February 2nd through the 4th Blackwater Trip

09 Feb
February 9, 2008

Moonpie & I spent the 2nd through the 4th on the Blackwater below the Steel Bridge. The water was a little murky from the rain, 45 degrees and rising at 6.00 ft. on the USGS gage.

Air temps ranged from 28 to 65 degrees, which was great. The blackfishing was fantastic. I caught a personal two-day record of 65 fish weighing from 1 pound to seven. All were caught on a blade bait. There were so many blackfish in this cove that another fellow was there catching a bunch of them right beside me. I also caught 6 largemouth in less than 10 minutes in one hole on the blade bait but they all were really small. The yellow perch should be hitting now and one fellow told me he had caught 50 up there at the beginning of the week. However he had not done any good the day I talked to him. I caught one. The trash on this trip I thought was not too bad at first. We picked up a live well full on the way downriver to Burdett. However I was stunned after going over the dam and around a bend. On a sandbar there looked like somebody had been camping. They had chopped down trees and had string hung all up in the other trees, I guess for setting their tents. But what I could not believe was amount of trash there. There were over 100 beer cans, bottles, whiskey bottles etc laying all over the place. There was plenty of other garbage also. I have never in my life seen such a total disregard of property and lack of respect of the environment. I cleaned up most of it and called the person who tends the land. He was aware of the problem but had not seen this. I had to ask him if he could come get some of the trash I picked up, as it was way too much for me to carry around in the boat for three days. Heck we still ended up with so much in the boat Moonpie had to sit on trash on the way home. I’m hoping the landowner and caretaker will cable the path denying access to this place because it just will continue if it is not. He said they have tried to catch them, but they always manage to come and go without being noticed. Folks wonder why landowners don’t want to let people camp, hunt or fish on their property, well this is why. It is a sad shame that it only takes one bunch of idiots to ruin it for the rest of us on the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.

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