Ice fishing is a sport that requires endurance for cold temperatures, patience for the fish to take the bait, and of course, an ice auger for drilling through ice to catch fish. Without your ice auger, you’re really just a spectator waiting for the others to throw you their haul for day. Maybe your argument for showing up on the ice without your ice auger is because the blade on it has dulled. If that’s the only problem that’s stopping you from participating in the sport, then you can solve it yourself. All you need to do is sharpen the blade so you can take your place among the mighty ice fishermen in your town! Get your ice auger out of the shed and sharpen it by following these suggestions.
- You’ll need the following. Ask those fishing buddies of yours to lend you a polisher, polishing disk, and rouge cutting grit. You’ll also need a pen marker and a brightly-lit, wide open space to do this task. If you happen to have sensitive eyes, clear plastic goggles will help protect you from sparks that are sure to fly off the polisher.
- Mark the spot that needs sharpening. Use the marker to line the exact spot on the blade that will go through the polisher for sharpening.
- Gun the polisher using the lowest setting. Set the blade under the polisher and sharpen it until you can no longer see the mark on the blade. Never go further than the mark that you had just made. As a first try, it’s better for you to go easy on the polisher and intermittently check on your progress to make sure you’re on the mark. If you sharpen it beyond the mark, it will definitely affect how your ice auger cuts through the ice. You know that when it comes to performance, your ice auger has to be perfectly angled. This is why you need to make sure you are sharpening the blade correctly.
- Apply a thick amount of the rouge cutting grit on the polishing disk. This is done to reinforce the shape of the blade after going through the first process of sharpening under the polisher. This time you just need to apply gentle pressure on the blade using the polishing disk. The application of the rouge cutting grit will provide the protection that the blade needs against this second phase of sharpening. Move the polishing disk on the entire angle of the blade so that it sharpens evenly. While you are doing this, make sure you are careful not to set the blade on the ice, which can easily damage the blade. You can try the blade on the ice when you are ready to drill a hole through it but use your ice auger tentatively on your first drill after the sharpening process to get a feel of the blade’s performance on the ice.
In case you miss an angle on the blade, you mustn’t run the same sharpening process on it again. Instead, bring your ice auger to a professional because a regrinding process will have to be applied to correct what you had overlooked. It won’t take long and you’ll have your ice auger back with you on your next fishing expedition on ice!