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Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:32

Fishing Report for December 2012

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Winter has set in for us here in the Midwest. One major blizzard has passed through, and a couple light snows have provided for a white wonderland. The lakes are frozen over, with many of them having 5-6” of ice which provides for some dandy fishing through auger made fishing holes. I tried it myself last week, and found it quite interesting. Some friends invited me out to an ice-covered pond just outside of Lincoln, NE, and it didn’t take long for fish to appear from the depths below.

They were using small fluorescent jigs tipped with wax worms on small ice fishing spinning rods. The vexilar flashers were fascinating to watch; as a fish would rise for the bait, a red flash would appear… then you could feel the fish taking a chance of not getting caught. A brisk wind was blowing out of the north, and a few snow flurries and biting cold provided a winter-like feel . These guys I fished with are avid kayak fishermen, but refuse to give up the winter for dipping a line. It will be a couple months before we can get our plastic navy back out on the crystal clear water at “ice out”. In the meantime, most fishermen in the Midwest will settle for drilling holes in ice and jigging for anything that will bite.

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Here in Nebraska, anglers are taking numerous northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch, and channel catfish on jigs or spoons. Anglers at the Refuge Lakes in the northwest central part of the state are having huge success right now. Most of the water is getting safer for fishing on the ice, but one still needs to be careful with their selection of spots.

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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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