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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #20 on: Jan 01, 2014, 11:23 PM »
20 inches.  Drilling 5 holes for tip ups and 5+ jigging with an 8 inch hand auger with dull blades was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #21 on: Jan 01, 2014, 11:51 PM »
Devils Lake North Dakota.  Four feet.
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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #22 on: Jan 01, 2014, 11:51 PM »
We have drilled close to 50" I think.  It is hard to remember because I was a kid at the time.  I know the auger was pretty long and the motor still touched the ice.

Here is a video of some of the thicker stuff up north.

http://youtu.be/5WVzQ100qW4

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #23 on: Jan 02, 2014, 06:59 AM »
38 inches with a hand auger.

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #24 on: Jan 02, 2014, 07:57 AM »
I've heard stories of people back in the mid 70's using extensions but I never have, I've just about bottomed out the Jiff at around 38" - 40".

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #25 on: Jan 02, 2014, 08:00 AM »
18"-24" here in central Mass. and that pond averages only about 8' deep throughout the whole place, but 8lb. bass, and 20+lb. pike reside there.  By the time the the hole is drilled you're fishing in 4ft. of millfoil filled water.
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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #26 on: Jan 02, 2014, 08:05 AM »
Thickest I ever drilled was 16 inches by hand. Only have hand auger cause we don't get too thick of ice here in pa. Our on average is 8 inches or so I would say. Wish we had the ice like you guys do!


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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #27 on: Jan 02, 2014, 08:37 AM »
I made a trip to Canada with an outdoor wriuter and acouple of guys from Drummond Island 20+ years ago. We rode sleds way back in norht of Thessolon.

On the second lake we fished we were pracically on our bellies turning our mor hand augers. The bend of the handles were rubbing in the hole when we broke through. Much thicker and we would have been riding 20 miles back to the cabin with out fishing. as it was we onluy caught a few dink lakers.

We fished another lake the next day, higher in the mountains, that only had 18 inches of ice on it.

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #28 on: Jan 02, 2014, 01:29 PM »
How tall is an older Jiffy legend auger?

With how cold it's been in MN I won't be surprised if we are bottoming the auger out in Feb. Right now we're nearing 24", bout 10" more than normal by this time of year.
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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #29 on: Jan 02, 2014, 01:50 PM »
42" with a spoon auger and an extension back in the 70's, ONCE. Paid the guy with a homemade gas auger $1 per hole after that for Smelt on Gull and it got thicker that winter

Buck a hole would be a deal at that thickness and cost of gas. Heck with even trying to hand auger that. Wow and with a spoon auger. That would have been impressive to see.

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #30 on: Jan 02, 2014, 02:52 PM »
Last April was about as close to bottoming out my jiffy mod 30 as I have ever gotten, my knuckels were were just about touching the ice. Coincidentally the ice didn't go out on most of our lakes until May 12th.  :o

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #31 on: Jan 02, 2014, 03:02 PM »
Last April was about as close to bottoming out my jiffy mod 30 as I have ever gotten, my knuckels were were just about touching the ice. Coincidentally the ice didn't go out on most of our lakes until May 12th.  :o

That was a good problem to have in late April in Wisc. ;D

Just wish I could have gotten up north to fish tip ups on fishing opener. How many times can you finish and start the season with tip ups

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #32 on: Jan 02, 2014, 03:13 PM »
Last April was about as close to bottoming out my jiffy mod 30 as I have ever gotten, my knuckels were were just about touching the ice. Coincidentally the ice didn't go out on most of our lakes until May 12th.  :o
that's amazing we are starting our gardens half the time by than

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #33 on: Jan 02, 2014, 03:51 PM »
Have bottomed a gas auger, last season had a trip with some "complications" and drilled thru 16" with a hand auger for 2 days

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #34 on: Jan 02, 2014, 04:00 PM »
I fished West Battle Lake in Western Minnesota and almost bottomed out my Strikemaster auger. I'm guessing around 40". Around SE Wisconsin, the most was probably 24-30".

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #35 on: Jan 02, 2014, 05:38 PM »
My hand auger has an extension so probably at least 40 inches that was in college in Sault Ste Marie, MI in the mid 90's. We would take turns drilling until you got tired then the next person would take .

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #36 on: Jan 02, 2014, 07:13 PM »
I remember we had to put the 18" extension on the jiffy once at Moosehead and we were still bottoming out the motor at that point. It was a high of -5 that day. We caught over 20 touge and a bunch of salmon.

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #37 on: Jan 02, 2014, 07:20 PM »
Drill over 50" many years, usually need to put the extension on the auger mid season or I will bottom out the power head in the shack

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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #38 on: Jan 02, 2014, 08:06 PM »
Some where between 55-60''  Two guys on the auger and we drilled over 100 holes in a few days.  Good work out for sure ;D
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Re: thickest ice drilled through
« Reply #39 on: Jan 02, 2014, 08:08 PM »
26 inches with a spoon auger only four winters ago here in Nebraska. A sharp blade let me cut six holes before I crapped out. That was two more than the guy with the Lazer
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