By methodically checking the weather forecast and using some rudimentary weather-observation skills, you can avoid the bad stuff most ofthe time. Too often we push our luck by going fishing anyway, even when there's a marginal forecast, and that can get us in trouble. Common sense and self-restraint will go a long way towards keeping us, our fishing companions and our boat safe. Just remember that there are no guarantees out there, and if all else fails, it's up to you to get everyone home, no matter what the conditions may be. Plan accordingly.