI
Ted Takasaki- This is absolutely honest...I am more convinced because I have heard so many good stories than with my own experience. I'm probably more critical, though
Slapshot- I used the NO SNAGGS all spring on Lake Sakakawea with excellent results. I was able to keep my Lindy rigs in the fish zone rather then having to re-rig all the time. Simply Awesome!
Ted Takasaki- They will hang up on occasion, but you can almost always get
chatman- Also Ted, How do you look at a body of water as big as Green Bay or Oahe and pre fish it
Slapshot- Pop the bail or slide back and they come right off
chatman- What do you look at first?
Juls- I have found that to be true also Ted...
Ted Takasaki- Doing your homework ahead of time always eliminates a lot of running around
ebijack- Ted, is there anything new coming out in electronics that you have been testing?
Ted Takasaki- As for Green Bay, I knew that the river would be a factor. I spend 3 1/2 of my days in the River
Ted Takasaki- With the wind and all, I didn't think that we could get into the Bay
Ted Takasaki- Electronics...nothing really new other than the new Aqua Vu.
Ted Takasaki- My favorite jigging rod and reel is a Pinnacle 6 footer medium heavy spinning with a Dead bolt limited reel
curt-t-o- What's your bests line for jigging
Ted Takasaki- I use Magna Thin either 6 pound or 8 pound test.
chatman- How have you incorporated the Aqua view into your pre fishing and fishing strategies Ted?
Ted Takasaki- The Aqua Vu is great when I am fishing clear water lakes
jigman/ont- Ted did you see many walleyes when you used the Aqua View in the deep water of the Detroit River in '99 I seen you using it near the Salt Mine
Ted Takasaki- It works great also when ice fishing
Ted Takasaki- Nice catch on my use of the Aqua Vu at Detroit
jigman/ont- you were filming that day too
Ted Takasaki- When I used it at the Trenton channel, wasn't marking fish
Ted Takasaki- Could seen them though with the Aqua Vu
bob oh- have you ever used it on Erie??
Ted Takasaki- They were swimming in between the rocks.
Ted Takasaki- Have also seen walleyes on Erie, but more difficult, because they were suspended
Ted Takasaki- I was filming.
chatman- Tell us a little about the new Marker Buoy Ted, what sets it apart from others?
EyeBoy- Ted- what is your boat set up for next year going to be?
Ted Takasaki- The new EZ Wind marker buoy is a little larger, has a bungee cord to the anchor and doesn't walk as much as our old buoy.
GuestDanL- Do you have any thoughts on the bag limit talks going on now in MN. Also slots and other options
Ted Takasaki- It is also easy to wind up with an electric/cordless screwdriver
chatman- That should make a much better buoy in rough water, and quicker to stow
Ted Takasaki- My boat will be essentially the same as this year's.
chatman- Tell us about your boat and sponsors Ted
Ted Takasaki- I believe that the bag limits are not realistic
Ted Takasaki- I like slot limits a lot
Ted Takasaki- Mille Lacs is absolutely incredible fishery now
Ted Takasaki- I have a Ranger 620 that has to be about the best boat available
Dusty(ND);- Ted, what are your thoughts on the one over 18" slot on the Missouri River and how that affects the PWT Champ. good/bad?
Ted Takasaki- It handles rough water and has an excellent layout for trolling
Slapshot- The 620 is simply the best eh Juls!
chatman- Not a bad jig boat either, love mine!!
Ted Takasaki- The one over 18" slot is probably just fine. It should preserve the fishery. As for the championship, we all play by the same rules so it is fair for everyone
chatman- How have you got your boat rigged, electronics, rod holders, how are they placed etc...
GuestDanL- What do you mean by bag limits not being realistic
GW(in);- Ted- are there any situations where the 620 is too big and you wish you had the 690 or 619?
jigman/ont- Ted last spring I fished with a frat brother of yours, Chris Wegschied, we had a great time and he spoke very highly of you
Ted Takasaki- I haven't seen any situations where the 620 is too big. It handles almost all situations well
Ted Takasaki- Bag limits of 3 per person are not realistic. 5 or 6 is fine.
EyeBoy- Does the wind affect it much?
Ted Takasaki- Chris is a great friend and we hung out many times at college.
Guest- where the walleye's hittin?
Slapshot- very low profile in the water
Ted Takasaki- As for my boat, I have electronics on the bow and console. Bottomline 6500's for the console and 5500 for the bow
Ted Takasaki- A Maxxum 101 trolling motor for the bow
chatman- Eyeboy, The lower, level profile of the 620 keeps the wind at bay, the weight of the boat also makes it harder for the wind to grab
Ted Takasaki- TR 1 Autopilot for the kicker a Merc 15 hp
Dunn- Ted, Have you had a chance to use the new Zercom "Liquid Paper" graphs?
Ted Takasaki- The walleye's are going well on Mille Lacs, Gull Lake, and the Rainy River
EyeBoy- CM- thanks }:-)
chatman- Not on Bago, Guest!!! LOL:-)
Ted Takasaki- I have not used the Zercom
Juls- - -)
Ted Takasaki- I use the Tempest 21 pitch for my boat
GuestDanL- Do you fish an area if you do not see fish on your electronics
Ted Takasaki- I might fish if I really know the spot, but I won't stay for long if I am not marking or catching fish
jigman/ont- I have the same prop on my 150 Opti
EyeBoy- Ted- do you need a jack plate on the Ranger?
Ted Takasaki- You don't probably need a jack plate, but I have a Panther adjustable plate for mine.
Driftr- Ted, what rod holders do you use?
Ted Takasaki- It is great for maneuvering in shallow water
Guest- what is the best lake for ice fishing for walleyes
Ted Takasaki- I use Fish On rod holders from Tempress. They're the best
Driftr- they are nice & strong
Ted Takasaki- It would be tough to say what lake is best for ice fishing
chatman- How shallow, water depth, can you get on plane with the jack plate
Ted Takasaki- They all are good at different times
Ted Takasaki- My 620 will plane out in water as shallow as 3 feet
Ted Takasaki- I wouldn't do it though if there were rock in 3 feet
Guest- what's the best live bait to use on Rainy River right now
Ted Takasaki- River shiners right now
chatman- What shows and seminars are you doing this winter? Is there a place where a guy can find out?
GuestDanL- I heard they might try a 22"maxinum on a few lakes in the Brainerd area. Do you think that is going to help
curt-t-o- Jigman no Wis..
EyeBoy- Ted- Forgive my ignorance- what do you run for an engine?
Todd_NE- hi all
Ted Takasaki- I will post my schedule on my web page. www.walleyecentral.com/takasaki or www.ool.com/takasaki
Ted Takasaki- It will be available by November
Dusty(ND);- Have the new No-Snagg sinkers caught on like you had hoped for LLJ? BTW, I have yet to lose one!
Ted Takasaki- I run a Mercury 225 Optimax
Ted Takasaki- Slots on some of the lakes in Brainerd would be fine.
Ted Takasaki- The NO SNAGG is an incredible, tremendous success like the Lindy Rig was 30 years ago
Ted Takasaki- By the way, my current boat is for sale.
Todd_NE- how was Lac Seul this fall Ted?
Ted Takasaki- For next year's boat, I would let a potential buyer select his own colors
Ted Takasaki- Yes it is listed in the classifieds
Ted Takasaki- I didn't make it to Lac Seul this year
spampy- do no snags work in strong currents Ted?
Ted Takasaki- We don't currently make a big enough NO SNAGG for extremely strong current. Hopefully soon
Ted Takasaki- 1 oz is our largest size
spampy- yes we need it 7 mph here.
Ted Takasaki- That's a lotta current
chatman- I think a 3 pounder would help reach the hand liners on the Detroit
spampy- Missouri lower
Ted Takasaki- I'm not sure that a 3 pound NO SNAGG would sell well
Juls- lol Bruce
Ted Takasaki- I will not be able to go to Huron
EyeBoy- ::hands swampy an anvil::
jigman/ont- how fuel efficient are the Opti's ?
Todd_NE- I apologize if this has been asked, but who are your spring speakers in Chicago Ted?
chairman- we will do the hand lines in Detroit Ted
Ted Takasaki- The Optimax's are incredible. I have cut my fuel bills by 40 percent
Driftr- that is a big savings on fuel!
Ted Takasaki- For the Walleye Institute, Tom Keenan will be back, John Campbell, and I am working on Ron Seelhof
jigman/ont- is hand lining allowed on the PWT?
Ted Takasaki- Hand lining is not allowed in the PWT
chairman- got an approved method from Mark D
Sheila- I heard that Ted, great to verify (about the gas efficiency)
chatman- I have had my boat out 2x since the Lake City MWC tourney and am still using Gas from the Last day of the tourney..
jigman/ont- thanks I just got a 617 with a 150 Opti
Den- Hi all
chatman- Nice boat
Backwater Eddy (ND)- Hi Den
Ted Takasaki- Chairman, did you say that hand lining will be allowed?
chairman- I have an approved way from Mark with rods on the lines
Ted Takasaki- How is that?
Backwater Eddy (ND)- Hay Todd!
Sheila- The Offshore secret method...hehe
Ted Takasaki- I hope Mark will communicate that to everyone.
Juls- use a down rigger release where the leader hooks and treat it like a down rigger...
JIM C- Ted any RCL tour info? Rumors of locations, dates etc. Sorry if its been asked just got on.
Juls- that is what Bruce said..but his puter went into whisper mode...lol
chairman- I think he will if they ask
Juls- he said Dorn OK'd it at Lake Sharpe
Ted Takasaki- No official word on an RCL circuit
Ted Takasaki- Just rumors
Den- Ted, are you coming to Huron, ?
GuestDanL- Ted if you are fishing a shoreline with rip rap with jigs is there a certain jig that you like that snags less
chatman- As we wind down, any more questions for Ted tonight?
Ted Takasaki- I can't see how using a hand line like a down rigger would really work like handling should
chairman- it is not as good, lots of work but worked at sharp in practice.
Sheila- Where will we see you next Ted?
Ted Takasaki- Lindy's new No SNAGG Timb'r Rock jig will work well for you. It is best on timber, but will reduce the numbers of snags in rock as well
Den- sounds good
Ted Takasaki- I got it now.
Juls- I can vouch for that statement....I use the Timb'r jig a lot
spampy- send me one!
JIM C- RCL- is it going to happen? What effect on the PWT? there will be one next year
Ted Takasaki- I will be at shows in Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, Springfield (ILL) for right now
chatman- Ladies and gentlemen, lets have a warm round of applause for Ted Takasaki!!!!!
Ted Takasaki- No effect on PWT as far as I know
Todd_NE- Thanks Ted
Den- clap, clap, clap
Driftr- clap clap clap
Driftr- Thanks Ted !!!
Ted Takasaki- Thank you very much for tuning in tonight.
JIM C- thank you
EyeBoy- Thanks Ted.
Juls- clap clap clap clap..thanks Ted!!!!
Sheila- thank you Tedsie. really great!!!!!!
curt-t-o- THANKS Ted
chairman- Thanks Ted, get a bigger No Snagg OK?
GuestDanL- Thanks Ted
Ted Takasaki- I always enjoy "chatting" with every one