A while back I bought an aluminum fishing boat from my wife’s uncle’s estate. It had been setting in a barn for 20 years and had been used very little. I just got it back from having the carburetor rebuilt and wanted to get it in the water yesterday, but the wind was howling…..
Instead, I made a trip to the black waters of Negro Creek which is part of the Blackwater River drainage here in Lower Alabama. There I found a new species for me, the Blackbanded Darter (Percina nigrofasciata). I caught three different fish and released them before they disappeared. They are feisty little guys with a dramatic color pattern, though not as brightly colored as some darters.