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A Tribute To The Workman Brothers...AKA "Corn Coast Anglers"

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Kevin and Caleb with a couple "Hawgs" Kevin and Caleb with a couple "Hawgs" Corn Coast Anglers

Just who are these guys they call the "Corn Coast Anglers?"  We know they are from the Eastern Nebraska area for sure but how do they catch so many BIG fish? Many would say their time on the water and others might say it was luck.  Luck is far from this painted picture as this group consistently brings in so many mosnter fish.  Online kayak fishing tournaments are known to expose quality anglers and these brothers are no exception to this rule. 

Introduced to the sport of kayak fishing just a few short years ago they have taken the "plastic navy" scene by storm.  If you have ever had the opportunity to fish with any of these guys it's a real treat.  They are fishing "addicts" of the worst kind and yes, we mean that in a good way!  They are meticulous, patient, persistent, and knowledgeable when it comes to fishing and with a kayak....remarkable!  They are also good natured and are willing to help anyone.  

Each brother has his own set of characteristics and strengths that go beyond being an average fisherman.  Kevin seems to be the most "laid back" and fairly quiet most of the time.  But don't let that fool you!  He is one of the most passionate and competitive fishermen we have witnessed on the water.  Also known as the "Dark Archer" Kevin consistently catches trophy fish from the kayak. He is a detailed planner and applies strategies that will boggle the mind.  As the winner of the 2014 Midwest Kayak Fishing Series he has proven he is capable of competing against the best kayak anglers in the world.  He is a very kind man and great Dad to his kids as well as an awesome husband to his bride Megan. 

Then there's Joshua a driven young man who gets right after it when it comes to kayak fishing.  He will find fish and do whatever it takes to get a monster. His recent achievement landing a 44 inch flathead catfish the final evening of the June Multi Species contest which is part of the Midwest Kayak Fishing Series was beyond spectacular.  His personality reflects mastery of the sport in so many ways.

Now Caleb can remind you of a modern day "Huckelberry Finn" with his bare feet and shirtless back  He is also relentless when it comes to kayak fishing and if you could name one major strength about him would be patience.  He is a free spirited man that thakes his game serouulsy but at the same time makes us want to take off our own shoes  to enjoy the paradise Nebraska waters offer.  

The Corn Coast Anglers are a group that includes other incredible anglers as well including Clark and Jenn Dawson who have a "top gun" game of their own.  This group has published numerous adventurous videos that bring their trips to life in a way not ever seen by the camera eye.  If you want to experience fishing in a way like never before hook up wiht these guys..you can even leave your shoes at home!  

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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.



# Kevin The Dad 2015-07-02 09:00

Thanks for an awesome blog and tribute to my awesome sons! Thanks for being a catalyst in their passion for kayak angling. We've come along way from our "fish fries" in High School

Kevin Workman (The Dad of the Workman Brothers)

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