September 5th Through The 7th Blackwater Trip

13 Sep
September 13, 2009

Freezing Deer, Spirit of Moonpie & I spent three days on the Blackwater from the 5th through the 7th. Water conditions were bad. The river has not had a good flushing in some time and the water was really stagnant.

When we have a lack of rain there is no continuous flow in the river. Meaning all the yucky stuff like excess nutrients from sewage treatment plants, cattle in the river and other sources does not get flushed out of the river. The tide takes the water downriver a ways, then when it turns it just brings that same wedge back up the river. In this way the water just gets dirtier and dirtier. Heck, Moonpie did not even want to get out in that nasty water, said it would tarnish her halo! Trash was pretty bad also and I have no idea where it came from. I ‘m pretty darn good about determining that but most of this trash looked as if it had been in the river a right long time. The fishing was actually not too bad. We caught some small blue cats at night. I caught some small bass late afternoon but the kicker was the bream fishing. On fly rod and some casting the bream fishing was pretty darn good with some really nice size ones being caught. We also saw a bunch of cool wildlife on this trip. There were several ospreys out there, a bunch of hawks and we even saw an adult bald eagle near the nesting site at Cherry Grove. I thought we were going out on a new boat this trip. Trying to find something to get me out of the daily summertime thunderstorms I had gone to look at a 33 ft houseboat last week. No, it’s not the kind of houseboat you are thinking about. This was a pontoon boat with an 8×12 ft box on it. Nothing fancy just something I could go to sleep in without having to get up in the middle of the night to go find a bridge to cower under during a storm. The storm issue really limits my time on the water in the summertime and I thought this a good way to defeat that issue. Alas though the boat was not in good shape at all and I did not bring it home. So it was funny this trip we went out talking about how we did not need any houseboat like that anyhow. You know, trying to justify or negate the disappointment of not getting the boat. Sure enough, on the second night I awoke that morning with rain hitting me in the face. So I had to get everybody up and break down our boat camp in the rain. Of course I was not happy about having to get up that early and being awaken by rain in my face. Moonpie said, “ well, you know water ain’t great in you face while trying to sleep but I guess it beats opening your eyes and finding out the wet face is coming from a Great Blue Herring in the tree over your head on EITHER of the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.

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