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Little Gabbro Fishing Loop
by Lee

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/22/2005
Entry & Exit Point: Little Gabbro Lake (EP 33)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This was my brother (denimdemon) and my first trip to the BWCA. We weren't exactly sure what to expect, but knew it would be something special. Since we didn't know when we could return, we decided to see as much as possible while fishing as much as possible for the time we had.
Day 1 of 5
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Unfortunately, we get a late start due to travel arrangements. My brother arrives in Minneapolis/St.Paul airport at 0415 after an all-nighter. We compare gear, toss out duplicates and head out to Ely. The folks at Voyager North are very knowledgeable and point out good fishing spots. We pick up our canoe and head out to Little Gabbro entry. The weather is beautiful and our first(195 rod) of eight portages goes without a hitch.
We catch a few Northern while trolling silver/black rapalas through Little Gabbro and Gabbro. Like an idiot, I try to remove a treble hook bare-handed and get a hook buried deep in my right index finger. A few tylenol and some slicing and dicing get it out and we're on our way. We make camp in Bald Eagle and feast on steak fajitas and enjoy a wonderful sunset. Tequila for dessert.