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September is a magical month here at Lake Martin. I love it. The water is still pretty warm, but the nights are cool. Not even the oldest of codgers complain about boat traffic, because there is none. One other factor gets me really fired up about Lake Martin life in the fall: striped bass fishing!
I’m on a continuing quest to figure out how to reliably catch striped bass on my fly rod here at Lake Martin. I have learned a lot over the past few years, mostly by error. One huge thing I have learned is that step one is to find the fish. That may sound pretty simple, but to me it is the biggest element of the game.
That’s why I always pay attention to David Hare’s striped bass reports. David is the owner and head guide at Alex City Guide Service. Although he is primarily a bait fisherman, no one on the Lake knows the striped bass patterns better than he does.
Please see his report for October below.
I also pay close attention to David’s Facebook page.
If any reader out there has some good tips for me to catch them on my fly rod, please let me know!!
Water Level 487.8 ( full pool 491.00)
Surface Temp / 84º–89º
Clarity / Very Clear
October will be (if the past holds true) another awesome numbers game. There will be lots of stripers and bass caught this month with the water temps cooling down. Not only will you be able to catch these fish trolling and live baiting, you will also be able to catch some on top schooling.
Remember October is a transition time and you’re most likely to find fish most anywhere on the Lake.
No matter what species you enjoy targeting you can normally have a good time in October.
If you don’t know Lake Martin or you just had rather hire a guide to increase your chances of a fun day on the water then give us a call at 256-401-3089 and we will take care of the rest.
Capt David Hare
Do people stay at Lake Martin for Auburn games? I believe the answer is YES. The Lake is a such a short drive to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
According to an article published earlier this month in Alex City Outlook (click here to read) Auburn home football games make a big impact on the economy around the Lake Martin area. Local merchants, businesses and restaurants report increased revenue for home game weekends.
And rentals at Lake Martin are popular for football weekends – enjoy the game in Auburn on Saturday and the Lake on Sunday! What could be better? (besides a winning season).
Even if you don’t plan on going to the Auburn football game, if you are coming to look at waterfront real estate, it affects you, too. As an example, I recently had a couple from Atlanta coming in to look at some homes and lots on Lake Martin. They happened to be coming on a football weekend, and hadn’t made any reservations. Most of the local hotels around the Lake were booked up! So it always pays to think ahead, even if you are not a football fan.
Since we are talking about Auburn and Lake Martin … were you one of the few that missed Auburn’s kicker, Daniel Carlson’s, Instagram video from this summer? He and teammate Will Hastings were at Lake Martin “working hard in the offseason.” Click here to see the video and read the article from AL.com.
Whether or not you Roll with the Tide, yell Waaarrr Eagle, scream Go Vols, support the Bulldogs (Mississippi State or Georgia), geaux with the Tigers, get fired up about the Gators, Gamecocks, Razorbacks, Rebel Black Bears or any other team – enjoy the Fall with Faith, Family, Friends and Football!
The Wakeboard Clinic at Blue Creek Marina this summer was fun! If you hear about one of these events at the Lake – GO! It is the perfect activity for a warm summer day and the clinic is open for all levels of experience.
And in case you were wondering – the answer is no, that is not me showing off my awesome wakeboarding skills. But my sons did learn some new acrobatic maneuvers and we want to say a big THANK YOU to Singleton Marine on Lake Martin for hosting the Liquid Force Wakeboard Demo Clinic at their location – Blue Creek Marina.
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Thanks again to Singleton Marine – Blue Creek Marina!
Come have some great family fun at the Cornhole Tournament being held at The Landing at Parker Creek – Lake Martin on Labor Day Monday, September 5th at Noon!
Two ways to sign up – Sign up here
or at The Landing!
No entry free!
Cash prizes awarded per team! 1st place – $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50!
What? You’ve never played cornhole? Just learn a few cornhole terms and you will be yelling “Let’s toss some!” before you know it. For starters a slider is when the bean bag (or bag filled with corn) slides into the hole. A swish is when the bag lands straight into the hole. A Sally is a toss made a little too short – it lands on the ground before reaching the actual board. And an Eddie the Eagle is when the bag goes beyond the board without hitting the board. Oops.
Let me end on this note – like Herb Winches, owner of The Landing and longtime Birmingham sportscaster likes to say, “Hit ’em straight!”
Shhhh…don’t tell the kids but Santa vacations at Lake Martin. Who knew?
You can take advantage of his being on the Lake on Sunday, September 4 and get a family Christmas card picture made on your boat! Meet at Bay Pines Marina between 11-1 and be ready to smile and say Jingle Bells. But don’t bring your Christmas list because remember – Santa is on vacation.
Ho Ho Ho and away we go!
Driving and Docking Clinics are being offered for free at Blue Creek Marina on Lake Martin!
Are you as confident as these boys about your boat driving and docking skills? As a new driver or an experienced one learn how to drive and dock in all scenarios and conditions at a free clinic.
Experienced captains at Blue Creek Marina will offer instruction, demonstration and coaching as you practice operating and driving. Learn how to safely and properly operate your boat.
Each Monday this Fall at Blue Creek Marina a clinic will be held focusing on a different boat type. Here is the schedule:
- Pontoons: August 1, September 12, October 3
- Sterndrives: August 8, September 19, October 10
- Towboats: August 15, September 26, October 17
Clinics are from 10am – 3pm – snacks and water provided but bring your own lunch. Space is limited.
Call Jennifer or Nicole at Blue Creek Marina to reserve your FREE spot. 256-825-8888
And remember – the best way to get good at docking? Practice, practice, practice.
If you would like the best app for Lake Martin, Alabama, complete with events, eats, home search, and landmarks, please see my Lake Martin Voice App. It’s free! Just search “Lake Martin Voice” in the app store.
Celebrate the Arts at New Water Farms on Lake Martin in Dadeville on Saturday, August 6th.
You may be familiar with the honey, berries or baked goods from New Water Farms since they are offered at Pepper Place Market in Birmingham during the summer. But are you familiar with the Farm itself? Situated on 22 beautiful acres at Lake Martin its goal of “cultivating growth and renewal” is part of the New Water Ministries – a place for people who love Jesus.
It is located at 460 Civitan Road, Dadeville – about 7 miles from Hwy. 280. Click here for a Google Map to New Water Farms.
Celebrate the Arts is a day for free art demos from 8-12pm showcasing ceramics (Keaton Wynn), glass blowing (Micah Simpson), painting (Betsy Covington), photography (Elizabeth Bacon), woodturning (Pete Marken), and pen+ink drawing (Kaleigh Hartley). Watch, chat and purchase pieces as artists work in their medium.
And then enjoy the evening art gallery and a chef-inspired cuisine with Chef Blake Hartley (Bottega Cafe and Hot & Hot Fish Club) from 4-8pm. Tickets are $75 and are available online. To see the menu, order tickets and for more information click here.
For other events around Lake Martin download my free app – http://lakemartinvoice.com/app.
The Alexander City Sun Festival is here again – July 23- 30, 2016! This Lake Martin area fun filled event is made possible by city and county governments, over 100 sponsors and many, many volunteers. Sun Fest is coordinated by the Alex City Chamber of Commerce.
This week is packed full of activities for everyone – just to name a few (over 60 events are planned):
- Saturday, July 23 – Get your glow on at the 5K Glow Run
- Sunday, July 24 – Wind Creek State Park Family Day at the Lake (kayaking, sailing, volleyball, canoe race me?)
- Monday, July 25 – Boot Scootin’ Boogie in the Park
- Tuesday, July 26 – Hittin’ the Links Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Tournament at Lakewinds
- Wednesday, July 27 – KidsFest Tribal Celebration
- Thursday, July 28 – Sunset Hike to the top of Heaven Hill
- Friday, July 29 – Band Battle at Strand Park
- Saturday, July 30 – Summer Tailgate & BBQ Cook-off AND the grand finale – the Jana Kramer Concert and Fireworks show. Purchase your wristband early at the Chamber, online at www.alexandercity.com or at the gate that day for $20. This wristband gives you entry to all of the day’s events. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the show!
Most events of Sun Festival 2016 are on my free Lake Martin Voice App. To download a complete Sun Fest day by day guide click here. You can also see their Facebook page here. I do suggest you take a look at all 3 sources to help decide what events to attend – you don’t want to miss anything!
Happy Sun Festival everyone – you don’t want to miss celebrating all that Alex City and Lake Martin have to offer!
Yes, Christmas in July! Where did Santa deliver Ken and Sara’s gift? – Lake Martin of course!
Guess what Santa brought Ken and Sara for Christmas last year? Hint-it is much, much bigger than a bread box. (Spoiler alert – a new house at Lake Martin, Alabama!!) Watch the video above to see how excited they were about their present.
Not everyone can receive a University of Alabama Game Day Hawaiian shirt for Christmas (and surely not everyone wants one) but you can find your Lake Martin home with Lake Martin Voice Realty!
The best place to watch fireworks at Lake Martin for Independence Day? Easy: The Amp – aka The Lake Martin Amphitheater! Lake Martin fans have been watching Fourth of July Fireworks in Kowaliga Bay for generations.
The Lake Martin Amphitheater is located on Highway 63, just south of Kowaliga Bridge. See this Google Map. Don’t be tempted to turn on Tecumseh Pt. and Russell Point Roads to get there. The official entrance to The Amp is a dirt road out on Highway 63, across from Prospect Cutoff Road, aka Elmore County Road 389.
Schedule for the Fourth of July Fireworks at the Lake Martin Amp:
5:00 – Gates open
6:30 – Opening is a favorite band of the locals The Bank Walkers. I have confirmed that guitar prodigy Brian Bice will be wielding his six string, so be sure not to show up late.
8:00 – The Sweet Tea Trio plays until the fireworks begin
9:00 – Fireworks Begin!
For tickets click here to order online – $15 (children 6 and under free).
Happy 4th y’all! I’d like to personally thank Russell Lands for all they do to put on this show every year. The company is the major backer behind the Amp, and coordinates all of the concerts there, as well as the fireworks. It’s a huge effort and the Lake Martin community wouldn’t be the same without it.
Please see this video for an aerial tour of The Amp. Also if you’re coming to The Amp, bring towels to sit on or low beach chairs. It’s also BYOB but please be sure to have a sober driver.
People always ask me if they should take their boat and watch the Fourth of July fireworks from Kowaliga Bay. It’s a beautiful way to watch the fireworks, arguably the most beautiful, but I discourage it. If you are new to Lake Martin, or new to boats, or new to boating on Lake Martin at night, forget about it. If you insist, please make sure to have a sober driver and at least one sober spotter/first mate. The sketchiest part of the whole affair is after the show is over. Everybody takes off at once and goes in different directions, and the waves can get problematic. Be advised.
For other events around Lake Martin for the 4th download my free app – http://lakemartinvoice.com/app.