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Marty Hughes

Marty Scotty bass fishing PFD lake

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 and fished Nebraska since 1976 and graduated from college with
a teaching degree of which he has put to use educating youth the last 38 years there. He also holds a
Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and is currently the Principal for grades 6-12 at Auburn Public
Schools, in Auburn, Nebraska. Marty has been very active helping the youth of his communities with
various programs including a before school program called, “Early Birds” and other various activities
including a Four time State Championship Archery Team, youth football and basketball coach, and fishing
in schools program. Currently, he offers a youth kayak fishing program on Wednesday evenings at
nearby Duck Creek Lake during May and June each year. As Nebraska’s first kayak fishing guide
Kayakjak will work hard to provide his clients with a “unique” fishing and learning experience.
Kayakjak is a highly respected and very experienced guide with more than five decades of angling
experience. He is considered “the godfather” of kayak fishing in Nebraska. He has fished from a kayak
the last 23 years in Nebraska and beyond on ponds, lakes, rivers, and ocean. His passion for the sport is
shown by his enthusiasm to help others engage in the sport of kayak fishing. He has been featured in
NebraskaLand Magazine, April 2003 and the Omaha World Herald in June of 2005. He has also
appeared on the cover of Fish and Game Locater Magazine and several Nebraska Game and Parks
publications among numerous radio and television appearances. He has conducted several seminars for
Bass Pro Shops and Expo’s through the years. Kayakjak’s objectives include donating time for the
Heroes on the Water organization, environmental improvements, Nebraska Game and Parks Expos, and
promoting the interest of kayak fishing in the Midwest through his well attended “fishing schools.” He has
organized many fishing tournaments throughout Nebraska and is a co-founder and director of newly
organized “The Sticks’ ‘ Nebraska Kayak Anglers. He started the “Kayakapalooza” a decade ago and it
has grown into a very popular event. He also directs a youth fishing series and state championship for
youth kayak anglers in Nebraska. One Nebraska angler was recently quoted as saying, “Marty is not only
a fantastic angler, but he is also one of the finest human beings out there. He goes above and beyond as
the Principal at Auburn Public Schools. He rarely ever misses a school event to show support, which
sometimes forces him to drive all night and sleep in the back of his truck to fish an event. It is that drive
and consideration for others that makes us very thankful to have Marty on board to help us bring a great
club to Nebraska anglers.”
Kayakjak can tailor guided trips to meet the needs of a complete novice or more advanced kayak anglers.
Guided trips include various models of kayaks and all the equipment a person would need for a fun,
adventure filled trip! His goal is to provide for advanced kayak fishing instruction and an excellent outdoor
experience for his clients. He feels blessed to offer these services in some of Nebraska’s most scenic
backwaters. “A Unique Experience, Everytime!”

Activities and Accomplishments
Owner and Guide with Kayakjak’s Outfitters since 2004
Professional Kayak Fishing Guide of more than 1200 trips since 2005
Organizer of the Rock Creek Kayak Fishing Tournament 2005-2008 (First one in Nebraska)
Organizer and Director of the “Kayakapalooza” series which started in 2010
(The “Kayakapalooza” is an awareness and fundraiser event for the “Heroes on the Water” program.)
Organizer of the Pony Creek, Iowa Bass Fishing Tournament in 2014 with Bass Pro Shops
Organizer of the High Plains Kayak Fishing Series 2016, 2017, 2018
SCORE Camp (Youth Science Camp) Kayak Fishing Instructor 2013, 2015, 2017
Kearney Boat Show Kayak Fishing Seminar Presenter 2016, 2017
Bass Pro Shops Kayak Fishing Seminar Presenter 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Instructor of Kayakjak’s “Fishing School” 2015-2019
Presenter and Kayak Fishing Demo’s for Nebraska Game and Parks at Ogallala, Ponca, Kearney, and
Auburn, Nebraska events.
River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat and RV Expo presenter 2016, 2017, 2019
Guide for “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” in Alma, Nebraska
Organizer and Director of the Southeast Nebraska Youth Fishing Clinics 2018, 2019
Organizer and Director of the Nebraska Youth Kayak Fishing Series 2016-2019
Co-Founder of “The Sticks” Nebraska Kayak Anglers 2019
Level II National Archery In Schools Certified Instructor
Level I National Fishing in Schools Certified Instructor
Trained in First Aid Care
Nebraska Game and Parks Certified Boat Safety Instructor
Instructor for Kayakjak’s Outfitters Kayak Fishing School

Media Attention
FOX-Outdoors KBF Trail Series Championship 2019
Nebraska Television “One Tank Trips” Story
Nebraskaland Magazine Feature Article on Kayak Fishing, April 2003
Omaha World Herald Feature Article on Kayak Fishing, June 24, 2005
McCook Daily Gazette Article on winning the “Recycled Fish” 24 Hour Fishing Tournament, Oct. 1, 2010
Lincoln Journal Star Feature Article on “Tournament for Wounded Veterans.” August 15, 2010
Wichita Eagle Newspaper Feature July 27, 2014
Wahoo Newspaper Feature Article on Kayak Fishing, July 21, 2016