+1 for sure, blades are key, you will regret not taking care of them.....Grandpa D said:I have an 8" Eskimo as a backup.
It has worked just fine for me.
Some people like the Strikemaster better, but either will do a good job on ice under 12" thick. Over 12" of ice is very slow to drill and taked a lot of energy. It can be done though.
I like the 8" because ice holes start to refreeze at the edges, and the 8" hole just lasts longer than smaller holes.
The down side to an 8" is that it's harded to drill with than a 6" or 7" auger.
They all make a hole large enough to pull most trout through.
Which ever auger you buy, protect the bladed at all times. Never use the auger to bang on the ice to see it it's thick enough to walk on. Keep the cover on the blades anytime you are not using the auger.