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Offline lowaccord66

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #30 on: Mar 04, 2021, 10:14 AM »
Majority of what YOU catch, maybe, lol.  All kidding aside I do fish for big pike and a 6" hole is actually irresponsible to use for the size fish I am after.

X2.  My largest barely fit through a 8" hole.

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #31 on: Mar 04, 2021, 10:17 AM »
I could be fishing for dink perch i still wouldnt want a 6" hole...i prefer my 8", and wish i had a 10" especially on cold days when my holes shrink a few inches in a day

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #32 on: Mar 04, 2021, 10:43 AM »
I understand using a bigger hole when pike fishing.
The majority of the ponds without pike will never give up a fish that needs a 10 inch hole.

I'm probably just prejudice because I once stepped in a 10 inch hole that was invisible under a fresh foot of snow. Slammed my shin and filled my boot. Made for a long uncomfortable day. I was definitely cursing the guy with the 10 inch auger that day. ::)

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #33 on: Mar 04, 2021, 11:09 AM »
I stepped in my buddies 8" hole last week and fell...chit happens.

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #34 on: Mar 04, 2021, 11:37 AM »
I used to use a 10Ē hole but bought an 8Ē shaft for it after having too many people step in my holes (including me).
I still have the 10Ē shaft (Eskimo) if anyone wants to buy / trade for it.

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #35 on: Mar 04, 2021, 11:44 AM »
I run an 8 for everything but pike. I've seen bass that have barely fit up 8in holes. a 6in hole is useless in my eyes unless I was jigging for shiners but why not use an 8 at that point.

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #36 on: Mar 04, 2021, 12:26 PM »
I went to a 10Ē auger this year and LOVE it!  @)


Donít even have to pull my transducer out of the hole most times now when landing a fish!

And I donít know what the big fuss is about stepping in holes................d oesnít everybody wear size 13ís?! 😜
Where's the FISH?!

Offline rhunt16

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #37 on: Mar 04, 2021, 02:47 PM »
This is MA. We donít have any big fish here except for a few places that have pike. The majority of what youíre going to catch here will fit through a 6Ē hole.
Have you seen the trout they've pulled from Stockbridge Bowl this year? Most definitely wouldn't fit through a 6" hole!

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #38 on: Mar 04, 2021, 03:06 PM »
This is MA. We donít have any big fish here except for a few places that have pike. The majority of what youíre going to catch here will fit through a 6Ē hole.
I don't guess I'll be booking any fishing trips in MA, lol.

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #39 on: Mar 04, 2021, 10:54 PM »
I don't guess I'll be booking any fishing trips in MA, lol.

Donít come here for freshwater fish youíll be disappointed. The saltwater fishing is good though and worthy of a trip.

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #40 on: Mar 05, 2021, 05:20 AM »
I don't guess I'll be booking any fishing trips in MA, lol.

Come on down. Some guys just can't catch and are jaded. 

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #41 on: Mar 05, 2021, 08:52 AM »
Come on down. Some guys just can't catch and are jaded.

Says the guy thatís constantly talking about trips to NY and VT.  :-\

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #42 on: Mar 05, 2021, 07:22 PM »
Says the guy thatís constantly talking about trips to NY and VT.  :-\

I do just fine in Mass just no lakers to ice fish for. 

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #43 on: Mar 06, 2021, 10:33 AM »
I like my 9" holes. 

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #44 on: Mar 07, 2021, 06:44 PM »
8 inch is fine. for most fish, except for big pike. lakers :tipup:

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #45 on: Mar 14, 2021, 08:44 AM »
I found one that was the right size for me yesterday.  Jigged it hard too!




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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #46 on: Mar 14, 2021, 07:10 PM »
I hope you were using about a 10í pole to get next to that hole!

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Re: How Big of a Hole is Too Big for Ice Fishing
« Reply #47 on: Mar 14, 2021, 07:39 PM »
36" flipped the jig while I stood far enough away.

 



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