Bass boats are fast, and bass fishermen like to get to the next spot fast. But you have to know the capabilities of your vessel. Start off slow and only work in the higher ranges of speeds when the conditions are ideal. Over the years, I've met too many bass boaters that know no speeds between full throttle and idle. They pose a danger to themselves, their passengers, and other boaters. Part of being a good driver at high speed is simply knowing when you can open up, and calculating the best route to your next spot. Yes, the shortest distance is a straight line, but not if the water between point A and B is rough. Wind or boat traffic can easily make the shortest route hazardous. So you have to either find a safer, albeit more circuitous route to your spot if you insist on going full-throttle, or you have to learn to limit your speed.