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SUP the South Race 3 This Saturday at Lake Martin!

SUP the SouthThe 3rd and final leg of SUP the South’s paddle board triple crown takes places THIS SATURDAY at Children’s Harbor!

 The states of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama will be represented by paddle boarders from Paddle Destin, Mississippi Gulf Coast Paddle and Paddle Lake Martin.  Each race will consist of a 1 mile beginner race, 3 mile rec race and 6 mile elite race.  Around here the race is also known as Paddle for a Purpose, because all proceeds benefit Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor.

Paddle for a Purpose Lake Martin

ANYONE can enter and there’s still time to register!  It’s a super laid back event – my 11 year old is entering the 1 mile race, and my wife is daring me to enter the 3 mile.   If you haven’t tried paddle boarding yet and you’re curious, bring your family and some chairs and enjoy the morning.  Looks like it’s going to be a “clear and pleasant” 80 degree Saturday at Lake Martin.

To catch you up to speed, here are the race dates & locations:

* March 22nd ~ Destin, Florida (Legendary Yacht Club)
* April 26th ~ Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (Bay-Waveland Yacht Club)
* May 17th ~ Eclectic, Alabama (Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin)

1 Mile Beginner Race ($35.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)

3 Mile Rec ($45.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)

6 Mile Elite ($45.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)

T-Shirt and Lunch will also be provided for all racers.

*ALABAMA – http://www.active.com/eclectic-al/paddle-for-a-purpose-paddleboard-race-2014

Here’s a sneak peak of the shirts for this year’s race and the trophies . . . SUP the South TrophiesAnd I’m taking Lake Martin Voice Realty’s swag bag goodies (c/o Lake Martin Crazy.com) to Sharon at Lake Martin Dock today.  Lake Martin Dock Company puts together this event with Children’s Harbor, and they also sell BOTE Paddle boards.  Saturday will be a great day to demo some paddleboards:

 Paddle Board Race Swag Bag StickerHope to see you there!

If  you don’t have a paddle board, and would like to rent one for the weekend, try calling Anchor Bay Marina at 334-857-2654. Ask for Linda Sharman. They rent paddle boards on Lake Martin, but I am not sure if they are rented out or not. But it’s worth a shot! Let her know John Coley said to call!

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Striper Envy

I have been trying to “crack the code” on fly fishing for striped bass on Lake Martin for a while.  I don’t know that I will ever crack the code, so I have adjusted my goal to catch a striped bass, on my fly rod, from my BOTE paddle board. I caught a small striper last summer from my dad’s john boat, so maybe I am inching closer.

Imagine my angling envy in early April:

Striper Fishing on Lake MartinRoger Holliday forwarded me this picture of Kenneth Boone and a striper he caught while they were fishing with David Hare. It seems that they are way ahead of me in the art of fly fishing for striped bass on Lake Martin.

The cause of fly anglers at Lake Martin was also helped in the May / June 2014 issue of Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine.  In page 24, Pete Elkins wrote up a really nice mention of Lake Martin.  He called it “Alabama’s sleeper lake for fly anglers looking for big stripers.”  Mr. Elkins wrote a book about catching striped bass on the fly.  He also wrote a big article in the March / April 2014 of the same magazine about fishing the Tallapoosa River above Lake Martin.  Elkins gave some great tips on the annual movements of striped bass, noting that the best time to catch them on the fly rod is February through early summer.

He also mentioned hooking up with local guides.  As I have noted here before, David Hare is an excellent guide.  His number is (256) 401-3089, and while he primarily is a live bait angler, if you want to fly fish for striped bass, I know he can put you on them. Here are some video interviews I shot with David: Lake Martin Striped Bass.

If you have success, please let me know!

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8th Annual Tallapoosa Basin Conference

Tallapoosa Basin Conference 2014Hey Lake Martin Residents!  SAVE THE DATE!

The 8th Annual Tallapoosa Basin Conference

When: Friday, May 30th, 2014
Where: Auburn University Water Resources Center
559 Devall Drive
Auburn University, AL

After a two-year hiatus they have a LOT to talk about!  Check out the lineup of topics:

  an update on FERC relicensing in the Tallapoosa Basin,

  an overview of water quality, biodiversity and university-based research in the Tallapoosa River Basin,

  a presentation on the award-winning environmental education program at Radney Elementary School in Alexander City,

  updates on watershed stewardship activities in the Upper, Middle and Lower Tallapoosa sub-basins, and,

  how-to for basin residents who want to do their part to minimize polluting our streams, rivers and lakes.

Organizers and sponsors for this year’s conference include the Auburn University Water Resources Center, Alabama Water Watch, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the AU College of Agriculture.  For more information, call 1-888-844-4785.

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A New Paddle for Paddle for a Purpose Race!

Thanks to Sharon Johnston at Lake Martin Dock Co. for getting me back on the water this spring!  I broke my paddle board’s paddle over spring break, and Sharon replaced it for me – no questions asked.  That’s super customer service!

I bought my BOTE paddle board from Lake Martin Dock as a Christmas gift to myself (I mean my family), and I have already tried it out at Lake Martin, at my hunting camp’s fishing pond, and in Florida.  These boards are easy to transport and they allow you to get out on the water, even when it’s still a little chilly.  I installed a simple pulley system to hang it in my garage in town during the winter, and I’m really surprised by the amount of use it’s gotten since Christmas.  Now it’s time to bring it back to the lake!

These boards are like pieces of art, so I took some pics while I was at Lake Martin Dock.  These are some of their newest boards – check these out!  BOTE has a new inflatable board – with a lower price point – and it’s the blue board in the second picture below.

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And by the way, Lake Martin Dock Co. and Children’s Harbor are teaming up again for the annual Paddle for a Purpose race on Saturday morning, May 17.  You can go to Active.com to register, and all proceeds benefit Children’s Harbor. They have a Paddle for a Purpose Facebook page with more info about the race and paddle boarding at Lake Martin in general.   You can also click here to read about last year’s event.

In the past there have been boards and paddles to demo, so if you’re interested in the sport, but don’t have a paddle board, this is a great time to try one out.  If you buy one, please mention you saw it here on Lake Martin Voice!

Hope to see you there! It’s a lot of fun, and all ages are welcome!

If you can’t make it to the race, but are in to SUP at Lake Martin, see the Paddle Lake Martin Facebook Page.

Paddle for a Purpose Lake Martin

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Welcome to Lake Martin!

Welcome to Lake Martin and welcome to LakeMartinVoice.com!  If you’re researching a waterfront real estate purchase, I hope this website will become your favorite tool, and, let me be honest – I hope one day you’ll give me a call and hire me as your realtor.  I realize that the last thing buyers and sellers want to do is call a cheesy realtor, so this website is my attempt to gain your trust by putting the best real estate info into your hands and letting you take the lead.

So what’s the deal with my company’s name, Lake Martin Voice Realty?  Am I am radio station? No.  Am I a boutique ( a trendy word for small) real estate company that deals exclusively with Lake Martin real estate? Yes!

LakeMartinVoice.com exists to put all of the most accurate and most current Lake Martin real estate information in one location.

At Lake Martin Voice, you can

1)  Search the Lake Martin MLS – without a doubt, the most accurate and timely source of listing information. All realtors, all brokerages.   Sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, and Trulia are chronically inaccurate and out of date, so go straight to the local source, our MLS.

2)  Read Market Reports – I break down the statistics – finally, my accounting degree put to good use.  It’s hard to argue with the numbers.

3)  Learn about Neighborhoods and geographic areas on the lake – Maps, video tours, histories each area, PLUS a live feed from the MLS with homes currently for sale in each neighborhood.  A handy way to get super hyper local.

4)  Connect to my YouTube Channel – Watch hundreds of videos including home tours, community event videos, and client testimonials.

5)  Request Best Buy and Foreclosure Lists – Choose your price range and I’ll send you a hand picked list of homes with good value (IMO).  Request a list of foreclosed properties as well.

6)  Explore local news, events and issues – Read hundreds of current and past blog posts covering life at Lake Martin.

If you have more questions about Lake Martin real estate, and you can’t find the answers here, please let me know – I’d love to do the research and even post the answers right here.  You can  call me at 334  221 5862, email me at john (at) lakemartinvoice (dot) com, or click here to contact me.

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A Peek at Spring on Lake Martin

If you’re not able to be here in person, rest assured that spring has come to Lake Martin and it is beautiful.  It doesn’t feel quite as spring-y as I write this post today (April 15, 47 degrees) as it did last week when I took these pictures, but summer will be here soon, no matter.  And it is still beautiful!

I took the pictures below near the Russell Forest Trails.  Hiking is a great spring activity at Lake Martin, and there are really good trails all around the lake.  The Russell Forest Trails allow horses and bikes, as do the trails at Wind Creek State Park.  If you’re looking for more of an Appalachian Mountain hiking experience, try some the the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association’s trails on the eastern and southern sides of the lake.  These include high, woodsy paths and waterfront trails.  I’ve written about the Chimney Rock and Little Smith Mountain trails several times.

If spring has Lake Martin real estate on your mind, give me a call.  I’d love to talk to you about the homes, lots, condos and town homes that are nestled over our 770 miles of shoreline.  Call 334 221  5862 or click here to contact me.

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Horseshoe Bend Art on Display

The Lake Martin community extends beyond the shoreline of Lake Martin, and I love all the history that is a part of our location in central Alabama.  My kids and my wife think I am goofy about this, but I am among the many hundreds if not thousands of people that are excited about the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Alabama artist,Tommy Moorehead thinks it’s worthy subject matter as well:

Tommy Moorehead Art at Emporium Wine in Alex City, AL

Art by Alabama artist, Tommy Moorehead.

Now through April 5th, Henry Foy’s Gallery 128 at Emporium Wine,  is displaying Mr. Moorehead’s art to commemorate The Bicentennial of The Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Check it out on Facebook. Even my wife, an artist herself, was interested.

Suddenly I am not so nerdy, eh?

The official anniversary proceedings are happening on March 27, 28, and 29th, 2014 at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (on Highway 49, a couple of miles north of Highway 280 in Dadeville, AL).  For more information, see the Park’s website here.  If you are unfamiliar with the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, it’s only (arguably) the most important early American vs. Native American battle east of the Mississippi. It was the launching pad of many famous Americans like Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, Menewa, and Sam Houston, and it’s right in our backyard at Lake Martin.

I sent a letter to my kids’ school last month to make sure they knew about this event, and to offer my services as possible guide.  The principal sent my letter out school wide, and then informed me that (lucky us!) it is happening during our Spring Break week.  So now, as part of our Spring Break 2014 celebration, we are bringing another fortunate family (or two) to hear the canon, see the encampments, and soak up the history. My kids are not yet convinced that this will be as fun as the beach, but I’m betting I can change their minds a little, or at least have a seed planted of love for our local history.  See you there!

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Merry Christmas to Me!

Being an adult sometimes means buying yourself Christmas gifts and acting like they’re for the whole family.  I guess it sounds selfish, but it’s the truth.  I’m super fired up about my paddle board!

BOTE Boards on Rack Lake Martin

My brother-in-law bought one for his wife, and I got one too.  Sharon at Lake Martin Dock Company made us a good deal on these BOTE boards.  Wil got the white 10’6″ Flood HD for his wife – he thinks it will be well suited for her since she will be paddling with friends as a workout.  I (I mean we) got the BOTE HD, which is 12′ long.  They both are set up for fishing, although we’ll probably spend most of the time paddling for fun.  Hopefully I can catch a striped bass with my fly rod from it soon!

BOTE Paddleboards Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 10.11.30 AMAll kidding aside, I do plan on letting the whole family use it, and I actually had to hold my wife back from purchasing a second one.  I definitely see another paddle board purchase in the near future.  Thanks again to Sharon, Lake Martin Dock Company, and BOTE boards.  If you’re into paddle boarding, check out the Paddle Lake Martin Facebook page here.  If you’re thinking about a purchase, give Sharon a call at (334) 857-2443 and let her know that John sent you.

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Daylight Donuts is Now in Alex City

Lake Martin waterfront vacationers:  I’m adding a “must-do” to your checklist for your next trip to Lake Martin.  Stop by Daylight Donuts in Alex City and stock up.

We all have our travel traditions, and picking up donuts on the way to the lake may become one of yours.

Daylight Donuts in Alex City

It’s only a quarter mile or so off of Highway 280, right by the KFC.   At this posting, you can’t find it on Google Maps or Yelp, so map the Alex City KFC and you’re basically there.

Daylight Donuts near Lake Martin MapWhen I stop in, I tell myself its about supporting the local economy and doing blog research for my business. But really, it’s just an excuse to get some really good donuts.  If you see my dad around town, ask him about the the apple fritter.  Or he may have already told you: he’ll buy a few to take home, and claims that 12 seconds in the microwave results in confectionery perfection.  I know about the 12 second rule because he has mentioned it about 100 times.  And he is a true connoisseur of sweets.  It’s got to be amazing.

Donuts in Bag Daylight Donuts Lake MartinDaylight Donuts Bag Lake MartinChocolate Fritter Daylight DonutsPart of the fun with vacation homes is the journey there and back.  When we visit my wife’s parents in Florida, my kids start talking about our mid-way stop at Dairy Queen the minute we get in the car.  At least with donuts, you can have them the next day for breakfast.  Not so with a Blizzard.

If you’re looking to buy a waterfront Lake Martin home to go with your Daylight Donuts, give me a call.  I’d love to be your realtor.  (334) 221-5862, or [email protected], or click here to contact me.

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Thanksgiving At Lake Martin

If you’re spending Thanksgiving at Lake Martin, you should truly be thankful. I can’t imagine a better place to enjoy a long weekend in the fall.

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I would recommend, if you plan on going out to eat or shopping, that you call ahead to get everyone’s holiday schedules. I can think of a couple of spots like Catherine’s and Springhouse that have abbreviated hours. I am not sure about Oskar’s and Niffer’s and the other spots. Just call ahead.

Shopping – I’ve been seeing a lot of promotions lately for the shops in downtown Alex City. If I were you I would definitely check out the wine and tapas at Henry Foy’s Emporium Wine and Cafe 128. Also I’ve seen promotions from Cloud Nine, Carlisle’s, and Little Black Dress. I don’t mean to leave anyone out here, so google them and give them a call to hear what they have going on this weekend.

I can tell you that one under the radar activity would be a donut run to Alex City. Daylite Donuts has opened up. They are about 150 yards down the road from the KFC. Awesomeness galore. My dad would berate me if I didn’t mention his favorite order – an Apple fritter. He gets them to put it in the microwave for 12 seconds.

To work off the calories, know that the hiking is stellar this time of year. Russell Forest at Russell Crossroads is nice if you prefer dirt roads with a side of Catherine’s coffee. Wind Creek State park is huge – the state’s largest. They have tons of trails or you can wander along the shore for miles. Cherokee Alpine Trails’ two locations on Overlook Road or Smith Mountain will be the most rugged experience but oh so worth it.

Whatever you do and wherever your Thanksgiving takes you, we wish you well.

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