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September 2012 Midwest Fishing Report

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Yes, the days are starting to shorten and the night temps are steadily dropping bringing cooler water after those grueling hot days we have experienced all summer. The fish are starting to congregate in the shallower water which are chock full of baitfish! Your kayak can get you into those open areas among the water vegetation that has engulfed the shallows most of the summer. You can catch huge Largemouth in just a foot of water and sometimes, even a lurking Muskie or Northern.

Top water lures are working well including frogs, Chug Bugs, and anything resembling a Shad. Fly fishing is a fun way to hook into a huge fish from your kayak as well. Drifting for Channel Cats is a lot of fun too! They are really biting right now and we are seeing 15-20 pound cats being caught lately. The White Bass are still hitting in the big water and easy to catch with doll flies and live Gizzard Shad. You might even pick up a big Wiper!

A side note: September and October are great months to paddle along the shorelines and clean up the areas. The drawdowns for irrigation which expose the shoreline give us a great way to do our part. Our lakes and streams get a lot of aquatic traffic during the summer months and the debris can really get thick. It’s easy to find with the receding vegetation and you might even find a nice lure or two!

 


About the Author: Kayakjak is an avid kayak angler and guide in Nebraska. 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 along with numerous other television and website features. Kayakjak’s objectives include events for wounded veterans, environmental improvements, Nebraska Game and Parks Expos, 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. Website: www.kayakjak.com

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Marty Hughes

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.

 

Website: www.kayakjak.com

Comments  

 
# Pam 2012-09-19 20:45
Glad you mentioned cleaning up the banks of our waterways! That's something all of us can do, even if it's picking up some trash as we paddle back to our vehicle when the day is done.
 
 
# Kayakjak 2012-09-21 23:08
It was a great afternoon to take advantage of the excellent early Fall weather. Caught this Kitty in 3 foot of water on a Spinner Bait today along with a couple Largemouth, Wiper, White Bass, and a nice Northern.
 
 
# Kayakjak 2012-09-30 14:37
The fishing is getting better and better each day as we progress into this beautiful Fall season! The Bass are really feeding heavy in the shallows looking for easy and large prey. This Harvest Moon has been an excellent time to paddle the still evening waters and there are two great windows of opportunity with sunrise and sunset providing an excellent bite. Our best success seems to be large Texas Rigged Plastics or even free weight rigs. Worms, Craws, Salamanders are all working well!
 
 
# LUCKY2B40 2012-10-04 19:12
Great article! Pretty serious with that Bass
 
 
# Kayakjak 2012-10-08 22:04
Bite is still strong! The Midwest just hosted a major cold spell with freezing temps and lots of snow in most locations. Here in SW Nebraska it was a balmy day with temps in the 70's and baitfish hitting the surface...which brought out the monsters! Landed a nice Northern this afternoon in the yak...
 
 
# Jeff S 2012-10-17 10:17
Kayakjak looking forward to a fishing report for October!
 
 
# Jim lawson 2012-11-04 13:00
Here in Northern Indiana we have set on schools of fish on different lakes and fed them everything we could with little to no success. Are we losing our ability to catch fish or what is going on with the bluegill feeding habits? Thanks for your comments.
 

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