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Offline snipersam

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hole size
« on: Mar 11, 2020, 10:00 PM »
what hole size does everyone prefer for targeting pike? 8, 9, or 10 inch? I currently only have 8 inch augers. I know of some used jiffys with the 9 inch bit.

I have never targeted pike but would like to. I have also never had a problem getting the biggest lake Winnipeg walleye up an 8  inch hole. not sure about a 4 foot pike though. Some guys say you need a 10, while others say a 8 is fine.

I have some round tipups that look like according to the tape measure they would fit right down a 10 inch hole.

Offline meandcuznalfy

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Re: hole size
« Reply #1 on: Mar 11, 2020, 11:26 PM »
8" is fine, especially with the round tipups, they'll barely cover a 10" hole.

Offline Seamonkey84

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Re: hole size
« Reply #2 on: Mar 11, 2020, 11:50 PM »
Main problem I see with smaller holes is getting the head turned right to go into the hole. Pike are long and skinny, same with trout and perch, so even 7” and smaller are usually fine but can be a pain. I usually fish with a 7” lazer on a clam plate and “older” M18 drill, but I bought a eskimo 8” for when I go after lake trout and pike.

Offline RyanW

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Re: hole size
« Reply #3 on: Mar 12, 2020, 03:26 AM »
8” is fine. You catch a pike to big for an 8” hole, well, I guess call it good day! :tipup:
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Re: hole size
« Reply #4 on: Mar 12, 2020, 07:04 AM »
Mostly depends on the size of pike you're on. A four footer while not unheard of is uncommon pretty much everywhere. I've landed hundreds of pike through an 8" hole over the years and only had a handful or so that were challenging (those, save one, were muskies) and one that just wouldn't fit at all. Larger holes are nice if your average size is mid-30" and up and a real plus if you've got over 20" of ice. Downsides to bigger holes are your tipups sliding down or making a hazard to step into later. Not to mention just toting a larger drill...
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Re: hole size
« Reply #5 on: Mar 12, 2020, 07:44 AM »
used an 8 inch auger for the least 11 years, caughed a 20.25lb pike fit through with room to spare, but I finally changed to a 10inch hole, I catch and release, and my regular 14lb tigers and pike were starting to get scales scrapped on the side of the hole. If you just pike fisihing for eater size or fun, and 8 inch hole is plenty, Have fun. Wood tip ups work better with a 10 inch hole, just for not being able to fall in
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Re: hole size
« Reply #6 on: Mar 12, 2020, 12:14 PM »
I use 8" all year for pike, but switch to 10" towards the end of the season.

Offline saxmatt

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Re: hole size
« Reply #7 on: Mar 12, 2020, 10:26 PM »
An 8” hole is fine for most pike but you’ll have trouble turning their head through thick ice once they get over 40”. 8” holes freeze up and shrink on cold days too. A 10” auger makes it much easier to land big fish.

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Re: hole size
« Reply #8 on: Sep 09, 2020, 08:52 PM »
It's amazing what huge fish will fit through an 8 inch hole.  At the same time, amazing at what small fish you will lose in that 8 inch hole too.
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Offline Baetis62

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Re: hole size
« Reply #9 on: Sep 09, 2020, 10:08 PM »
I had a Jiffy 30/10 handed down by Dad and after stepping into it a few times during late season slush I sold it for cheap.  Went Tanaka/Nils 8, Milwaukee/Nils 6 and Rigid/Nero 7.  I am all set.  Lighter, safer and happy.  Last time I went thru the 10" hole it hurt like a b for days and I was a long ways from getting back to the truck and still had a 3 hour drive back home. Black & blue for a while.

I get why the guys up North might need 10 to step/punch the thickest ice and extend the season but as far as a few big Pike or Lakers that won't fit thru an 8 I'll pass. 

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Re: hole size
« Reply #10 on: Jan 02, 2021, 12:22 PM »
Mostly depends on the size of pike you're on. A four footer while not unheard of is uncommon pretty much everywhere. I've landed hundreds of pike through an 8" hole over the years and only had a handful or so that were challenging (those, save one, were muskies) and one that just wouldn't fit at all. Larger holes are nice if your average size is mid-30" and up and a real plus if you've got over 20" of ice. Downsides to bigger holes are your tipups sliding down or making a hazard to step into later. Not to mention just toting a larger drill...
can i ask what plan b was for the pike that wouldnt fit?

Offline Knife2sharp

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Re: hole size
« Reply #11 on: Feb 10, 2021, 10:46 PM »
10" for me and I use the black foam disks under all my tipups, even my round wooden Beaver Dams, including the large ones that cover a 10" hole. The black disks under those are slightly larger, but the foam seals better on uneven ice. Plus, with a 10" hole, you have a couple extra inches when fishing really cold weather and the holes shrink.
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