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The Electric Advantage

 

I own an Ion Electric Auger.  I’ve had it for six years as best I can figure, and I can say that the conversion to an electric auger came easily, as someone stole my gas auger.  I was excited about an electric though.  The auger weighed less, cut well, and doesn’t drip gas on my hands, which could spoil the day’s fishing efforts.  The reduced weight was spectacular and life altering.  The electric weighs about half of those standard gas models and this makes handling it a breeze for practically anyone, and this is a wonderful thing.  Another huge bonus is that it is quiet.  I mean really quiet.  The only noise made is that of blades cutting ice, and that is a peaceful noise.  Gone too, are the days where I would have to carry a jerry can of gas in the box of the truck.  I am happy to say bye to that.


An electric auger is light, and easy to handle.

An electric auger is light, and easy to handle.

The big questions I had with getting an electric was how many holes I could cut and would this limit my fishing options?  Turns out that the advertised 1000 inches of ice per charge was about right, which said another way is about 40 holes through 2 feet of ice.   Because I like to cut a whack-ton of holes, I bought a second battery, which has come in handy.  I did notice that after several years the performance of one of my rechargeable batteries was noticeably reduced, so I bought a replacement battery last winter and I am right back to where I used to be when the auger was new.


My electric is durable and has given me years of great service.

My electric is durable and has given me years of great service.

With the option of getting extra batteries, there is no question about how many holes you can drill in a day.  I also find the batteries take a charge really well.  That is, they don’t take exceptionally long to charge up.  So, after owning my Ion for many years, I give it my personal endorsement.  It is durable, and has logged many hundreds of hours cutting thousands upon thousands of holes.  And a neat bit of trivia, the day I bought the auger I immediately bought a set of extra blades, and I am happy to say that I am still cutting with the originals.


My friends and I are super pleased with the electric.

My friends and I are super pleased with the electric.

I’m not here to try to sell you an Ion, but rather to say that an electric auger is the real deal, an outstanding tool, and makes life on the ice, better.  There are a number of quality electrics on the market now, but my experience is limited to the one I own, so that’s what I can comment on.  If you have thought about, or are looking to make the jump to electric, I’m here to say that this would be a very good decision.


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(1) The Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening

(2) Tackle requirements for bonefish

(3) Turning a Water Wolf into a Pussy Cat

(4) The Electric Advantage

(5) Winter Reading

(6) Watch Your Back

(7) Tips and Tricks For Catching Catfish

(8) Unscheduled Pit Stops

(9) Double Dry Flies

(10) Trolling Speed, Depth and Pattern

(11) Nature’s Clues

(12) Keep Your Fly On The Water

(13) Staying in Touch

(14) Consider a Longer Tippet

(15) Run and Gun

(16) Casting

(17) Up a Muddy River

(18) The JawJacker Catches Fish

(19) Getting into Fly Tying

(20) Giving it Your Best Shot

(21) The Raven

(22) Taking out the little ones

(23) Down Stream Dry Fly Fishing

(24) Fishing Streamers

(25) Fishing Streamers

(26) Fishing Streamers

(27) Barbless Hook Blues

(28) Salt Water Fly Lines

(29) April: The Last Ice Hurrah for Ice

(30) What are your boating needs

(31) Keeping It All Together

(32) To Jig or not to Jig, that is the question

(33) The Strip Strike

(34) Sticks and Stones

(35) Fly tackle for new waters

(36) Fish imitating flies are prime for trout

(37) Float Fishing Hoppers

(38) Setting the Hook

(39) Backcountry Fishing

(40) Rigging Foams and Boxes

(41) Securing Shiners

(42) Precision Mending

(43) The JawJacker - A fish catching machine

(44) Optimal performance boundaries

(45) 90 Per Cent of the Fish

(46) Heavy Line for the Big Fish

(47) Go Small and go Natural

(48) Fishing the Foam Line

(49) Trip Planning Tips

(50) The Seven-Year Twitch

(51) What is that Shiny Silver Fish

(52) The Art of Mending

(53) A well-stocked Fly Box

(54) Weight Forward vs. Double Taper Fly Lines

(55) The Evening Walleye Shift

(56) On the Fly

(57) Memories Aren't Made of This

(58) Selecting the right fly

(59) Road Trips

(60) The Roll cast

(61) Fly-fishing for Pike

(62) Walleye Tip

(63) Mountain Lakers

(64) Hints For Dry Fly Success

(65) Survival Strategies For The Silly Season

(66) Local Advise

(67) It's A Pink Year

(68) Ice Fishin Safety

(69) Third World Travel

(70) Casting Angles

(71) The Rocky Mountain Whitefish Rig

(72) Using Sinking Leaders

(73) The Pike Fisherman's Vest

(74) Walleye Tips

(75) Trophies Are In The Eye Of The Beholder

(76) The Right Tool For The Job

(77) Respect The Weather - Expect The Weather

(78) Approach

(79) Gearing Up For Ice Perch

(80) Do It Yourself Excersions

(81) Shots

(82) Atlantic Salmon Fishing Techniques

(83) Fishing Etiquette In Crowded Conditions

(84) Swinging Caddis Flies

(85) Selecting a Fishing Rod

(86) Pike Angling Retrieves

(87) Detecting The Strike

(88) Unmatch The Hatch

(89) Off The Grid Air Travel

(90) Practise

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(92) Netting and Landing Your Fish

(93) Texas Travel Tips

(94) Quick Tips for Triggering Strikes

(95) Be the Last Man Standing

(96) Water Temperature & Trout

(97) Visiting Reindeer Lake

(98) Stillwater Stratagems

(99) Those Crazy Cohos!

(100) Leaders & Tippets

(101) Big Water Strategies

(102) Small Stream Stealth

(103) DO I GET UP EARLY?

(104) ACCESSIBLE PLACES TO FISH

(105) Travelling Angler Tips

(106) Choosing The Right Fly

(107) They come out at Night - Our Friends that is

(108) Fishing at Night

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(110) Having Troubles Finding Fish?

(111) Stay Skinny To Catch Fish

(112) Tips For Fishing With Kids

(113) The Wonderful Woolly Bugger

(114) Wading Safely

(115) Double Your Fun

(116) More About The Red River

(117) Rookie Rod Buying Tips

(118) Hook Sharpening

(119) Going Light

(120) Hopper - Dropper Rigs

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(123) Three Flies to Live by

(124) Reading Rise Forms

(125) Tips and Facts for Early Season Success

(126) A Fly for All Seasons

(127) Ice Shelters – Seeing is Believing

(128) Effective approaches to working small streams

(129) Unburdening the Travelling Angler

(130) 5 Flies for Anyones Fly Box

(131) Road Trips

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(133) Tips For Dealing With Biting Bass

(134) Summertime and the Fishin’ Ain’t Easy

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(136) Rigging Large Dry Flies

(137) Best Rod for Spring Angling

(138) Stream Etiquette for Floaters

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(140) Angling Tips for Finding Books

(141) Winter Smart Open Water Angling

(142) Fall Primer for Pike

(143) Packing Tips

(144) Tips and Tackle for the High Country

(145) Hunt them Shallow

(146) Polarized Sunglasses
The smart anglers’ advantage.

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(148) Know Your Knots

(149) Alternative Thoughts about Ice Fishing

(150) Tips for Mexican Bonefishing

(151) Techniques for Tantalizing Grayling

(152) Understanding Fly Leaders & Tippets

(153) Catfish on the Fly

(154) Get Your Backswimmer On

(155) Reading the Sonar

(156) Insect Identification Made Easy

(157) The Sinker and Floating Plug

(158) GADGETS & GIZMOS for "OLD GUYS"

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(160) Stay On Fish

(161) Landing The Big One

(162) Fighting Fish on a Fly Rod

(163) North Saskatchewan River - Be River Aware

(164) Backswimmer Pothole Trout Frenzy

(165) Hunt for Suspended Fish

(166) Reading Your Waters Before You Cast

(167) Setting Up Your Bait Casting Reel

(168) Fishing Journals

(169) First Casts of the Season are at a River Near You

(170) The Crazy Whitefish Days of Last Ice

(171) The Bait of Choice

(172) Shallow Water Jumbo Perch

(173) Getting Started on the Ice

(174) Plan an Ice Fishing Getaway

(175) Brookie Season

(176) River Fishing is Heating Up

(177) Become a Better Angler

(178) The Forgotten Pike

(179) Get Out Your Plugs and Spoons

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(181) See You at the Show

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(183) Staging Walleye

(184) The Lure of Lake Whitefish

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(186) A Simple Approach to Ice Fishing

(187) Big Pike Combo Approaches

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(190) Bottom Bounce Your Way to Success

(191) Small Stream Fun

(192) Consider the Spawn and Water Temperature for Early Season Fish

(193) I Believe - The Glow in Glow Jigs

(194) Tricks to Improve Your Ice Fishing

(195) Trout Fishing is Red Hot

(196) Dealing With Fishing Pressure

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(198) Staying Warm on the Ice

(199) Hunting Big Browns in Lakes

(200) Where Did All Those Walleye Go?

(201) Keep an Eye on the Weather, Fury of a Storm

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(208) Purchasing a Rod

(209) Catching Rainbows through the Ice

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(213) The Bottom’s Up in Fishing

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(216) Two Early Season Presentations for Pothole Trout

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(219) HEALTHY BAIT CATCHES FISH!

(220) Beginner Baitcasting Tips

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