How big?

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2009/01/16 20:17:00 (permalink)

How big?

Gentlemen,
    Many years ago when we wanted to go ice fishing we just took a chain saw and cut a hole in the ice.  Then we sat on the block or used it to hold our rod.  When we were done we just pushed the block back in the hole and by the next day it was frozen up again. 
    Now I hear that there is a size limit on how big a hole can be?  How big?

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    Mr.Slickfish
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/16 20:40:42 (permalink)
    Your really gonna flyfish out there aintcha?

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/16 20:41:25 (permalink)
    Not big enough for the size of fish I catch

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/16 20:43:46 (permalink)
    I think a 10" dia. hole is the max.
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/16 22:47:31 (permalink)
    10" is max in pa.  Some places allow larger holes, particularly where spearing is popular.w_w.

    If it has fins and gills, I'm there.

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/17 00:01:05 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Mr.Slickfish

    Your really gonna flyfish out there aintcha?

     
    C'mon slick imagine the picture that would be on the front of the Erie paper if I did.  I could use a nymph and some weight and just stand 9' back from the hole.  Or I could use a tall strike indicator and stand back about 25' and wait.  I've got it all planned out.  I just have to find somebody who wants to help drive up there.  Just too much for my back and neck anymore to do it alone.  LOL!

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/17 10:15:55 (permalink)
    I think a 10" hole is WAY to big for safety reasons and total overkill! IMO
     
    You could easily break an ankle on a fresh 10" hole covered in snow.
     
     

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/17 10:56:37 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: mikeg

    I think a 10" hole is WAY to big for safety reasons and total overkill! IMO

    You could easily break an ankle on a fresh 10" hole covered in snow.



     
    Agreed, not to mention if you happen to have children or dogs out with you, it could become disastrous.
     
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/17 12:21:20 (permalink)
    I saw a kid put his leg through a 6" hole last year! Ruined his fishing for the day!

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/17 14:45:46 (permalink)
    Man Mike,
        Do you have any idea how hard it's gonna be trying to hit a 6" hole from 40' with a dry fly?  Especially in the wind conditions you have up in the bay.  I'll definately have to go with a bead head nymph,  or a wooly bugger.

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/17 22:57:09 (permalink)
    imo a 6in hole is plenty for pa geez i see folks a local mud holes drilling 8in holes for parr sized trout waaay overkill geez you could pull a seal through those holes lol 

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/18 18:41:05 (permalink)
    You ever tried pulling a steel-turd or a northern through a 6" hole, darn near imposible.  Not to mention trying to get papermouth crappie through the ice are much easier through a bigger hole.  Myself, once I start hitting the crappie later in the winter I bust out the power auger, which has a 10" bite.  Other then that I only use my 7" hand auger.  I agree that there aren't many uses for a large auger, but there are situations that they are nice or necessary.
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/19 14:16:55 (permalink)
    Trap,
     
    Do us all a favor and post your crappie spots! I want to catch some of those pigs you need a 10" hole for!
     

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    RE: How big? 2009/01/20 16:58:32 (permalink)
    I fish a lot with trap and I can say I LOVE it when he busts out the power auger....It's soooo nice pulling those fish through the bigger holes. No more lost fish by bonking them on the ice. By the way I have had gills and crappie not to mention numerous slimy steel and a few salmon no fit through a 6" hole!!!
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/23 10:34:24 (permalink)
    i went through a 12in hole last year and and that ruined my day i had wet feet all day and they were froze till i got home
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/24 13:56:00 (permalink)
    i found a nice 13 inch hole in the mouth of walnut friday my boot fit right in it
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/24 21:12:27 (permalink)
    Trap,

    Do us all a favor and post your crappie spots! I want to catch some of those pigs you need a 10" hole for!

    me too i want to get on these slabbers
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    RE: How big? 2009/01/25 00:01:01 (permalink)
    hey dont worry about them slabbers just get ready for the first day bash were gonna have were getting bigger than that lou ron truck kid and more champagne of beer for all no convict toms this year huh
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