Marty “Kayakjak” Hughes

Are you wanting to learn the basics of kayak fishing?

Nickname: Kayakjak
Hometown: Oceanside, California
Current city: Valparaiso, Nebraska
Favorite paddle: Bending Branches Angler Pro Kayak Fishing Paddle
Favorite fishing spot: Rock Creek Lake, Parks, Nebraska
Specialty: Kayak Fishing Multiple Species

Kayakjak's passion for fishing started as a youngster fishing small freshwater ponds and combing area beaches with a surf rod in Southern California. Growing up as a military child often put him in new environments with unique fishing challenges. He has lived in Nebraska since 1976 graduating from college with a teaching degree which he has put to good use educating youth the last 34 years. His kayak fishing enthusiasm has spilled over to hundreds of clients he has hosted with his Kayakjak’s Outfitters service over the years. “There is nothing like witnessing the excitement of someone catching a fish from the kayak for the first time!”


  • Started Kayak Fishing in 1998
  • Professional Kayak Fishing Guide (Since 2004)
  • Founder of the first Kayak Fishing Tournament Series in Midwest (Kayakapalooza)
  • Instructor for numerous kayak fishing schools and Expos across Nebraska
  • 2nd Place Overall Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2014
  • 3rd Place Overall Spooky Bass Tournament 2013
  • 1st Place Overall Spooky Bass Tournament 2015
  • 4th Place Overall Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2015
  • 7th Place Overall National Tournament of Champions, Lake Fork, Texas 2015
  • 3rd Place Overall in the "Roadrunner" Kayak Fishing Tournament 2016
  • 5th Place "Tail of Two Cities" Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament, Lake Wanahoo 2016
  • 2nd Place Kid/Pro Tournament of the Great Plains Kayak Fishing Series 2016
  • 2nd Place KBF Regional Challenge/June 2016
  • 33rd Place Overall National Tournament of Champions, Lake Fork, Texas 2016
  • National Qualifier for KBF, 2015,2016
  • National Qualifier for Tournament of Champions, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Nominated for Angler of the Year 2013, 2014 Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards
  • Kayak Fishing Moderator for Nebraska Fish and Game Association
  • Regional Pro for· Emotion Kayaks Pro Fishing Team
  • Bass Pro Shops Kayak Pro Staff (Council Bluffs, Iowa Store)
  • The Boat Dock (Grand Island, NE) Pro Fishing Team
  • Bending Branches Paddles Pro Staff