Boat Tips for ROUGH Water and BIG Waves

My recommendation is to watch the weather and if you don't have to go out in big waves, don't go...but if you do, here are some tips for you! 1.) Make sure to ALWAYS wear a PFD (Onyx A24 IMPULSE Lifejacket: https://goo.gl/Xb0f8W) 2.) ALWAYS wear your kill switch 3.) Make sure your bilge pump works 4.) Make sure to lock down your gear so it doesn't get beat up/ruined 5.) Trim 1/4 way up, hydraulic jackplate down and run under a controlled speed 6.) Run the troughs when possible and try to run into the wind (wind blowing at your face) if you're able - this gives you better boat control. 7.) When running with the wind at your back, directly into the waves, slow down and maintain control over the boat 8.) DON'T RUSH - DRIVE CONTROLLED, RELAXED AND TAKE YOUR TIME Be safe on the water folks! Pursue your passion -BRN Check out my partners below: Lucky Tackle Box - https://goo.gl/Taqlau ANGLR - https://goo.gl/WXZYK6 Beast Coast Fishing - https://goo.gl/HpSS3U Gambler Lures - https://goo.gl/QIz1Dx Onyx Outdoor - https://goo.gl/nGvZDH BIGS Sunflower Seeds - https://goo.gl/26pBmK Frank's Great Outdoors - https://goo.gl/uH0OoE SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: https://goo.gl/f7Ou85 Instagram: https://goo.gl/rj5Ma1 Twitter: https://goo.gl/IWATpH Snapchat: @BRNowakFishing MUSIC CAMERA GEAR Canon G7X - http://amzn.to/2dvTr6Q Garmin Virb Ultra 30 - http://amzn.to/2nbYw7b Shoulder Cam Mount - http://amzn.to/2oGo0Zk Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro *Links above are Amazon Associate links*

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My recommendation is to watch the weather and if you don't have to go out in big waves, don't go...but if you do, here are some tips for you! 1.) Make sure to ALWAYS wear a PFD (Onyx A24 IMPULSE Lifejacket: https://goo.gl/Xb0f8W) 2.) ALWAYS wear your kill switch 3.) Make sure your bilge pump works 4.) Make sure to lock down your gear so it doesn't get beat up/ruined 5.) Trim 1/4 way up, hydraulic jackplate down and run under a controlled speed 6.) Run the troughs when possible and try to run into the wind (wind blowing at your face) if you're able - this gives you better boat control. 7.) When running with the wind at your back, directly into the waves, slow down and maintain control over the boat 8.) DON'T RUSH - DRIVE CONTROLLED, RELAXED AND TAKE YOUR TIME Be safe on the water folks! Pursue your passion -BRN Check out my partners below: Lucky Tackle Box - https://goo.gl/Taqlau ANGLR - https://goo.gl/WXZYK6 Beast Coast Fishing - https://goo.gl/HpSS3U Gambler Lures - https://goo.gl/QIz1Dx Onyx Outdoor - https://goo.gl/nGvZDH BIGS Sunflower Seeds - https://goo.gl/26pBmK Frank's Great Outdoors - https://goo.gl/uH0OoE SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: https://goo.gl/f7Ou85 Instagram: https://goo.gl/rj5Ma1 Twitter: https://goo.gl/IWATpH Snapchat: @BRNowakFishing MUSIC CAMERA GEAR Canon G7X - http://amzn.to/2dvTr6Q Garmin Virb Ultra 30 - http://amzn.to/2nbYw7b Shoulder Cam Mount - http://amzn.to/2oGo0Zk Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro *Links above are Amazon Associate links*

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Chris Bulaw
Chris Bulaw - 4 years ago
My back hurts just watching this hahahah
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Truth! It was rockin and rollin out there for sure
VH F
VH F - 4 years ago
Good video. Definitely would like to see one video when it is reallly rough like you said it usually is out there.
VH F
VH F - 4 years ago
Thanks, looking forward to it.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Yeah, I’m gonna try to shoot something this spring to hopefully shed a little more light on it for people and help some more people out if I can
VH F
VH F - 4 years ago
Good ride. What kind of Phoenix bass boat is that?
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks! It’s a 920 Pro XP!
rolando carrasco
rolando carrasco - 4 years ago
man,thats just 1 feet of wave,do that in 3 or 4 feet of wave and let me know how you do 25 mph in that wave.,
Keith B
Keith B - 4 years ago
those where not 2 to 3 footers get real
Max Palisi
Max Palisi - 4 years ago
This is still a bit unsafe I would not go that fast I would trim a bit out so I stay above the wave so I won't go nose down at full speed
Broxty
Broxty - 4 years ago
Why the fuck do guys buy these garbage bass boats? I seriously don't get it.
Paul Paterson
Paul Paterson - 4 years ago
Good video and great tips but it would have been easier to understand if had the forward view. Thanks for creating.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
I agree with you - The forward shot would have really helped out. Thank you for watching!
secure152
secure152 - 4 years ago
Quick Question....What type of Phoenix are you running? I just ordered a 921 the other day with a 250.....Hoping that will be enough to get on big lakes like that......By the way Thanks for this video!! Very Very Informative!!!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+secure152 I’m running a 920 - that 921 will be amazing! That’s an awesome boat!

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respect life
respect life - 4 years ago
Thank you so much. Now i have practice and it works.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+respect life I’m glad!! That’s what it’s all about is practicing and getting the time behind the wheel to understand how to drive the rough water!
2lostangels
2lostangels - 4 years ago
great video! thanks for the advise any help or advise is always welcome i live close to the great lakes and im going to get into boating as soon i can! maybey i will see you out there...
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Absolutely! The Great Lakes can be super intimidating but if you pick and choose your days and drive safely, you'll be good to go!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
hahaha well that's one way to do it :-)
seth simmons
seth simmons - 4 years ago
That's why bass boats don't belong in rough water.
kotsos bobis
kotsos bobis - 4 years ago
Have you got petals instead of throttle?
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+kotsos bobis Yeah, there's a pedal on the floor
BigWater59
BigWater59 - 4 years ago
Where's the rough water dude? Completely wrong. Best way to run in rough water is using trim/power to find a sweet spot to run in the smoothest ride. Using the hull and motor to absorb the water. That was 1/2 to 1 1/2ft waves man.
Serge L
Serge L - 4 years ago
Here is my own suggestion: how about using something other than a bass boat for the Great Lakes? If you can't even handle these one foot waves, you shouldn't be on an inland sea.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+Serge L If I were gonna buy a new boat I'd probably end up with a Bay Boat like they use down in Florida. Also, this was more for demonstration than for really running big waves, but these were still 2.5-3 footers trough to crest
OnyxOutdoor
OnyxOutdoor - 4 years ago
Always great to see you wearing your inflatable life jacket!!!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+OnyxOutdoor Always!
Micke
Micke - 4 years ago
damn a 250hp motor to that small boat... we also have a 250 motor to our rib, wich weighs in below a ton. ours make about 45knots. how much does that one do?
Serveck
Serveck - 4 years ago
im running only 200hp in a 22ft cuddy. thats way too much for that hull
Micke
Micke - 4 years ago
holy f**k.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+Micke Yeah - it's a big motor for a small boat - it goes about 63knots (73 mph) right now
Lonnie Smith
Lonnie Smith - 4 years ago
It's all good man Maby you can take me fishing some time I want to catch a real river monster

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Lonnie Smith
Lonnie Smith - 4 years ago
Wassup bro I been watching a few of your videos where are u from
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+Lonnie Smith What's good man?! I'm from Michigan, thanks for the support
Gee Clock
Gee Clock - 4 years ago
Good video. Not much info on this kind of thing. Been in a few scary situations off coast of North Florida..
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+Gee Clock thank you! I bet it gets really bad out there sometimes!
Adam trost
Adam trost - 4 years ago
Thank you for posting this wish I would have seen this instead of learning the hard way on sturgeon bay. Ever since then every time I get out on big wakes Or rollers I freak out any advice on how to calm the nerves when I'm out there. Thanks
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+adam trost I hear you man...the biggest thing was the seat time in bad weather and learning how my boat performed in it. My biggest piece of advice is to just start slow. Never go faster than you're comfortable and really focus on reading the waves and just take your time. Never try to rush back - if you have to run 2 miles out of the way to run the trough and then run 2 miles back to hit the trough back, do that. Just try to stay calm, make good decisions and take your time :-)
BassGeek
BassGeek - 4 years ago
Good info love that you showed the wheel.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Definitely gives a different perspective to help you understand how I'm handling the boat to stay in the troughs or managing the wheel when I'm going over the waves
MasterClass Outdoors
MasterClass Outdoors - 4 years ago
Man, if I can ever afford a real boat this will be useful. Nice work man.
Serveck
Serveck - 4 years ago
first boat i took on the ocean was a $500 bow rider, watch the winds and make sure you have all safety equipment, its a lot cheaper than you think.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thank you man!
Shane Ziegler
Shane Ziegler - 4 years ago
When you're fishing in rough water are you still trying to 45 the waves with the trolling motor or are you pointing right at them? Sweet vid!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
+Shane Ziegler thanks for watching man! When I'm fishing rough water, unless I'm drifting, I'm pointing the nose of the boat directly into the waves. When you're coming up on a wave though, on top of
It, let off and it'll help you not to take water over the front of the boat
Danny Schwab
Danny Schwab - 4 years ago
thanks sir. thia is a good a good thing to no. god bless
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks Heath! God Bless
Chris Reed
Chris Reed - 4 years ago
You kept mentioning getting on pad. just to be clear, I think you meant getting on plane. if someone really tried to run that on pad it would not turn out well. Not picking anything apart, I just don't want a novice to be confused. Great vid!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Yeah - that's a good distinction, thanks for pointing that out!
Cousin Matty
Cousin Matty - 4 years ago
Awesome content man! Thanks!
Cheers as always!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks Matthew!
Bryan Saenz
Bryan Saenz - 4 years ago
Phoenix baby!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
The best!

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Bassin NW503
Bassin NW503 - 4 years ago
Great video Ben... I'm glad to see that my 20 year old boat handles the waves about as good as bigger/newer boats do.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks Joe - Yeah, I think most boats handle as well as the driver can take on the waves
ntwtransam
ntwtransam - 4 years ago
Ever thought of getting a multispecies boat like a 621 ranger or something similar?  Ranger now makes a bass boat on that same hull that is a deep V bass boat made for deep water.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
I've thought about it but don't like the idea of having a raised gunnel. The deep v bass boat Rangers look pretty sweet, but if I get another boat I think I'm going to go with a Bay style boat like they run in Florida
Matthew Carvill
Matthew Carvill - 4 years ago
definitely would love to see a 2nd video diving super in depth on what you're looking for like you discussed at the end of this video! as always keep up the killer work man!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks for watching man! I'll have to do a 2nd video and go a little more in depth to try and show what I'm looking at while I'm driving
Matthew Carvill
Matthew Carvill - 4 years ago
a hot foot is a must when navigating rough water like that. no way you're able to navigate that nasty stuff w/1 hand on the wheel and other hand playing the throttle game
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
For sure! A hot foot is so helpful in this big water. The other thing often overlooked is the hydraulic jackplate and how it helps keep the motor down in the water on these big waves!
Bill Pulkovski
Bill Pulkovski - 4 years ago
Good stuff, Ben! When I'm in my bigger boat, I spend my time on Lake St. Clair and though it's not technically a Great Lake, it can get pretty rough out there.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Yeah, St Clair gets very rough as well! St Clair is a mini Great Lake in itself and it's no joke
Mitch Vanderhoff
Mitch Vanderhoff - 4 years ago
Awesome man, glad you did this!
Mitch Vanderhoff
Mitch Vanderhoff - 4 years ago
You where whippin that thing, I learned some things and glad you did this. I guess with time on the water and practice it will come to.
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks man - I thought it turned out pretty well and could help some people out when they have to drive some rough water
BEARDed Outdoors
BEARDed Outdoors - 4 years ago
Great explanation Ben! You scooped up that lucky hat in no time, ha!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Thanks! Couldn't let my lucky hat get lost to the sea - that thing's been too good to me!
Hunter HeathTX
Hunter HeathTX - 4 years ago
What happened to your talons?
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
I sold them - I am using the money to buy an Ultrex here soon!
Ronnie Clark Street
Ronnie Clark Street - 4 years ago
Tom Starcevich most bass guys on erie won't go out of the harbors. But on the other hand there's days so calm people will be a mile off shore in kayaks
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
I don't blame you one bit! I've told myself that if I get a new boat one day, it'll be a Bay-Style boat where it has a center console and deep-v with a casting deck like a bass boat. A bass boat just doesn't hardly cut it in these big waves!
William Bannister
William Bannister - 4 years ago
I fish out of my 12ft aluminum boat. The worst water I was in was about 3ft rollers right before a big storm. Going with the waves was literally terrifying. But coming back, I trimmed the motor down and just road on top of them. That was most frightening part of riding in the boat ahha
William Bannister
William Bannister - 4 years ago
Yeah, it was insane. There has been so many occasions where I have almost swamped the boat. Even when big cruisers go by, it gets crazy!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
Dude, the idea of being in a 12 ft boat in 3ft rollers spooks me! Getting on top of waves is a great way to do it for sure. The hardest thing is just staying on top of them and not dropping off into the side/front of that next wave and getting soaked!
kerner530
kerner530 - 4 years ago
Even with my Tracker GRIZZLY 1654 MVX Sportsman with a tiller 40, hunting out in the Long Island sound can get rough, with how thorough you were in your explanations, it makes me feel more confident when I encounter some rough waters that I can get home safely! Thanks for the video!
Benjamin Nowak
Benjamin Nowak - 4 years ago
I can definitely imagine that it'd get rough out there! I'm glad I can help you out man! The biggest thing is just taking your time, being cautiously relaxed/calm and keeping the boat under control

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