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Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:25

Those "Outrageous" Goals

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Each year we seem to want a renewel of our efforts by setting new goals or resolutions.  We are excited to set them and a lot of times they disappear into the busy lifestyle that soon overtakes us.  My kids and I usually set an "outrageous" goal each year.  One of my sons set a goal to make 50,000 shots in the summer.  The other, to run 400 hundred miles during the same time period.  Both achieved this goal and I set my goal at 2013 fish two years ago.  I failed, but not by much.  Then in 2014 I tried again and came up short.  This year was no exception.  The challenge was more diffficult than ever due to a move clear across the state of Nebraska and new fishing waters during late May which is some peak fishing time around here!  I kept chipping away throughout the summer and fished more than ever this past Fall as the temperatures stayed very mild and water was open up until around December 28.  On December 31st during the afternoon hours I needed just 41 fish to reach my goal of catching 2015 fish for the year.  I had a friend who guided me to a small farm pond loaded with green sunfish.  There was 3 inches of ice so we drilled some holes and sure enough they started biting.  We caught them right away and it only took a couple hours to reach my goal.  After 101 trips (99 by kayak) I had finally reached this milestone!  It was a great relief to reach it and many new friendships were made along the way.   Kayak fishing has taken me outdoors and helped me develop friendships I would have never made.  I am grateful for accomplishing this challenge.  I am looking forward to going after 2016 fish this year!

Here is a breakdown of the fish caught for 2015...

998 Crappie
449 Largemouth Bass (3 Master Anglers) Longest 21"
313 Bluegill
112 Green Sunfish
51 Creek Chubs
49 Channel Catfish (15 Master Anglers) Longest 35.25"
24 Northern (12 Master Anglers) Longest 37"
6 White Bass
4 Shad
3 Brown Trout
2 White Perch
1 Smallmouth Bass
1 Rainbow Trout
1 Walleye
1 Red Ear Sunfish
and 1 Bull Frog on a Frog!
*All of these fish were released except for a few crappie that I handed to some people on shore or gave to friends while fishing.
I want to thank my sponsors, Yak-Gear.com, Bending Branches, The Boat Dock, and Emotion Kayaks who helped make this challenge possible.  
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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.



# James Francis 2016-01-26 08:34
KJ is truly one of a kind. He is a skilled angler and teacher. He gave up his winning during a tournament in 2015 to purchase a kayak for a Lake Wanahoo, rec employee that went out of his way to create multiple kayak launch ramps. Marty Hughes is the real deal and is really launching Kayak fishing in the Midwest.

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