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Slade247

Will I need an auger ext.

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Slade247

We are coming up this weekend and wondering if I will need an auger extension. Fishing out of Brandts. Thanks

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keyks42

good ? it has to be close

Mark

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Norsky

You can get by without one, just make sure to shovel out some of the slush and snow before the bottom of the auger gets down there or you'll have it freezing up like mine did, then you'll have to hold it over your heater for a while to melt the ice out.

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rcatcherman

Today at strike master in big lake I picked up a 10 inch extension for $7.50.

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Shack

I did not go up last weekend, but the extension did go on and it will stay on for the rest of the season.

I would just put it on now. Like said above, it will save from having to dig out before your hole is drilled. You drill 10-30 holes, that is a ton of shoveling wink

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mniess

We were at the top of our auger last Thursday out of cove bay. if you got it, put it on.

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eelpout1

We oalso were very close on the few holes we were able to drill (auger Problems) when I go to strick master this morning I will pick one up also, it will make for less shoveling

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james_walleye

Last weekend my friends wheelhouse was a foot off the ice and i got through with my jiffy. The tip up holes i drilled i had plenty of room.

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Cecil

I would put it on if you got it.

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bak2MN

Put it on it cant hurt. It would suck getting out there and be able to get through the ice. Fishing is better all the way down through the ice to the bottom of the lake.

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budboy

I was out thursday and just made it without an extention i would put it on.

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stifler51

went out yesterday and didnt need one

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fisherman27

On the south end i would recomened putting it on. I had mine on, and boy was I glad.

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HeviShot

Had no problems without one anywhere on the east side, 7 mile, and 8 mile.

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troutkingmaster

Coming up this weekend,I have an auger extension that I will bring but would prefer not to put it on unless I need it. I have a 42 inch shaft/auger. Should I put the ext. on now or wait to see if I will need it?

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hugonian1

You won't need it unless you hit some ice that shelved up.

With the melt down of the snow on top it made a big difference.

Good luck.

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fishingMN4eyes

You should be ok, but it's probably not a bad idea to have one along.

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DoubleLunger

Snow is all but gone, so won't need it.

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wahkonfisher

I was out on Sunday at Banana Reef and just got through without mine but only had an inch or two to spare and there wasn't really any snow on the surface to speak of. In any event, I always have it with just in case I need it. I would suggest throwing it in your bag and bringing it with. You never know when you will need it. They aren't that expensive and it stinks to have to drive all the way back in to get it.

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picksbigwagon

I was north of Hennepin Is. on Monday, and I didn't need the extension, but I had it on anyway. I really liked the extra heighth (6") that it gave me, I didn't feel like I was stooping over when I was fighting my auger through the hole (seperate issue, it is in the shop right now) Of course I am a little taller than your average person so the extra length was actually quite comfortable.

If you have it, bring it.........

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