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eyeguy 54

Advantage of 6 inch ice hole

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eyeguy 54

As I age and cant jump off the bucket as fast as I used to I am enjoying the 6 inch for that occasional dandy panfish that comes unbuttoned right at the top of the hole. They have a hard time turning around and zipping back down. :)  Doesnt happen often but my chances of grabbing the fish are improved when it does. 

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mrpike1973

I absolutely love a 6 inch hole more holes per charge and a hardly ever lose a fish in the hole. I had a 8 inch and sold it. I panfish 99% of the time with some cats on the chain and at our get together almost everyone used a 6 inch hole. everyone got them up.

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IceHawk

Agree 6 inch is defiantely the way to go for panfish especially when running gunning. But I'm a 8 inch guy like that little extra room as I rarely pull the transducer when iceing panfish.  I'm also a big walleye guy so that really helps landing fish! The one thing bad about you  6 inch guys is that I cant crack the top of your old holes very easy with my 8 Lol!

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Mike89

easy to cut the 6" and eye guy, like me is getting older!!!  

 

besides a 2nd hole beside the first is where the transducer goes!!!:)

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IceHawk

You hole hop like me or the guys I fish with you just added another 50 holes or better to your day doubleing them up for transducers. Rarely do we plop down in one spot unless its lights out!  ;)

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eyeguy 54

True dat!  Ducer slides right next to the ice. I did fish in a couple 8 inch holes yesturday for a couple minutes after some guys left. Almost felt like i needed a life jacket on!! Lol

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Naturboy

I’ve got a 7” and a couple things I don’t like about little holes is that if it’s cold which sometimes happens in the winter they freeze up fast. Takes less energy to pop a hole really helps.  6” holes are to small for my ice scoop and if you need another hole for a transducer hows that easier?

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Tom Sawyer
On 4/4/2018 at 11:05 AM, Naturboy said:

6” holes are to small for my ice scoop

Never had a problem with my scoop in a 6" hole0226181824b.thumb.jpg.12569cd8e38762d96bbb4924deea88e4.jpgDSCN4015.thumb.JPG.a3664b161adee75ce91ea98672786a69.JPGGuess I'd consider buying a different scoop :D

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Naturboy

Never said u couldn’t get fish through the hole, just that if it’s cold they freeze shut fast. 

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Borch
53 minutes ago, Naturboy said:

Never said u couldn’t get fish through the hole, just that if it’s cold they freeze shut fast. 

You just need to catch fish faster to keep it open!  ;)

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Tom Sawyer
15 hours ago, Borch said:

You just need to catch fish faster to keep it open!  ;)

Maybe he's just fishing dead holes? I've seen that happen :(. The holes freezing in, that is :crazy:

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Bass Thumb

Re-opening abandoned 8" holes from a couple days prior is a huge advantage to using 6" drill augers, especially on years like this when the ice is three-feet thick.

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