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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:31 PM 11/17/08 (CST)
I have asked this question in the past but thought I would ask it again to see what people think.

I don't get out ice fishing nearly as much as I would like. There are three main reasons for this.

1. No ice house
2. No power auger
3. No flasher

If you could only buy one of these which one would it be? I am trying to determine which one of these three items I can buy that would make me more apt to get out more often.

Right now I get frustrated with ice fishing pretty early in the year. When the ice gets thicker then 12" and all I have is the hand auger I can't move around much becuase I get too tired drilling new holes all the time. Also without the flasher its hard to put yourself on the fish consitently. I use paper maps and read shorelines and can get into general areas easy enough but pinpointing where the fish are is tough. And then of course I have to endure the cold while siting on my 5 gallon bucket. The problem is with a small to almost no existent budget its tough to remedy any of these situations.

So if you could only buy 1 item to get yourself into the modern era of ice fishing what would it be (flasher, portable, power auger)? Or do you have any good advice or tricks you picked up that help put fish on the ice when you where fishing without any modern advantage?


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:30 PM 11/17/08 (CST)
A good used Power auger can be had for about $150. My Jiffy Model 30 was $125. Strikemaster 2-HP are going to be $200-$250 used.
I would also keep my eyes open for a Clear-Water Classic Fish finder they can be found for around a hundred and are a great bang for the buck. Vexilar FL 8's can be had for $150-$200 used. Of course these prices rise as we get closer to Hard water season and decline later in the year.

If you go New on these items double the price.

Tough Call I'd probably start with a Flasher because you can still use your Hand auger for a good portion of the season. Then you can keep you eyes open for a good used auger down the road.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:31 AM 11/18/08 (CST)
I've done some looking for used gear, I might look at picking up something if I can find the extra cash.

Right now there are too many things on the "want" list including a puppy this spring, looks like that puppy won't be cheap either.

Ice fishing has probably been my one hobby that takes the first hit when I run out of time or cash.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:48 AM 11/18/08 (CST)
Where you from nofish, my proposed solution to your problem is this. Find a buddy who has some of the stuff and get some of the stuff yourself. I don't know where you are from, but I plan to buy a new portable. I have an underwater camera, not quite as versatile as a flasher, and I have a power auger. I try to get one more expensive thing each year, eventually I will have everything I want. I am from Big Lake. If you are anywhere close you could certainly fish with me. In fact if there is anyone out there who needs someone to fish with, let me know. I don't get to go out too much, but I would like to.

Dan



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:02 AM 11/18/08 (CST)
I would vote either auger or some sort of shelter.

I have a question that might help your decision. I did a quick search on ebay for augers and I see the adapters that allow you to somehow attach the hand auger to a cordless drill and bingo, you have a power auger. Does anybody have any experiences with them and do these things really work? If so there is one on ebay for $16.95, free shipping. That might fit the budget and leave you some room to look at a cheap shelter, I found an HT Polar Express for $100, it looks like some sort of one-person flip-up.

Just some ideas, good luck.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:04 AM 11/18/08 (CST)
I've heard of the cordless drill thing, seems to me that it would consume alot of power to drill through any amount of ice.

I also fish mainly the south metro or around the duluth area, although I live in St. Paul. Still looking for some good ice lakes near my place, I know there are alot of them but I haven't exlpored any of them on the hard water.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:32 PM 11/18/08 (CST)
I'm glad you asked about the Drill adapter.... cool smiley

I have used one almost exclusively the last two seasons. The keys are a good sharp hand auger. I use a 6" Lazer mag. The next key is a good Drill, I use an 18-volt Dewalt with newer battery's.

I can drill depending on weather conditions between 12 and 20 holes on one charge through a foot of ice. I bring 2 battery's so I have plenty of juice to drill a lot of holes.

I started using it for early ice and it worked so good I just kept going with it pretty much all season. I have drilled through 20"s of ice on Mille Lacs with it. It cracks people up when I have 6 holes drilled before they have their Power Augers warmed up and ready to go.


You will find many disgruntled users mainly because of dull old hand augers and less then stellar drills and batterys being used. It's not going to be cost effective to go out and buy a Good Drill just for this purpose but if you already have a good drill and sharp hand auger it may work for you.

For me it was the best $20 I have spent in a while.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:04 PM 11/18/08 (CST)
I'll have to look into it. I have the drill and I sharpen my auger blades each time I go out to make sure I'm not wasting effort drilling with dull blades.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:39 PM 11/18/08 (CST)
The adapter that I saw on eBay is made by a compnay named Nimrod. smile smiley

I make no representations, warranties (express or implied), etc. as to the Nimrod Ice Auger Drill Adapter.

Seriously, it says it works with various types of augers up to 8".

I searched "ice augers" on eBay and there were others. I am sure local stores, etc. have them too but at least you can get some ideas.

Good luck.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 01:50 PM 11/18/08 (CST)
PB, where did you get your drill adapter, what brand is it?


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