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Old 03-19-2014, 11:29 AM   #11
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20% on an inshore charter that's probably already over priced is quite high in my opinion. If the captain really worked his butt off and put us on fish and wasn't constantly watching the clock, then yeah, he might get that. Otherwise, it's probably going to be in the 10-15% range. It's not like a waiter at a restaurant where 90% of their pay comes from tips...the guy is already making his money off of the charter. Only if he goes above and beyond should he get a "bonus".
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The 'standard' tip that most guides advertise is 20%, but I agree for an inshore guy that owns his own boat and does his own thing he darn right better earn that. I can see tipping that much if you have no clue what you are doing and he works his butt off for you. But if you know what you are doing fishing wise and using him basically to just pick the right bait and take you to where the fish are, I have no issues tipping 5-10%. I think it also depends on how much time the guide puts in, I've been on '4 hour' trips barely catching anything, knew the guide didn't have another trip, and he still had me back at the dock at exactly 4 hours. I've also had guides spend hours extra because we couldn't find he fish.

I tip very well for great service but really despise anyone that thinks a tip is deserved for just showing up.
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To each his own, but I think the numbers posted here are about right.



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Since you were specific about it being tarpon and a skiff, I can pass along what a tarpon guide friend told me - he said if his client JUMPED a tarpon, it was usually a $100 tip. Granted, he took mostly flyfishermen, and he worked the Appalachicola area.

I don't know if he meant per fish or per trip. I have jumped as many as four in one day, so that would get expensive on a per fish basis.

I personally think guides work the hardest (some don't) when the fish are not cooperative. If you have a shitty trip and feel like the guide didn't try very hard or had an attitude, then you probably won't hire him again, so don't tip at all.

If you like the guide, caught fish, and expect to use him again, be generous and he might even call you when the bite is on.
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I have only ever been on one charter(bachelor party thing or it would be zero) so I am not up on what is typical but this seems odd to me. If the captain is the owner of the boat/business why are yall tipping them? They are already charging hundreds to over a grand from what I have seen for these trips....one in particle I see posted all the time is for a half day inshore charter on a 22ft bay boat and runs 400-500 bucks. The cost of making that trip yourself is under 100 bucks in most cases even if you are buying lots of live bait. I know there is cost of boat, bait, gas, insurance etc but dont yall think these business owners have already figured all that in and are making a solid profit on each trip. Of course tipping the deckhand and the captain if he is not the owner should happen I just dont see where anyone should be tipping the owner of the business. Again I fish on my own so I may be way off on what is the customary thing to do.
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If captain is solo, tip him based on effort to provide a good trip, not what you catch at the end of the day. 20% is a good rule of thumb. If charter has crew, give them the tip, some captains will skim the mates tips or even keep it and say they got stiffed...it happens. Just try to remember, it's always fishing, even when it's your job there are no guarantees.
When I was in Cabo, the captain wouldn't accept the tip. You gave it directly to the mate. And they were 100% paid with tips.
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Honestly, I don't understand how all this tip stuff got started in the first place. Price your goods and services at the point where you can afford to pay your employees. Then we can decide if it's worth it to us before we book the trip.
Same way with restaurants, barbers, etc.
Not to say I don't tip the wait staff. I do if they are good and usually leave something even if they are bad but I don't agree with the practice.
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I have only ever been on one charter(bachelor party thing or it would be zero) so I am not up on what is typical but this seems odd to me. If the captain is the owner of the boat/business why are yall tipping them? They are already charging hundreds to over a grand from what I have seen for these trips....one in particle I see posted all the time is for a half day inshore charter on a 22ft bay boat and runs 400-500 bucks. The cost of making that trip yourself is under 100 bucks in most cases even if you are buying lots of live bait. I know there is cost of boat, bait, gas, insurance etc but dont yall think these business owners have already figured all that in and are making a solid profit on each trip. Of course tipping the deckhand and the captain if he is not the owner should happen I just dont see where anyone should be tipping the owner of the business. Again I fish on my own so I may be way off on what is the customary thing to do.
That's kind of the rub...a lot of charter captains work for somebody else like a marina or a tackle shop. Like you, I don't take charters because I don't have to and if I do somebody else is paying for it.

Tipping, just like in a restaurant, is just a matter of personal preference. The difference between a captain and a waiter, though, is that a captain busts his ass for 10 hours and does pretty much everything; same with deckhands. And charter trips for most people are a lot more memorable than a meal at a restaurant.

This is a really interesting thread with some great feedback.



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I'm in the professional services industry and I work for someone else. I've never been tipped by any of my clients...
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I'm in the professional services industry and I work for someone else. I've never been tipped by any of my clients...
I don't believe that you are either a waiter or a guide. Correct me if I am wrong. Different industries have different standards.

Are you salaried?



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