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Old 04-17-2004, 07:13 PM
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Default Commercial Rod & Reel Giant Tuna Mate Fees

Good Day fellas! I was wondering if someone could explain to me what percentage or how much a mate on a commercial(rod and reel) Giant Tuna boat should make, esp. in NC.

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Old 04-17-2004, 11:32 PM
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Anywhere from 15-25% is average right off the top of the fish, no expenses factored in. Depends largely on the mates experience and or performance. If the mate is along for the ride: 10% (below average), if he is the one catching the fish 25%. I've heard up to 35% after boat expenses are deducted. Most mates in the northeast work on an off the top basis. Any other questions i'd be glad to answer, i have a little experience in this area.
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Old 04-18-2004, 05:28 AM
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He's right. I have seen guys get exactly between those two numbers. Actually, they usually either get 15% for an experienced captain or 25% for a privately owned boat where the guy simply could not catch one on his own.

If you are a full time mate on a charter boat down there the bets are off; and if you are trying to get down here to mate on one in the winter save your money unless you have something lined up.

I will say this though, the place I stay is a bunkhouse w/ 10 or so guys in it and most of us are old mates and captains. This past season the phone rang every night in the room from some guy looking for a mate. Those were the 25% guys!
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Old 04-18-2004, 05:55 AM
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On our boat this last winter the deal was same as most boats, Crew was three guys. Expenses off the top, Boat takes half of remainder and crew splits tje other half. IE no fish no pay.
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Old 04-18-2004, 11:17 AM
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Excellent! Thanks for the replies guys... Boy did I get hosed last year... LOL... I went down with the charter boat that I work on up here in Jersey and I got the shaft... but now I know... thanks again!
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Old 04-18-2004, 12:28 PM
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Unfortunately, the money needs to be discussed up front. If it's not someone will be unhappy. This goes for tournaments as well. It takes a little of the fun out of fishing but it saves headaches later. I got lucky last year, I got a last minute invite to go giant fishing. Money wasn't mentioned, so I figured I was along for the ride, that was fine with me. Three months later I run into the guy at a New Years party and he says he's got a check for me. He'd been driving around with it for months and I wasn't even looking for it. If it isn't discussed I don't expect it, if it's my boat I make sure it's discussed and everyone understands the arrangement.
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Old 04-18-2004, 08:50 PM
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A mate is a mate...I pay 20% after expenses and just about everyone I know does it that way...think about it with prices of fish these days and the cost of fuel, why wouldn't you cover your ass before paying anything out, I know I do...on the other side a captain can get as much as 50% after expenses but they pay the mate...catch my drift...please let me know who is paying such high rates cause I'll go for money off the top
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Old 04-20-2004, 12:19 AM
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First off, you dont know all that much to begin with. Lets start with the name of your boat: its spelled wrong. I know, thats the way YOU spell it. Well its still not right. Secondly you need to catch enough fish to cover the cost of your fuel and lunch which is a mountain (mole hill) you cant seem to climb last i checked, before you can pay the mate. When you really want to start fishing (or working at all for that matter), let old hooligan know and he can hook you up with a job as a mate. You would have to get out of bed before the crack of 11:30 though so this probably isnt a REAL WORLD solution in your case. But jeez you havent even got there yet. Until next time stick em' i mean sashamy
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Old 04-20-2004, 11:12 AM
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Easy,
B to get paid you have to catch one...

Did you get your boat in the water over the weekend...
The boat name has a special meaning by the by not a place you want to go...
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Old 04-20-2004, 01:35 PM
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Dear D, I was just yanking your chain so dont get your panties in a bundle. Excuse my ignorance but i was just looking for something to joke at no harm intended on the name there big boy, i like the name just cant figure out why it was spelled like that- after thinking about it for quite a bit i got the riddle. My B.

Yep got the boat in but only for two hours because i had to be back for an 80th birthday party, leaving me with no time to wet a line, just checked out the new outboard and decided what i was going to change about the boat before it goes back in this summer. Gotta make those modifications for the bay fishery this year.
Frankly i'm awaiting a fishing trip on the hedgehog with ron jeremy at the helm in his camo boots- but thats another story altogether because the damn guy took on some job single handedly roofing the prudential center or some $hit and cant find the time to go out.

P.S. Read the Tackle Box message that i'm sending.
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:24 AM
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Whups, almost missed this thread...

Commercial hook & line tuna guys, interesting...

Tell me, what sort of equipment are you guys using? Reels, specifically. What about line? Beefy, I suppose-- 130? 150, 200 lb? And drag setting on Max, I guess?

And, what sort of equipment would you rather be using?

What are the working conditions like? Cold? Work in the dark? Rough seas?

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Old 04-23-2004, 05:55 AM
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80w Tiagras, 27 pounds of drag at strike and stand up gear.
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:28 PM
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Penn 130's on 130 class rods, 150-220 pound mono with 200 dacron backing, fishing out of 30-40 foot downeasters- there used to be an inshore fishery but the hotspot has been about 60-70 miles offshore in the shipping lanes where you generally get pretty bounced around. Even on an average day you get rocked and rolled by the swells that turn up out there, nevermind if theres any wind and tide mixing it up. Fishing is done in the light sunup to sundown.
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We use shimono 130's two speed with bent butt rods. 150 diamond blue. Must be careful with line. Caught a 300 lb one day and forgot to strip and cut the line (50-100 ft of terminal line) The next day as soon as a fish grabed the lure the line popped. Sure was dumb not to strip it.
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Old 04-25-2004, 07:56 PM
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well here in October,If hook up is late in the afternoon, which has been my experience more often than not the last 2 seasons, it can be cold ,dark and rough seas, factor in trying to fight a 500 plus fish near 100 other boats in the dark, it can be down right nerve racking,. Getting the dart in at night is also a consideration. We lost 2 fish after sunset 2 years ago... Long , quiet rides back to the dock.. If hook up is early its not so bad.
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Old 04-26-2004, 03:48 PM
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nc can use that little S but up north its 130s, big line, stop em or pop em hooligan and TB know what thery're talking about and hey TB for those fish in the dark if your lights arent bright tape a flash light to the end of the harpoon, works like a charm
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