August 23 Nottoway River Patrol

26 Aug
August 26, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 23rd through the 25th on the Nottoway above and below Delaware.  The water was 81 degrees, low, slow, stinky and filthy.  Air temps ranged from 72 to 86.  I only saw a few pieces of trash.  With the lack of recent rain the river is not getting flushed out which is leading to the nasty water conditions.  On the second day, just about dark, I decided to see if I could get out of the nastiness and ran upriver above the chemical plant.  The water was in much better shape up there.  Good thing too, cause I ended up having a bunch of hits that night and caught a nice 23 pound catfish.  The first night I caught a 13 pounder downriver.  I did not catch any bass and catching bream for bait was not exactly easy.  I was surprised to find the wild bulaces just about ready to eat. I actually did find a few nice black ones and gobbled them up before Moonpie had a chance to get any.  I guess in the next week it will be time to go out there and let her do the bulace boogie and fill the boat up with those tasty grapes.  We also found another treat out there I call river beans.  I think they are really wild sweet pea, not sure though as I’m not that great at plant ID.  Anyway I ate a handful of those.  They are good raw, I wonder what they would taste like in a pot with some side meat? Mmmm.  I saw the same eagle again on this trip that I have been seeing near the Bronco Club.  This time the majestic bird gave me a chance to get several good pictures of it and actually did several pretty awesome unconventional poses without me having to pay it a dime!  I’m wondering if it is building a nest somewhere in that area.  I hope so since I think we have lost our mating pair on the Blackwater near Cherry Grove.  Now to the headline story: Well I thought I had seen or done just about every stupid/dangerous thing that could be done on the river.  Not so, there is a new terror on the rivers.  I watched a guy and gal going up the river the other day into one of the most dangerous blind curves on the Nottoway and they both were TEXTING or doing something with their phones, neither one looking ahead.  Some of these boats on the river easily surpass running 60 mph.  In the time it takes to look at a cell phone for three seconds a boat traveling at that speed travels 264 ft, or nearly the length of a football field… BOOM, your dead from running into the woods or I’m dead from you running into me.  We have already had two deaths from a boating accident this year, lets be safe and not have anymore on the two rivers we call the Nottoway and Blackwater.

Message from the Riverkeeper: I’m sorry to say this will be my last report for about 6 weeks. I am having some surgery done, but hope to be back in action later this Fall.  I will miss y’all.

Jeff

June 2015 Meeting Minutes

19 Aug
August 19, 2015

as recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center had 6 members present including BNRP Board Members:  Chairman Curtis Newsome, RIVERKEEPER Jeff Turner, Board of Director Anne Parker, and Treasurer Nancy Turner.  Read more →

May 2015 Meeting Minutes

19 Aug
August 19, 2015

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

 

The Meeting at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Conference Room had 9 members present including BNRP Board Members: Chairman Curtis Newsome, Sherri Woodward, Anne Parker and Nancy Turner with Jeff Turner attending via conference call.  Read more →

July 24 2015 Riverkeeper Patrol

27 Jul
July 27, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 24th through the 26th on the Blackwater below, then above Franklin.  Air temps ranged from 61 degrees that first night to 88 degrees. The water was 79 degrees and getting nasty.  There was actually a noticeable tide on this trip.  Read more →

July 16th Nottoway Patrol

20 Jul
July 20, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 16th through the 18th on the Nottoway below Delaware.  The water was high, fast and 80 degrees.  Air temps ranged from 68 to 88 degrees.  It was very pleasant for mid July.  Read more →

June 28 Riverkeeper Patrol

06 Jul
July 6, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 28th through the 30th on the Blackwater below Franklin.  The water was very high, fast, 75 degrees and murky.  Air temps ranged from 64 to 90 degrees.  The deer flies were biting, the fish not so much.  Read more →

June 11 Nottoway River Patrol

19 Jun
June 19, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 11th through the 13th on the Nottoway below Delaware.  The water was high, fast and 78 degrees.  Air temps ranged from 72 to 92 degrees and it was HOT out there!  Read more →

June 8 2015 Blackwater Patrol

10 Jun
June 10, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 8th through the 9th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was normal and 75 degrees.  Air temps ranged from 60 to 85. Trash on this trip was very light. Fishing was poor.  Read more →

May 22 Nottoway Patrol

27 May
May 27, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 22nd through the 24th on the Nottoway below Hercules.   The water was stained, low and 73 degrees.  Air temps ranged from 51 to 85.  This was the last land based patrol until fall for sure.  The Skeeters on this trip bout ate us up and the no-shoulders where everywhere.  Read more →

May 13 2015 Blackwater Patrol

17 May
May 17, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 13th through the 15th on the Blackwater below Franklin.  The water was 73 degrees and kinda muddy looking.  Air temps ranged from 48 to 75 degrees.  Man, what a nice trip weather wise!  Read more →


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