RiverGuard Report: Like a hurricane

Published 5:42 pm Friday, May 13, 2022

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Spirit of Moonpie and I spent May the 11th through the 12th on the Nottoway below Courtland. The water was 6.53 on the USGS gauge at Sebrell, clear and fast. Sorry, no water temp. Air temps ranged from 45 to 65 degrees, and it was like camping and fishing in a hurricane. That persistent low off the coast ran me out of the river at the end of the second day. When they changed the forecast that afternoon at 4, I knew I had to go home. That’s a lot of work for just two days and one night!

HOWEVER, I am glad I went as the fishing was stupendous. I caught 21 largemouth. The three heaviest of them weighed 3.6, 4 and 4.5 pounds. I also caught a lot of huge bream. All were caught — even the bream — on that same 6th Sense Crush 50X square bill crankbait in Shad Burst color that caught so many fish last trip. That’s such a long name, so from now on I’m referring to it as the White Perch Lure. That was some fun, though, fishing both up and downriver. 

The trash on this trip was bad enough, even though I cleaned up there back in March. I picked up two very heavy bags and could have gotten much more, but I ran out of trash bags… yes ME, out of trash bags. Pretty dumb, huh? But I’m pretty old, so hush.

Well that might have been my last land-based trip for now. I hate that I didn’t get my whole three days in, but that’s the way the game goes. I got major problems with my only good arm, rotator AGAIN, I’m guessing, so that’s got to get fixed. That po arm gets abused horribly doing things like picking me up off the ground, making kindling and casting like a machine gun, hhaaaaa.

Anyway, I hope to get back out there ASAP with a new load of trash bags and a bionic arm on the two rivers we call the Nottoway and Blackwater.

Jeff Turner is the Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard. To contact him about river issues, send him an email at blknotkpr@earthlink.net. He can also be followed on the Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard Facebook page. Just type in “Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard” in the search field on Facebook.