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Old 04-01-2019, 05:36 PM
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I bring people out to have fun, don't come out if you get sea sick, I normally tell people don't being a cooler I have one for anything you want to keep cool (lots of Coolers is a pain on a 25' boat. I don't accept $$ for fuel. If you wanna pick up dinner that night well sure that's cool but no Biggi.

​​ Anyone that wants some fish will get some if we have it.

No smoking (I don't think I know anyone that would come out with me that actually smokes)

​No work boots or stuff that will mar up the boat.

In reality I only invite people that I trust to not have to tell the unofficial rules haha. Mostly close family to other boaters.

On my lake boat I did have a strick no shoe policy.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:39 PM
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I buy gas, you buy bait and ice.
We split all fish at the end of the day.
No weights hit the boat.
And most importantly, NO bananas. Ever.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:44 PM
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Any porta potty rules? I have one, use it you clean it.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:48 PM
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No one has mentioned glass bottles yet?
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:58 PM
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Put the rod in the rod holder, do not just slam it on the deck while you have weights and hooks flying everywhere.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:17 PM
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I rarely invite guests as I prefer to go solo or just with family. Usually when someone expresses an interest in going out the wife intercepts and says "you want to go fishing with HIM?" meaning "do you really understand what you're signing up for"

Trips offshore are looong. Daytime trips almost always start at least an hour before daylight and unless weather intervenes I usually return in the fading light. I usually plan to hit up some AJ's pretty early on until we've had a workout on all we can pull on. That usually buys me some time to try whatever I really had in mind for the trip, while my guest is recovering in a beanbag. I'll always make it a point to find something that's biting every few hours in case my experiments don't pan out. I love to experiment with new techniques and don't get disappointed if they don't work out.

I never ask anyone for expense money and I'm happy to let my guest take all the fish if they want them, unless we catch something special that I really want to try out on the grill. I usually keep very little for myself anyway.

I make sure that my guests have fun and I state no rules for them to follow, but rarely do they ask to come back for a second experience, even though they usually brag to everyone about the big fish they caught.

I usually weed out the ones that would openly complain about anything in advance when they first express interest, by telling them up front how it will likely go. That way they have nothing to complain about when it actually happens. Most people just are not really up for a full day of it.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by gsb0824 View Post


LOL, you must be fairly young. When I was young, I had no rules. As I aged I wisened up and started spending a lot less money on other peopleís snafuís.
that's fair. Maybe not too young (37), but I don't often bring people who aren't close friends. Maybe that's why I don't need many rules.

of course I would expect people to pay for anything lost or damaged, just as i would. It just hasn't been an issue. So far...
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:47 PM
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Secure your hooks/lures donít let them fly around looking for an unwanted face piercing!
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
Granted I just have a pontoon and we lake fish, but...

No alcohol. DNR here is super strict, my parents got busted with a cooler of beer in the early 90s. Honest to god, we just grabbed the cooler from our campsite and put it on the boat and it had beer in it, but also had drinks for the day. Fine was $50 a beer.
That is pretty harsh - where are you? Iíve been pulled over by the Sheriff several times when passengers had open beers in their hands and never had a problem.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:59 PM
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There are No Rules on my boat. Rules are meant to be broken. Don't bang or chip my gel coat. LOL
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:15 PM
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A simple acronym: DBAA (Don't Be An 'Anus'). This goes for the boat, the beach, or the river camping party.
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Old 04-02-2019, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by TeamBalla View Post
There are No Rules on my boat. Rules are meant to be broken. Don't bang or chip my gel coat. LOL
You mean, like, with a heavy sinker? Sounds like a rule.
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:27 AM
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Here are some guidelines I wrote up about 6 years ago.

Still good stuff for someone that isnt isn’t in the know as to how things typically work. I def need to add some more “rules” to it. Like no spray sun screen etc.

*Words of Wisdom From The Elder Ľ Blog Archive Ľ Guidelines and Rules For Getting on a Friend?s Boat to go Fishing
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Old 04-02-2019, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by tommyjones View Post
As the boat owner I usually offer the fish to my guests first. Same thing when I take people hunting. What tends to happen is we split what we catch evenly over the season.

Its rare that that I ask for money for fuel. If someone insists on bringing something I let them bring bait or drinks depending on the situation.
Same for me. I donít invite anyone over my home for dinner and expect them to buy the food. If I invited you itís pretty much in me. If you want to bring drinks your welcome to. I expect them to treat my boat and gear as if it was their own. I always offer my guest the catch. I can always go again.
No smoking and no hard alcohol....
I was had a ďfriendĒ in marina I was in invite himself and his buddy on my boat to bottom fish since we were both heading out to same area at same time. I had family member already coming with me so no big deal. They offered we could go on theirs or mine I rather be on mine. Get to spot and he lights up a joint. Needless to say we didnít fish much longer. Every time I fished from there on out when I seen him at marina it was hello and goodbye and if asked if I was fishing it was a no just checking something out on boat.

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Old 04-02-2019, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by tommyjones View Post
As the boat owner I usually offer the fish to my guests first. Same thing when I take people hunting. What tends to happen is we split what we catch evenly over the season.

Its rare that that I ask for money for fuel. If someone insists on bringing something I let them bring bait or drinks depending on the situation.
Usually, we are going fishing (or hunting) anyways so I don't ask for anything except they bring some beer! And agree that I offer fish up to those "visiting" 1st
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:45 AM
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Rules are for my charters.

No rules for my friends. They were trainable and have been well trained for years. Don't have to tell them no glass bottles or contraband.

Fun fish with the same group and they all own boats. Some of them have been fishing friends for over 25 years. About a dozen of us in the circle of trust.

I'm Lucky!
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:53 AM
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1. If I invite you to be my guest, I expect you to bring/contribute nothing other than maybe lunch and drinks. This means fuel $$, bait and tackle are on me. I have a boat, which means I can afford to have it leave the dock. If I come on your boat I'm then in turn expecting the same. Makes things so much easier
2. You know where all safety equipment is stored, where the radio is and how to use it.
3. No hard booze.
4. No beers before noon.
5. If you're hammered before we're done for the day (boat clean, stuff put away) you won't be invited back.
6. If you're late, especially no-show no invite back.
7. If you all of a sudden have a post trip commitment when we hit the dock inhibiting your ability to contribute to cleaning up you won't be invited back.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:38 AM
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I don't know what size boat some of you have that cover fuel for your guests but on my offshore boat, those that want to go fishing (notice I didn't say invite) know they are splitting fuel, bait, ice, etc. I use an app called Splittr on my iPhone to track who paid for what. It makes it super easy to settle up at the end of the day. Most of them pay me using the Cash app or Apple Pay or Venmo. I transfer the money to my debit card instantly, walk into the marina and they swipe my card and the bill is cleared up. And no, this generation doesn't carry cash anyone.

If I had a bay boat or something smaller, I really wouldn't worry about it. But $1500 of fuel, bait, ice once a week eats into any budget. Booze cruises are different, but fishing, we split.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:09 AM
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Wow... interesting topic, and one I have struggled with.

I had a group of guys I took out about 15 miles, then was told by one that we needed to turn around because his dad was on pain meds for his back and he was hurting. That was a LOT of money to spend and planning and time to turn around with a dang shrimp boat in sight (see pictures...)

I stopped at a rig about 5 miles out, to at least put them on kings.. I had ribbon fish and told them to line up.. I would drop the lines in and pass it off as fast as I could. Literally hooking the dang kings so fast....that the same guy got mad because they got to reel in 3 of "their 4" fish...

Then, we got back... cleaning fish, I do it quickly, but I expect help.. they were too busy taking a shower. So, we do not talk any longer....frustrating as I work in the same bldg as that one.

Another trip, invited a guy that always thinks people invite him so that he can put them on fish. I invited him to get to know him better, already knew where the fish were.. or, where they were the LAST time I "saw them".. lol. I show up... he has some huge lunky friend. Forget the fact the guy is all of like 350 lbs.. so...and then they proceed to bring a huge ice chest with like 2-3 CASES of beer. On the way back home, it is dark.. like an hour and half drive.. and I look over. The big guy is in the front passenger seat with 2 empty and a full longneck.

Another guy decided to throw up just as I got to the spot we were to fish, and then wanted to go home.

Rules:

1 - If you are taking meds... don't get on the boat unless you are okay with pain. They are called waves and they get bumpy.
2 - We do not turn around because you throw up, we invite you to chum.
3 - Want to drink the night before? Go for it.. tell us about the frat party when WE get back... no hangover victims allowed (see #2).
4 - Drinking is fine, excessive is not.
5 - I do not ask for gas money...but I am fine if you offer it or offer the towing gas. Either way, I was already going, I just like the company.
6 - Last rule - It is my boat...I love to learn, I love to get advice, but if you offer to "take the wheel and do it for me" because you are a know-it-all, I will offer to dump you off at the next rig... heh

I love splitting fish, but I do not expect them to split with me.. but I DO like if they offer. Bing nice gets you an invite.. being a part of the fun and staying nice, gets you more.

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Old 04-02-2019, 07:12 AM
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No spray sunscreen. Don't put it on before you get on the boat either.
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