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LOTW 2/20
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Had a good trip. 34 FOW, landed 31, missed at least that many. Most were small with only 1 in the slot. Still a great time to be on the ice with the nice temps.

Posted on: 2/23 10:15:52
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Re: Electric Ice Auger opinions
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So I have been planning this purchase for a couple of years. Finally got to try an Ion X last winter. 10" bit through 40" of ice on LOW. It was able to cut all 6 holes in my house without issue. You can tell that it is doing work with that 10" bit. I have a 10" Eskimo propane and after using that for a few years I have decided to drop to an 8" when I go electric.

So, half the people I talked to said, get the Ion. The other half said, get the Strikemaster. After doing a ton of research, watching videos, etc, I went with the new Ion R1. I believe this replaced the X as it's considered a Gen 1 machine. Here's why.

Strikemaster: Laser blades are pretty much as good as they get when it comes to cutting fresh clean ice. One thing I noticed in every video was that when the auger started to break through the bottom of the ice, it jerks the whole thing down as it pulls through. Dealbreaker, no. But I could see it jerking into the floor of the wheelhouse, possibly cracking one of the hole inserts. Maybe I'm over analyzing.
Honestly this was about the only real downfall I could find. The power switch is instant vs the Ion with a slight delay, so hopefully I don't regret that.

At the end of the day:
Strikemaster-2 year warranty
Ion R1-3 year warranty

Both were the same price. Both came with a spare battery, but the Ion also came with a spare set of blades. Between the warranty and the extra goodies, my indecisive ass went with the Ion R1. Also, with it being a new model, I felt better about it not being old stock that had been on the shelf for a few years. I still have it in my head that those batteries are only going to last so long. Even if its new on the shelf, but been sitting for lets say 5 years, i don't feel like you will get full life out of it, but maybe I'm wrong.

Posted on: 2020/12/2 8:41
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Re: Need some advice on new graph
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If you want to stick with what you know, I have a LCX 25c on the bow that rarely gets used. Johnny Ray mount, external antenna and trolling motor transducer.

Let me know if you are interested.

Posted on: 2019/7/8 11:43
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Re: Which Monofilament
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I run Sufix on everything. 832 braid on my jig/snap jig rod with Sufix Invisiline Fluorocarbon for a leader. Last year I ran Siege on my rigging rods which I wasn't a big fan of. Going to try the new Advance mono for those this year.

Posted on: 2019/3/11 9:16
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Re: Eskimo propane Hc40 and P1 Rocket differences
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mine is either in the back of the pickup or in a sled, so the weight there isn't an issue. pulling it back up out of the hole with an 18" extension is not fun. 6 holes in the wheel house and I'm ready to be done. Reverse would be very handy.

Aside from that, I have had it for 3 years and am happy with the performance. It cuts nice, never short on power, fires right up.

Posted on: 2019/2/17 11:09
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Re: Eskimo propane Hc40 and P1 Rocket differences
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I have the HC40 10" propane. Auger speed seems slow at full throttle, but it cuts nice. It's heavy. Really wouldn't mind having an ION right now.

Posted on: 2019/2/14 10:14
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Re: Grill for wheel house?
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I'm thinking hard about another pellet grill. Pit Boss and Green Mountain both make smaller tailgater style grills. The GMG is a little more money, but it's stainless steel, has wifi and is half the weight of the pit boss.

I have a Pit Boss 820 at home right now and I am very happy with it.

Posted on: 2019/1/17 10:11
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Re: 6? 8? 10? Auger preference
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I bought a 10" eskimo propane when I purchased my wheelhouse. It works great in there, but for tip ups and the portable it seems pretty big. Tempted to switch to an electric of sorts for the wheelhouse. Propane doesn't stink it up or anything, but being able to hit reverse and pull slush down sounds appealing.

Posted on: 2018/12/11 9:41
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Re: New Winter Boots
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we just got my wife a pair of Korker Snowmageddon's. They were 30% off at the local bait shop. Came with the Boa cable system instead of laces and you can switch the treads out from standard tread to ice cleats. She hasn't gotten to wear them outdoors yet, but said they are very comfortable.

Posted on: 2018/12/4 12:50
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Re: Humminbird Ice 55 vs....
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Thanks everyone. Hoping to pull the trigger on the 55 here shortly!

Posted on: 2018/11/19 10:08
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