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colanut
Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 08:55 pm


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What size hole does everyone use at this spot? I plan on trying specifically for larger fish (whitefish, walleye, ling). I recently purchased a 6" hand auger to save my shoulder. I do have an 8" as well, but I am hoping the smaller one will do. I fish from a portable tent, and walk out, so no running and gunning. I usually drill only four or five holes anyway. When I went last week, I only caught perch, so the hole was fine. I don't want to hook a beast and have it not fit through. I might just be dreaming, but it's a good dream and keeps me coming back.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 08:58 pm


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You can get a big fish through a 6 inch hole

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 09:00 pm


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For white fish and lake trout... the bigger the better. I have pulled wf out of a 6 inch hole before. You can do it but you reduce your chance of landing the fish and losing a fish at the hole really sucks. You will have nightmares about it for years to come. So don't let your dreams become nightmares. Ice is thick and I can understand you wanting to use the 6 inch. Look into getting a drill adaptor kit in the future. I bring the 8 inch even for perch.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 09:18 pm


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8 inch...

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 09:21 pm


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Walking your best bet is a 8inch hole.....10 inch is a luxury and done by a gas auger.....will load you down more.....10 inch better if you have a sled or a quad.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 10:06 pm


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I use a 10" hole.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 10:18 pm


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I used a 6inch manual auger for years and had no problem getting lakers and whitefish through it.

When I bought a gas auger it was 8inches and was more than adequate as well.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 - 10:54 pm


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I use a 6... but I always tell people its 8. 😬

I have not caught any trophies, but the average whitefish Ive caught fit through with space to spare.

Now, if you are like these guys... you need a bigger auger!

https://youtu.be/3htJNezu0XY

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Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 01:14 pm


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Depends what you are going to put in the hole.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 01:24 pm


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i use a 6" and drill 3 holes (mickey mouse shape) no problem with lakers

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Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 01:44 pm


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I fish out of Innisfil and a 6" hole works great for me. Mind you, I fish with my daughter who is 5, so a smaller hole means less likelihood I'm fishing something off the bottom of the lake..

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Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 02:02 pm


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Always 8"....I Always bring some dead branches to Mark my holes....

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Lanternman75
Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 03:48 pm


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just drill two holes with a slight overlap, allows you to get your hand down and have room to pin the fish against the side of the other hole and lift it out. The trick really is ease up on reeling as the fish gets close to the bottom of the hole and watch his head position; once its right under the opening pull up if its off to the side keep the rod loaded but let him fight freely until he centers and keep you line from touching the ice, if it runs hard drop your rod tip into the hole and repeat, most lost fish at the hole is because people reeled the fish right to the bottom of the ice and missed the hole, they struggle to drag the fish to the opening and either slack the line or break it off due to the extreme angle of the line and or rubbing against the ice. Learn this technique and you will lose way less fish at the hole


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Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 05:17 pm


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QUOTE (nocod @ Feb 13, 2018 - 08:58 pm)
You can get a big fish through a 6 inch hole

You can get a bigger one through an 8" hole.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2018 - 05:43 pm


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On lakes where big fish are possible l would go with a 10 inch

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