Meet Our Speakers
Pro-Angler Ted Takasaki
Saturday, February 15 @ 3:00 – Super Successful Jigging Tactics for Walleye
Sunday, February 16 @ 1:30 – Super Successful Jigging Tactics for Walleye
Ted Takasaki Bio
A Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Angler, Ted Takasaki is one of the top competitors on the National Walleye Tour. He won the prestigious Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) Classic Championship in 1998 and the 1995 PWT Top Gun Angler Award. In 2002, he smashed the all time, one day PWT tournament record with limit of 5 walleyes that weighed 53.2 pounds!
From 1999 to 2008, Takasaki was the President of Lindy Fishing Tackle, one of the nation’s largest freshwater fishing tackle manufacturers. During that time, the company doubled revenue and quadrupled profit under his leadership.
His credentials include qualifying for the MWC Championship 5 times, the PWT Classic 11 times, and making it to FLW Walleye Tour Classic 7 times, with several top tens to his credit. He has been featured in many national outdoor magazines, has conducted hundreds of walleye seminars across the Midwest, hosted numerous TV shows, and is considered one of America’s leading walleye and multi-species experts.
Pro-Angler Zach Axtman
Saturday, February 15 @ 12:00 – Lead Core Trolling
Saturday, February 15 @ 4:30 – Lead Core Trolling
Zach Axtman Bio
Zach has been on multiple fishing circuits for the last 7 years. Starting in 2012 he partnered with his father fishing in the Master Walleye Circuit fishing that till 2017, qualifying for the championship in 3 of those 5 years. After the 2017 season, he moved to the Cabela’s National Walleye tour. In his first year he finished in the top ten at the National Walleye tour on Devils Lake, following that up with a 1st Place finish on Lake Winnebago in 2019.
Not only has Zach spent his time on the Professional Tours but has also spent his time fishing in fundraising and charity tournaments such as the ALS Charity Fishing tournament and Fishing has No Boundaries. Beyond this, Kids fishing clinics such as the NPAA & North Dakota Game and Fish kids festival are also a passion of his to not only pass on his love for fishing but teaching kids the right way to do it so that fishing stays sustainable for years to come.
Zach is sponsored by Ranger boats, Yamaha Motors, Berkley, SCHEELS, Moritz Sport and Marine, and Off Shore Tackle Company.
Pro-Angler Bernie Keefe
Friday, February 14 @ 6:00 – Lake Trout Makes Dreams Come True
Bernie Keefe Bio
Bernie Keefe has been guiding in the middle park area of Colorado for over 25 years. Specializing in trophy Lake trout but he is equally passionate about Rainbows, browns and salmon. His current tournament record is 26 top ten finishes in 32 tournaments. Bernie would rather take someone fishing then go fishing himself, teaching is the cornerstone of “Fishing with Bernie”. His sponsors include Crestliner Boats, Mercury Motors, Colorado boat center, The Ice team, Clam, Scheels, Lowrance, Berkely, Sebile, Fenwick, Pflueger, Eagle Claw, Motorguide, and A&A Topper.
Favorite trip. Kids day, every year I take a group of kids fishing. They remind me why I fell in love with fishing.
JR Carter & Kris Walcker, Future Angler Foundation
Saturday, February 15 @ 1:30 – Breaking Down Reservoirs and Rivers
Sunday, February 16 @ 12:00 – Kid Fishing Clinic
JR Carter, Future Angler Foundation Bio
Come join the Future Angler Foundation for their adult & kid-friendly fishing seminars. Future Angler Foundation (FAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization formed in April of 2012 by a group of anglers dedicated to help grow the sport of fishing through education and outreach. FAF’s mission is to support the efforts of individuals and organizations who are willing to share their passion for the sport through education and outreach in a manner that will grow future participation in the sport of fishing.
JR Carter grew up in Glendive, MT, currently resides in Mandan,ND and has been fishing professionally since returning from a military Iraq deployment in 2010; most recently in the National Walleye Tour.
JR is a member of the National Professional Anglers Association.
JR is sponsored by American Ethanol, Tharaldson Ethanol, CTE Global Inc., Urban Air Initiative, ERI Solutions LLC, Growth Energy, Scheels of Bismarck, ND, Oahe Sunset Lodge and Steakhouse, Smooth Move Seats, Lowrance, O’Brian’s Sports Tavern, TH Marine, Yeti, Indigo Signworks and Mild 2 Wild Motorsports.
Kris Walcker Bio
Kris Walcker grew up in Finley, ND but currently resides in Minot, ND. He has been fishing professionally for 4 years now, mainly the NWT and is a member of the NPAA.
His current sponsors are Dan O’s marine, Finley Motors, Pure Fishing, Simms, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Airwave Pedestals, Costa , Lowrance, and Power Pole.
LOWRANCE Marine Electronics Seminars
Friday, February 14 @ 6:00 – Sonar and GPS Overview
Saturday, February 15 @ 11:30 – All Things Sonar
Saturday, February 15 @ 2:00 – GPS, Mapping and Integrations
Sunday, February 16 @ 12:00 – Sonar and GPS Overview
LOWRANCE Marine Electronics Seminars Bio
Explore the latest in marine electronics technology from Lowrance. Learn by doing as an expert from Lowrance leads hands-on workshops using Lowrance HDS Live units. Sessions will cover sonar basics through structure scan understanding, gps navigation and mapping technologies, integration and use for a complete angling experience, and newly released products and technologies.
Whether you’re a techno-novice or expert, you’re sure to learn something new.
Elsabe Hausauer, Owner of MBR Performance Horsemanship
Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30 – Dancing with Horses, a 10,000 Mile Journey
*All ages welcome
Elsabe Hausauer Bio
Elsabe grew up in South Africa. From an early age you could find her on the back of a horse. She has always had a love, compassion, understanding, and special connection with horses. This helped her have some insight on how horses think, what they needed to be happy and productive. Elsabe believes “A person can never stop learning from these animals, and the moment you think you know it all, is when everything starts going backwards”.
Elsabe’s passion quickly turned in to competing in professional horse events. As a young girl, she showed Arabian horses in many events including; Dressage, Western, Costume, Halter, Jumping & Endurance riding. After high school she continued her horse training in New Market, England where she had the opportunity to work for a well known race horse trainer. She helped him train and start race horses for competition at many of England’s famous race tracks. This was an amazing learning experience for her. She rode about 8 to 11 racehorses a day, 7 days a week. She also had the opportunity to attend the prestigious British Racing School in England, where she completed her diploma in Stable Management.
Elsabe came to the United States in 2007 on a working visa. Her and a North Dakota rancher fell in love and the rest was history. Shortly after, she started her immigration journey to become a United States Citizen. Elsabe and her husband farm and ranch and have 3 children, ages 8-3. She and her husband raise small grains & Simmental/Angus beef cattle.
Elsabe’s training is about building a relationship and a willing partner in her horses. Horses have helped her grow her faith in Jesus and she feels like The Lord speaks to her so clearly through these animals. There are some days she likes what she hears and other days she embraces the growing pains. According to Elsabe “To me, a quiet, willing frame of mind is my number one priority when it comes to horses. I believe in building a confident and balanced horse from the ground up. I believe it starts with ourselves first.”
Elsabe is currently working towards her PrI (Professional Riding Instructor) as well as a PhT (Performance Horse trainer) Certification. She offers Basic Horsemanship clinics all over ND, private riding lessons and online coaching. You can find her on Facebook MBR Performance Horsemanship.