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Great Trip To Kab, 14-27 Sep

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Just got back last night from the 1400+ mile drive back to Slapout, AL. Had a great fall trip to Kabatogama and environs. Fishing was very good, especially as the weather cooled, and the winds subsided. Below is a chronology of what we did.

Fishing Results
14-27 Sep 02
Moosehorn Resort, Lake Kabatogama, MN

14 Sep ? ½ day A few bass and northerns around Camelback
15 Sep ? AM 7 bass, avg 12-14?, largest 16?, 4 northerns, avg 24? PM 8 Bass 12-14? northwest Cutover, Lost Bay to BlueFin, a few small Northerns
16 Sep Trip to Namakan, Paddy Bay, Moose Island, & West shore Black Point, 40+ Bass, 14-16? Average, 17.5? largest, few small Northerns
17 Sep Trip to North Shore Namakan, Bear Portage East to 2nd large bay. 25+ bass, 14-16? avg, 17.5? largest, few small northerns
18 Sep Walkin to Quarterline with Float Tube, 3 small Northerns, 4 L. bass, 12?, 14?, 16?+ x2 PM ? Fished Baldrock Bay to Mallard Bay, 5 bass 12-14?, 5 small Northerns
19 Sep Trip to North Shore Namakan, 25+ bass, 14-16?, few small Northerns
20 Sep AM Fished rocky islands and reefs off Grassies, Etling, and Camelback, 6 bass, avg 14-16?, few small notherns, 1 29? Northern (ate this one) PM Fished south shoreline of Sugarbush, Boomer Island and Natasha point. 7 bass, 12-14?, few small northerns
21 Sep AM Laundry and Shopping Int Falls,
PM Fished rocky reefs off Grassies, 3 bass 16"
22 Sep Windy, Fished Lebonty Point to Rottenwood Island, 6 Northerns avg 25?
23 Sep Boat Out, Drove to Black Duck Lake, 25+ bass, avg 10-14?, largest 18?
24 Sep Drove to Rainy River, Fished from double Island below plants, down to Island at first big bend. 10AM to 5PM 24 bass, avg 14-16? largest 16.5?, 12 Northerns, avg 26-29?
25 Sep Drove to Rainy River, fished from double Island below Plants down to Rock Reef near Golf Course 10AM ? 4:30PM Windy, 33 Bass, 14-17 avg, largest 20?, 31 Northerns, 26-29? avg, 4 fish over 29 inches, largest 37?.
26 Sep Drove to Crane Lake, boated to Northeast shore of Namakan, Fished two bays and shorelines, 18 bass, avg 14-15?, largest 16.5?, few small northerns
27 Sep Drove to Rainy River, Fished double Islands to golf course 10AM to 5:15PM, 34 Bass, avg 14-15?, largest 16.5?, 19 Northerns, avg 26?, 2 Walleye, largest 20?


Bass and Northerns were caught using Rappala #4 Shadraps, #4 Jointed Shadraps (Fire Tiger and Perch), Tiny Torpedos (Fire Tiger top water lure). Some bass were caught on Fly rod using a red/white deciever pattern or a weighted black leech pattern. Most of the Northerns were caught on the Red/White Deciever.

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