Looking for a dream home and sportsman’s paradise? Bassmasters founder Ray Scott’s property is on the market.
Ray Scott founded Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) in 1967 and became known as the “Godfather” of bass fishing.
Scott’s vision of bass fishing being recognized with other American sports pushed competitive angling into the spotlight, creating the first national bass tournament trail, Bassmaster Magazine, The Bassmasters television show and the BASS Federation.
The legendary fishery on Scott’s property in Pintlala, Alabama has drawn professional angler celebrities like Rick Clunn, who caught his personal best largemouth of 13 pounds from one of Scott’s Legacy Lakes.
Presidents George H. Bush and George W. Bush have visited the property, catching trophy bass that have been immortalized through Ray Scott’s dear friend and taxidermist, Archie Phillips, who is known as the world’s most recognized pioneer in the production of fish replicas.
Outdoor Life Magazine named Legacy Lakes as the world’s best private bass lake fishery. The property includes Red Eagle Lake, a 14-acre lake with added topwater and subsurface structure as well as a bass population that consists of exclusively female fish. Tabernacle Lake, an 18-acre lake named for the country church built in 1846 that sits on one end of the lake, which is managed for trophy bass, and finally Presidents Lake, a 55-acre lake with contoured coves, stocked with Florida strain largemouth.
The surrounding property, 17 miles from the state capitol of Montgomery, is roughly 200 acres, and also includes 80 acres of fenced-in and carefully managed whitetail deer with Canadian genetics.
Constructed in 1986, the 4,976 square foot, four bedroom, 4.5 bath lodge is nestled on a point overlooking Presidents Lake. The living room boasts a massive stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings. which make space for the whitetail antler chandelier. The nearby boat house includes a loft area for accommodating guests, and a winding pathway from the main lodge leads to a rustic two bedroom guest cabin. A mile and a half of paved driveway distances the residence from the public highway.
Legacy lakes has become an attraction for corporate retreats, from one day of fishing at $500 to a weekend getaway deluxe package of $1,575. Beds, breakfast, and boats are provided.
At the age of 82, Scott is prepared to sell his landmark bass angler paradise, rich in wildlife and history. As an added bonus, the new owner of the property will also become Scott’s neighbor.
“It’s tough to leave” says Scott. “But I won’t be far away. I’ll be across the hill on a secluded side of the property in a small cottage on an old 16- acre lake. It’s perfect for me, my wife and our three dogs. I only hope that the next owner will enjoy the estate as much as we have.”
The property can be yours for $3,400,000. Jerry Joe Ingram of National Land Realty is the broker for the property, and can be reached at (334) 300-4273 or at [email protected].