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Gabbro 2009--Windy, Windier and Winter
by thlipsis29

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/14/2009
Entry Point: Little Gabbro Lake (EP 33)
Exit Point: Little Gabbro Lake (EP 33)  
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 7
Trip Introduction:
Based on our experience on Gabbro last year (see Wind, Wind and More Wind trip report), we decided to return-hoping for the same success. Little did we know what was awaiting us. The other thing that had the potential of making this trip interesting is the fact that we had two rookies along and you're never quite sure how they're going respond to things up there. All I can say is that they were tested and managed to survive.
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday morning was an omen of things to come. Although it had been 72 degrees when we arrived in Ely on Wednesday, it had snowed overnight and was in the low 30's when made it to our entry point around 9:00 a.m. Not exactly what we were hoping for, but we hit the water and headed for site 1710--the same site we stayed at last year. Thankfully the winds weren't too bad in the morning and we thought things might be looking up when we saw the site was vacant. Once we got ashore, however, we discovered the site had been trashed--literally. The previous group had left a pile of garbage in the fire grate along with some huge partially burnt logs, and I mean logs. And as we walked around the camp we also found a broken i-pod boom box, a broken fishing rod and various metal cans strewn around. The kicker was when we discovered that they had left their porno magazines by the latrine. We spent 10-15 minutes picking the place up and set up camp.

As we were setting up camp the winds picked up and limited our fishing options so we fished in the northern most bay and caught some nice 13" crappies and eating size walleyes. After dinner, we fished from camp with dead ciscoes and slip bobbers and caught some nice sized northerns, with a few around 32".