Loc: Jack County
How do you guys handle it. Power through it or take it super slow. I am new to bass boats and my new to me 94 Javelin is a really nice boat.
I was on Bport the other day with 20-25mph gust. Heading back to the ramp around noon it was like the Atlantic. I powered up and got on top of the white caps (going with the direction of the white caps) and running about 38mph. I was getting some pretty good air and a couple of times the lower unit came totally out of the water. I couldn't decide if I should speed up (58 max speed) or slow down to make it smoother. I didn't have the huevos to speed up so I slowed down. Problem was I had to slow way down. It seemed like it was all or nothing.
How do you guys approach rough water boating in these boats?
Just drive where you are comfortable. I have been in 3-4 foot waves that I had basically idle in with the bow high, and I have been in 4-5 waves where I could bounce from one to next at about 30-35mph. I much prefer heading into the wave rather than with the waves, but the most important thing for me when going with the wave is to keep the bow high, whatever speed I can reach without planing out is where I tend to be.
Every boat is different. Fast enough to control but slow enough not to beat everything to death. I don't have rod straps. If I am hitting hard enough to move the rods then I am going to fast. For me it's going to be around 30 MPH and working the throttle to match what the waves are doing. I paid money for a Champion just for the rough water. I plan on being comfortable on the ride. The fish will still be there when I get to where I am going and I'll be nice and dry and happy to fish.