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11-21-2006 07:55 PM
TroutFishingBear
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

not this pike man...you haven't seen the body condition on some of the pike in this lake. This fish was in the mid 40's in length and it almost certainly would've shattered the state record for weight had I kept it and got the record for it, but we all know the story.
Scchase told me a long time ago on a different website he caught a pike out of this same lake through the ice that he got (was it 20 pounds) of filets off of. These pike are in danger of going the way of the dodo bird in that lake though, thanks to the drought and overharvest. It is a lake that should be 100% c&r on the pike because it is so infested with stunted panfish, suckers, carp, and stocker trout. The pike are the only thing keeping the fishery somewhat healthy (the yellow perch boom which happened a couple years back was a result of so many fewer pike in the system than there was since the yellow perch were introduced, and the yellow perch have greatly damaged the once fantastic largemouth bass fishery).
11-21-2006 07:45 PM
epic
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

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Originally Posted by TroutFishingBear
I had trouble with a huge pike last year through a 10" hole, but it wasn't JUST the girth that made it an issue. It just made it difficult. If the fish would've been dead and not moving I could've gotten it through the hole but it thrashed around like a mofo and half of it would get stuck under the ice while i had one half and then it would shake and i wouldn't be able to hold on. So, when pike fishing, I will never use less than a 10" hole, and that should go for any large fish. The thrashing and getting the fish at a perfect angle can make it difficult sometimes.
If you had an 8 inch hole the pike would of slipped threw it like a torpedo?



11-21-2006 05:26 PM
TroutFishingBear
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

I had trouble with a huge pike last year through a 10" hole, but it wasn't JUST the girth that made it an issue. It just made it difficult. If the fish would've been dead and not moving I could've gotten it through the hole but it thrashed around like a mofo and half of it would get stuck under the ice while i had one half and then it would shake and i wouldn't be able to hold on. So, when pike fishing, I will never use less than a 10" hole, and that should go for any large fish. The thrashing and getting the fish at a perfect angle can make it difficult sometimes.
11-21-2006 03:14 PM
tal0362
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

My big laker came through an 8" hole at Granby. The fish had a 28 inch girth, too big to fit through, fortunately I had heavy line and was able to hold the fish head in the hole while my friend reached in and grabbed the fish, compressing it a little bit as he pulled it through.

If you think you might catch a 35-40 lb laker, odds are the girth will be over 30 inches.
11-21-2006 03:09 PM
Don In Denver
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

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Originally Posted by Rad
yeah, I was reading an artical in a magazine and it said a 10'' hole was a must. Some guy at granby last year also told me that someone had a fish on that was to big for the hole. It was probably just a story. I am pretty much set on the 9'' jiffy!
There is a reason you can have holes up to 18" in diameter on some mackinaw lakes! Heh, heh, heh!!

I hope you have the good fortune sometime this Winter to say to yourself, "Holy, s*#t, I need a bigger hole!" We should all be so lucky!
11-21-2006 02:39 PM
Rad
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

yeah, I was reading an artical in a magazine and it said a 10'' hole was a must. Some guy at granby last year also told me that someone had a fish on that was to big for the hole. It was probably just a story. I am pretty much set on the 9'' jiffy!
11-21-2006 09:57 AM
arkfisher
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

rad, you saw that 20Lb laker on my wall that my son caught. it came through an 8" hole, so a 9" shoild be fine for 99.9% of what you catch in Colorado.
11-20-2006 08:11 PM
jamiehughes
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

those lakes get like a foot of wet snow every time i go up there and don't take my 4 wheeler,so then i have to walk and drag. sorry i just like the big holes. i've tripped and wiped out on them before, but i can trip and fall over pretty much anything, when my girlfriend went all the way in up to her butt, it was in a 8 inch hole, i didn't have my big auger then. i bet she was happy that she has such small feet.
11-20-2006 07:59 PM
Zman
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

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Z man you made my decicoin alot easier with your fancy chart thanks!
Great now Rad is going to kick my arse when he hooks a fish too big for his 9 inch hole!...what a great problem...

Jamie

Those 10 inchers can be dangerous...did you fish John the year they got like a foot of heavy wet snow the day before the contest and then the contest was in the 30's for temp...two of my friends while walking across John went straight in holes up to mid thigh...couldnt see where holes were from snow blowing the previous night...it freaks you out big time when your leg goes right through...no one broke a leg though...pretty wet and cold though...we got off the lake...it wasnt worth it...
11-20-2006 07:51 PM
jamiehughes
Re: 9'' auger is it big enough?

i like the 10, it gives me more room to get my net down alongside a big fish.
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