Choosing An Ice Fishing Auger
If you are a recent ice fishing enthusiast, you probably have never had to fish without an ice fishing auger, but many of the old timers of the ice fishing can remember the difficult and time consuming task of chiseling a hole in the ice to fish from. Now, thanks to the lightweight, compact and highly powerful ice fishing augers available there is little need to spend hours chipping out a couple of holes to fish from.
There are many different styles of ice fishing augers available. The model, size and power of the ice fishing auger you need is typically dependent on the amount of use that you want per outing. Some ice fishing augers may drill only a few holes a day while other ice fishing augers may drill 20 or more holes per day, especially if moving with a feeding school of fish. The more that you are planning on using the ice fishing auger the higher power, the more fuel will be needed, and the greater the need for a fast drilling ice fishing auger will be.
Some of the various components that should be considered when choosing an ice fishing auger include:
Electric, gas or manual ice fishing augers?
Gas powered ice fishing augers are easier to move across the ice as there is no requirement to carry a power source such as a battery. There is, however, the need to carry gasoline and oil, or to ensure that the ice fishing auger is full before leaving for the lake. Electric ice fishing augers are considered to be more environmentally friendly as there are no emissions.
Typically gas powered ice fishing augers are more powerful than battery operated ice fishing augers and are more effective for cutting through ice that is deeper than three to four feet. For ice that is thinner there is often little performance difference between gas powered and battery operated ice fishing augers.
Ice fishing augers can also be manual, using a rotary shaft to help provide torque and cutting power for the ice fishing ice auger. Usually ice fishing augers that are manually operated will be the lightest weight and the least expensive of the ice fishing augers and a great environmentally safe option.
The various gear ratios of the ice fishing augers will allow the user to regulate the speed of the drill which is a critical safety feature. It is also important for the gear assembly to be easily accessible to keep ice fishing augers properly maintained even in very cold weather.
Size of the drill
Drills are typically not wider than ten inches, with most being six to eight inches. If you are planning on jigging or using a tip-up, the size of the ice hole will be very important. Larger drill sizes are typically only found with gas powered ice fishing augers.