Great thread guys. Alot of good info on big water. One of the things that i have said for a while now, is to not compensate boat size for knowledge. I know of guys and see it every year, where a guy buys a giant azz boat, to compensate for his skill of navigating the river in rough water. Like some have mentioned, I ALWAYS run my route in the summer time after a flood, and run it all summer long. The high water brings in new obstacles to navigate around, and uncovers logs, barges, etc. 100% of the time i use no spotlight going out in the morning. Guys ask me why i dont run a light, its because i can damn near run to all of my hunting spots with a blind fold on. Spend alot of time on the river, and know it well. Another HUGE one....Dont wait until opening day to see if your motor runs right, it WILL bite you in the *** every time!