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W_Morrison

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what size auger???
« on: Dec 08, 2008, 06:19 PM »
I got an eskimo z51 powerhead and I need an auger.  Trying to decide between the 8,9,or 10 inch.  What do you guys think?

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 2008, 06:25 PM »
Depends on the species your catching. I use a 10" but thats only because of some of the larger lakers we catch. If its panfish then 8" should be plenty and of course cheaper!

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #2 on: Dec 08, 2008, 06:27 PM »
Mostly panfish, but might hed up north once in a while for some pike and walleye

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 2008, 07:49 PM »
8 inch is fine

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #4 on: Dec 08, 2008, 07:58 PM »
flashers and kids both fit in 10" holes. 
 

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #5 on: Dec 08, 2008, 08:02 PM »
Get one of each then everybody will be HAPPY. ;D

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #6 on: Dec 08, 2008, 08:15 PM »
8 is nearly perfect, it gives you a little more room then a 6inch and you wont taks as much flak from the 10inch haters on this site,, ;D

But seriously, 8 should do you well, I have pulled everything from laker, pike and walleye thru one, no complaints

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #7 on: Dec 09, 2008, 01:16 AM »
I would have to say an 8".  I fish mainly gills and walleye and northern in the afternoons and evenings.  8" a general good size.

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #8 on: Dec 09, 2008, 04:05 AM »
6 inch would be enough.
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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #9 on: Dec 09, 2008, 04:52 AM »
8 inch is good for me...I can't wait to catch a fish that wont fit through an 8 inch hole. :o

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #10 on: Dec 09, 2008, 05:56 AM »
Depends on the ice and the target.  Ice 6" or less - hand auger to the size for the target (for total weight of equipment considerations and least amount of human energy output).  Ice over 6" power auger, 10" - only bc they don't make a 12" model.  ;D

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #11 on: Dec 09, 2008, 07:38 AM »
8" is a good all around hole size.

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #12 on: Dec 09, 2008, 12:58 PM »
8" has worked well for me so far, I do loose some fish at the bottom of the hole when the ice gets really thick though. When I upgraded to a gas auger, I went to a 10" to give a bigger field of view when trying to sight-fish in 36"+ of ice.
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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #13 on: Dec 09, 2008, 02:03 PM »
8 works great for me

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #14 on: Dec 09, 2008, 02:23 PM »
  Would you buy a car with  200 hp or 300hp?  My vote is bigger is better get the 10".

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #15 on: Oct 05, 2011, 08:14 PM »
I am going to order a nils hand auger:)
I currently have 6 inch auger.
Should I get the 6" again - it is easier to cut with I know.
How big of a fish (crappie, walleye, pike) can I get through a 6" ice hole?
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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #16 on: Oct 05, 2011, 08:53 PM »
Having fished through nearly every size hole available, I can honestly say that a 6" auger will cover 99.9% of my fishing.  I have 5" and 6" hand augers and an 8" power auger.  My power auger has a chipper style blade and I've pondered getting a Lazer (shaving) style blade for it.  If I do, I'll likely go with the 6".  Most of my fishing is for panfish, though I am known to set tip ups out for pike.  Still, I'm confident that a 6" will suffice in most cases.  I certainly don't think anything bigger than an 8" is warranted for any but a few anglers after the largest of prey.


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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #17 on: Oct 05, 2011, 08:54 PM »
Personally, if you are going to catch panfish, then a 6" is plenty...........I used a 4 inch for the longest time and never had a problem. If you are looking for walleye and pike, I would go 8"

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #18 on: Oct 05, 2011, 09:01 PM »
Not many fish will not fit through a 6" hole.   The only problem with a smaller hole is that as time goes by, the hole gets even smaller.. you need to chip it back open or drill another hole. 
That wouldn't be a problem if you are in a heated shanty jigging or doing a lot of moving around.  But If you set out tip ups and spend any time on the ice, it will start to refreeze.
If you choose to get a larger hand auger, you will be less likely to move as much once you have set up.  As you mentioned, it is harder to drill an 8" hole then a 6". 
I'd suggest sticking with the 6" Unless of course you are targeting Large pike and Musky....Other wise a 6" is plenty large enough...

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Re: what size auger???
« Reply #19 on: Oct 06, 2011, 03:27 AM »

           I have a 7" lazer hand auger & works just fine for me. A lot of the time I fish w/my sons both have power augers 8" & 10" & as good sons go they drill holes for the old man. I only request them to barrow or have them drill holes for me is when the ice is over 16" & I'm going to set tip-ups out. Of course there are the days I"m stubborn & hand drill all my holes just to prove that I can still do it. Helps to keep'em sharpe, that reminds I need to get mine sharppened. :tipup:

 

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