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Free Driving and Docking Clinics

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So how do you feel about Mondays? Maybe a free boating clinic at Blue Creek Marina on Lake Martin would help with Monday blues!

One Monday a month from now thru October, captains from Blue Creek Marina will focus on a different boat type to help you learn to safely operate and dock your boat.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Hours for the clinics are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Jennifer or Nicole at Blue Creek Marina to reserve your free spot. 256-825-8888.

Snacks and bottle water provided – bring your own lunch.

See the schedule listed below.

 

Pontoons:
March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 11, October 2

Towboats:
March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 17, August 14, September 18, October 9

Sterndrives:
March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 24, August 21, September 25, October 16

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Nuts & Bolts of Fishing Seminar – Springtime Striper Strategies on Lake Martin

The Nuts & Bolts of Fishing Seminar – Springtime Striper Strategies on Lake Martin on Saturday, March 25 is a full day live, interactive seminar focusing on targeting and catching stripers this spring.

Nuts & Bolts of Fishing seminars provide the ‘nuts and bolts’ of what anglers want to know and need to know to become more successful on their regional lakes and reservoirs. This event will highlight striper fishing on Lake Martin.

The presentations include:

  • Getting the Most from your Electronics
  • Tackle, Tactics and Rigs
  • Locating Fish

And more – plus there is a Q&A session with the Pros at the end of the day.

Admission is $75 and includes lunch and prize drawings.

Location is the SportPlex Cabin at the Bailey Sports Complex in Alex City.  Click here for directions. Saturday, March 25, the doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


I don’t have a fishing boat and mostly fly fish for the striped bass here on Lake Martin. However, I am always curious about how the bait fishermen and those who use conventional tackle go about it. I asked Capt. McRae a couple of questions that I think you might like.

Q: I have heard that the first step in finding striped bass is to find the bait. Do you agree? Striped bass are a nomadic fish. They don’t have a ‘home’, like largemouth bass.   Instead, they follow the kitchen. Stripers have to eat a lot because they are always on the move.   So, yes…find the kitchen, and the stripers won’t be far away. But finding bait doesn’t always mean there will be stripers ready to eat.  Obviously there has to be lots more bait in the lake, compared to the striper population…otherwise, they would eat it all up in a few days. So another way, especially in the winter and early spring, to locate actively feeding gamefish is to look for the birds. Seagulls cannot dive under water to get food, like loons for instance. They depend on stripers to push the bait to the surface for easy pickings by the birds. Locate whirling, diving seagulls and you’ve found the mother lode.
Q: I am mostly a fly fisherman. Will your seminar be covering any tips that I could use? The content would definitely be beneficial. We don’t necessarily have a full length presentation on fly fishing, or specific flies and streamers to use but…. the same techniques we use for pulling planer boards can work very well for the long-pole angler. Fishing on an overcast day in the winter, when the fish have the freedom to be anywhere in the water column, will keep the fish close to the surface for the fly angler. Sinking lines and streamers that mimic herring or shad will work really well. The key is locating them. And location is exactly what Capt. David Hare will be sharing. Stripers will come from great depths to take a fly, but they have to know it’s there, and they have to be ready to eat. Fishing the upper Tallapoosa in the spring where the water is only 6 to 10 feet deep is a prime example of a great place to fish. And it’s the same places we pull planer boards. The baits behind the boards are only a few inches to a foot deep and the stripers will explode on them. It’s quite a sight. We also throw a lot of small bucktails for stripers on Lanier and Hartwell. When they are zoned in on small shad or threadfin herring, we use crappie minnows and small bucktails. Essentially matching the hatch. We do a lot of fly fishing on Lake Lanier in the winter and early spring using those same tactics and it’s extremely fun and can be very productive.

This sounds like a great way to learn more about striped bass fishing here on Lake Martin. And it’s perfect timing for the Spring!

Register online at NutsandBoltsFishing.com.  Seating will be limited, so be sure to sign up early!

Questions? Contact Capt. Cefus McRae at 404-402-8329 or [email protected]

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Renew our Rivers 2016 – Lake Martin

Photo courtesy of renewourrivers.com

Photo courtesy of renewourrivers.com

Renew Our Rivers – Lake Martin / Tallapoosa River clean up days are Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th.

Come one – come all!  Help keep Lake Martin beautiful!  Every year the Renew our Rivers event gives you the opportunity to make a difference.  Volunteers assist in roadside and lake shoreline cleanup.

Volunteers should report at 8 a.m. each day to the Wind Creek Park Marina, Kowaliga Boat Ramp or the Blue Creek Marina.

According to John Thompson (one of the organizers of the event) over 290 volunteers were involved last year to fill more than 400 bags which weighed over 6 1/2 tons!  How about those numbers? (Click here to read more about Renew our Rivers 2015)

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Renew our Rivers 2016 for our area is coordinated by Alabama Power, the Lake Martin Resource Association, Russell Lands, Advanced Disposal, Wind Creek State Park and TowBoatUS Lake Martin.

 

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Black Bear Awareness Meeting at Lake Martin

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(photo courtesy of the Alabama Black Bear Alliance)

Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association (CRATA) will hold a Black Bear Awareness Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Red Hill Community Center (aka Old Red Hill School house – 3558 Red Hill Road, Tallassee).

Mr. Daniel Powell, a spokesman with the Alabama Black Bear Alliance (ABBA), will be the guest speaker.  ABBA’s goal is to “…work cooperatively and voluntarily for the conservation of the black bear in Alabama through research, education, and habitat management.”  Mr. Powell lives in Washington County where there is a sizable population of the black bear.

According to Mr. Powell, black bears are expanding their territory into central Alabama.  It is important for us to have as much information as possible about the expansion of the black bear and its impact in the communities near Lake Martin.

Red Hill Community Center google map

Click here to read a story published in the Alex City Outlook from June of this year about black bears sighted in the Lake Martin area.

With several local sightings around the Lake Martin area recently, this sounds like a good meeting for us folks around the Lake to attend.

I have seen a few black bears in the wild in my lifetime. The first time I ever saw one, I was working in Yellowstone National Park one summer after my freshman year in college. I wasn’t too impressed by black bears back then. I think it was because: 1.) I was too young and too dumb to have proper reverence and 2.) I was extremely scared of grizzlies, and maybe black bears paled in comparison.

I also have seen some in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park when trout fishing with my friends Ian and Charity Rutter at R&R Fly Fishing. Maybe I was old enough to appreciate them, or maybe the Rutters did a good job of explaining the bear’s part in the ecosystem to me, but I was fascinated to see them.

It fires me up that there’s a decent possibility that black bears will return to the Lake Martin area. They were once an apex predator around here, like the striped bass in the water. Let’s hope and pray that we humans handle the bears’ return in a responsible way.

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Driving and Docking Clinics at Blue Creek Marina this Fall

A reminder for you to take advantage of the free Driving and Docking Clinics being offered by Singleton Marine at Blue Creek Marina – lots of dates remaining!  I wouldn’t want you to miss the boat!

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Blue Creek Marina is located at 7280 Hwy. 49 (aka Stillwaters Hwy.) in Dadeville.  Click here for the Google Maps location.

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Do People Stay at Lake Martin for Auburn Games?

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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!

 

 

 

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Wakeboard Demo Clinic at Blue Creek Marina

(Photo courtesy of Singleton Marine)

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(Photo courtesy of Singleton Marine)

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!

 

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Labor Day Cornhole Tournament at The Landing

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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!

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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!

Google Maps location for The Landing at Parker Creek

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Santa in the Summer at Lake Martin

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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.

Brought to you by Paige Patterson – lovelakemartin.com.  Donations will be accepted for Children’s Harbor.   Click here for Paige’s Facebook page for more info.

Google map for Bay Pines Marina

Ho Ho Ho and away we go!

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Driving & Docking Clinics at Blue Creek Marina

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(Photo – Courtesy of Singleton Marine)

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.

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