Do You Tip the Captain or Mate on a Fishing Charter?

Do you want to reward your fishing guide for a job well done? If so, you may be wondering if it is customary to tip the captain or mate on a fishing charter. The answer is yes, it is customary to tip the captain and mate of a fishing charter. Generally, captains of boat rental boats expect tips of 10 to 20% of the cost of the trip, with 15% being the standard. The tip is usually divided between the captain and the partner on most ships.

Tipping is a way to show appreciation for good service, whether it's a service industry worker who performs tasks efficiently with a smile or a fishing guide who does everything possible to ensure that your needs are met. This includes making sure all safety checks are done every time you go out, as well as prepping and cleaning up after your fishing adventure. In a group setting, anglers can split tips, but it's also important to help your fishing partner with advanced knowledge to keep them from feeling embarrassed at the end of the day. Bad weather, changes in water flow, temperature and rain can all conspire to ruin a good day of fishing.

It's important to remember that it's not your guide's fault if you don't catch as many fish as you expected or if the food doesn't taste good or isn't cooked to your liking. Even if you requested the guide based on their past experience or reputation, or if they were randomly assigned based on who was available on the day you wanted to fish, it's still important to show appreciation for their hard work. It's also perfectly fine to tip the owner of the company if they are also the captain. After all, they have done everything that needed to be done in order for you to have an enjoyable fishing adventure.

So, when it comes time to tip your captain or mate on a fishing charter, remember that 10-20% of the cost of the trip is customary.

Pamela Taschereau
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