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.