November 17th through 19th Blackwater Trip

24 Nov
November 24, 2010

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 17th through the 19th on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. The water was 52 degrees, clear and 4.80 on the USGS gauge at Burdette. Trash was light on this part of the river, which stunned me because of what else I found. I could tell the river has been well fished since I was last there in January. I have NEVER seen so much fishing line in the trees, on logs, everywhere. I eventually figured out that some num-skulls had used monofilament to set limb lines up and down the river and left the line in the trees. They were not the only guilty ones though because I found fishing line with corks all up and down the river hung up on stumps and logs also. Maybe it was the same ignorant people. Maybe it was the same people I found that had camped along the river and carved their initials MD + CD 10-16-10 in giant letters in the trees. What really frightens the heck out of me is that this is stuff 8 year olds do and to think there are people with the mentality of an 8 year old out piloting boats up and down the river and camping is un-nerving. Actually 8 year olds today I’m sure know better than to do stuff like that. Anyway, I’ll let our new VDGIF Conservation Police Officer know what to look for. The fishing on this trip was pretty slack. I caught a few bass on a shad crank bait and one speckle but that was bout it. I tried for blackfish but they still have not stacked up yet. Moonpie and I had a strange visitor drop by on this trip. We were fishing in a cove downriver when we noticed a bird in the water swimming beside the boat. “Grab it Moonpie hollered, I don’t think it knows how to swim cause it’s laying on its side.” I grabbed the litter getter and recued (see photo) what turned out to be a white dove. We cleaned it off and gave it some energy drink and the critter seemed like it was just fine cept maybe a bit stove up. The visitor stayed with us for the rest of the trip and I’ve never heard so much cooing on the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.

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