April 10 2020 RiverGuard Report

20 Apr
April 20, 2020

Sanctuary of the River
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 10th through the 12th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was high, then very low, clear, 62 degrees and fast. Air temps ranged from 36 to 65 degrees and the wind was like a hurricane during the day. Trash was light and I saw no water quality issues and thank goodness no untagged or abandoned limb lines. In the 50 plus years I have plied this river rarely have I seen the wind blow so much water out of the river so fast. In a matter of 6 hours the river dropped 33 inches and I’m sure it eventually made it to 36 after I went back to camp that night. It was pretty cool riding around and looking at things one normally don’t get to see. Like the giant cypress stumps that were cut eons ago when the river was narrower. I have read the canopy of those majestic trees in many places met from shore to shore closing out the sunlight on the river. I sure wish I could time machine back to those days to check it out!
The fishing on this patrol was really good. I caught white perch, bream and lots of bass and chain pickerel. I was primarily fishing for the jacks to get some yumminess fillets for the freezer. I caught most of the bass and jacks on the AC Shiner and a custom in line spinner bait I make. I saw folks on the lower river tearing up the white perch on bottom rigs. Lots of two at a time were being caught and and as fast as the bottom rig hit the bottom.
I also checked on the Bald Eagles at Cherry Grove. I saw one of the adults sitting beside the nest. No parent was in the nest whish usually means the little ones are hatched. I imagine they were waiting on the other parent to return with the groceries. I can’t wait to see how many youngins they have this year.
Wheww it sure was nice to have a good safe trip this time. After the last trips nearly disastrous eye poke fiasco I was grateful for a healthy non-injury trip. I have been injured badly out there many times in my life and I am sure I will be injured more in the future, like broke leg or hip, arm, stabbed by a cypress knee, stuff like that. You never really think about your eye getting poked out until it happens, then you realize those things are damn important hhaaaa.
So yes, it was a very nice trip, even the hurricane force winds didn’t take away from my enjoyment, well, not much anyway. On the way back to civilization that third day I was motorin up the river and it dawned on me how nice, carefree and….normal it was out here on the river. Yet only a very short distance away the world is in a crisis. People dying, food shortages and financial strife everywhere. Except here where I am in this boat on this river right now. It’s like the River is a sanctuary, my sanctuary and your sanctuary too if you want it to be that way on the two Rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.

Jeff Turner
Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard
To contact Jeff about river issues email him at blknotkpr@earthlink.net

December 19 Blackwater Patrol

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

Goodbye Riverkeeper Hello RiverGuard
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 19th through the 22nd on the Blackwater below Franklin, yes four days this time. The water was low, had some weird stuff floating on it and was 38 degrees. Don’t know what that brown stuff was, but I’ll find out eventually. Air temps ranged from 33 to 65 degrees. Read more →

December 12 Blackwater Patrol

18 Dec
December 18, 2017

Chilly Willy On The Blackwater
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 14th through the 16th on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. The water was 36 degrees. Air temps ranged from 21 to 55. IT WAS COLD! In fact on the second day by the late afternoon I was as cold as I have been in many years on the river. Read more →

November Meeting Minutes

18 Dec
December 18, 2017

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
November 7, 2017
As recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary

The monthly BNRP meeting was held the Work Development Center. Attending were Board Members: Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, Anne Parker, and Curtis Newsome. Also present were Bobby Turner and Felice Hancock. Read more →

November 14 Nottoway Patrol

09 Dec
December 9, 2017

Possum How?
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 14th through the 16th on the Nottoway below Delaware. The water was 48 degrees. On my prior trip on the 2nd of November the water was 63, that’s a 15-degree drop, which is a lot when talking about a body of water. Read more →

December 1st Nottoway Patrol

09 Dec
December 9, 2017

The River Taketh and the River Returneth
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 1st through the 3rd on the Nottoway below Delaware. The water was 48 degrees. Air temps ranged from 30 to 65. Trash was practically nonexistent. The water is in terrible shape though as of this writing. Read more →

October 2017 Meeting Minutes

16 Nov
November 16, 2017

October 11th, 2017
As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary
The monthly BNRP meeting was held at the Workforce Development Center.Those attending were Board members Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, Anne Parker, and Curtis Newsome. Bobby Turner, Felice Hancock, and John Bunch were also in attendance. Read more →

November 2nd Blackwater Patrol

07 Nov
November 7, 2017

Fabulous Fall On The Blackwater
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 2nd through the 4th on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 53 to 77 degrees. The river was 63 degrees and leafy, so much so it was hard to run the boat for long without having to stop and clear the propeller. Read more →

October 25th Nottoway Patrol

28 Oct
October 28, 2017

Hooters On The Nottoway
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 25th through the 27th on the Nottoway below Round Gut. Air temps ranged from 39 to 70 degrees. The river was 65 degrees, stagnant, nasty and low. Read more →

October 19th Blackwater Patrol

28 Oct
October 28, 2017

The Never Ending Battle
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 19th through the 21st on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 46 to 75 degrees. The river was 65 degrees, stagnant but clear and low. Trash was not too bad, I picked up about a half o bag full. Read more →