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Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: West Hempfield, PA
Re: Tip for first mate
Wow, you guys are cheap...
Tip to the mate should be 10-15% of the charter cost, IMO, and trend to the high side if you had a good time and he/she works their butt off (even if you don't limit out). That's why it's called fishing and not "catching."
Most charters are north of $600 these days so I say start at $60 and go up from there. For a 4 man charter, that is $15 a head which is not unreasonable at all.
Heck, back in '91 to '93 when I mated out of Erie my "cheap" tips were $40 and most avg. $60 or so and that was on a $400 charter. So yeah, I am a little biased when giving this advice. Most, not all, but most mates work their tails off to get the clients on fish. If they under-perform, I suggest adjusting your tip downwards appropriately but also give them some constructive criticism as to why and maybe they'll do better the next time.