KayakJak’s Outfitters

Kayakjak’s Outfitters offers professional kayak fishing instruction for any experience level. Tailoring guided trips to meet the needs of a complete novice or more advanced kayak anglers, their goal is to provide for advanced kayak fishing instruction and an excellent outdoor experience for our clients on some of Nebraska’s most scenic backwaters. Visit kayakjak.com

 “A Unique Experience, Every Time!”


Marty Hughes

Bio — 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 is currently the Principal for grades 6-12 at Auburn Public Schools in Nebraska. Marty is very active helping the youth with various programs including a before school program called “Early Birds” and other activities including a Four time State Championship Archery Team, youth football, basketball coach, and fishing in schools program. Currently, he offers a youth kayak fishing program at nearby Duck Creek Lake. 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. Kayakjak works hard to provide his clients with a “unique” fishing and learning experience. He has fished out of a kayak for 21 years.

Sponsors

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Strike King Lure Company
  • Bending Branches Paddles
  • YakGear/Railblaza
  • TourneyX
  • Anglr
  • Kayakjak’s Outfitters
  • Emotion Kayaks

Career Highlights

  • Organized the first kayak fishing tournament in Nebraska
  • KBF National Qualifier 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Yak4it Tournament of Champions Qualifier 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 7th Place Tournament of Champions, Lake Fork 2015
  • Top 10 Finisher Midwest Kayak Fishing Series 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 1st Place Spooky Bass Tournament 2015, 2017
  • 3rd Place Spooky Bass Tournament 2013
  • 3rd Place Tail of Two Cities Series 2017
  • 1st Place KBF Trail-Summit 2017
  • 1st Place Major League Nebraska 2017, 2018
  • 1st Place Kayakapalooza IX 2018
  • KBF AOY Nebraska 2017
  • KBF AOY 29th Place 2017
  • KBF AOY 77th Place of 1,734 Anglers 2018
  • 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
  • 32 Top Ten Finishes on TourneyX
  • Owner and Guide with Kayakjak’s Outfitters since 2004

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie PA 12 Camo
  • Bending Branches 260 cm Angler Pro Paddle
  • Dakota Lithium Battery
  • BerleyPro Stern Light
  • YakGear Accessories
  • GoPro 7
  • Lowrance Elite 7ti

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James Francis

Bio — Currently Active Duty Air Force stationed at Omaha NE. Started Kayak Bass Fishing Tourneys at the end of 2014. Avid Bass Boat fisherman transferred over to kayak. I’ve lived and bass fished in NC, FL, TX, CA, ND, CO, NE. I’ve hit every border of the USA and love changing tactics for areas I move to. My strengths are in shallow water tactics but did learn to fish deep clear water when moving across the nation.

Sponsors

  • Select Sail and Sports
  • Optimum Baits
  • Jewel Bait Co.
  • LMorris Rods

Career Highlights

  • SBBC AOY 2013
  • SBBC AOY 2014
  • MKFS AOY 2016 (Grand Champion)
  • MOKAN AOY 2016
  • MKFS Regional Live Event Champ 2018
  • 76 Total Kayak Tournaments
  • (17) 1st Place Kayak Tourney Finishes
  • (43) Top 3 Kayak Tourney Finishes
  • (61) Top 5 Kayak Tourney Finishes
  • 1st of 33 MKFS Live Event, Wanahoo 2014
  • 4th of 31 MKFS Live Event, Wanahoo 2015
  • 5th of 43 MKFS Live Event, Wanahoo 2016
  • 2nd of 45 MKFS Live Event, Wanahoo 2017
  • 1st of 51 MKFS Reg Champ, Wanahoo 2018
  • 3rd of 31 MKFS AOY pts race 2015
  • 1st of 43 MKFS AOY pts race 2016
  • 4th of 45 MKFS AOY pts race 2017
  • 3rd of 105 MKFS AOY pts race 2018
  • 4th of 20 TOTC AOY pts race 2016
  • 2nd of 35 TOTC AOY pts race 2018
  • KBF Championship Qualification – ’16,‘17,’18
  • TOC Lake Fork Qualification – ‘16,’17,‘18

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie Pro Angler 12
  • Lews
  • LMorris Rods

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Joshua Boothe

Bio — I am Joshua Boothe from Joplin Missouri, the 2017 MoYak Angler of the Year. I am a former United States Marine and now a full time kayak angler. I am known for my aggressive power fishing styles, and topwater fishing is my biggest strength, so I can’t wait to compete in the shallow backwaters of Shreveport Louisiana, in the 2019 KBF National Championship. This will be my 4th trip to the National Championship and I am very proud to represent FeelFree Kayaks on the water.

Sponsors

  • Evilution lures
  • Railblaza
  • YakGear
  • Kistler Rods
  • Lews
  • FeelFree Kayaks
  • Extreme Sports and Scuba

Career Highlights

  • 2016 MoYak Rookie of the Year 2017
  • 2017 MoYak Angler of the Year
  • 4 time KBF National Championship qualifier
  • 3 time Yak4It Tournament of Champions qualifier
  • 5th place at KBF Midwest Open
  • 2018 KBF AOY rank 34

Watercraft & Gear

  • FeelFree 13.5 Lure
  • Watercraft and Gear
  • FeelFree 13.5 Lure
  • Lowrance Elite 7TI
  • Kistler Helium rods
  • Lew’s Mach 2 reels
  • PowerPro braid
  • Minn Kota trolling motor
  • Accent Trophy Angler paddle
  • Railblaza mounts

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Richie McMichael

Bio — I grew up in Kirksville Mo and now reside in Kansas City Kansas. Growing up in Northeast Missouri, there’s not much to do besides hunting and fishing so I can’t remember a time I wasn’t fishing.

I started fishing competitively in 2005 on the bass boat side. Won my first tournament in 2008 on table Rock lake and that was when fishing changed from a hobby to a passion. I discovered kayak fishing in 2014 and was hesitant at first but I am very glad I gave it a shot. After five years, I’ve decided to sell the boat and fish exclusively out of a kayak.

I’ve been married for 15 years to an amazing woman and my only sponsor. She is the reason I’m able to pursue my passion.

Sponsors

  • Team “Wife”

Career Highlights

  • 2015/2016/2017 NEKKA AOY
  • 2017 Air Capital City AOY
  • 2016 1st place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series
  • 2016 2nd AOY Midwest Kayak Fishing Series
  • 2018 Midwest Kayak Fishing Series AOY
  • 2018 3rd place Midwest Kayak Fishing Series championship
  • 2018 KBF The Ten (7th in AOY)

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie Pro Angler 14
  • Boonedox landing gear
  • YakAttack VISICarbon pro
  • YakAttack landing net
  • Hobie H-crate
  • Lowrance elite ti9

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Jeremiah Smith

Bio — I remember my grandpa taking me fishing at a private pond in the middle of nowhere Missouri; the mysticism of that day has never left me. My mind was blown on how he could go around that lake and catch bass after bass on a piece of plastic. A lot of time has past since then but I am just as fond of chasing bass as I was back then. I am blessed to have a supportive wife of my hobby and two amazing girls that make me feel like a million bucks even if I had a bad day on the water!

Sponsors

  • Team “Wife”

Career Highlights

  • 4th 2019 KATS LBJ
  • 1st 2018 Toads 4 Tots Lake Decker
  • 8th 2018 Lake Fork TOC
  • 2nd 2018 TNT Lake Decker
  • 2nd 2018 Texas Kayak Trail AOY Race
  • 1st 2018 ATX KBC Lake Belton
  • 1st 2018 ATX KBC Lake Bastrop
  • 2nd 2018 TNT “DUSK TILL DAWN”
  • 1st 2018 TNT Lake Bastrop
  • 2nd 2018 Texas Kayak Trail, Lake Buchanan
  • 1st 2018 Texas Kayak Trail, Stillhouse Lake
  • 1st 2018 TOAD SLAM, Lady Bird Lake
  • 3rd 2017 Grande Showdown, Lady Bird Lake
  • 3rd 2017 TNT Final Battle, Lake Decker
  • 2nd 2017 TNT Lady Bird Lake

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie Pro Angler 14

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