New Ice Fishing Have To Have

11/18/17 @ 8:24 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

What's new this year? What is the latest have to have item out there?

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12/5/17 @ 10:33 PM
Islandpoint69
Islandpoint69
USER since 12/17/16
Just a few I seen this year.the 10 inch screen aqua vue.expensive though!!the floating suits.strike master 40 volt auger.snow drop jig has this crystal like finish,look like a snowcone.the helix ice 5.I really like the k-drill and the Dewalt 20 volt drill.that will be my next thing for sure .frabill had a shack with a cushion storage seat/box thing in a 1 man shack.tucr rods I looked at the Web site and that's as far as the new ice fishing rod went.those rods were a little more then your $20 combo.some of the Marcum stuff with flasher and color camera are nice.so many toys!!k-drill and the Dewalt dcd996 drill are my next must have.that aqua vue is really cool maybe next year it will be cheaper.the camera even has a zoom feature by hitting a button zooms in on your jig.

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11/21/17 @ 6:21 PM
kyl_me
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USER since 7/21/08

I will be adding the clam plate this year. Got the m18 last winter and was using the side handle. The jaws on the handle actually toook a bite out of the housing. Returned that one and not looking to have it happen again after the warranty period. 

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11/21/17 @ 5:41 PM
Paddle Power
Paddle Power
USER since 1/6/17

Well I appreciate all the input. I see there are mixed opinions on the plate vs no plate and drill vs a more traditional auger, etc..

I think the drill set ups are awesome but niche and totally geared toward the hole hopper or run and gun type. Which to be honest is what I fish the most on the ice. I currently have a 6" lazer hand auger, I know it's not very efficient but it's light weight . I just have no desire to spend $300 on a drill that still leaves me at a 6" hole. Cranking a 6" hand auger hasn't compelled me to buy a very expensive brushless drill with very expensive batteries, yet.

I had an 8" Tecumseh powered auger that had some years on it but like a fool I lent it out and it got fried. I want a gas auger again, maybe even propane. Yes, I have experience with both and like both. I'm not sure if I'm totally on the propane wagon. I don't find 2 stroke fuel a factor as I use either TruFuel or VP in a pre-mix can (sans letting someone burn down my auger with straight gas... I should have known better) I just feel they're the more well suited auger if you want to fish bigger holes for northerns or big fish in the harbors. Maybe I'm dead wrong. 


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11/21/17 @ 4:34 PM
Hans Ryder
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USER since 6/5/17

Big musky the 6” Kdrill gets 6 less holes per 5amp battery then the 6” lazer and 10 less holes then the Nils. Really not a comparison as I’ve run them all.  This BTW was a test run by the IDO GUYS.  The people whom claim it’s better are obviously on the clam fan club or pro staff.  I’ve never met a group more pushy then the blue team.  I’m simply a guy looking to put out acurate info.  I’m not getting paid by anybody to push product.  Matter of fact several guys who I run with fish on team USA at the ice worlds.  They are all running a fin bore now saying it’s more efficient then the Nils is.  Mine is on order at the moment!

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11/21/17 @ 1:13 PM
perch chaser
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USER since 2/6/03

lotsa hair splitting here --- why all the fuss? --- WARM batteries and SHARP blades  keep them all pretty much equal. Balance  and ease of drilling can easily be taken care of by using a good pair of CLEATS. Especially on early hard ice with a thin cover of snow.

Myself I just use the side handle on my MKE18, more then adequate for my needs. Big difference in torque between the 20 & 36V. I once saw a guy using a 36V put down on the ice on Mendota, he got hung up in the hole and was using just the side handle, a good way to sprain or break a wrist or even an arm.

In that case I could see the clam base with its side handles being the unit you would want to use. 

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11/21/17 @ 11:21 AM
BigMusky12
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MEMBER since 12/22/04

my 6" NILS and 5" LAZER cut almost identical in speed and number of holes per battery.  

I think that is impressive since NILS is cutting over 40% more ice.  

I have heard from many the K Drill and NILS are comparable with K Drill better at reopening holes and NILS slightly faster on clean ice. 

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11/21/17 @ 10:52 AM
Hans Ryder
Hans Ryder
USER since 6/5/17

Fish hound, I told you already I sold that setup.  Glad I did for sure also.  Btw, the only way a Kdrill is faster then a lazer is if you removed the blades from the lazer.  Sorry been there and done that.  Actually in the process of gettin a fin bore.  Supposed to be faster then the Nils is. 

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11/21/17 @ 10:45 AM
BigMusky12
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MEMBER since 12/22/04

This is the first year I have not made any major ice fishing purchases in over a decade.  There is nothing that is must have out this year.  

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11/21/17 @ 10:24 AM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
USER since 2/13/17

"Its not all tradition its about “why do something different when what  have is what I like and is dependable”. I use battery tools every day, i know what could happen, an ruin a fishing trip.."

You gotta go with what get's it done, but I have to say that augers not starting, fuel leaks and starter ropes pulling out of power heads has ruined more than a few days out on the ice for me.

To each their own.

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11/21/17 @ 9:42 AM
Fish Hound
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USER since 1/29/02

Hans, I believe I offered to buy your set up so you could go back to your Laser. We could have even traded for the 5 inch and 7 inch Laser I don't use anymore after getting the K-Drill.

My 8 inch K-drill drills better then the 5 in Laser.

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