I've carried hand augers on my back while skiing many miles into backcountry lakes. Punched many, many holes through the ice. Tried every conceivable bait, pattern, and jig I was told to use. I've done fish dances on the ice. Hell,my friends and I -- after two years of trying to catch a fish through the ice coined our own term. Augging -- which by the way I'm sure is not spelled correctly. Not ice fishing, but Augging. We'd call each other up and ask if Augging sounded like a good idea today. I'm not kidding, we'd see if one or the other wanted to go drill holes in the ice. Not really fishing, just the physical labor of hand-drilling holes through feet of ice.