Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hand Ice Fishing Augers Versus Gas Powered Ice Augers

By Jeff Matura

Hand Power Ice Augers

Hand powered ice augers are the least expensive, and do a great job at cutting through the ice, especially the Strike Master Lazer. For occasional fishermen that don't log a lot of days on the hard stuff, this is probably the best choice. When selecting a hand auger you can save a lot of work and time by using the smallest diameter auger you can. The larger the diameter of the blade, the tougher a task it is to drill as you are moving more ice. So in my opinion it's very important when buying a hand auger to purchase a size of auger no bigger than it has to be.

Gas Powered Ice Augers
For those that spend a great deal of time on the ice, or fish lakes that are prone to thick ice, a gas-powered auger is the way to go. These augers can cut through the hard surface in seconds, allowing you more time to fish, and less time to rest your weary body. Being to quickly drill many holes also lets you lower your ice transducer into that many more holes in a given amount of time when you're trying to find the fish. The gas powered auger may be pricey, but they're worth it in my opinion. These augers also have good re-sale value.

Electric Ice Augers
Another powered auger is the electric auger which rely on a smaller lead acid deep cycle battery. The biggest disadvantage of an electric auger is the time required to recharge the battery, versus filling a small gas tank on a gas auger. The next issue is that a deep cycle battery looses power the colder it gets. If your looking to drill a lot of holes every time you hit the ice I would recommend a gas powered auger.

Ice Fishing Auger Size
When fishing for bluegills, crappie, and perch a 5" diameter ice auger will work for you just fine. Some ice fisherman will even use a 4" diameter auger for these smaller fish.

For ice fishing bigger walleye and northern I would go with a 7" to 8" ice auger diameter. I personally used a 7" ice auger for years when tipup fishing for northern and pulled many eight to thirteen pound northern through the 7" diameter hole without any problems.

Bottom line here is that the bigger diameter of the ice fishing auger you purchase the more work it will be for your arms or the engine to power the auger through the ice. Good luck ice fishing this winter and fish safe!

Jeff Matura has been fishing during the open water season and through the ice for over twenty years. The majority of his time fishing has been spent in the Midwest on lakes and rivers including the Mississippi River for crappie, walleye, and bass.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Walleye Recipes - Great Tasting Dishes Featuring Walleye

By Brian Stover

I am about to give you some of the most delicious walleye recipes you will ever taste, so much so you will have to learn how to catch walleye. If you like to eat walleye these are some of the easiest to make, most mouth watering recipes for walleye that you will ever find. Walleye are also very good for you, as all fish are. What more could you ask for: Good for you and delicious!

The first walleye recipe is very simple. Take your walleye fillet, and sprinkle it with lemon pepper. Then, wrap slices of bacon around it. Next, lightly grease your baking pan and gently place the fillets gently in a row.

Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes and you will get a delicious tasting walleye meal.

The second recipe is called Walleye and Morel. Here are the ingredients:

* 1lb walleye
* 1/2 stick of butter
* 1 onion finely chopped
* 1 clove garlic minced
* 2 tablespoon tarragon wine vinegar
* 3 tomatoes, chopped
* one handful morels, chopped

Saute all ingredients but the walleye in butter for 5 minutes. Place walleye fillets on top of this mixture, cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Next, remove fillets to a heated platter and cover to keep warm.

Now, increase heat under mushroom and vegetable mixture to boil the liquid down by half. Pour this sauce over the fish and your done. This is my Very favorite recipe - period. If you do not have morels, use store bought mushrooms.

Here is a recipe on stuffed walleye. Ingredients List:

* 1 walleye per person
* 8 -ounce can crab meat,shredded
* 8 ounces corn
* 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
* 1/2 loaf bread, cubed
* 2 ounces olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Gut and scale the walleye but leave the heads on. Wash the body cavity. Brown mushrooms in oil in skillet. Add bread cubes and saute 10 minutes. Next, spoon mushrooms and bread into large bowl and add the thawed corn, crab meat and seasonings. Mix thoroughly. Hold fish upside down and fill body cavities with stuffing mixture. Lay fish on aluminum foil in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Enjoy!

Finally, here is a Walleye Court Bouillon recipe:

* 6 pounds walleye fillets
* 1 quart water
* 1 cup white vinegar
* 1 table spoon prepared mustard
* 1 small garlic clove, crushed
* 1/2 table spoon cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients except fish and in a large, shallow baking pan. Arrange walleye on a wire rack and place in a pan at least a 1/2 inch above the liquid. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Place on a stove burner, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. cook for 30 minutes.

I do not know about you but i am going to get some walleye out of the freezer right now!

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