I have some friends who are booked on a 6 pack fishing charter. . They asked me if it is customary to tip the captain as he is the own operator and is already getting paid for the charter. I told them that they should. How much do you think is appropriate on a $2100 charter.
- Consider how much the mate seems to "care". IE - is there effort and hustle in what they do. Are they energetic and engaged?
- Consider how well prepared they are. IE - was everything rigged and ready to go when you arrived? Was that pitch bait ready for the big one? A great mate ensures you got the most out of every fishing minute you paid for
- Level of professionalism. This is a hard one but look for the details. Is the deck kept clean and were your fish well looked after? Does the mate seem proficient at the tasks or fumbling around? Is the mate making an extra effort for your comfort or enjoyment?
On the fishing - you should absolutely reward a mate for an exceptional catch. What they bring home matters to them more than you know. And getting stiffed for a banner day sucks. If it really is special, tip the captain too, but don't steal from the mate's tip unless the mate wasn't good.
Tip generously, a good mate's work begins well before you arrive and continues well after. I never worked as hard as I did when I worked the deck. It was very rewarding and fun, but also exhausting.