Marty “Kayakjak” Hughes

Are you wanting to learn the basics of kayak fishing?

Nickname: Kayakjak
Hometown: Oceanside, California (Graduate of Table Rock High School, Table Rock, NE)
Current city: Auburn, 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 38 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!”

Accomplishments/Experience

  • 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
  • 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 YakAngler.com· 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
  • TourneyX Pro Staff

Tournament Finishes

  • 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
  • 3rd Place "Tail of Two Cities" Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament, Lake Wanahoo 2017
  • 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, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • KBF Team Cup Champions 2019
  • 37th Place KBF National Championships 2019
  • National Qualifier for Tournament of Champions, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018
  • The Sticks-Nebraska Kayak Anglers Tuesday Night League AOY 2019
  • The Sticks-Nebraska Kayak Anglers AOY Runner Up 2019
  • 2nd Place Overall Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2014
  • 3rd Place Overall Spooky Bass Tournament 2013
  • 1st Place Overall Spooky Bass Tournament 2015
  • 1st Place Overall Spooky Bass Tournament 2017
  • 4th Place Overall Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2015
  • 2nd Place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2014
  • 4th Place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2015
  • 8th Place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2016
  • 10th Place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2017
  • 10th Place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2018
  • 2nd Place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2019
  • 3rd Place Tail of Two Cities Series 2017
  • 1st Place KBF Trail-Summit 2017
  • 1st Place Major League Nebraska 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 1st Place Kayakapalooza IX 2018, 2019
  • KBF AOY Nebraska 2017
  • KBF AOY 29th Place 2017
  • KBF AOY 77th Place of 1,734 Anglers 2018
  • KBF AOY 22nd Place 2019
  • High Plains Kayak Fishing AOY 2018
  • Tournament Director for Kayakapalooza Series/Nebraska
  • Tournament Director for High Plains Kayak Fishing
  • Co-Founder of "The Sticks" Nebraska Kayak Anglers