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After a recent encounter with being out on the lake, Roosevelt to be exact, during a night tourney and having a summer storm come in I have been thinking for the past several weeks about that encounter and how it came out and how it could have ended up. In all of my years it was only the second time I managed to get caught out in bad water.

Not sure how many of us have had the opprotunity to be caught in mother natures elements like that and thought it might make a good thread to share Zoners experiences and how to navigate safely when faced with it and maybe help those who have not.

For myself, being caught at the Salt end of the lake and attempting to run to back to Tonto end and some safety while trying to navigate 6ft waves and high winds proved to be tougher than expected. I guess I made some right decisions but I still wonder whether there was something better I could have done and of course the other side; how it could have turned out.

Any Stories? Hey BoatCop, you got any experiences to share in maybe having to go out and rescue someone not so fortunate?
 

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I've been In water so bad, I had to use my GPS to navigate. As i couldn't see the shoreline anywhere. Done that at night too.
 

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Did the same thing on rosey this spring. When we tried to trailer the trailer would be completely underwater and then completely dry from crest to trough. Should have either 1. stayed in the trees for two more hours and waited for the front to pass (it did). or 2. Had my partner meet me at a different ramp with better wind angles. I run an 20 footer so i wasn't worried about swamping as long as i was going with the wind. It got ugly trying to trailer in the crosswind. Stupid on my part. But hey, good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
 

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I have had an old friend loose his boat on the ramp at Chollo trying to load his boat after trying to out run a storm that hit. He had to let it go as the waves on the ramp were swamping boats right on the ramp. Cost him a boat. A few years back at Mean, byt the time I left Temple Bar and made it to Overton I was in 4 footers and growing, decided to torn around. Had to buddies in their boats ahead of me who made the tirn. Never made it back until the next day.
 

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I've been In water so bad, I had to use my GPS to navigate. As i couldn't see the shoreline anywhere. Done that at night too.
Were not talking about you taking a bath with a rubber duckey!
 

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I always run for the protection of a lee side cove and wait it out. During the last Allstar we waited 1 hour and 45 minutes for the shit to blow over back in a cove with the anchor down. If I can, I'll usually try and find a spot I can still fish, but that don't happen all the time.
 

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THATS WHATS NICE ABOUT A PONTOON. I'VE HAD WAVES AT POWELL COMING ON TOP OF THE DECK. NOTHING TO FILL UP. IT'S STILL ASS PUCKERING. FIND SHELTER A WAIT IT OUT.
IN APRIL WHEN WE WERE THERE. THERE WERE MANY BOATS SANK. EVEN ONE OF THOSE CHASE BOATS WITH TWO 300HPS ON THE BACK. IT'S AT THE BOTTOM OF PADERA BAY.
 
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