Tipping Mates

Aside from sewer workers, charter boat mates are arguably some of the most under-appreciated laborers in the world. Day after day they toil in the sweltering sun, dripping with fish blood and ballyhoo entrails, expending all their energy so that their charter clients can have the fishing adventure of a lifetime. And, at day’s end, they often have very little reward to show for it (besides, of course, the satisfaction of seeing their client’s elation after boating a hefty wahoo).port canaveral

Of course, not every mate on the water these days deserves to be tipped well. But when the charter is over and you’re left wondering how your mate might rate in the fishing world, just ask yourself these simple questions. Did your mate help you board the boat in the morning, or did he look the other way as you teetered off the dock? Did he have the bait box full with rigged ballyhoo before the lines went in, or did he frantically re-rig when ‘cudas chomped every bait in the spread behind the hooks? And when you pulled the hook on a big fish, was your mate friendly and reassuring or did he sneer and snarl?

Just remember, there is a good reason why fishing is not called catching; do not judge your mate’s performance on how well the fish were biting. Instead, take into consideration his preparedness, attitude, and helpfulness. And if you come to the conclusion that he was a decent or even outstanding mate, then by all means, make his day with a 15-percent to 20-percent tip.