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Saturday, 04 April 2015 09:35

"Bond" Time

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CJ with a small green sunfish CJ with a small green sunfish

It was a typical early spring day here in Southwest Nebraska.  The air was cool from the front and snow shower that passed the night before.  The crappie bite had been pretty good earlier in the week but the cold temps that hit us this week would make the bite very slow.  My son CJ and I launched just after lunch and thought one of our favorite ponds just outside of town would produce some nice crappie today.  After an hour we didn't have a bite and CJ took to playing on the shore with his paddle producing a sand project.  I knew he was a bit discouraged but happy to be out for some fun with nature.  We loaded up as the north breeze continued to keep things cool and clouds keeping the sun from warming the waters.  On our way home I asked him if he wanted to try another pond that a friend had told us we could fish.  CJ was all in and we noticed the friend was home so we pulled up and asked permission.  Our friend took us up to the pond which was no bigger than a basketball court.  He gave us details and told us to enjoy the fishing. This little spring fed wonder was 14 feet deep and chock full of fish!  We left the kayaks on the trailer and fished from the bank.  CJ was throwing a couple crappie jigs while I put together my fly rod.  We both had fish on the first cast!  It was "game on" after that as we produced more than 100 catches between us in the next hour and a half.  Most were small green sunfish and a few bluegill.  The best part was watching CJ have so much fun catching them and trying to get his notorious "double catch" with a fish on each jig as he brought his line out of the water.  The sun did shine through and kept us warm out of the breeze in this peaceful climate.  Sometimes fishing is not really the "fishing" but the "bond" built between father and son on a glorious spring afternoon. 

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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.


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