Each auger has its pros and cons as to why people choose the one they own. There are three different kind of augers; a hand auger, gas auger and an electric auger.
Each auger resembles a screw with a blade at the end that cuts through the ice when it’s turned. Hand augers have a nob at the top to be held with one hand, while turning the handle with your other hand. A gas and electric auger both operate the same way, except the way they are powered on. An electric auger has a power button to start it and a gas auger has a pulley system that has to be pulled in order to start it.
This past Friday would’ve been the best day to have a gas or electric auger to drill the holes because by the time I got done drilling through 30 inches of ice, which took five minutes for one hole, my arms felt like Jell-o. Lucky for me, I only drilled one hole. Because Zac and I used tips-ups, we had to drill six holes total. One for the fishing camera, two for our fishing poles and three for the tip-ups.
Tip-ups are devices used for ice fishing in which two rods are connected, making an ‘x’ when set up. A wire is attached to a rod that is tripped, raising the orange flag (signal flag) when a fish takes the bait.
“I like hand augers because it cuts down on the weight of equipment when walking with the shanny,” said Zac.
That day would’ve been the perfect day to have a gas or electric auger because it would’ve also cut down on the time we spent drilling holes. Overall, it took about 30 minutes to drill all six holes which could’ve been spent fishing.