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Old 01-01-2017, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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santa brought me a gift card and your perch pics have convinced me to suck it up and be cold. does it matter whether I get a 6/7/8" hand powered auger? they're all same-ish price and hand powered is what the budget holds.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dont get an 8...a 6 is so easy you don't need a drill...a 7 manually isnt bad...but a 6 should handle everything but big lakers...a 6 will cut as fast as a power auger dont drop it on the ice or use it on dirty ice...watch your fingers around the blades taking off and putting the guard on...they cut like a razor and deep...dont add stitches to the cost...
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If you are concentrating on pan fish (perch, bluegills,crappie, etc) and other fish under five pounds, there are 4 and 5 inch hand augers, as well.
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I have an 8" but if I was doing it again I'd get a 6"

x2 about the dirty ice. It'll dull your blades and then make it a pain to drill holes.

Georgetown is notorious for having dirty ice.
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I bought my auger on CL for $15 and I lucked out because it was brand new in the box.

You can find some on CL for a reasonable price and use your gift card to buy gear!
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6" ok for 11 mile trout?
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also, while I'm at it, spud bar - I have two already, the super heavy construction variety from lowes. don't exactly want to haul those around. is there a light weight DIY option that works? what exactly am I needing it for, just keepint the hole open?
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I use my spud bar as I'm walking to hit the ice ahead of my steps. I have a two piece spud bar. It's heavy but it needs to be to "check" the ice.

You can also use a spud bar to make a hole in the ice but I haven't seen anyone actually do this besides on a show about ice fishing in Alaska.
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6" ok for 11 mile trout?
For sure.. A 7" lazer isn't horrid for hand drilling, but i would definitely not get an 8".
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6"Nils.
I've used lots of different types or hand made spud bars, my favorite is a cutting bar tool we use for stripping concrete forms, light and sharp. The heavy ones are a pain. As Dallas mentioned use it as your walking out on thin or sketchy ice your not sure of, give it a good hit as you walk now and then if it doesn't bust through on one hit your good and can keep going. If it's new ice I won't even carry an auger and just use the spud bar, just keep a good hold on it I've lost them down the hole.
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