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8" or 10" auger

I have always used a 10" inch auger, but this year I am thinking about buying a new strikemaster light and they only come in 8". Is this going to be hard getting use to, and can i pull in big northerns through 8". What do you guys think?

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Matix,

I've got a 9" Jiffy that I really like. Last spring we
pulled a 23# northern through the ice and I did not think
we were going to do it. If I had used an 8" auger, that fish would not have come through the hole. That's the main
reason I went with the 9". The 10" was to big and the 8"
was to small. I guess it depends on lucky you feel and how
often you fish for the big fish. I know you have to find a
trade off some place in trying to decide, but I don't know
if I would use a 8" for pike fishing.

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First auger I had was a hand auger 4" Mora. I landed 6lb walleye out of the Res in Jamestown, 12-15-16 lb northerns through that hole. I never had a fish to big to come up the hole, however I did loose some fish trying to get them to start up the hole. I bought an 8" electric next. That is when I found out that panfish could turn and go back down on you. That unit was stolen and I bought a 10"!

Pro's of a 10" if using a perm house the holes can be used longer without redrilling. In a portable or open air fishing they freeze up slower on top. Better for getting larger fish to start up the hole. In clear water a bigger viewing area when looking down.

Disadvantage is weight, redrilling of partial holes, bigger target for gear to fall into, loss of fish if they come off the hook on the way up. In perm sometimes overall size beats a guys hands up next to the wall.

My 10" is going on 16 years, starts and runs great and cuts very well with the new ripper blade. I doubt if I buy another it will be a 10" though. I am getting older and like the weight factor of the new 8" and the blade advancements make them cut well. I fished a fair amount last year with a friend who has an 8". I landed a number of 15lb pike through those with little difficulty. He caught a 22lb pike on LOW and had no trouble at all.

If weight is a reason for change the 8" will take some getting use to, but I would make the switch and just might before season really gets going!

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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I mostly fish for panfish and walleye, but I also do some northern fishing. I wish the strikemaster lite came in 9" . I was at scheels the other day and picked one up, i could not believe how light it was, well i better decide quick. thanks for all the info guys.

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Go big or go home my friend. I love the ten inch, good for catching them big fish and falling in up to your waste in because of own stupidity. It may freeze a little quicker but lets face it, when its cold out its cold out and any hole on a lake is gonna freeze. I love the 10" especially when using tip-ups gives you a little more room to play with the line.

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matix, check out this forum on NSO. All about the new strikemaster. The 9 and 10 inch are coming if you are willing to wait a little.

Here is the link:

http://www.northstaroutdoors.com/forums/topic.php?fid=633&tid=19288


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I lost a big pike last spring because of my 8 inch, :(

16lb pike through a 4" hole? That scores pretty high on my BS meter.

 

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I have a 9" Jiffy and a buddy of mine pulled a 27lb Northern through the hole. Had to play him out to get his nose in the hole but once in the rest was history. I think the 8" is a little small and the 10" is too big especially if you have kids around. (Boots are still small enough to step in the hole.) They may not fall through but to have a kid on the ice with wet feet will not be a very memorable experience. Just my opinion, but I would wait and go with the 9".

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If youre current auger runs fine just buy an 8in drill assembly there very easy to change. Thats what I do I use the 8in most of the time unless Im on a body of water that has potential for really big fish then I throw on the 10 in. Why have one when you can have two for less money.

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Got a jiffy that i bought in the early 1980's.Still using it came with a 8inch put a 12 on it.One thing i like about the bigger holes is it make it easier to line up your hole's when setting up a ice house.Got to be careful have had to pull a few kids out of them.

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I lost a big pike last spring because of my 8 inch, :( 16lb pike through a 4" hole? That scores pretty high on my BS meter.

Lycanthrope | Dec 8, 2005 12:29AM

Once the head came up the fish is done, but you will notice I said I lost fish because of the size hole. I was not recommending a 4" auger. Some very serious big fish chasers I know use only 6" holes. The reason is that the fish will land themselves once they start up the hole. I have yet to see a fish that would not fit through an 8" hole when alive.

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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