January 18 Blackwater Trip

21 Jan
January 21, 2012

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 18th through the 20th on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. The water was tinted, 40 degrees and 6.7 on the USGS gauge at Burdette. Air temps ranged from a cold 27 degrees the first night to 50 and the wind seemed to never go away. It was a cold patrol. The fishing on this trip was pretty bad. I only caught two very small largemouth and three bowfin to six pounds. All fish were caught on a blade bait jigged vertically. I did not do any casting which may have been a mistake. I did try fishing for speckle but did not catch a one. I did have the thrill of seeing a bald eagle soaring around over the river and as always Moonpie and I just gawked at it for as long as it stayed in sight. I’m hoping there will soon be a nest site on that part of the river if there is not already. I thought the trash on this trip was going to be pretty light but as we ventured downriver the second day I ended up with nearly a full bag. It is always worse below a bridge or a boat landing it seems. I saw no other water quality issues. I did find three trash bags of deer parts at the boat landing. I just do not understand why some num-skulls have to bring their deer remains to a public place. It is a State facility for gosh sakes and you would think the idiots that dump this stuff would know that VDGIF is going to investigate. Yea, so I reported the deer dumping and reported this next issue also. I hate having to call the state and tell them these things I find. It puts a bad cloud over all of us. So next I found where some thoughtless duck hunters had gone onshore at a spot upriver from the bridge and left a mess. Empty shotgun shells and cigarette butts littered the little peninsula they were on. I even found a decoy which now is at my house. So if the folks that did this want that decoy back, just e-mail or call me, give me your name and describe the decoy. Then just meet with me and I’ll give you the decoy. Its really a shame to find where people come out on the river to entertain themselves and have a good time, yet when they leave the are so callous and disrespectful to the environment that provided such a good time for them. We have laws that punish for such unacceptable acts and as long as I am Riverkeeper I will utilize all the resources available to me to protect the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.

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  1. elaineherring says:

    So glad you saw eagles again. It is disheartening to see people leave behind trash and other things bad for the environment and wildlife. You would think eventually a light would go off in their minds that says….I really enjoy using the river and being outside with nature…let me clean up behind myself and contribute to keeping it open for everyone to enjoy…maybe one day! Looking forward to springtime and warmer weather to enjoy the river and nature. Wish more people realized how much you contribute to keeping our rivers clean and safe…keep up the good work. 🙂

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