Manual Auger Question

Page: 12 > Showing page 1 of 2
Author
hiclassHilbilly
Pro Angler
  • Total Posts : 1052
  • Reward points: 0
  • Joined: 2009/01/07 22:46:38
  • Location: Glendale, pa
  • Status: offline
2010/01/04 22:47:01 (permalink)

Manual Auger Question

I have never ice fished and might get into it, but dont wanna spend alot of money till I see if I like it.

How brutal is it to use a hand auger on ice? What diameter ould you recommend and how long does it take to auger a hole?

any help you can provide is appreciated.

:) HCH

"A Homewood man led police on an hourlong car chase that ended with a crash injuring three officers.

"The car was driving itself," Wright said. "The car has a GPS. It's a Lincoln Navigator. They drive themselves. I wasn't running nowhere."
#1

34 Replies Related Threads

    DaFuNK
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1992
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/06/23 09:23:25
    • Location: Erie, PA
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/04 22:51:25 (permalink)
    its easy as pie (as long as your blade is sharp)

    7" is a good size to have...

    takes about 20-30 seconds
    #2
    hiclassHilbilly
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1052
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/07 22:46:38
    • Location: Glendale, pa
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/04 22:58:40 (permalink)
    that sounds easy enough... I have pneumatic air tools here and can sharpen blades. thanks for the response.

    "A Homewood man led police on an hourlong car chase that ended with a crash injuring three officers.

    "The car was driving itself," Wright said. "The car has a GPS. It's a Lincoln Navigator. They drive themselves. I wasn't running nowhere."
    #3
    mr.crappie
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 2549
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2002/09/05 21:51:29
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/04 23:17:51 (permalink)
    A good bet would be to go out on the ice & ask people why they are using what they are & why, then offer to drill some holes for them with thier drill. I know I  wouldn't turn down a offer like that. Like everything else on here I am sure that you will get different opinions. The size of the hole depends on what you are going to mainly fish for, with the smaller ones being easier to drill by hand.I fish in the open & find that the smaller holes freeze up too quick & if you do hook something like a steely or a toothy critter you will have more of a prob. landing it.As far as time or effort,depends on ice thickness & the # of holes that you plan to drill. I personaly use a 8" gas drill & love it. Some people feel that the gas ones scare the fish, but I think that it actualy draws fish to it,at least trout ,perch ,gills,& crappie that I mainly fish for. Although I can't use a hand drill due to health prob., they are lighter & more mobile. Also used hand drills are usualy hard to come by. BTW gas or hand auger,be extreemly careful around the blades.   sam
    #4
    Invicta
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 482
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2004/02/08 00:11:58
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 00:38:14 (permalink)
    a 6" auger is more than adequate for PA ice fishing. as long as the blades are sharp you can drill through 6-8" of ice in 30 seconds or so. you can easily ruin set of blades if you try sharpening them yourself, unless you really know what you're doing.
    #5
    MuskyMastr
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 3032
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2005/06/30 17:39:29
    • Location: Valley of the Crazy Woman
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 02:10:15 (permalink)
    Seldom we get enough ice around here to worry about wearing yourself out with a good sharp manual. Keep the diameter down and the blades sharp.

    Better too far back, than too far forward.
    #6
    gusgus637
    Novice Angler
    • Total Posts : 98
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2003/01/17 16:58:19
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 08:27:17 (permalink)
    I use a 5" Lazer that cuts ice like butter.  I have been using it for about 6 years now and love it.  I have fit 10lb steel's and 6lb bass through the hole no problem.  I do remember it costing a pretty penny, but well worth every dime.  My first auger was a 7" mora that after 1 hole my arm felt like it was about to fall off. 
     
    Now if you are fishing for Pike, Muski, Bass, Steel... I wouldnt suggest it, but if you are targeting panfish, you cant beat a 5" auger. 
     
    As for sharpening, i wouldnt even try.  I have made seveal atempts back in my Mora days and all but 1 resulted in failure.  I replace my Lazer blades every 2 years.  If you do your research there are places online that you can exchange your blades for new ones to save a few bucks. 
    #7
    Bogeyjoker
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1704
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2000/12/22 14:02:54
    • Location: NW PA
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 09:32:56 (permalink)
    You really don't need anything larger than a 6" auger, but it's nice having the extra space that a 8" auger provides.  I use a 6" Lazer when I'm traveling light, and an 8" Nils Master power auger (bought it here on FishUSA) when I'm not.  I used to tease the sissies who needed a power auger...now I guess I am one of those sissies .  When you're covering a lot of ice, especially later in the season when the ice is 15-18" thick, it's nice to have a power auger that can cut through in a couple seconds.
    #8
    hiclassHilbilly
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1052
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/07 22:46:38
    • Location: Glendale, pa
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 10:51:33 (permalink)
    wow, thanks for all the info. I guess my next question is how much good, clear ice is required to be safe on? I don't want a precarious amount, but an amount that I can be SURE I am not going through by walking on it. Is 5" enough?

    "A Homewood man led police on an hourlong car chase that ended with a crash injuring three officers.

    "The car was driving itself," Wright said. "The car has a GPS. It's a Lincoln Navigator. They drive themselves. I wasn't running nowhere."
    #9
    davef
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 977
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2000/11/14 16:27:59
    • Location: somerset
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 11:01:57 (permalink)
    I was always told to treat it as there is no such thing as safe ice. Many moons ago I went through at high point when there was about 13 inches of good solid ice. Some yahoo drilled a bunch of connected holes so he could keep fish alive and never marked the hole after he left. A couple of snows later you had no idea where it was.

    Normally it would have probably been ok and refrozen but there was a couple warm days between the time he drilled it and the new snow that covered the hole.  If I had waited till daylight to go out I might have noticed the change in color of the snow/ice and been able to walk around it.
    #10
    gusgus637
    Novice Angler
    • Total Posts : 98
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2003/01/17 16:58:19
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 11:02:41 (permalink)
    5" is perfect.  If noone else is out and i have not been on the water i like to drill holes every 5-10 yards to check the thickness.  3" of clear/black ice is safe, but use caution.  I tend to avoid having many people standing around me during early ice.  Best thing to do us use common sense and you will never have a problem. 
    #11
    hiclassHilbilly
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1052
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/07 22:46:38
    • Location: Glendale, pa
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 11:12:40 (permalink)
    the places I will be fishing will probably not have anyone on them all winter, so phantom holes won't be a problem. I have some honey spots that I kayak into in summer that are almost unfished and there are some nice pike around (supposedly, they keep biting my line off), some big bass and big perch/crappie. I am a catch and release guy, so hopefully the fishing is hot enough to keep my interest. haha.

    "A Homewood man led police on an hourlong car chase that ended with a crash injuring three officers.

    "The car was driving itself," Wright said. "The car has a GPS. It's a Lincoln Navigator. They drive themselves. I wasn't running nowhere."
    #12
    rdallproisp
    New Angler
    • Total Posts : 5
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2006/06/15 12:20:28
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 11:53:39 (permalink)
    If you are fishing a place that no one else fishes, definitely take Gusgus's advice seriously.  In addition, make sure you have a tape measure handy to measure the clear ice.  In regards to augers, I use a Mora 8" that works just fine.  I only get worn out when I have punch over 10 holes to find the fish.  Im thinking it might be a good idea to have my buddies wife tag along so she can drill all of the holes for us so I can save energy to rip lips.  :)
    #13
    mr.crappie
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 2549
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2002/09/05 21:51:29
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 18:59:03 (permalink)
    It would be considerate of you to wrap the skimmer handle with pipe insulation so that she doesn't get her hands cold while keeping the holes free from ice for you guys. Who says guys aren't considerate.  lol  sam
    #14
    onestring
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 269
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:57:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 20:06:36 (permalink)
    thats great






    ORIGINAL: rdallproisp

    If you are fishing a place that no one else fishes, definitely take Gusgus's advice seriously.  In addition, make sure you have a tape measure handy to measure the clear ice.  In regards to augers, I use a Mora 8" that works just fine.  I only get worn out when I have punch over 10 holes to find the fish.  Im thinking it might be a good idea to have my buddies wife tag along so she can drill all of the holes for us so I can save energy to rip lips.  :)

    #15
    carpin06
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 498
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2006/01/01 00:08:56
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 22:45:39 (permalink)
    onestring,any more after i left?????
    #16
    onestring
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 269
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:57:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/05 23:01:09 (permalink)
    i got a pig in the middle of the lake on the black jig with a bag ran out of good mags so i tiped it with a sac


    didnt get a hit on worm all day bud and i jigged my but off
    #17
    fishmaster50
    Novice Angler
    • Total Posts : 79
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/20 19:33:04
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 09:26:29 (permalink)
    if your going to fish by yourself best thing i can say is to wear a life jacket or have a suit that will float ya and carry some sorta spike things to help ya out if u do go in or tie a rope to a tree and take out with you
    #18
    onestring
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 269
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:57:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 16:24:12 (permalink)
    went back this morn hooked three landed two the third i was using a lil float with slit in it wit a pick to stop the line well the darn pick froze and while trying to take it off the line broke BIG FISH
    #19
    onestring
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 269
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:57:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 19:12:18 (permalink)
    C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Pictures\Picture\Picture 007.jpg
    #20
    onestring
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 269
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:57:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 19:35:04 (permalink)
    I TRIED OH WELL

    <a href="http://s975.photobucket.com/albums/ae235/ONESTRING_01/?action=view¤t=Picture007.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae235/ONESTRING_01/Picture007.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    [
    quote]ORIGINAL: onestring

    C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Pictures\Picture\Picture 007.jpg

    post edited by onestring - 2010/01/06 21:32:42
    #21
    pghmarty
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 5951
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2004/12/05 01:02:33
    • Location: Bradford Pa then Pittsburgh
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 20:59:39 (permalink)
    Help for those that need it posting pictures.

    http://forums.fishusa.com/m_33830/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm#33830


    #22
    Mountian Man
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 4090
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2007/04/16 10:33:36
    • Location: THE ABYSS
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 21:16:28 (permalink)
    Get a gas auger and punch 20 holes in 30 seconds....

    Thread Killer

    Veni Vidi Vici...
    #23
    DaFuNK
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1992
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/06/23 09:23:25
    • Location: Erie, PA
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 21:25:37 (permalink)
    lol.. manual or gas, ya gotta have a hole

    and make sure you get one of those gasoline operated sleds to head out onto PI Bay with.. screw walkin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN9rW__S3Gk

    fishin with style.. lol
    post edited by DaFuNK - 2010/01/06 21:26:54
    #24
    onestring
    Expert Angler
    • Total Posts : 269
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:57:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 21:49:09 (permalink)
    [image][/image]<a href="http://s975.photobucket.com/albums/ae235/ONESTRING_01/?action=view¤t=Picture007.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae235/ONESTRING_01/Picture007.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    #25
    DaFuNK
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1992
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/06/23 09:23:25
    • Location: Erie, PA
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 22:16:53 (permalink)


    onestring, Use the "Direct Link" on photobucket and then put your hyperlink in between your tags like this:



    [image]http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae235/ONESTRING_01/Picture007.jpg[/image]



    post edited by DaFuNK - 2010/01/06 22:20:30
    #26
    DaFuNK
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1992
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/06/23 09:23:25
    • Location: Erie, PA
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 22:19:35 (permalink)
    thats a nice lookin fish btw...

    you wheel him in by hand or with a rod?
    #27
    slider14
    Novice Angler
    • Total Posts : 96
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/10 11:05:01
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 22:34:57 (permalink)
    thats absolutly hilarious
    #28
    hiclassHilbilly
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1052
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/01/07 22:46:38
    • Location: Glendale, pa
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 22:40:36 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Mountian Man

    Get a gas auger and punch 20 holes in 30 seconds....


    has anyone ever heard of using a chainsaw to cut square holes? I question the safety of it, b/c of the corners that could create a fracture point that the round holes wouldn't. It would be fast though.....

    "A Homewood man led police on an hourlong car chase that ended with a crash injuring three officers.

    "The car was driving itself," Wright said. "The car has a GPS. It's a Lincoln Navigator. They drive themselves. I wasn't running nowhere."
    #29
    DaFuNK
    Pro Angler
    • Total Posts : 1992
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/06/23 09:23:25
    • Location: Erie, PA
    • Status: offline
    RE: Manual Auger Question 2010/01/06 22:47:03 (permalink)
    yeah it needs its own thread i think
    #30
    Page: 12 > Showing page 1 of 2
    Jump to: