Viral Ranger Boat meets it’s match. Better safe than sorry. Dangerous venture
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Viral Ranger Boat meets it’s match. Better safe than sorry. Dangerous venture

August 13, 2019

The wind is so strong it’s blowing spray right
off the top of the waves. StrongWind and Wave sounds. Be a rough day in the boat. Fishermen
going out onto the main lake. Gunning the engine. Hitting the waves hard. Decided to
give up. I think the are going to try it again. That;s probably enough. Can’t hardly see the
boat when it’s down in the wave.


  • Reply hjg82759 October 31, 2011 at 2:38 am

    ranger boats will eat your ass off f in calm water much less big water worst riding bass boat our ther overpriced junk belive j have broken 3 of them never on another

  • Reply cott10r November 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    em' boys in the boat aint to bright are they

  • Reply nickthoj December 15, 2011 at 2:18 am

    @davidandalex1, LMAO……just floor it, goodluck i guess you like to swim

  • Reply JM January 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    @davidandalex1 Look, you can be in a low profile bass boat in 4' waves and it'll feel like 6' because you're sitting down almost eye level to them. If you're in legit 6' waves then you'll be eye level with them standing up in the lowest point in your boat. In my 18' salt water boat that's made for the craziest conditions, I'd have to slow down in 4' waves and in 6' or higher you have to go at displacement speed like 10, 15 mph at the most. If it's a following sea then you can go much faster.

  • Reply JM January 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    @davidandalex1 Clearly not….make a video of you're boat in 6' waves and planing. Then you have something to say.

  • Reply jason gettle January 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

    trim it up and go

  • Reply Mike T January 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thats either extremely rough and the video doesn't do it justice or that guys scared of the boat and or waves

  • Reply Jesse Jurado January 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

    That's why I have a Champion.

  • Reply solocamq32 January 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Rode in a lot worse,but that was on the coast in a 25' CC that was made for it. There are lakes here inTx where that is fairly common,,it outs white capping and starts rolling,you just have to work the waves and hope the motor does not quit on you.

  • Reply youngemrprepper tate February 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    thats nothing for my 389 javelin lol

  • Reply Midwest Dreams Farms February 14, 2012 at 2:18 am

    wasn't to rough for the boat, the boat just didn't have a driver.

  • Reply Midwest Dreams Farms February 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

    @YTmcfish what did it swap it for?

  • Reply Midwest Dreams Farms February 14, 2012 at 2:20 am

    @hpiguy I have rode 8 foot rollers on the lower lake of Santee cooper with my bassboat, just need to know how to ride them.

  • Reply midBama Bassin' February 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I've been on the water that was so rough every wave picked up the bow of the boat high enough to get the trolling motor completely out of the water.

  • Reply n4sir804 February 22, 2012 at 1:57 am

    @youngemrprepper wow another javelin owner….yes..javs handle rough water with ease..

  • Reply Kyle Gadd February 23, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I've rode waves like that in my dads pro craft 21 footer and I will say even when you're the passenger its no walk in the park

  • Reply bassutopiatv February 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    This is Bass Utopia member Brian Bengtson who can be seen on our Lowrance HDS video! I fished that tournament too, and it was BRUTAL!

  • Reply scottie56005 February 27, 2012 at 1:41 am

    @midman112 That was the funniest thing I have heard in a long time! Seriously.

  • Reply Dan Bunzey March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    That's why you don't crank a bass boat down on big whitecaps like that… Owned a 40th ann. edition 1850vs w/ suzuki 175 and it did fine in a storm on Lake Pepin..

  • Reply Essentialbenjamin10 March 22, 2012 at 12:00 am


  • Reply Essentialbenjamin10 March 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Took my 99 518 out on the Pacific Ocean! Coast Guard stopped me twice. It was awesome!

  • Reply Dwayne Schwarz March 24, 2012 at 2:46 am

    should learn how to drive a boat in rough water its funny not even a ranger can handle rough water rangers look pretty but handle like shit rread reviews and the guy is driving like a dumbass u ride with the waves not jump them like your on a jetski

  • Reply Biketocamp March 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

    When you see waves like that and have a shallow V hull like on that bass boat, you know it's dangerous, or you'll soon find out. It's good to have a deep V hull for big waters or windy conditions and drive with the bow always facing the peaks.

  • Reply Hank Fuddle April 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Best thing to do is just open the throttle wide open and hope for the best. Sure, you'll get knocked around, and you may drown, but that is the rock-and-roll lifestyle that we must embrace if we are going to keep rockin' as we, the baby-boomers, get old.

  • Reply Joe Camel April 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Bass boat owners make me laugh.

  • Reply mike smith April 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Yeah, Read reviews. Ranger has been building bass boats before you jumped off your dads peter. Ranger is the best boat built and number 1 selling bass boat. Has been for MANY MANY years. At least that's what planet Earths reviews say.

  • Reply mike smith April 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    It's funny, People who can't have luxury and the best stuff like a Ranger, get mad and cry. Jealousy is a powerful motivator. I'll stick with my Ranger ANY day over any other boat made period.

  • Reply bobbyhill789 April 16, 2012 at 5:24 am

    12' jonboat with a johnson 9.9…i wouldve ripped through that lol

  • Reply madtownangler April 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

    crazy walleye fishermen :+)

  • Reply James Clifford May 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

    What was the wind speed here? Great vid by the way!

  • Reply Russell Wolcott May 4, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Only one way a bass fisherman knows how to go through that kind of water. Full out… to stay on top of it, as much as possible… and screw lund boats… its got nothing to do with that.

  • Reply JC Dropshot May 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    And that is someone that has never driven on any big water in there life. Come to the great lakes
    we will teach you how to drive in rough water.

  • Reply FISHCOFFIN June 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hah thats so true! Fishing for kings in 5+footers!

  • Reply Luca Marnara June 12, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I've Been in 6 foot waves of lake huron and 57+ km/h winds with a 9.9 3 people and a 58 year old aluminum boat that has More loose rivets than a yamaha g3 aluminum riveted boat and i'm 14 years old, and ive never had any problems past getting wet, this guy looks like he got wet and cracked his $50 000+ fiberglass bass boat. the state of iowa eeds to grw some skill or come to canada!

  • Reply Biketocamp June 26, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I know what you mean, but in real world scenarios, what would one need to know in order for that to be relevant? A blueprint of the hull in our minds plus the exact hydrological flow and wind scenarios? That might work for a keen mind in one particular field but the rest of us benefit from an easy idea that's pretty close. Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a shot when I'm paddling my canoe.

  • Reply AvonSearider54 September 9, 2012 at 9:29 am



    1) Get a proper boat
    2) Get a decent skipper.

    That isn't rough.

  • Reply Chase Yost October 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Need a center console

  • Reply JC Dropshot October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I spent time on the ocean also the great lakes are a way more uncomfortable ride then the ocean.

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks November 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I agree with you.

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks November 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I agree. It seemed to come as a complete surprise to them.

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks November 13, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I know the Atlantic can get rough, but at least the waves are further apart. How do you count wave seconds on the ocean? Every fourth or fifth wave?

  • Reply ACWhitetail23 February 20, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Time to get a Basscat

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks March 9, 2013 at 3:11 am

    You must have some experience with them. Thank You

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks March 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Must be a Nitro owner?

  • Reply nick kramer April 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Rangers are not terrific boats anyway. Anyone who tries to handle a lead sinker in rough water should get their asses kicked! Rangers are just large pieces of cheap tin that allows someone on a small budget get out on the water, but the days they go out are greatly hindered by the weather and conditions on the water that day. It's best to just try and come up with the couple of extra thousand bucks for a safer and more reliable craft!

  • Reply Bryce drake May 15, 2013 at 2:50 am

    my dad took me out on lake michigan in our nitro all the time, he would take it up to 45-50 in five ft rollers. got sick a couple times, i think it comes down to the operator though.

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks May 15, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Operator has a lot to do with it. If you can get the speed and trim set just right helps a lot.

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks May 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Pretty low profile fishing platform. highly regarded by some.

  • Reply tqadir007 May 30, 2013 at 5:38 am

    shit when i owned a nitro jumping waves was a common occurrence. always loved that shit

  • Reply chick mcgee June 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    if it wasn't for idiots there would be no smart people.

  • Reply shane10141 June 6, 2013 at 12:55 am

    been there done that not fun!

  • Reply nick garcia June 28, 2013 at 2:41 am

    BASS BOATS!!!! this boat in particular is meant to be more stable when stopped. therefore it is deeper in the water and is also meant to go fast so it when its going 70 mph its barely even touching the water. I have a stratos and the truth is stop being a girl ive been on okeechobee going 50 mph on 6 foot waves it will bounce a little but you will be fine.

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks June 28, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I've been on Okeechobee when there were small waves but never big stuff. We stayed at Roland Martin's at Clewiston. We ate at a place called Mouth of the South where they had great sea food and hush puppies and were cleaning alligators out back. Are they still there? The ladies were older that ran it at the time.

  • Reply Noah Boudart July 2, 2013 at 3:54 am

    The wind was matching up to when the boat came crashing down on the waves

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks July 2, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Yes, it hit pretty hard a couple of times before he thought different about it.

  • Reply Noah Boudart July 2, 2013 at 3:59 am

    What exactly were they doing?

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks July 2, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Trying to go across the lake to go fishing or take their boat out at another ramp when they finally decided it was too rough.

  • Reply Noah Boudart July 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Ok thanks, it was a bad idea to try at that time

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks July 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Yeah, It wasn't a good time.

  • Reply Zoomers RV July 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    That is Absolutely Nothing… That is a Sunday School Picnic Compared to Lake Erie and the Detroit River.. There is a Stretch of the Detroit River Under the Ambassador Bridge that Looks Like that Everyday All Day Long.. I have been on Lake Erie in 8-10' Waves in a Ranger.. Ranger Will Hold Up to A lot More then that, those are 3-5'ers..
    It Doesn't Look Like that Boat Driver Knows Much About Driving in those Conditions Either…. Cool Video…

  • Reply Terry Fitzgerald July 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    That's lack of experience, nothing more.

  • Reply 482lom June 17, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Get a Champion, deeper V than a ranger and the best rough water bass boat made and faster! Even a Legend or Charger handles rough water better and they wont get u wet like a Ranger!

  • Reply WillCFish Fishing TipsandTricks August 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    These guys made the right decision.

  • Reply Fleece Johnson November 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

    A Boston Whaler would eat those waves and ask for more!

  • Reply Dana Ogglesby March 10, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    A Lund seriously?WTF

  • Reply Matt Mattison May 7, 2015 at 1:55 am

    All welded hull crestliner. I've been caught in 10's on Erie with my 1850 Canadian and it will still hold strong.

  • Reply Riley June 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I've been out in weather like this all the time in lake superior. My 1984 grady white 190 tournament handles it with no problem! 😀

  • Reply Travis Moseley January 18, 2016 at 4:14 am

    You folks are out of your minds! Rangers are the best rough water bass boats made. Made cheap? Yeah, right. Granted, bass boats don't handle rough water well at all, Rangers do it best. So, Champions are better? That's why theyre still in business, right?

  • Reply Wesley Smith January 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I don't think some of you are comprehending how big those waves are. You net fisherman in your boats that are 5 times bigger would certainly not have the courage to even think about hitting one of those waves if you were in a bass boat.

  • Reply StormLaker1975 February 21, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    My dad and I were on one of our Boundary Waters trips in the late 80's, we got caught one afternoon by strong winds like this and got cut off from our base camp (and the rest of our scout troop). We always carried survival gear with us when we went fishing, we ended up camping overnight on an island out of the wind. The lake we were fishing was about the size of West Okiboji, but the waves were over 3 feet with white caps. We came up to the point out to the main lake and knew immediately we were not getting back to camp that day! The rest of our group stayed put, and waited until the next morning for us. It was pretty scary in that they thought something bad had happened to us, but we were back at camp at dawn….we only had a half mile of open lake to paddle, but there was NO way we'd survive getting across in that kind of wind in a canoe.

  • Reply Andrew Stevens July 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    What's really scary is when we got caught on the lake with waves like those in a 14' flat bottom Jon boat with a Johnson 9.9 after we got back to the ramp we loaded and pulled the plug it drained for 10 minuites didn't like much sinking it. Wish I would have had my stratos bass boat that day! Still yet that would have been scary.

  • Reply SpencerDoodle707 October 15, 2016 at 3:30 am

    I've been in 8' waves with 50 mph wind on Clear Lake, CA. trim the motor up put the boat half way on plain about 8 mph with the bow up and take it slow and easy. no problem!

  • Reply RDS A November 21, 2016 at 2:34 am

    What dummy runs a Ranger bass boat in water like that ??? A Ranger 620 (Deep V multi species boat) can handle that water without breathing hard.
    Bass boats are small water boats. Big water (like Lake of the Woods, and Rainy, and Green Bay etc) are waters where you run a deep V. The Ranger 620 and 621 are the finest made for this .

  • Reply tony funes January 5, 2017 at 1:27 am

    The right decision was to buy a boat that can handle those conditions better. My Champion would've gone through that pretty good. It loves water like that.

  • Reply BigWater59 February 24, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Don't ever let off the power. Trim that sucker and run them waves.

  • Reply Robert johnson March 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    This is exactly why I'm thinking about going with a multi species over a bass boat. When it's good bass boats are great though.

  • Reply Wicked Elite January 20, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Put the trim down dumb fucks

  • Reply White Noise March 20, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    If I had a fishing trip planned – you bet I'd be out there risking it. A little wind aint gonna stop my trip, even if I gotta go 2knots..

  • Reply Rpcjak May 19, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    He, or she, is lucky the stern didn't submerge when they turned to go with the direction of the waves. Just like a pilot flying into strong winds knows to fly into the wind, do not ever turn your back to the waves. Ever. Your stern is designed to stay low. It has not a fighting chance against a crashing wave.

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