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I am planning a trip to fish on a launch in early june, if I have a good trip and catch some fish what is a good tip for the captain. The trip lasts 4 hours.

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You should tip only if served well. Don't tip on whether the bite is good or not,thats out of the captains control. Keep in mind some captains don't have the resources to have a good bait boy or deck hand and if the boat is full, don't get discouraged if he can't give you his full attention. There are no customary tip amounts. Tip what you think is best. I've gotten tips from $1 to $100 to give you and idea.

Good Luck

Mille Lacs Guide Service

[This message has been edited by Derek Johnston (edited 05-01-2003).]

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For ocean charters you dont tip the captain at all... he makes his money from the boat... you do however tip the deck hands, thats the only way they make any money at all.

This may sound horrible, but if your part of a group that is notorious for not tipping well (for instance I take my wife and 3 boys, apparently families dont tip too well... guess they feel they paid so much for the boat they cant afford or something...) make sure you mention to the deck hand that you will tip well and appreciate any help he can give.

I usually tip at least 10% of the launch fee, more like 20% if the deck hand did well... especially if he helped my kids... and thats a percentage of everyone, not just one fare...

Its amazing, every time we went back those guys took A-1 top knotch care of us.


So when you hire a local guide here its customary to pay for fee and tip ????

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It is not required, but many, if not all do. The trip fee is the base price. Some of my best tips have come on days where we hardly caught any fish. The clients could tell that I was working my butt off to get them fish and appriciated my efforts. Think of it as if you were dining at a resturant. You pay for the food, but the service that you recieve determines the ammount you tip.

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Brainerd-Mille Lacs-Willmar
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Hey derek,

When you say your tips have ranged from $1 to $100, are you referring to tips from each person on the launch, or for the entire group?

The reason I am asking, is I am considering arranging a launch for our church group. I would like to know more about tipping, so I can add that to the cost of each persons launch fee.

Thank you

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