Originally Posted by DallanC
Originally Posted by goosefreak
Iv actively trolled for Kokanee on Strawberry on more that one occasion where is was windy enough that most the boats out there were headed back to the ramp, while I finished out my Koke limit.
I have never feared for my life on big water with my 18’ Excel duck boat. Nor have I ever had any close calls. I know my boat and it’s abilities. It all about knowing your limits.
I used to feel that way, until one day at strawberry a huge wave broke over the stern of my 17ft ski boat. I would have never thought that would even be possibly at strawberry. We were just trolling around when a fast moving storm blew through.
My wife was hooked up with a MONSTER slot busting cut. We were going with the waves in the trough when I grabbed the net to try and get the fish. Wind or water... something pushed us a bit sideways then BAM, breaker right over the back right over me. ALOT of water in the boat in a flash. It was extremely scary. We were close to shore so not alot of room to maneuver and power out of it.
Yup, it does happen. I was on Strawberry last year when a micro burst came through. It went from glass to 4’ swells almost instantly (like Utah Lake) I headed back to the ramp, took on a little water but my Bilge pump blows out water faster then it comes in, and it was all from spray. I was actually grateful for a moment like that, it gave me an opportunity to see the handling abilities of my boat under worst case scenarios.
Iv been on 2 lakes on 4 occasions where it went from glass to 4’+ swells, I never had waves break over into my boat. It took a while to get back to the ramp because with a boat like mine, even the TANK that it is, you got to navigate very delicately.
I’m not suggesting continue fishing in those conditions but, I know my rig will get me back to land safe. Those 4 crazy experiences were excellent education opportunities. A lot of slow going and a lot of turning into big breaks to keep from flipping or turning over. It absolutely can be done but it requires a lot of paying attention and looking ahead of time. Never was I scared.
But it’s like anything, you drive down the freeway too fast and eventually you’re going to get a speeding ticket , or crash.
And I’m not saying that my boat won’t ever capsize or take on water, I’m just giving my experience which has been on Strawberry and Utah Lake under some of the worst conditions they have to offer and I made it back to shore just fine.
I test all my gear before I go duck hunting or fishing so that I know I’m leaving my house with gear in operating order. And when I’m engaged in an activity of any kind I always have an emergency exit plan for those worst case scenarios.
And I’m so D A M N stubborn, it’s going to take a lot more than capsized boat to kill me !!