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AlwaysFishing23

New Clam Drill Plate Rig

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AlwaysFishing23

Got my new drill plate rig last night. Dewalt brushless drill with 4ah battery’s. Spun a 8” lazer hand auger great last weekend in 6” ice. Got a 6” lazer hand auger bit to pair with the plate so it should be an excellent combo. 13.3lbs is what the whole setup weighted! That works for me. Got a heck of a deal on the setup to with price matching and coupons so I can’t complain to much. Can’t wait to get the thing out it should rip the ice up. Anyone else have one they’d like to share there thoughts about it? 

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eyeguy 54

drill baby drill! 

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tinker

Can't go wrong with that set up . I have similar with Milwaukee M18 . I have a converted 6 '' Mora and an 8'' Nils. I have quick connect pins so changing bits is easy. I use the 6'' to find fish and drill an 8'' hole for fishing. You can also drill the 6'' close to the 8 '' for your transducer. 

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AlwaysFishing23

Everything I’ve heard most guys have had nothing but good things to say about this setup! Can’t wait to try it. Planning on keeping the 8” if I want a bigger hole or chasing other species. Think I might pickup the clam adjustable extension for a little more length so it’s not so short. And maybe a few spare bigger dewalt batteries.

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AlwaysFishing23

With the crappy weather this week I decided today was a good day to go for a drive. Lake had 5-6” ice ( top was all honey combed) so the strength was not that great. But none the less ice is still ice. Tried the plate rig out. 26 holes and it still showed full battery. Very happy with the rig totally worth the money and wait no doubt! There was close to zero torque for the operator which will make drilling a lot more enjoyable. I didn’t try the 8” bit but I’d imagine it’s a lot less that it was with just the drill on it. 

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papadarv

I've had the clam plate for 3 years, started with a DeWalt but didn't like the Chuck which constantly came close rounding the clam plate hex shaft. Moved to a Milwaukee Mud Mixer with a keyed ckuck which held great. Mud Mixer issued is a thermo cut-out that shut the drill down on second or third hole drilled from 2 to 5 min. Finally went to take M18 fuel 2806-20 (1200 ip) 9ah battery. Chuck also occasonally came loose so I removed the chuck, made a chuck adapter and added the ION quick release. Retired the clam plate and made auger bit adapters for the quick release. Made a lot of usefull effective quick connect drills, slush, bank etc. running on my M18 drill.

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Chill62

Last year we did the Milwaukee with a clam drill plate.  This is the girlfriends auger system so for her Christmas present I got it painted with some cool graphics and a hint of pink so the guys knows who's it is.  Added the spring setup to help keep a more consistent throttle while drilling.  Wish we would have waited a year for the newer model to have the point but it is what it is.  We only have 2 batteries a 2.0 and a 5.0 and last weekend in 7.5-9 inches I got about 10 holes with the 2.0 before it was dead and I was on about 30 when we stopped for the day on the 5.0, we are slowly adding more batteries to the collection but like I said it's her auger so she doesn't drill that many holes.  I know a lot of people will bash the clam plate but the part I like is we spend how much money on an electric drill 200-300 dollars in most situations this drill plate keeps the drill off of the ice and will help protect the drill from elements that may shorten it's life.  

 

Last year when we went to SD we were fishing with a guide and pro staff member from Clam and he took a ton of the pictures of the plate up the food chain because he thought it was cool.  He informed me at that time that they were told do NOT mount a K-Drill onto a clam plate.  It seems weird that both are owned by the same company but it's just unique and he couldn't get into details but his wife was really excited and wanted to do this for her K-Drill but after that she lost all excitement.

 

After these pictures were taken we did remove the plastic ice shield and I also took a few passes of electric tape around the allen screw holding it on and I also tapped the allen wrench to the shaft so if I ever have problems I can undo the tape and tighten if needed and the tape will help incase the Allen screw ever comes loose.

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IceHawk

Chill that thing looks awesome bet she was one happy camper getting that !

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Chill62

She was very happy to have it and loves showing the guys that think because she is a girl she can't fish or doesn't know what to do.  This helps her be more independent especially early ice when we are scouting areas.  Late ice we have to put it away but it is nice up to about 18 inches of ice.  The company that dipped it had a ton of cool dips that I personally would have liked better but this matches closer to her jacket so thought it was a better fit for her.

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    • leech~~
      They keep using fish lbs per acre, instead of lbs per person!  Why is the lbs per acre higher on the 48,000 acres of the State waters. Because there are 1.4 million licensed MN anglers that can fish it.  Compared to the 240,800 acres of the Bands waters that only 5,873 people can fish. We know that the 1.4 million people are fishing because they bought a license to fish. There is no way all 5,873 band members actually fish because a portion of that population are babies, kids to small to fish and old folks not fishing anymore.   If "Pounds per person" for all would be used. The numbers per person is astronomically disproportionate!  That's why they will never use them as a comparison. Never! 😐
    • Horseshoe_Don
      Checked the ice this morning.    Went out the farthest I have so far, about 100 yards and found very little slush.   Snow was about 6" deep.    The ice was 4 to 5" and the water comes out 1" when you drill the hole.    This is plenty of ice to safely to walk to my walleye spot so I will fish for the first time Saturday afternoon.      Beware these condition only apply to some of the older ice and as always check for yourself before proceeding.    The winter access on shoe is unsafe and will be for some time due to it being open just a few days ago.   And never use the summer access EVER!   unless you like swimming in the winter.   Don
    • Bigfatbert
      leech , I see that you posted a confused face with my above post. I can explain to you and others about this post ,and agree it is/was probably confusing to read .That post was posted in regards to a post that I posted earlier in the day that was deleted by the higher power here on this forum, in which I find odd and completely unwarranted ... I’m assuming this was due to my mentioning of “Shadow Hunter Blinds” in my post about enclosed deer hunting stands . I believe the mentioning of and promotion of brand name items on this forum is a no-no .  I do realize the topic here is for deer hunting pictures and I was off topic with my subject matter of hunting blinds and for that I apologize, and while a few other posts above by others also strayed off topic with there talk and pictures about different types of blinds that they use and there thoughts on the comforts , reasons , pros and cons of the use , and different building ideas, so I just kind of followed suit with my post referring to the type of blind that I use , and very much enjoy hunting from , and the comforts of doing such from it just as others had chimed in with their posts about their time spent while using a enclosed box blind. My intention was to not promote Shadow Hunter products  whatsoever , but was to just say it as it is with my personal use and thoughts of a totally enclosed box blind . Ironic that some of my partial post on this matter were quoted by others that contained another brand name item , that being “mr heater” was allowed to remain on their post , maybe it just slipped by the higher gods here , I don’t know !!  Now with all this being said I must say I believe I have read about other “brand name” items like Yamaha , Evinrude , Honda   , Lund , Cresliner , Vexilar , Marcum , Lindy , Northland Tackle , Otter , Eskimo , (you get the picture) , for talk and the promotion of these items by many other people here on this forum and the higher power let those posts remain , hmmmm !!!!  So with all this being said I guess I must now say that this is not a slam by me directed to the moderator or whomever took it upon themselves to delete my original post because that also would be a no-no according to the laws of the land here on this forum , just some thoughts and statements by me referring to this post here , no harm done . Have a nice day all !
    • bowhuntingboy1
      That's a pretty misleading statistic though, as leech pointed out. 
    • Kettle
      I respect your concern fowlski, it was released without issues and zero revival was needed on the release. 
    • Bryan P
      @Rick Thanks Rick. 
    • Bryan P
      @Hoey Thank you. I appreciate the comment. I enjoy my fishing videos with just fishing and none of that extra BS. Underwater camera adds a nice touch too. And yes there was perch snakes for days down there for the biggins. 
    • kelly-p
      Walleyes in the Red Lakes begin spawning at 17 inches.  It would be pretty senseless to try managing the Red Lakes for larger fish. The present forage base does not provide the right food for the larger walleyes. As a result of that the larger walleyes die off at about 8 years of age. Right now the 2011 year class which was a big year class is dropping off.  This might change in the future as right now the forage base is in the best shape it has been since the recovery started but the bigger walleyes need a pretty rich food such as whitefish or tullibee and we are not seeing much of an increase for those fish.   Mesh size changes the size fish targeted. Also in the Red Lakes the larger walleyes are shallower and smaller walleyes deeper so the net placement will change the size fish caught. Look at the fishing reports right now with everybody complaining about too many fish too big for the slot. They forget that with the ice conditions everybody is fishing shallow. Nobody is fishing out in the basin where the smaller walleyes are. The supplemental netting only starts when the hook and line fishermen are not catching enough to keep the fisheries supplied and is 50% or less of total harvest. Hook and line fishermen have slot limits. The fisheries does not want the bigger walleyes. The supplemental netting started in 2009. If it was that bad as some believe shouldn't we be seeing results by now in harvest numbers dropping? Instead we are seeing rapid increases in harvest numbers and the lake is in the best shape it has been in since the 1960's.   State waters 6.24 pounds of walleyes harvested per acre. Bands waters 1.84 pounds of walleyes harvested per acre. With that I'm out of here. I've got better things to do then this.
    • leech~~
      The RL Band has 5,873 members.  Their Walleye quota for 2019 is 820,000 lbs or 139 lbs per member. So far they caught around 443,148 or only 75lbs per member.  Their catch limit is 75 fish a day. Anyone you know have kids or them that eat 75+lbs of Walleye a year?  But, it is their right to sustain life! 🙄 Here's the real reason they all need to eat so many fish.   Walleye 11lb – Morning Catch $175.89 – $186.89 It’s what Red Lake Fishery is famous for. Walleye is craved as one of the best-tasting fish available. They are prized for their rich, tender, flaky character. This is healthy eating too! Walleye is low in saturated fat with significant amounts of magnesium, potassium and Vitamin B12. Our Morning Catch Walleye is Wild-caught, hand-filleted and shipped to you the same day. You can’t get fresher, healthier fish anywhere.    
    • FowlSki
      That pike probably released about as good as those fish you witnessed the dnr gill net after doing a vertical on a fish that big.
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