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Cutting ice; gas or electric powered?

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019

Avid ice anglers are always looking to efficiently and easily cut holes even under the thickest ice conditions. It used to be all hand-labor which really minimized the number of holes one would be physically able to cut.

Today ice anglers have many options from using traditional hand augers, gas powered augers and battery powered augers that are self-operating units and even electric drill-adapted augers.

Here’s my take on when to benefit the most use the different auger types.

Manual & Electric Drill Powered Augers

Manual augers in the 4-6″ diameter size are most handy when fishing early season ice since where you are not walking out far and ice is usually under 8″ in thickness. Manual augers are lightweight and its easy to cut several holes through thinner ice. Some manual augers are also very compact where you can fold  them. Electric-drill adapted augers in the 6″ or even 4″ diameter are ideal if you need to cut over 20 holes of relatively thinner but still safe ice.

Gas & Electric Power Augers

These powerful big-boys are designed to cut many holes through any ice conditions. Since they are heavier than manual and power drill-adapted augers they are usually moved around the ice with machines. Gas powered augers have the longest life on the ice since they use very little fuel to cut even through the deepest ice.

In many case extension are required when ice is thicker than 3′. The downside of gas powered augers is that there can be fuel silage and issues with fuel lines or flooding and spark-plug related problems.

Electric battery powered augers are reliable, but in really cold conditions may loose their charge quicker under heavy use. Advantages is that they are very reliable, don’t require fuel, and as long as you have 2-3 batteries, you should have power to last you the whole days fishing.

Cost comparison

Price can be a factor for ice anglers and the least expensive way to go is to use a manual auger or an auger that has been modified with a electric power drill. Gas augers are more pricey and the newer electric augers the most expensive. It really comes down to individual choice and budget.

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YES-TV, Sat. Feb.16, 2019, 10:30 am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Wilderness Walleye Action.”

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019

Sat., Feb.16, 2019, 10:30 am join Italo as he shares tips on “Walleye & Pike Strategies.

You can watch most of our TV shows and video tips by going to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel. If you enjoy our TV shows and tips make sure to subscribe to our channel and receive notifications every time we post a new video.

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ClearDrift soft-beads for ice-Perch.

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019

I love to ice fish for eating size perch. Those are perch usually over 8″ in length.

While many anglers use live minnows to catch their fish I like to use artificial lures like the Jigging Rapala in the W2 & W3 sizes and the Blue Fox Flash spoon in the smaller size.

I always add a small plastic egg to the treble hook and find that it really gets curious perch to commit, especially the larger ones.

ClearDrift Floats soft-beads come in so many color and sizes to choose from. My go to is the glow-chartreuse in the 10mm size and if the fishing gets tough, or the perch get wearier, I drop down to the 8mm size.

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Lake Superior ice-Whitefish.

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Simeon Kubassek has been taking advantage of very thick ice up on the north-shore of Lake Superior and has gotten out for some amazing whitefish catches.

He has been fishing in 20-60’ of water using Rapala Slab Raps and ¼ oz wobbling spoons in blue/silver and green/silver. Makes sense since there are smelt and herring color imitations.

right near the bottom. Lake Superior whitefish get little pressure and if they move near you under the ice they usually smash the lure.

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BC Winter Steelhead update.

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This week’s feature image shows up a brilliant colored male BC steelhead.

Noel Gyger reports. Sunny with highs to -13 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and in good shape. Steelhead are being caught. Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow and be careful waking on the ice. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season.  Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and Steelhead are being caught. Note this reg: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon,  Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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