Nils hand Auger 4 1/2"

12/16/14 @ 10:55 AM
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fishermandune
fishermandune
USER since 4/10/13
Anyone have trouble getting fish through 4" or 4 1/2" hole I fish panfish (crappies & gills) mainly on the Mississippi backwaters. I tried a friend's 6" nils & like the ease of drilling with the nils without carrying a cordless drill. Was thinking going to a 4 1/2" would make drilling easier yet and even lighter. Any suggestions or opinions ? Thanks
Edited on 12/16/14 1:38 PM
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12/19/14 @ 9:30 AM
Otter Box
Otter Box
USER since 12/10/14
The 6" works great for the bigger crappie & gills. I had a 4-1/2" Nils and sold it so I could get the 6" auger. No longer lose 12" crappie at the bottom of the hole like I did with the 4-1/2". Also have had no problem getting large walleye thru a 6" hole. Having used both auger sizes, 6" is the way to go.

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12/18/14 @ 7:37 PM
Earlybird
Earlybird
USER since 6/21/01
I've had the 4.5 Nils long before they caught on and love it. Sold my power auger years ago and use a drill adapter my son made when the ice gets really thick, and I've gotten older! I think they make an adapter for them now. It was the best I could invest in at the time, but I would buy the 6" if I bought again.

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12/18/14 @ 9:54 AM
Phantom81
Phantom81
USER since 8/26/10
I used the 4.5" nils almost all season last year. Only problem I had was when a pike hit my crappie minnow and got stuck in the hole. it was a biggin. No issue otherwise, except you may run into issue with a transducer float.

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12/17/14 @ 9:56 AM
northernexsposure
northernexsposure
USER since 3/15/08
I would definitely go with the 6". The pics are 13" crappies in a 6" hole. I have gotten up to 15" thru the hole, but have had a couple break off trying to pull them thru the hole with the light line. If the ice isn't to thick you can reach down and grab them but once it is thick there is nothing you can do.

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12/16/14 @ 7:58 PM
Jiggin_4_gills
Jiggin_4_gills
USER since 12/12/06
I have a 4 inch laser auger and have never had an issue with 10" gills or big crappies.

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12/16/14 @ 2:45 PM
marbleeyes7
marbleeyes7
USER since 4/1/12
my thoughts exactly mig8tr. been on some really big crappies this year and sometimes the 6" is a chore to squeeze them through. def. have to pull the ducer out of the way. i think the 4.5" would be too small/ pain for me.

Edited on 12/16/14 2:45 PM
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12/16/14 @ 2:25 PM
migr8r
migr8r
USER since 2/8/11
I'd go with a 6" as well. I use a 5" Lazer for gills but if I think I'll get into any decent size crappies I use a 6". I've had 13" crappies get stuck coming up a 5" hole. Plus the 6" gives you a little more room for a transducer.

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12/16/14 @ 1:46 PM
marbleeyes7
marbleeyes7
USER since 4/1/12
honestly i would go with the 6", i use the 6" for early ice gills and crappies with out any issues. your not saving much weight in the 4.5" and they are so easy to cut with that i think having the 6" would just make more sense. if you hooked into a bigger fish you would also have a chance at landing it without having to break off your gear. my .02

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