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Sunday, 10 March 2013 11:51

Kayak Fishing without all the "Gadgets"

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One of my first clients many years ago, Bob.  Keepin' it simple and catching fish. One of my first clients many years ago, Bob. Keepin' it simple and catching fish.

I got to thinking about the first kayak fishing adventure I took. It was me, my kayak, a paddle, and a fishing rod with a lure attached. And oh! I was wearing my PFD. I remember I was scared to death of tipping into the cold clear waters of our local spring fed lake. The most fun was observing the fish below as I passed over them in my plastic vessel. What really blew my mind was the serenity and calmness while I paddled.

Once I started casting the game was on and landing a fish in a kayak for the first time was like trying to grab a wet bar of soap! It was so fun I had to go out again and again, and of course, again! I was addicted on my first trip. I didn't have a net, crate, extra rods, lure boxes, camera, sonar, gps, cell phone, or any other type of gadgets readily available on today's yaks. It was just me and the water. I know that it is exciting to purchase that first fishing kayak and load it up with accessories. That's okay to an extent. I would suggest just trying it out with the basic arsenal of a fishing rod and a box of your favorite tackle and enjoy the scenery. Instead of eyes glued to that sonar unit will you see the reason why you are really out there, relaxation, peace, and "therapy for the soul!"

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Kayakjak’s passion for fishing started as a youngster fishing small freshwater ponds in Southern California and combing the area beaches with a surf rod. Growing up as a military child often put him in new environments with unique fishing challenges. He has lived in Nebraska since 1976 and graduated from college with a teaching degree of which he has put to use educating youth the last 31 years there. He also holds a Master Degree in Educational Administration. Marty is very active helping the youth of his community with various programs including a before school program called, “Early Birds” and other various activities including a State Championship Archery team, youth football, basketball, and fishing in schools program. As Nebraska’s only kayak fishing guide Kayakjak will work hard to provide his clients with a “unique” fishing and learning experience.

Marty Hughes (Kayakjak) is a highly respected and very experienced guide with over 42 years of angling experience. He has fished from a kayak for the past 15 years in Southwest Nebraska lakes and ponds. He has been Featured in NebraskaLand Magazine April 2003 and the Omaha World Herald in June of 2005. Kayakjak’s objectives include events for wounded veterans, environmental improvements, and promoting the interest of kayak fishing in the Midwest. He has organized many kayak fishing tournaments throughout Nebraska. Kayakjak's Outfitters offers professional kayak fishing instruction for any experience level. He can tailor guided trips to meet the needs of a complete novice or more advanced kayak anglers. Guided trips include Emotion Kayaks and all the equipment a person would need for a fun, adventure filled trip! Our goal is to provide for advanced kayak fishing instruction and an excellent outdoor experience for our clients. We are very blessed to offer these services in some of Nebraska's most scenic backwaters. "A Unique Experience, Everytime!"

What others have said:

Spring time in Benkleman has its challenges when it comes to fishing. kJ, Marty or KayakJak, take your pick, he'll answer to any of these names. I'm partial to KayakJak. This is a guy who's passion for the world of kayaking and especially kayak fishing is unsurpassed!
I've had the honor and privilege to have spent 2 days kayaking and fishing with KayakJak. As noted above, spring time fishing has its challenges. I've never met KayakJac live and in person. Talked to him a couple of times on the phone and pestered him for information by email and watched several videos of him on Utube. From the first minute of meeting him, I had the feeling that we had been friends for a lifetime. That's what type of guy he is. No hype and no air about him. KayakJak is the real deal, the Indiana Jones of kayak fishing.
Being new to the sport of kayak fishing, KayakJak's approach to the "newbie" was terrific. He's very professional without the stuffyness that sometimes follows a professional guide or instructor.
Talk about going out of his way to make your trip into a lifetime memory, I swear this guy planted some fish so I could experience what it's like to catch a fish from a kayak. While giving me space to practice some of the tips he had for me, KayakJak scouted ahead and found the hiding places of the ever elusive LMB.
Geez- I've just read thru the above, kinda sounds a little hokie and like he paid me to say the things above, no I paid him! And not near enough for what I got!

Jim B.



+1 # smj190 2013-03-10 19:24
Great write up!
+1 # Fireyakker 2013-03-14 20:01
"It was just me and the water" That's what its all about..Thanks
# Fishinsmurf 2013-03-27 18:35
Super write up. That is way I feel when I'm bowing hunting and now hopefully yak fishing. Thanks for sharing one of your favorite moments.
# Plan B 2013-03-29 03:33
See it can be done! :lol:

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